Vista Adoption: When, How and What Changed? A free One Day Seminar.

Find out how to prepare for a Vista rollout from best-selling author Mark Minasi!

Microsoft reengineered desktop management and security in its next gen Vista operating system and, in doing so, created a host of administrative challenges for IT managers along with some innovative technologies and deployment tools. In this seminar, independent expert Mark Minasi -- author of Administering Vista Security: The Big Surprises and Mastering Vista Business -- shows you how to prepare for Vista deployment using his trademark wit and wisdom gained from 23 years in the trenches of Windows IT.

Whether you are deploying soon or are still in the planning stages, attend this seminar to find out what you need to know about key migration issues such as licensing and application compatibility. And get time-saving tips about the Windows Automated Installation Kit and learn the pluses and minuses of new desktop security technologies like the controversial User Account Control and Windows Integrity Control that protects systems from rootkits.

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Attend this seminar to learn:

Your morning starts out with breakfast and the day's agenda includes time for Q&A, networking opportunities and tons of valuable information. And benefit from these key sessions:

Session 1: Vista, Take Two: Vista Service Pack 1

Vista’s finally got its very own service pack, Vista SP1! Is it the fix for Vista’s woes? What’s in it… and how much fun will it be to deploy? This opening talk explains in detail what SP1 does for Vista and, in a few cases, what it does to Vista. You’ll learn what SP1 does to speed up Vista, what new features it exposes and what new annoyances it introduces.

You’ll learn about:

  • Vista SP1’s deployment tools
  • SP1-related changes to Vista’s deployment tools
  • What SP1 speeds up on Vista
  • How to clean up SP1’s mess after installing
  • What SP1 takes away
  • Improvements to BitLocker and Terminal Services from SP1

Session 2: Desktop Security

With the arrival of Vista, the phrase "Windows security" becomes just a bit less oxymoronic. In addition to tightening up existing security, Vista adds some completely new security mechanisms, some of which are so subtle -- but important -- that even an experienced IT manager may not know that they exist. In this session, find out a few of the most (and least) important Vista innovations for improving desktop security.

You’ll learn about:

  • How User Account Control (UAC) works under the hood in Vista and Server 2008
  • Solving legacy application compatibility with UAC-aware manifests
  • Understanding Windows Integrity Control, the "stealth" security tool to defend against rootkits
  • Vista and Server 2008's new services architecture
  • Vista's new services architecture
  • BitLocker
  • Anti-malware limitations of Vista and Server 2008
  • 64-bit gotchas
  • Network Access Protection/Network Access Control

Session 3: New Deployment and Management Tools

While some of the management applications that IT managers and administrators will see in Vista are largely unchanged from the familiar XP tools, there are quite a number that are either all-new or radically different. Picking through Vista to find and evaluate those tools can be quite time-consuming. Attend this session and learn what comes in the box and what doesn’t.

You’ll learn about:

  • Windows Automated Installation Kit and Vista Business Desktop Deployment tools including ImageX, Windows PE, Windows System Image Manager, Windows Image (WIM) files
  • Vista and Server 2008's all-new Event Viewer
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
  • New Group Policy tools in Vista and Server 2008
  • Task Scheduler
  • Reliability Monitor
  • bcdedit, the new boot.ini
  • Network tools
  • Vista scripting and Powershell


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Attend this free seminar for the chance to win a GPS and other prizes!

You can also enter to win a copy of one of Mark Minasi's latest books, Administering Windows Vista Security: The Big Surprises and Mastering Windows Vista Business.

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Date & Locations


8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions

9:05 AM
Session 1: Vista, Take Two: Vista Service Pack 1

10:20 AM
Solution Presentations

10:30 AM
Peer Networking/ Refreshment Break

11:15 AM
Session 2: Desktop Security

12:30 PM
Solution Presentations

12:40 PM
Lunch and Exhibits Open

1:40 PM
Session 3: New Deployment and Management Tools

2:55 PM
Raffle/Seminar Concludes