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[MMS 2013] Session in video are available

April 13, 2013 Leave a comment

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The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through an intensive week of training led by experts in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.

Microsoft published the videos of the sessions and you can watch them on Channel9 :
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/MMS/2013

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Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365

September 7, 2011 1 comment

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We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook.

For details on this book, including the Table of Contents

To download your free PDF eBook, click here. Updates to this eBook, as well as additional eBook formats, will become available in the future, so check this blog for updates.

Office 365 will change your job, not kill it

April 7, 2011 1 comment

Tony Redmond, an Exchange MVP, told IT managers that if they saw their future merely as Exchange administrators, they would be “toast,” asserting that many Exchange organizations are ready to consider hosted messaging services. Redmond said those who embrace and educate themselves about the cloud and Office 365 could prolong their careers.

Microsoft Office 365 bundles Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online into a single package. The company plans to release it sometime later this year.

If willing and able, Exchange administrators can become Office 365 administrators. While Office 365 support takes care of things like backup and recovery, patch management and virus and spam prevention, enterprises will still need in-house administrators to focus on messaging records management, transport rules, email disclaimers, retention policies, role management and more.

So how can admins prepare for Office 365? Mike Crowley, an Exchange MVP and enterprise infrastructure architect with Planet Technologies, Inc., suggested admins regularly visit the Office 365 technical blog.

Other experts suggested IT staff familiarize themselves with remote PowerShell in order to modify user properties in Office 365. PowerShell commands also allow you to perform homegrown applications moves. At a separate DevConnections session, Crowley also mentioned you can use PowerShell to prepare Active Directory for a move to Office 365.

Crowley noted that admins, particularly those managing BlackBerry users, should be energized about Office 365, confirming that the product will offer free BlackBerry licenses to current customers. RIM will also offer a cloud-based BES service.

Windows Server 2008R2 SP1& Windows 7 SP1 brings maturity, but not much else

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

The first service packs for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and Hyper-V R2 will be released to customers later this month, giving IT pros support for more Windows 7 guests in Hyper-V, memory over-commit and the Remote FX desktop virtualization protocol.

Microsoft said today that both service packs are now available for OEM partners and will be available for customers on February 22. The company also added a Software Assurance benefit, called Windows Thin PC, which is a smaller version of Windows 7 for IT shops that may want to repurpose PCs as thin client devices.

Many IT pros consider the first service pack the point when it is safe to upgrade to a new product, so the official release of these upgrades is significant. Microsoft released the Windows SP1 betas during TechEd in June 2010 and the second betas became available in July.

The SP1 for Windows 7 doesn’t include any new features. It is simply a combination of security updates and hot-fixes for bugs that are already available through Windows Update.

However, SP1 is still an important milestone, because once a service pack is ready, the previous release moves closer to its end of life. In this case it’s the original Windows 7 release, said Michael Silver, Gartner Inc.’s Mobile and Client Computing analyst.

“Once SP1 ships, there are only 24 months to deploy it before security fixes are discontinued for SP0,” Silver said. “Many organizations recently got bitten by the end-of-support for XP SP2 and had to pay Microsoft Custom Support — $200,000 to $500,000 for one year – because they never moved to SP3.  Therefore, all organizations need to plan to deploy Win7 SP1 and have it done by 24 months after it ships.”

Because SP1 doesn’t bring significant improvements, Microsoft had been telling customers not to wait for the first service pack before upgrading to Windows 7.  

A number of customers took that advice, as Windows 7 accounted for 20% in global usage of operating systems share in December 2010, up 1.18% from November.  Windows XP still had 56.72% market share in December, and Windows Vista only had 12.11% that month, according to NetMarketShare, an Internet technology statistics website run by Net Applications.

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The first service pack for Windows Server is significant, particularly for desktop virtualization users who will want Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This release includes Dynamic Memory, Microsoft’s new virtual machine memory management feature, and the VDI remote protocol RemoteFX.

RemoteFX is essentially a set of Remote Desktop Protocol technologies that deliver videos and graphics to virtual desktops. It’s similar to Citrix Systems’ HDX technology and VMware’s PCoIP.

Michael Cherry, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, a Kirkland, Wash.-based consulting firm, said both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are good releases, and the SP1 appears to have been well tested, so IT pros shouldn’t hesitate deploying them.