Microsoft to Offer Six Free Windows 2000 TechNet Briefings

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 22, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced six new Windows® 2000 TechNet briefings designed to help IT professionals deploy, manage, support and optimize solutions based on the Microsoft® Windows 2000 operating system. The sessions, which will begin in October and run through December, are completely free of charge and represent the latest in TechNet’s ongoing series focused on the deployment of Windows 2000. As with all TechNet briefings, the sessions will be available in up to 250 cities worldwide. Customers interested in participating in these offerings may register for available sessions online at .

“IT professionals know they can turn to TechNet for the most current information available on how to take advantage of Microsoft technology,”
said Rosa Garcia, director of TechNet at Microsoft.
“This latest series of briefings is taught by Microsoft experts and is available in time to make the deployment of Windows 2000 as efficient as possible for our customers.”

Taking advantage of TechNet’s face-to-face briefing format, where IT professionals interact directly with Microsoft employees, the latest sessions are designed to provide IT professionals with added technical information pertinent to the deployment of Windows 2000. Content ranges from networking and migration from the Windows NT® operating system and development of Web-based business solutions to concurrent use of Windows 2000 with Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server TM and other key applications of the Microsoft BackOffice® family. The sessions provide the tools and resources IT professionals need to most effectively work with Microsoft products.

The new TechNet offerings include the following:

  • How to efficiently manage a Windows 2000 Professional environment. This will be an advanced session on Windows 2000 that includes step-by-step demonstrations showing how to use the Active Directory TM directory service of Windows 2000 Server to both install and manage Windows 2000 Professional. The session will also cover remote installation service, IntelliMirror TM management technologies, group policies and Windows Installer Service.

  • How to design a Windows 2000 Server-based networking infrastructure and interoperate it with Windows NT Server 4.0. This briefing will discuss how to plan and design a Windows 2000 Server-based networking infrastructure that integrates with an existing Windows NT Server 4.0 environment. Windows 2000 Server expands the communications capabilities of Windows NT 4.0 and includes technologies such as Internet Protocol Security (IPSec), quality of service (QoS), enhanced authentication services and directory integration. To take advantage of these advanced networking services, organizations need a clear understanding of the interoperability issues between their current Windows NT Server 4.0 platform and Windows 2000 Server.

  • How to migrate Windows NT 4.0 directory services to Windows 2000 Active Directory. In migrating from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 Server, organizations can either upgrade in place (keep the same domain architecture) or restructure their domain architecture. This session will address how to make the best choice, and how to plan a migration from the Windows NT 4.0 directory services to Windows 2000 Active Directory.

  • How to effectively use the Terminal Services component of the Windows 2000 Server operating system. This briefing will discuss how to implement Terminal Services and how it best fits with specific application deployment strategies.

  • How to set up a reliable Web server using Internet Information Services 5.0 and Windows 2000. This session will cover common issues encountered with the setup of Internet Information Services (IIS), focusing on the new setup enhancements in IIS 5.0. The session will also show how to make an IIS 5.0-based site more reliable by utilizing new features such as Reliable Restart.

  • How to create secure, Web-based business solutions based on Windows 2000 Server and IIS 5.0. Focused on helping organizations utilize Windows 2000 Server and IIS 5.0 to create secure intranet, extranet and Internet business solutions for their employees, partners and customers, this briefing will cover issues related to IPSec, certificates, smart cards, Kerberos, Digest Authentication, Active Directory and Group Security Policy.

About Microsoft TechNet

Microsoft TechNet, a central information and community resource geared to IT professionals, offers a variety of services designed to meet the technical information needs of professionals who plan, evaluate, deploy, maintain or support Microsoft products or technologies. Resources include the TechNet Web site located at , where users may access a wealth of technical information and resources about Microsoft products; the TechNet CD-ROM subscription series that provides the same valuable information in an offline format; and the local TechNet briefings mentioned above. IT professionals interested in participating in TechNet briefings may search for offerings in their vicinity and register for available sessions online at .

About Microsoft

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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