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07 January 2008

Microsoft Enterprise Search Workshops

[Update: 26 Jan] February workshops are now full and registration has been closed

[Update: 15 Jan] January workshops are now full and registration has been closed

To kick off 2008, amongst other things, Microsoft UK is running a series of Enterprise Search workshops. The focus of the day is to explore how Microsoft products and services can be configured and used to improve information findability*. And the workshop content is being designed and delivered by yours truly :-)

The workshops are being held at Microsoft's UK training facility in Chertsey. If you are interested in attending, select one of the following dates to view the agenda and register online (no fee):

The workshop will be a mix of presentation, demonstration and discussion, with slides kept to the minimum (handouts will be provided) and the emphasis on interactive demos (no scripts) supported by case studies. The final session of the day will be a walkthrough installing and configuring Microsoft's free** search product - Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express Edition. Anyone who brings along a laptop can be assisted in setting up their own installation. You will need to be running Windows Server 2003 or later, either on the laptop or inside a virtual machine and it will help if you have some content ready to be indexed.

If you are planning to attend and there is anything specific you would like to see or ask about, either drop me an email or leave a comment here. Each workshop will be individually tailored to ensure attendees get as much out of the day as possible.

*Findability is still not in the Oxford English Dictionary, but give it time...

** Free as in can only be installed on a Windows Server and you do need a license for that