TechNet Unleashed Comes To Boston – Free Training on Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7, DirectAccess, RDS and VDI

Tuesday, September 28, 2009 8:30 AM - Tuesday, September 28, 2009 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Welcome and Registration Time: 8:00 AM


Event Cancelled! due to conflict with Launch event schedule.  We will reschedule this soon.  Watch my blog for the details.


New England Research & Development Center

One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Join Microsoft's Dan Stolts for a free morning of technology training on the latest Microsoft technologies at the Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge, MA.  See below for the agenda.

After the TechNet Event, there will be an MSDN event so if you want to make it a full day register for the afternoon

Event Overview

TechNet Events Presents: TechNet Unleashed: Game On Tour!

After a long summer, you’re probably ready to get your game on with some tools and techniques to speed up your IT strategy.  Touring this fall, the East Region TechNet team of John Baker, Dan Stolts, Blain Barton and Yung Chou are bringing you a game plan of sessions that are sure to spike your productivity.  From current tools and technologies to practical insights, there will be plenty of action for everyone!

Reservations are required, so register today for a seat at this free and fun technology event. 

1st Down: Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7: Get it Done with the Microsoft Deployment Tools
You've gotten the handoff on upgrading your desktops from Windows XP™ to Windows 7™ and you know there isn't a direct upgrade path, so what’s the best strategy?  This session will give you the answers and tools that will make your migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 an easy touchdown.  First we’ll discuss standalone migrations using standard methodologies.  Then we’ll explore large scale migrations with the Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit 2010 technologies, covering the "Lite-Touch” Installation (LTI) method leveraging User State Hard-Link Migration which will minimize network traffic and get the migration done in a timelier manner.  What tools will we use?  The User State Migration Tool (USMT) in the Automated Installation Toolkit (AIK) has everything you need to kick off the migration and deploy Windows 7 without a single fumble.

2nd Down: DirectAccess™ With Windows 7: No More VPN!!
Looking for ways to save some money and enable better employee productivity on the road?  Tired of being unable to VPN from certain remote locations?  Then DirectAccess is the solution you’re looking for!  What is DirectAccess?  DirectAccess provides secure, seamless, always-on networking and represents a fundamental shift in the way network boundaries are defined and how access is managed.  It provides a consistent experience regardless of location, device, or network topology.  It “just works” and accommodates today’s flexible “offices” and requirements for remote connectivity.  Not only does it give an “always on the corporate network” experience for end users, but it also provides administrators the ability to manage remote machines through the DirectAccess connection.  That's right, if it’s connected to the Internet, it’s connected to the corporate network… SECURELY, and therefore the manageability of remote resources is greatly improved.  This session will explain in detail what DirectAccess is and will demonstrate how to configure both the client and server components of DirectAccess.

3rd Down: Optimizing Your Environment with Remote Desktop Services™ and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
You’ve been successfully using Terminal Services for some time now and have enjoyed the ability to centrally manage your remote desktop environment.  But there have been challenges in Terminal Services. Interference issues such as printer drivers, applications that take resources away from other users, and users wanting to remote to a desktop instead of the server.  Windows Server 2008 R2 represents a paradigm shift in remote connectivity. Come and see how the next generation of terminal services, now called Remote Desktop Services (RDS), can take you to the next level.  RDS has been expanded to include Hyper-V integration for deploying virtual machine-based desktops in addition to the standard session-based remote connectivity. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is an emerging desktop optimization vehicle and delivery architecture to centralize the storage, execution, and management of desktops in a data center. In this session we will examine the architecture, essential services, and user experience of RDS and VDI while walking through deployment scenarios based on business requirements.

4th Down: Score!
We’ll call it a day, collect your surveys, and you just might score one of the day’s giveaways.

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