TechMentor Conference

Here’s my semi-annual plug for the conference I regularly speak at:
Experience the Premiere Conference for Windows IT Professionals
TechMentor Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

TechMentor provides focused training — by expert instructors — on integrating, managing, securing and troubleshooting your Microsoft Windows server systems.


100 Sessions, 6 Tracks:
. Exchange/SQL Server
. Scripting and Automation
. Security
. System and Network Troubleshooting
. MCSA: Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
. MCSE: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Who Should Attend:
. Network and Systems Administrators
. Network and Systems Engineers
. IS/IT Managers and Directors
. MCPs, MCSAs and MCSEs
. Security Specialists
. IT/Systems/Technical Analysts
. Helpdesk/Desktop Support
. Consultants


Here are the sessions I will be giving:

Monday, October 09, 2006 Instructor: Richard Taylor
12:30 – 2:00pm MCSE: Physical and Logical Devices
  Hard drives are the most important physical and logical devices on a Windows system. With basic disks, dynamic disks, volumes, partitions and troubleshooting, there’s a lot to know. Don’t forget about handling drivers, driver signing and driver rollback. You’ll learn about disk quotas, defragmentation, removable drives and how the operating system detects and handles these devices.
Monday, October 09, 2006 Instructor: Richard Taylor
4:00 – 5:30pm MCSE: RAS and Remote Administration

This session will dig deep into remote access services, covering protocols, security, RAS clients and permissions. RAS policies — the heart of RAS security — will be demystified so you can fully understand how to create and manage them. You’ll also learn about other remote access topics like Remote Desktop, Remote Assistance, Terminal Services for administration (which has new names and interfaces for Windows Server 2003) and tools like the MMC and how to use the Adminpak for administration.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Instructor: Richard Taylor
3:30 – 5:00pm MCSE: Network Security
  When it comes to network security, there are plenty of options within Windows Server 2003. You’ll get reacquainted with old friends like SMB signing and port filtering, learn how to secure authentication and how to use certificates to increase network communication security. You’ll also get into IPSec — an abyss of settings and options you’ll learn to decrypt – and the new and improved Windows Firewall, which you can control almost 100% through GPOs.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 Instructor: Richard Taylor
8:30 – 10:00am MCSE: IIS and IIS Security
  Windows Server 2003 now has a distinct product for running a Web server – IIS. You’ll learn the new features of IIS including overlapping recycling, real-time editing of the XML metabase, Application Pools, Web Service Extensions, and the key architectural changes that improve stability, security and performance for your Web servers.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006 Instructor: Richard Taylor
4:00 – 5:30pm MCSE: Managing and Monitoring Performance
  Although Task Manager has been around a long time, it has several new features for you to learn. There’s also the System Monitor (a.k.a. Performance Monitor), which is 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. You’ll also see Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), which is constantly being upgraded with new features.


Thursday, October 12, 2006 Instructor: Richard Taylor
10:15 – 11:45am MCSE: Disaster Recovery and Backups
  Learn how to navigate the myriad options for troubleshooting, backup and recovery. There are still familiar tools like Last Known Good and NTbackup, as well as new options like Automated System Recovery and Volume Shadow Copy. For Active Directory, there are also System State and authoritative restores, the Recovery Console, tombstoning and emergency management.


Friday, October 13, 2006 Instructor: Richard Taylor
8:30 – 10:00am MCSE: 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. You’ll 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 PKI enhancements as well, including certificate enrollment, qualified subordination and custom certificate templates.


Friday, October 13, 2006 Instructor: Richard Taylor
10:15 – 11:45am MCSE: Review Session
  Do you still have burning questions about Microsoft technologies, exams, or the exam process? This is the time for those questions. We’ll open up the floor to your questions, and guide you through some summary activities to help solidify your knowledge from the week. We will look at a few archived Microsoft questions that give you a clear understanding of the type of questions you’ll be up against when you sit for the exams. Remember, “There are no stupid questions.” Bring your questions to this session.

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