Blain Barton continues his conversation on Group Policy, discussing how Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management increases administrators’ control over managing Group Policy objects.
He speaks with Kevin Sullivan, a Lead Program Manager, and Winni Verhoef, a Senior Product Manager focused on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and the underlying components of Advanced Group Policy Management.
They talk about the difference between what Windows Server does already with Active Directory and GPMC and what’s in the Advanced Group Policy Management as well as workflow management, offline editing, versioning, the roll-back mechanism and what’s
new in relation to Windows Vista.
Plus we have our monthly segment with Kai Axford and Mark Griesi from the Security Response Team, discussing the February Security Bulletin.
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Kevin Sullivan – Kevin has been working in the technology field focused on Microsoft management technologies since the early ‘90s. With IBM Global Services he worked on many Standard Desktop projects and SMS roll outs beginning prior to SMS 1.0. He began training and consulting on SMS, Windows and eventually Windows 2000 and Active Directory. Group Policy was a relatively heavy focus for customers as it was new, it was very different from System Policies and it was essentially a part of the Active Directory offering which was a huge paradigm shift for IT organizations. In the last seven years he’s worked for software companies as a Technical Product Manager assisting in all facets of product development. Working with developers to help them understand the customer needs has been a major focus of his work along with being a bit of a technical evangelist. Helping customers understand how Microsoft’s technologies fit into their environments has always been a critical component of his work.
Winni Verhoef –
Winni Verhoef started his career at Microsoft 8 years ago in The Netherlands as an Evangelist. In that role, he promoted Microsoft’s client products to audiences in various programs (TS2 like) until he shifted to educating
partners on the server side with the introduction of Windows 2000 Server. Later, Winni joined marketing and managed several Microsoft server products. He then moved to the US 2 years ago and into the client group since less than a year. After some successful
projects like Windows Vista Registration and the Windows Vista Product Guide, he is now focusing on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, in particular the underlying components of Advanced Group Policy Management and Asset Inventory Services.
Kai Axford – Kai Axford is a Sr. Security Strategist at Microsoft.
Mark Griesi – Mark Griesi is a Security Product Manager on the Security Response Team at Microsoft.