Monthly Archives: March 2006

Reagan airport

This airport has sufficient outlets but no WiFi


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ARRRRRGH!! What’s wrong with the world?

I am now at the Orlando International Airport (MCO).  After battling unbelievably long lines (a common exclamation heard was "Oh my God…is *that* the line??)  I get past security with my two laptops and various other electronic devices, which I won’t check, and arrive at my gate.  As I look around to find an electrical outlet to jack into (my laptop has two hard drives with RAID and a dual  P4, not Pentium-M–it uses TONS of juice) and I can’t find ONE.  Well…there *was* one next to the door into the Mens’ restroom.  I walk around the terminal looking for a different one.  This is a BIG terminal and there is no outlet to be found.  THAT’s CRAZY.  MCO gets an F for business accomodations.  The only reason they don’t get an F MINUS is because they have Wi-Fi.
So far—
DFW gets a D
BWI gets a B+
LAX gets a C
PHX gets a C- (they were a D until free Wi-Fi came)
LAS gets a C+ (they could have been a B if the outlets were in *convenient* locations other than the floor by the door to the gate)

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Come see me speak at the TechMentor Conference

Experience the Premiere Conference for Windows IT Professionals
TechMentor Orlando, Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort
TechMentor provides focused training – by expert instructors – on integrating, managing, securing and troubleshooting your Microsoft Windows server systems.
I will be speaking every day on a number or topics:
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Track 
M15 Monday, March 20, 2006  Instructor: Richard Taylor 
4:00 – 5:30pm  Physical and Logical Devices
  The most important aspects of the physical and logical devices on a Windows computer are the hard drives. With basic disks, dynamic disks, volumes, partitions and troubleshooting of disks, there’s a lot of information to know. Don’t forget about handling drivers, driver signing, and driver rollback. Finally, we will cover disk quotas and disk defragmentation, which can help control how the disks are being utilized.
T9 Tuesday, March 21, 2006  Instructor: Richard Taylor 
10:15 – 11:45am  RAS and Remote Administration
This session digs deep into remote access services, covering protocols, security, RAS clients, and permissions. The heart of RAS security is the RAS policy, which will be demystified so you fully understand how to create and manage them. Other remote access topics include remote administration features such as Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance. Then there’s Terminal Services for administration, which has new names and interfaces for Windows Server 2003. Finally, you’ll delve into tools such as the MMC and adminpak.
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Track 
W3 Wednesday, March 22, 2006  Instructor: Richard Taylor 
8:30 – 10:00am  Network Security
  When it comes to network security, there are plenty of options within Windows Server 2003. You’ll start off discussing old friends such as SMB signing and port filtering, which are still around. Learn how to secure authentication, as well as how to use certificates to increase network communication security. The lesson then moves onto IPSec, an abyss of settings and options you’ll learn decrypt. The new and improved Windows Firewall is also on the menu.
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Track 
Th3 Thursday, March 23, 2006  Instructor: Richard Taylor 
8:30 – 10:00am  Managing and Monitoring Performance
  Although Task Manager has been around a long time, there are new features to learn. There is also the System Monitor (a.k.a. Performance Monitor), ideal for baselining and troubleshooting network, application or system problems. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of software update services (SUS), and how it should work with GPOs. Event Viewer is still essential for monitoring, but the audit policy needs to be set up to fill the security logs. Finally, you’ll be exposed to the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), which is constantly being upgraded and changed to add new features.
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Track 
F3 Friday, March 24, 2006  Instructor: Richard Taylor 
8:30 – 10:00am  PKI and Certificates
  Windows Server 2003 PKI can deploy an enterprise public key infrastructure fairly simply, but understanding the correct hierarchy for your Certificate Authorities (CAs) is essential. Learn the correct design of PKI and your CAs, as well as how to issue and manage the certificates required for the multitude of certificate-using applications. There are plenty of new enhancements with Windows Server 2003 PKI as well, including certificate enrollment, qualified subordination, custom certificate templates and more.
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Track 
F9 Friday, March 24, 2006  Instructor: Richard Taylor 
10:15 – 11:45am  IIS and IIS Security
Windows Server 2003 now has a distinct product for running a Web server. This session will cover the new features of IIS including overlapping recycling, real-time editing of the XML metabase, Application Pools, and Web Service Extensions. Also reviewed will be the key architectural changes that improve stability, security and performance for your Web servers.


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