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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla
Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:00 AM - Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:00 PM Central Time
Welcome Time: 7:30 AM

Theater - Regal Brooklyn Center 20
6420 Camden Avenue North
Minneapolis Minnesota 55430
United States

Event Overview:
Join your local TechNet Events team for valuable new tools and technical content – all delivered live by experienced IT pros. We’ll explore Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing, take a quick tour of Microsoft Online Services and Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), and discuss how the Software-plus-Services computing model blends the power of local software with the benefits of the Internet. Next, you’ll see why System Center Configuration Manager 2007 is a great way to comprehensively assess, deploy and update your servers, clients and devices. Last up, we’ll demonstrate the features and functionality of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and show you how to harness this powerful virtualization management platform. TechNet Events are free learning sessions designed to tackle your toughest IT challenges. You’ll always get the latest tips, tools and inside information with lots of time to talk shop with your peers. Register today!

Session 1: Where the Web meets local software: Cloud computing with Software-plus-Services
With the ever-growing power of devices and the increasing ubiquity of the Web, Software-plus-Services is an emerging computing model that combines the power of local software with the benefits of the Internet. Software-plus-Services represents an industry shift toward design that is neither exclusively software-centric, nor browser-focused. Microsoft envisions a world where rich, highly functional and elegant experiences extend from the PC to the Web to the devices people use every day. This session will explore Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing, and take you on a quick tour of Microsoft Online Services and Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). BPOS is a set of Microsoft-hosted messaging and collaboration solutions, including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft Office Communications Online. A Software-plus-Services computing model such as BPOS is pertinent to businesses of various sizes, because it reduces the need for IT to maintain hardware and software, while offering high availability, comprehensive security, and simplified IT management on mission critical applications and platforms.

Session 2: Master your environment with System Center Configuration Manager 2007
As more clients and servers are added to your environment, the task of managing these resources becomes much more complex. Knowing the range of available hardware and software, while keeping the machines current with the latest applications and patch updates can become onerous. But don’t despair ¬– there’s a solution to this problem. System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM 2007) is the ideal way to comprehensively assess, deploy, and update your servers, clients, and devices – across physical, virtual, distributed, and mobile environments. See how you can take control of your infrastructure, and you can also leverage SCCM 2007’s integration with Network Access Protection (NAP) to quickly and easily remediate machines throughout the organization that don’t meet the network policy requirements. You’ll see how simple this remediation process can be, regardless of whether machines are communicating with your network through VPN, hardwired, or wireless connections.

Session 3: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 – A Technical Overview
Did you know that Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 can manage ALL of your server virtualization? Not only does SCVMM 2008 manage your Windows Virtual Server virtualization, but this latest version also manages Hyper-V, and even VMWare-based virtualization. SCVMM 2008 is the solid foundation for all of your mission-critical virtualization management. We’ll introduce you to the benefits and functionality of this powerful virtualization management platform and how it fits into the big picture of efficient and dynamic virtualized computing resource management. We’ll also demonstrate the solution’s key features and tools. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 can help you to effectively and productively manage your virtualized

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