January, 2011

  • TechDays 2011: Early Bird Pricing Extended Until 28 February 2011

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    Register now with extended Early Bird pricing
    Discover new technologies and increase your knowledge about current technologies on April 26, 27 and 28 at Metropolis, Antwerp. Do you want to attend at a discounted price? We have good news for you: the Early Bird pricing period has been extended until February 28, 2011. Register now and save up to €125!

    Why you should not miss this year's TechDays
    TechDays 2011 delivers more than 80 technical sessions presented by top national and international speakers. The 3-day conference covers overview to very technical sessions how to learn to write PowerShell scripts, how to lockdown your pc infrastructure with Applocker and Group Policies, how to build high available virtualization infrastructure, what VDI is and what the impact will be on your infrastructure. Finally you will also discover the vnext versions of some of the System Center product and the future of SQL Server.

    Deep dives
    On April 28th we are organizing different deep dives. Deep dives are full day post-conference workshops delivered by industry experts.
    This year's Deep Dives are focused on Application Lifecycle Management, the Cloud (Windows Azure Platform), Direct Access and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
    For the ALM Deep Dive we can also confirm that some of the speakers are Visual Studio ALM Rangers (check out this site
    if you don't know what the Rangers are).

    Top speakers

    Even more top speakers have been confirmed, out of which we can give you a few names including Vittorio Bertocci, Glenn Block, Brian Keller, Rob Miles, Ingo Rammer, Clemens Vasters, Don Jones, Dan Holme, Jeremy Moskowitz, Dandy Weyn, John Craddock and many more…
    Keep an eye on the TechDays website
    as we will continuously announcing confirmed speakers and sessions.

    Save your seats for TechDays 2011!

  • Quicker, easier server consolidation assessments with MAP Toolkit 5.5

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    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for free download.

    Download MAP 5.5

    Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool is now even better—with assessment for easier migration to the Windows Azure platform, heterogeneous database discovery (of MySQL, Oracle and Sybase instances) for SQL Server migration projects, Windows Internet Explorer migration assessment, and much more—MAP 5.5 includes new features to help you streamline planning for your next migration project.

    MAP works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more.

    Download MAP 5.5

  • Jan–Feb: Upcoming French and English TechNet live meetings

    25/01 - Group policies: Enhancing your Windows 7 deployment using GPO accelerator
    During this session we’ll see how you can use the GPO accelerator kit to enhance your Windows 7 deployment and what you can do to make your systems more secure, more flexible and managed using freely available GPO settings and some from the field tips and tricks.

    Speaker: Tom Decaluwé - http://trycatch.be/blogs/decaluwet/
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    27/01 - TechNet Licensing - Software Assurance
    Software Assurance (SA): quel est la valeur ajoutée pour un professionnel IT? - Aperçu des avantages de SA - Quels sont les avantages techniques de SA? - Comment convaincre vos supérieurs de la valeur de SA pour votre organisation? - Pratique: comment, quand et où puis-je utiliser les avantages de SA?

    Orateur: Patrick Viaene
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    01/02 – Sytem Center Essentials 2010: A day out of the life of an IT generalist

    Join us in this session where Mike, an IT Administrator for a small company, will show you how he manages his day-to-day work better, faster and more acurate with System Center Essentials. In this all-demo session, he will show you the different features of System Center Essentials and how they make his life easier…

    Speaker: Mike Resseler - http://scug.be/blogs/
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  • Jan–March: Upcoming Dutch and English TechNet live meetings

    25/01 - Group policies: Enhancing your Windows 7 deployment using GPO accelerator
    During this session we’ll see how you can use the GPO accelerator kit to enhance your Windows 7 deployment and what you can do to make your systems more secure, more flexible and managed using freely available GPO settings and some from the field tips and tricks.

    Speaker: Tom Decaluwé - http://trycatch.be/blogs/decaluwet/
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    27/01 - TechNet Licensing - Software Assurance
    Software Assurance (SA): wat is de toegevoegde waarde voor een IT professional? - Overzicht van de huidige SA voordelen - Wat zijn de technische SA voordelen? - Hoe je management overtuigen van de waarde van SA voor je organisatie? - Praktisch: hoe, waar en wanneer kan ik gebruik maken van mijn SA voordelen? Spreker: Patrick Viaene

    Speaker: Patrick Viaene
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    01/02 – Sytem Center Essentials 2010: Een dag uit het leven van een IT’er
    Neem deel aan deze sessie, waarin Mike, IT administrator in een kleine onderneming, ons toont hoe hij zijn dagelijkse taken sneller, efficiënter en accurater beheert met System Center Essentials. In deze uitgebreide demosessie legt hij uit hoe de verschillende functies van System Center Essentials zijn werk vergemakkelijken …

    Speaker: Mike Resseler - http://scug.be/blogs/

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    24/02 - Identiteitsbeheer uitbreiden naar de cloud
    Cloud Computing is momenteel een veelbesproken thema in ICT, dat verschillende uitdagingen met zich meebrengt, ook op het vlak van beveiliging. Eén daarvan is de uitbreiding van het identiteitsbeheer van een onderneming naar de cloud en de correcte implementatie van de beveiligingspolicies wanneer de infrastructuur geheel of gedeeltelijk naar de cloud wordt overgebracht.

    Speaker: Paul Loonen – http://be-id.blogspot.com
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    03/03 - Upgraden naar Windows 2008 R2 – Notes from the field
    In deze sessie bespreken we de problemen en valkuilen die het vaakst optreden bij de migratie van Active Directory naar Windows 2008 R2. Het is de bedoeling om vragen en twijfels te verduidelijken en ervoor te zorgen dat de deelnemers weten welke acties ze voor en tijdens de migratie moeten uitvoeren om een vlotte overgang te garanderen.
    Speaker: Ward Pauwels – PFE Microsoft
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  • Upcoming User Group Events

     

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    It-Talks next event: 5 Feb 2011 “Secure anywhere access using UAG.”

    Saturday 5 February 2011 10h00-17h00

    Subject: Secure anywhere access using UAG.

    Abstract: During this session we will have a look at the what UAG is, where it differs from TMG and the rich feature set this product has to offer as internet publishin device. As with all It-Talks sessions we will be installing and configuring our own UAG gateways to get a first hands on experiance with this great product.

    Speaker: Tom Decaluwe

    Registration: http://ittalksuag.eventbrite.com/

    Office 365 - What's new

    Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop suite for businesses of all sizes.

    More info: http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/online-services.aspx

    Thursday Feb 3th – 18:30 – 21:30

    Agenda:
    18h30 Reception (there will be sandwiches and drinks)
    19h00 Office 365 What's New (Ilse Van Criekinge, Koen Van Tolhuyzen Microsoft)
    20h30 BPOS / Office 365 Migration (Luc Van Maele, Delaware)
    21h00 Q&A
    21h30 CLosing

    When:
    thursday 3rd of Februari 2011

    Where:
    We will be hosting this meeting at the offices of Delaware in Uitbreidingstraat 2-8 (Antwerpen)

    Registration: http://office365.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount