We’ve already run the Microsoft Technical Roadshow(featuring experts from MSDN and TechNet) in Edinburgh, next stop is Birmingham on 24th and 25th May followed by 1st and 2nd June in Harrogate and finishing in London on 7th and 8th June.
Unfortunately I missed it in Edinburgh but by all accounts John’s demonstration of the Security Configuration Wizard (as shipped with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1) should not be missed. SCW is a fundamental part of the enhanced security built into SP1 – specifically it enables an administrator to strip out functionality from the server to ensure it has the minium of enabled features required to support the business function(s) for which it’s intended.
SCW is available as both a graphical user interface and a command line utility(which can be scripted). The command line version allows for the resulting policy to be converted into a series of Group Policy Objects(GPOs) and hence centrally applied and managed via Active Directory.