Microsoft Tech Ed 2000 Win2K Attendee Network Fails Miserably
ORLANDO, FLA Microsoft Tech Ed Conference. Microsoft Conference attendees
were plagued with shared computer access issues on the Microsoft prepared
and installed Windows 2000 professional Network which utilized Compaq
Pentium III Deskpros. Attendees were assigned an id# and password from
which they could access e-mail, conference events and web access; unfortunately
it wasn't quite that easy.
Conference Attendees paid $1395 (USD) to attend the annual Microsoft Tech
Ed conference for administrative and development tips, in addition to
viewing the latest cutting edge software and hardware. While the educational
sessions went smoothly and the vendor trade show was a success; user access
to computers was miserable.
sitting at one Windows 2000 desktop we waited a solid five minutes just
to complete the logon process only to find that the wide area network
speeds and feeds were so poor as to make the entire process pointless.
More advanced Win2K users were using the 'NET SEND' command, (which allows
a user to send an immediate pop up window to every user on the network),
to air their concerns. A few examples of user comments include:
put this network together should be fired"
2000 Should be Scrapped"
At the minimum
this is an embarrassment for Microsoft and should have been resolved prior
to the conference kick off. Even the typical Microsoft fanatics were more
than a little disgruntled.
After chatting with several companies planning their Windows 2000 migration
and/or upgrade, we were told that the problems encountered with the Microsoft
installed and configured network had raised numerous red flags in their
minds, prompting one company to refrain from moving forward until such
a time that a multiple node Windows 2000 network has been proved reliable