Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pointsec for PC: 2008 Minnesota Government IT Symposium

Just a heads up for all of you Pointsec fans out there. I'm going to be teaching a one day workshop on all things Pointsec at the 2008 Minnesota Government IT Symposium. If you work for the State of Minnesota I think you can take this class for free. If not, then you'll have to pay for the pleasure of my company. The event is on December 16, so there isn't much time left for you to sign up if you're interested.

I'm planning to do things a little bit differently for this workshop. Since Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty ordered all state laptop computers to be encrypted, and since State agencies are able to purchase Pointsec on the cheap, I'm going to assume that everyone in the workshop already plans to use Pointsec. So I'm not going to spend any time talking about why you should encrypt and why Pointsec is a good product to encrypt with. In fact, I'm going to do as little lecturing as possible. Instead, I'm going to try to set up a workshop that is almost entirely labs. We're going to cover the standard stuff: installing, remote installation, update profiles, troubleshooting, etc. We're hopefully going to delve into some things that I don't normally cover like Network Location Awareness, creating a Pointsec boot disk, and using Temporary accounts. I hope to see a lot of people there.

In other news, I haven't been updated the blog at all lately. My wife and I are in the process of finishing our basement and I haven't had any time to get on the computer. I've been getting up in the morning, going to work, coming home to watch the baby while my wife works, and then working on the basement until I go to bed. So sorry. I am working on some things that need to go in the blog. I need to write up part 2 of my posting about upgrading Pointsec with Microsoft System Center. I'm also trying to finish reading a book so I can write up a book report. I doubt that we'll see more than one more blog posting in November.

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