The attendees of this event are in for a real treat! Blain Barton will be joining us.
Blain is the East Coast Community Champ. Blain is coming up from Florida to join us. He is well aware of the very active technology community we have in the North East and he is coming to meet and greet our local MVP’s and User Group Leaders. Blain is really looking forward to meeting all the MVP’s and User Group leaders (including board members) so he can get an understanding of what is going on in the community in our region. He is looking for ways the he and Microsoft might be able to help you in your community events. The Boston TechNet Event registration is closed but Blain has reserved a few seats for leaders. If you want to come and see him and you do not have a ticket, come anyway and he will be happy to talk to you about your group and your community projects. Since he has some tickets reserved, he may even be able to give you a seat for the show. (full disclosure… The event is in Boston and as usual, there is a fee for parking but we still hope you can attend)
If Blain coming up to visit is not enough to get you there … consider this… We have a very special community award to give out to one of your peers. You will not want to miss this very special award (never given out before) and it was created specifically for one of our very special community leaders! I WILL NOT spill the beans so please do not ask. Other local Microsoft leaders will be there for the award at the end of the regular event.
PS. The recipient does not know anything about it yet… unless of course this person reads my blog in which case … they will know about the award but they will not know that it is them.
Oh, one more thing… I am the speaker for the days event and I really would like for you all to get there on-time. The event starts at 8:00am sharp. Get there early to get the best seat for this show!
Reminder of the event details.
TechNet Events: Windows Vista, Windows PowerShell and Group Policy
Event ID: 1032388359
Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:00 AM – Thursday, November 13, 2008 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Welcome Time: 7:30 AM
39 Dalton St.
Boston Massachusetts 02199
Want to save the day? We’ll save you a seat.
Session 1: “Why Windows Vista with SP1?”
While those “Mac vs. PC” commercials are entertaining, they don’t tell the whole story – especially when it comes to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. In this demo-heavy session, we’ll dispel some of the common myths and misperceptions about Windows Vista. We’ve been listening to your feedback since Vista’s initial release and we’ll address the top deployment blockers as reported by you, the customer. You’ll get quality technical information about why installing or upgrading to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 can increase end-user productivity, improve stability and reliability, give IT staff more control of the desktop, and help secure your networking environment. Learn the truth about Microsoft’s new operating system and prepare to leave this session with a fresh perspective on Windows Vista.
Session 2: Managing Windows Vista with Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell provides scripting capabilities to automate system administration activities that can really help IT pros increase their productivity. In this session, we’ll focus on using Windows PowerShell with Windows Vista to manage and automate common client administration activities. We’ll explore the features and capabilities of Windows PowerShell and the Windows Vista operating system functions that can be automated, plus activities that can be automated to troubleshoot Vista client computers. Finally, we’ll touch on the new capabilities you can expect in the next version of PowerShell.
Session 3: Group Policy Preferences, Templates and Scripting
As an IT professional, you’ve probably mapped user network drives with logon scripts – which meant you had to write and debug the logon script, store the script in a central location, then run the script by configuring user objects in Active Directory or by creating a Group Policy Object. Sound familiar? Now think about all the other settings you’ve configured using logon scripts or similar methods. With Group Policy Preferences, you can cut costs (and headaches) with a simple, central system to configure, deploy and manage operating system and application settings. In this session, you’ll get the inside track on the Group Policy enhancements in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. You’ll learn about Group Policy processing, scripting, features, and how to use the template format. Don’t miss this informative session on the latest Group Policy preferences.