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Hi all —
I just finished the DNS chapter in the first of my three books on Server 2008. Included in that chapter is a handy-dandy command line reference to DNS, (nearly) everything you need to run your DNS server (whether 2000, 2003 or 2008) from the command line. I thought I’d share it with you, so please give it a look.
But first, a word from our sponsor...
New Installing, Managing and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 seminar is coming to Chicago THIS THURSDAY
After a five year wait, Microsoft released Windows Server 2008 on 27 February 2008. It's the biggest version of Server ever (which, I realize, is pretty much "by definition" for any new version of Server, granted) and it brings lots of changes... so it's time to learn about it! Whether you intend to roll out Server 2008 immediately or in three years, you need to know exactly what benefits, challenges, and opportunities this latest version of Server offers. You could download a small mountain of white papers (mostly written based on Beta 3 and thus are only partially correct), and spend a few weeks testing it to discover the hundreds of changes that 2008 brings... or you could come spend a couple of days with me. I'll tell you and show you what's changed from Server 2003 to Server 2008 — the good, the bad, the wonderful and the awful ... with a chuckle or two thrown in. I'll be in the Chicago (near O'Hare) March 27 and 28, and we just barely have room for a few more. You can get all the scoop at http://www.minasi.com/2008class/. I hope to see some of you there!
Download My "What's New in Vista SP1" PowerPoint
I realize that I'm one of only about 17 people in the world using Vista (well, okay, maybe it's 19), but if you're interested in learning what Vista's new SP1 brings, I've summarized it in a PowerPoint I'll be presenting a few times this year. You're welcome to take a sneak peek at the presentation by downloading it at www.minasi.com/vistasp1.pdf. (And besides, I can always use the feedback.)
Tech Section: DNS Command-Line Cheat Sheet
I just finished the first DNS chapter in my Elements book, the first of my three-book series on Server 2008. I always love talking about DNS -- it’s a fun topic -- but this particular chapter was a joy to write because I mostly threw away the old chapter and wrote an all-new one. In the process, I got a chance to include a lot of coverage of command-line support, now that Microsoft’s gotten serious about letting us do more and more with the command line. It dawned on me, however, that people wanting to refer to my command-line coverage in the chapter might not want to have to look through 100 pages of text, and so I collected all of the CLI DNS commands that I used throughout the chapter into a sort of “DNS cheat sheet.”
It’ll be months before the book arrives, though, and so I thought I’d post this on my site in the hopes that it’ll be of use to someone.
I'm speaking at lots of conferences this spring and if you can't make to my March seminars, please join me at...
The Minasi Forum Meet 2008 in Virginia Beach April 19-23
If you read this newsletter then you probably already know that I've run an online forum at www.minasi.com/forum for the past five and a half years, and if you ever hang around the forum then you know that there are a lot of friendly and helpful people there. For the third time in as many years, we're all getting together to learn from each other, put faces to those online names and have another great time. This year we've got some great guest speakers, including group policy guru Jeremy Moskowitz, PowerShell maven Don Jones, our own deployment diva Rhonda Layfield, Mr. Cisco himself (Todd Lammle), and a bunch of other great speakers covering a variety of topics that may surprise you. Find out more at http://web2.minasi.com/forummeet2008/; I hope to see you there.
TechTarget Vista Road Shows in Chicago, Denver, Raleigh, DC and Minneapolis
TechTarget has been kind enough to ask me back for some more of the one-day Vista road shows that have packed 'em in since Spring 2007. The next few cities are Chicago, Denver, Raleigh, DC and Minneapolis in March, April, May, August and September. It's free so how can you go wrong ... unless you don't sign up before all of the seats are gone? More info at http://events.techtarget.com/vista/.
TechMentor In San Francisco, Orlando, New York and Las Vegas
If you're looking for a Windows technical conference then you'll have plenty to choose from this year, as the TechMentor folks will be running four shows this year: San Francisco on the week of March 30, Orlando on the week of May 12, New York (Brooklyn, actually) the week of 7 September, and Vegas on the week of 13 October. I'm doing a bunch of new breakout sessions, some content on Server 2008 (of course) and more. Info at www.techmentorevents.com.
Windows Connections in Orlando the Week of 27 April
If it's spring, we must be in Orlando! Once again, Penton — the folks who put out the magazine that I write for — has assembled their "mega-show" that co-locates their techie shows on Windows, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, and all kinds of developer stuff, all in the same week. The show is in the Hyatt Grand Cypress, the place they've run it the past few years and not a bad location. I'll be keynoting and presenting technical sessions, including my new "What's IPv6 all about and why do you care?" talk. Information at www.winconnections.com.
The Netherlands in May!
I'll be visiting our Dutch friends in late May to do a short keynote and my two-day Server 2008 seminar (in English -- my Dutch doesn't extend very far past that variety of chocolate, unfortunately). Visit www.lansystems.nl for more information.
TechEd US Orlando 10-13 June
Microsoft gave me six talks this year at the "IT Pro" part of TechEd US 2008, so you know I'm looking forward to it! If you'll be at TechEd 2008, please come by for one or all of my talks. I'm doing
Bring Mark to Your Site to Teach
I'm keeping busy doing Vista seminars and writing, but I've still got time to visit your firm. In just two days, I'll make your current NT techies into 2008, Vista, security, XP, Active Directory or 2003 experts. (And better yet, they won't have to sit through any Redmondian propaganda.) To join the large educational, pharmaceutical, agricultural, aerospace, utility, banking, government, telecommunication, law enforcement, publishing, transportation, military and other organizations that I've assisted, either take a peek at the course outlines at www.minasi.com/presentations.htm, mail our assistant Jean Snead at Assistant@Minasi.com, or call her at (757) 426-1431 (only between noon-5 Eastern time, weekdays, please).
Special European Discount for On-Site Clients!
Well, sort of,. Since the dollar's currently so weak against the euro, why not hire me now, before things change?<g>
Until Next Month...
Have a quiet and safe month.
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