I only get limited time to play with stuff in my virtual lab between working 8 hours a day and commuting for another 3.5. This is some of the stuff I’m looking to work on (or have worked on) and want to document and put up on this site.
I’m a big fan of SMS 2003 and MOM 2005 and that will continue with CM 2007 and OM 2007. I’ve had some time to play with the beta releases in the past and I will definitely spend more time with them, hopefully starting this side of Christmas/New Years. We can expect RTM releases in mid 2007.
I’ve had a very quick look at Exchange 2007 and like what I saw at a high level. I’m scheduled to get some more hands-on next month. That was supposed to happen early last month but my contract started the day before. I’d like to have a look at some of Exchange in a bit more detail but I don’t know how much documentation I’ll get done. Guys like Nathan Winters can do Exchange much better than me.
Vista will be available to Volume License with SA, MSDN and TechNet customer this month, maybe even next week. Obviously I want to have a look at Vista. My focus will start with OS deployment. I really don’t think the Irish market is going to jump at Vista. It’ll take at least 12 months at least before any demand gets going. Still, Mark Minasi has a Vista security book on the way and a Mastering Vista book in his lineup.
I’ve spent a bit of time with Microsoft Sybari for Exchange 2006 on an Exchange 2003 cluster. I’ve got that running on a virtual cluser in Virtual Server 2005 R2. I’ve been meaning to document that for some time so that’ll be on the way soon.
Speaking of Microsoft Anti-Virus, Forefront Client Security is currently in private beta. I’ve put in a request to sign up for the public beta. I’m really looking forward to that release.
What I’m planning to do next is Windows Deployment Services (WDS). I was hoping to include it in my Windows 2003/XP x64 SP2 document but that was starting to get too big without WDS being delved into. I"m hoping I can get this working in a virtual environment. I’ve got my RIS server working and I’ve upgraded to W2003 R2 SP2 so we’ll likely see how it goes next week.
I only get to work on this stuff on alternate weekends. Somewhere I’ve got to fit in a life outside of IT: friends, family, sitting in bogs or ditches with my camera waiting for the right animal or birds to pass by and sleep, the latter being all to rare lately.