July, 2011

  • Dive into the Summer with TechNet : Desktop Deployment

    Explore and dive with TechNet

    We're giving our TechNet newsletters a holiday feeling with four different topics in a bite-size format. The second topic of this summer edition is about Desktop Deployment.
    Desktop deployment involves much more than just, say, migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. In fact it's mainly about managing your desktop and application infrastructure effectively. This is where you'll find information about defining an optimized desktop and why a properly managed desktop has a good TCO.
    We'll also be looking at the new tools in MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) and, of course, how to use the cloud with Windows Intune.
    The following topics are covered:

    • Application Compatibility
    • Office 2010 Deployment - Office 365
    • Desktop Optimization Pack
    • Windows 7 Deployment
    • Internet Explorer 9
    • Windows Intune

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  • Dive into the Summer with TechNet : Virtualization Technology

    Explore and dive with TechNet

    Dive into Microsoft virtualization technology this summer

    During the summer we all have a little more time to immerse ourselves in something new and enjoyable. This is why we will be serving you up with such a refreshing cocktail of new things to enjoy in 4 special issues of the TechNet newsletter that you won't be able to resist and dive straight in.
    How does it work? There's a short introductory video, after which you have the chance to learn more about the topic at hand, depending on the time you have available or want to spend on it: half an hour, half a day or a full day. That way you can explore the presentation content to suit your personal timetable.
    Because Microsoft has a virtualization strategy that will help you to virtualize your Data Center & Desktop in the Cloud, the following topics are included in part 1:

    • Server Virtualization
    • Desktop Virtualization

    Find out now what content we and the TechNet team have selected for you.
    In part 2 we'll be looking at what the virtualization management tools are, as well as what "Private Cloud" computing means for Microsoft.

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  • PowerPoint Tip: Using “Selection and Visibility”

    Yesterday my colleague Katrien De Graeve learnt me something in PowerPoint. After years of creating slide decks I finally get the ultimate tip that will and could have saved me tons of time. Thanks Katrien for sharing this.

    What is this? Well how many times have you created an additional slide because of animations… let me show you a screenshot and you will understand what I mean.

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    How the hell can you change the text in one of the textboxes. One workaround could be create a new slide for each textbox you want to show. Or like me put all textboxes aside and when it’s final put them on top of each other, not the best way to do this. I tend to agree, but until yesterday and after that I created the slide as seen above (which took me 1 hour) Katrien gave me ultimate solution.

    Use the “Selection and Visibility” feature

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    With this feature you work in lets say layers, you can hide objects (see above) and adapt them as needed, don’t forget to unhide everything before you want to present.

    Where can you find this option? In the Ribbon go to “Select” and click on “Selection Pane”

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    The selection pane will become visible and you will be able to hide any textbox in the slide.

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    This tip will save me and hopefully you many hours of work in PowerPoint.