I attended the Microsoft TS2 event today. I only found out about this through the Lockergnome post telling people to attend for a free copy of MS software. Well, the post was right, you do get to choose from three different software titles for attending, but the seminar was much more.
The main focus of the event is to give MS Partners a moderately in-depth overview of new products and technologies. Today’s event focused on MS Small Business Server 2003, with which I was more than just mildly impressed, in addition to Virtual PC 2004, Infopath (part of Office 2003 Professional edition), and patch management.
Here are the notes from the meeting that I took:
- As a MS partner, one can subscribe to the Action Pack for only $299 the first year and $199 each additional year. This subscription gets you NFR copies of almost all of the MS desktop and server software, including 10 CALs for use in your own business. This is huge, since I thought the only way to get this was to be a Certified Partner or an MSDN subscriber.
- During the overview of MS SBS 2003, I saw some pretty nice interface things they did, including the Remote Web Workspace. Remote Web Workspace can be accessed through http://servername/remote. The login will then determine the options with which one is presented.
- One domain I was unaware of, though I had used it in signing up for the TS2 event is Connect to Microsoft. This site has links to the various MS Connect conferences, like TS2.
- Another new domain I was unaware of is MS USA Partner Readiness.
- There is a way that SBS 2003 owners can get 5 free CALs from Microsoft as an apology for a problem with Sharepoint. Go to this site to order the CALs. The offer for the free CALs is only good through 2/5/2004.
I have already registered for next week’s MS Technet Security Briefing that is being held in the same location. I’ll post on that one after the meeting.