May, 2010

  • Can you manage your Windows Datacenter Edition servers with System Center Essentials 2010

    One of our partners build a 4 node Hyper-V cluster with Datacenter Edition and wants to use System Center Essentials 2010 to manage the Virtualization layer. As SCE 2010 can manage up to 50 Machines it is the ideal solution for his environment.

    However According to the TechNet article (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/bb422876.aspx) we only support Windows Server Standard and Enterprise Edition.

    Our Product team confirmed to me that you can manage the Windows Datacenter Edition with SCE. The reason why it’s not on the supported list yet is because we are still finalizing the test. But they confirmed that there is no technical reason not to do it.

  • Deploy Microsoft Silverlight in a controlled network environment

    One of mu colleagues David Tesar wrote a guide how you can deploy Microsoft Silverlight in a controlled newtork environment. The guide will document the different options and processes involved deploying Silverlight in a networked environment.

    The guide has been updated wit some major new additions like:

    • Deploying and managing Silverlight out of browser (OOB) applications
    • Links to the Updated Group policies and template (ADMX/L files) which includes new capabilities to lockdown:
      • Silverlight Trusted Applications — allows users to install out-of-browser applications via the Install dialog
      • WebCam and Microphone — allows webpages and applications to access the microphone and webcam
    • UDP Multicast Networking — allows webpages and applications to do UDP multicast networking

    Download the guide

  • Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 – Now in Beta Release!

    VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

    · Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.

    · Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.

    · Virtual machine templates.

    · Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.

    · Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.

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    Join the Beta Program
  • ProExchange: Using TMG 2010 and DPM 2010 in an Exchange infrastructure

    We will provide you with an overview Data Protection Manager 2010 and Thread Management Gateway 2010 including some real-life demos.

    Note that we won't be exploring these products in all their glory but instead we focus on the requirements when deploying Exchange 2010.

    Configuring DPM 2010:

    We will go through a quick overview of the new features of DPM 2010 and what you need to be aware off when deploying DPM for Exchange. But more importantly we will show you in a demo how to perform backups of Exchange 2010 Databases and how to restore Database, Mailbox and Items.


    Configuring TMG 2010:

    Again we will go through a quick overview of the new featues of TMG 2010 and what you need to be aware off when deploying Exchange 2010. A demo will show you how easy it is to publish Exchange services such as Outlook Web Access, Autodiscover, Activesync, Exchange Control Panel, etc.


    In addition if you have any questions you would like the speaker to address during the sessions please don't hesitate to submit them to
    info@pro-exchange.be


    Agenda:

           18:00   Reception (there will be sandwiches and drinks)

           18:45   Session 1: Configuring DPM 2010

           19:45   Session 2: Configuring TMG 2010

           20:30   Closing with Q&A and drinks


    When:

    Monday the 7th of June 2010


    Where:

    We will be hosting this meeting at the offices of Avanade in Medialaan 38, 1800 Vilvoorde

    >>>  Click here to register for this event <<<
  • TechNet Magazine–May 2010 Edition


    magazinemay2010Editor’s Note: Keeping Tabs on Remote Offices

    With the myriad challenges you face every day as an IT manager, keeping a corporate network running that supports all sorts of remote offices has got to rank somewhere near the top. You have all the standard challenges—providing the right applications, ensuring certain performance and service levels, maintaining bandwidth and capacity planning, ensuring a rock-solid backup and disaster recovery plan—and now you have to do it from miles away. And there’s often no one at the remote office who “speaks IT.” Read more...

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers: Plan Carefully for RODCs

    Read-only domain controllers are new features of the Active Directory Domain Services in the Windows Server 2008 R2 and they represent a fundamental change to how you’d typically use domain controllers.

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core: Securing the Branch Office Connection

    Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to make fundamental changes to how you can deploy and leverage domain controllers (DCs) in remote environments.

  • Edge Videos: From Identity Synchronization to Identity Management

    Wider identity conversation with Kim Cameron

    Kim Cameron is Chief Architect of Identity in the Identity and Security division, where he works on establishing a user-centric identity architecture for the Internet, and ensuring Active Directory, Federation Services, Identity Lifecycle Manager, CardSpace and Microsoft’s other identity products become its leading implementations.

    Cameron blogs at www.identityblog.com, where he published the Laws of Identity.

    Forefront Identity Manager 2010: from identity synchronization to identity management

    The session will provide a technical overview of Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010. The product’s architecture will be covered, with emphasis on the new components that have been layered on top of the synchronization engine of its predecessor, ILM 2007. Live demos will be given in order to show how easily and effectively FIM 2010 can automate identity management processes within complex organizations, which require much more than pure data synchronization.

    Speaker: Federico Guerrini

    Microsoft Identity & Access Management: Business Needs and IT Challenges

    Today’s economy has increased the strain to run a lower-cost, more secure IT infrastructure that also enables workers to complete their work quickly and with flexibility. This situation can create a seemingly impossible challenge between workers who want the flexibility of a dynamic work environment and an IT department that needs greater control and manageability. When it comes to managing identity and access across an organization (or within the new organization formed by mergers), even the simplest things can introduce security (and policy) failures, multiply hidden costs, and leave both end users and IT personnel frustrated. As a result, there is proliferation of IDs and passwords. Users need to have different IDs and passwords associated with different resources creating challenges of password management and of course, loss of passwords or inability to access a resource triggers a help desk call. Every help desk call that is generated is a loss to the business in terms of time and agility.

    Speaker: Henk Den Baes

  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 now open!

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    The Beta 2 for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now open.

    Join the beta review program and help influence the development of the toolkit. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 at Microsoft Connect.

    The MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite and SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 discovery and assessment for consolidation, Windows 2000 Server migration recommendations, and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies—now including Office 2010.

    Is your organization spending valuable resources planning its IT infrastructure? Participate in the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2. Take an early look at this release, and provide timely feedback to help ensure that the MAP development team builds the tool to best meets your needs.

  • Registration for TechEd Europe is open

    Register for Tech∙Ed Europe by 5 July and Save €500

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    Tech∙Ed Europe returns to Berlin this November 8 – 12, for a full week of deep technical education, hands-on-learning and opportunities to connect with Microsoft and Community experts one-on-one.  Register by 5 July and receive your conference pass for only €1,395 – a €500 savings.


    Arrive Early and Get a Jumpstart on Technical Sessions

    Choose from 8 pre-conference seminars led by Microsoft and industry experts, and selected to give you a jumpstart on technical learning.  Additional fees apply.  Conference attendees receive a €100 discount.  

    Join the Tech∙Ed Europe Email List for Event Updates

    Get the latest event news before the event, and find out more about what’s happening onsite.  Join the Tech∙Ed Europe email list today!

    Tech∙Ed provides the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s suite of released, or soon to be released, products, solutions and services. Tech∙Ed is for technology professionals who are involved in implementing, deploying or building solutions using Microsoft technologies.  Learn more about Tech∙Ed Europe.

  • Belgian Best of MMS session are online

    A couple of weeks ago we organized a Best of MMS event together with our local MVP’s and SCUG user group. We’ve published all the sessions onto the Belux page on TechNet Edge

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    Session 1: Belgian Best of MMS: System Center State of the Union

    In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. In this session we will give you an overview of the different announcements made at MMS.

    Session 2: Belgian Best of MMS: The top 20 “Must Have“ customizations in Operations Manager
    This session will look at the 20 most common configuration changes or customizations that we implement in our consulting engagements. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to optimize their Operations Manager installation. This session will walk through the 'eureka' configurations that all customers love and utilize on a frequent basis within their environments. If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session.
    Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen http://www.scug.be/blogs/

    Session 3: Belgian Best of MMS: Introduction into Service Manager
    Service Manager is about to RTM – are you ready? Learn more about the capabilities, how to design and deploy a Service Manager infrastructure. After this session you will have insight in how Service Manager works and how to implement it in your infrastructure.
    Speaker: Kurt Vanhoecke  System Center Service Manager

    Session 4: Belgian Best of MMS: Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010
    The release of DPM 2010 is just a few weeks after MMS 2010, so this session (the 1st in a 4 part series) will cover installing a new DPM 2010 server, and then provide an overview of the core capabilities and enhanced protection/recovery scenarios.
    Speaker: Mike Resseler System Center Data Protection Manager

    Session 5: Belgian Best of MMS: Systems Management in Midsized Organizations with System Center Essentials 2010
    For organizations up to 500 PCs and 50 servers, Microsoft is releasing System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to provide service monitoring, software deployments and updates, and management of physical and virtual machines. This single product is designed for midsized organizations, so this session will be full of demonstrations as we look at each of the major aspects of SCE 2010, including server and client monitoring, software deployment and patching, virtualization management and migration, and how to get started with easy setup and configuration. Come see it here first
    Speaker: Mike Resseler Blog Mike

    Session 6: Belgian Best of MMS: Opalis IT Process Automation: Introduction & Technical Overview
    This session will walk you through the Opalis workflow designer demonstrating along the way how to integrate System Center products with other IT tools to create automated processes. You will also see how Opalis customers have automated best practices for incident management, provisioning and change management
    Speaker: David De Backer – Technology Advisor Microsoft Belux

    Session 7: System Center Configuration Manager vNext
    In this session we present Microsoft’s vision for user-centric client management, and demonstrate improvements from Configuration Manager 2007. This session promises to be very interesting. We demonstrate a functioning product to showcase some of these major improvements, so you know you can't miss it!
    Speaker: Kenny Buntinx - System Center Configuration Manager

  • New Infrastructure Planning Guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released an updated guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 helps organizations address key design decisions and confidently plan the efficient implementation of a SQL Server infrastructure. The tasks addressed in this guide help technical decision makers identify the appropriate SQL Server roles needed as well as determine the infrastructure components, server placement, and fault-tolerance configuration necessary to meet planning requirements. By using this guidance, organizations can make efficient planning and optimal design decisions for their SQL Server infrastructures.

    Download the IPD Guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160982

  • Interesting articles to help you Managing and Deploying Windows 7

     

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  • New White Paper: High Performance SQL Server Workloads on Hyper-V

    This new white paper discuss how you can run SQL server workloads on our Hyper-V (R2) infrastructure.

    The tests in this white paper demonstrate that Hyper-V provides the performance and scalability needed to run SQL Server workloads in consolidation scenarios. As an example, the following diagram compares OLTP workload performance of 8 stacked native instances and 8 stack virtual instances.

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    You can read the details of the results and analysis in the whitepaper.

  • Next It-Talks event “Exchange in the cloud or in the Datacenter”


    IT-ShortTalk: Thursday 10 June 2010 - 19u00 – 21u30

    Titel: Messaging on-premise – in the cloud

    Abstract: During this session Ilse will shed some light on the pro’s and con’s of on-premise or in the cloud messaging. She will highlight all that exchange 2010 can bring you and the BPOS suite has to offer. It will be a great opportunity to ask you questions on this very hot subject and network with people facing the same questions.

    Speaker: Ilse Van Criekinge

    Registration required: http://ittalksshorttalk.eventbrite.com

    Where: conxion.be (The offices are next to the Sportcentrum) - Hoogstraat 134 – 136    8540 Deerlijk

    2) IT-FullTalk: Saturday 19 June 2010 - 10u00 – 17u30

    Titel: Migrating Exchange 2003/2007 to exchange 2010

    Abstract: During this session Ilse will guide us through the on premises upgrade of an existing exchange infrastructure to the latest and greatest exchange 2010. As always this session will be all practical do it your self.

    Speaker: Ilse Van Criekinge

    Registration required: http://ittalksfulltalk.eventbrite.com

    Entry fee: 15€ for food and drinks all day

    what you need: As with all your session you will need to bring:

    • your own laptop 64 bits virtualization capable.
    • HyperV or VMware workstation / Server / Player (pre-installed and opperational)
    • A power socket cable with multiple outlets
    • A network cable of 5m or more

    Where: conxion.be (The offices are next to the Sportcentrum) - Hoogstraat 134 – 136    8540 Deerlijk

    Source: http://trycatch.be/blogs/decaluwet/archive/2010/05/10/next-it-talks-event-exchange-the-cloud-or-the-datacenter.aspx