First up: Not GC-related, but to all the Oz Tech.Ed attendees that would like to see a Support Professional attacked by a mad killer robot (and let's face it, you know who you are, and I know who you are), go leave a comment, hey?.
Next up: Queen Betsy (we have to be nice to her, she controls the power cords) will be booth-babing it up at the MSDN stand. Come talk to her about hosting a massive unoffical corporate blog site. Then try to steal her backpack*! Fun for all the family.
Finally, here's a bunch of sessions that look interesting to me. I can't check the scheduling for clashes at the moment, but they look interesting:
Microsoft's Identity Management Strategy and Roadmap
Find out how products such as Microsoft Active Directory, Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), and Microsoft Identity Integration Server play a key role in these solutions now and in the future.
Utilising Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 4.0 to Manage Application Compatibility on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server SP1
Application Compatibility Toolkit 4.0 (ACT 4.0) is specifically targeted at exposed issues and provides vital assistance to IT Pros deploying Service Pack 2.
Exchange 2003: SP2 and the road ahead
Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 represents some new functionality to the product to improve mobility but also in AntiSpam stability and performance. This session highlights the changes and the way forward including insight into the next version of Exchange 12.
Terminal Server Performance and Security: Tuning, Methodologies and Windows Server 2003 x64 Impact
Windows Server 2003 x64 offers significant scalability benefits to Terminal Server customers. This session covers technical details related to the differences between Terminal Server scalability in 32-bit vs. x64 environments. It also covers general issues related to Terminal Server performance/scalability and recent releases.
Introduction to System Centre Data Protection Server (DPS)
Attend this session to learn about Microsoft's latest member of the Windows Server System family, Data Protection Server (DPS). This session introduces you to the product and its functionality, along with partner solutions and the direction DPS is taking in the future.
Admin Scripting: Windows Server 2003 R2 and Beyond
Scripting under Windows is an important capability for Administrators to automate tasks, perform inventories and monitoring. The aim of this session is to cover new scriptable features available in Windows Server 2003 R2. Components like WMI IPMI, WS-Management scripting and many more will be covered.
Active Directory Recovery Planning
Lessons learned from the real world, customers and Microsoft Product Support are presented, as well as Microsoft's latest recommendations for Active Directory disaster recovery planning.
Anatomy of a Network Hack: How to Get Your Network Hacked in 10 Easy Steps
The techniques may surprise you, but you will be much more able to Protect Your Windows Network, once you understand them.
Securing SBS 2003 with SBS SP1 and ISA 2004
With the recent release of SBS 2003 Service Pack 1, many will not be aware of the enhancements to security that can be achieved with its integration of ISA 2004. This session will delve into some of the deeper bits of configuration and security tweaking that you can do on Small Business Server 2003 when SP1 and ISA 2004 are applied.
Best Practices for a Secure PKI Deployment
Topics include Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, CA configuration, operational best practices, system hardening and CA deployment options.
Architecting and Deploying Windows Update Services
Windows Update Services (WUS) provides extensive improvements over Software Update Services (SUS). See common and not-so-common deployment scenarios for WUS, and learn techniques to tackle the toughest update deployment issues!
Migrating from SUS to WSUS
Scott Korman/Jeff Alexander
Many customers today use Software Update Services to deploy Windows updates across their businesses. Learn how to upgrade from SUS to Windows Server Update Services, the next version of SUS, to reap the benefits of the enhanced capabilities and broadened application support.
Future of Games Development with Microsoft XNA
The session will include architecture, build methodology and finally finish with demos showcasing the advanced graphics capabilities of Microsoft XNA.
Indigo Architecture Overview
This session takes a step back and helps you decipher the core concepts behind Web Services Architecture and how these technologies empower you to build Connected Systems. Walk away from this session with a clear understanding of the Web services protocols and Microsoft's plans for implementation with special emphasis on Indigo and future directions.
* - don't steal anything. Or do anything illegal**.
** - I know actually calling this out contravenes my standing asterisk policy, but let's be very clear***.
*** - I want the lipstick and ID, you can keep the money.