• Resources for Cloud Road Show for IT Professionals/IT Managers

    First off all thank you very much to all the IT Professionals for being part of this Cloud Road show. This was an amazing experience for me to interact with all of you during the events. I am happy with the participation from Chennai & Mumbai IT Professionals for their active participation. Like as per my promise I will be sharing lot of resources in this blog post. During the presentations in Chennai & Mumbai I received quite a few questions around Cloud, Deployment, Security, Migration and of course Licensing. I will be covering each one of the those questions in this blog post.

    First off all I will be talking about the tools I discussed during my session…”Deployment & Consolidation: Notes from the Field”

    I talked about A Well Managed Desktop == Control + Manage + Secure. (This includes Corporate Image + Group Policies + Security Policies + Data Synchronization)


    Tools I covered in this session, you can download from the following locations…

    - Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5 – DOWNLOAD MAP TOOLKIT FOR FREE

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 includes the following new features for simplified IT infrastructure planning:

    • Windows Azure platform assessment for easier migration to the cloud
    • Heterogeneous database discovery for accelerated migration to SQL Server
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer migration assessment for migration to Windows 7 compatible versions
    • Enhanced server consolidation capabilities help save time and effort when creating virtualization assessments and proposals

    - Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 – DOWNLOAD ACT TOOLKIT FOR FREE

    - Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) – This is part of MDOP for SA Customers.

    - Microsoft Application Compatibility Factory (ACF Program) – Visit here for more information http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/bb510132

    The Windows 7 Application Compatibility Factory (ACF) Program helps customers identify and resolve potential compatibility issues they may face when migrating desktops and applications to Windows 7.

    - Microsoft Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) – DOWNLOAD WAIK FOR FREE

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems.

    - Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – This is the Server Role available in Windows Server 2008 & R2. Read here to know more http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd348502(WS.10).aspx

    - Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 – DOWNLOAD MDT FOR FREE

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2010 Update 1 supports deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

    - User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) - User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 is part of Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). Read here more http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560801(WS.10).aspx

    - Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0 (VAMT) – DOWNLOAD VAMT FOR FREE

    VAMT 2.0 allows administrators to automate and centrally manage a range of activities related to Windows client, Windows Server, and Office 2010 activation.


    I am going to add the resources as per the basics of cloud computing model we discussed.

    Such as “Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service & Software as a Service”


    Infrastructure as a Service Model (Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 HYPER-V + System Center Suite + SSP 2.0)

    Here are the useful links

    Microsoft Cloud Power - http://www.microsoft.com/cloud/


    - Microsoft Private Cloud – IaaS - http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/private-cloud.aspx

    What Is a Private Cloud?

    Private cloud is the implementation of cloud services on resources that are dedicated to your organization, whether they exist on-premises or off-premises. With a private cloud, you get many of the benefits of public cloud computing—including self-service, scalability, and elasticity—with the additional control and customization available from dedicated resources.

    - Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (SSP) 2.0 – DOWNLOAD SSP 2.0 FOR FREE

    The Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (VMMSSP) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution that can be used by customers to pool, allocate, and manage their compute, network and storage resources to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform in their datacenter.

    - Microsoft System Center IT Infrastructure Server Management Solutions - http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/default.aspx


    Build Your Own Private Cloud - http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/private-cloud-get-started.aspx


    - Hyper-V Fast Track Program - http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/hyperv-cloud-fasttrack.aspx


    Platform as a Service Model (Windows Azure)

    - What is Windows Azure - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/windowsazure/

    Windows Azure™ is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft® datacenters.

    - Windows Azure Pricing Pricing - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/pricing/

    - Windows Azure Pricing Offers - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/

    - Windows Azure FAQ - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/faq/

    - Windows Azure Whitepapers - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/whitepapers/


    Security Resources for Windows Azure  - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff934690.aspx (This has multiple links to multiple questions/resources)

    Windows Azure Security Overview  - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/whitepapers/papers/default.aspx

    - Windows Azure Get Started - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/getstarted/



    Software as a Service Model (BPOS/Office 365)

    - What is Office 365 - http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/what-is-Office365.aspx

    Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of our next-generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.

    Office 365 is simple to use and easy to administer – all backed by the robust security and financially-backed, guaranteed reliability you expect from a world-class service provider.


    - Office 365 Beta - http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/office365-beta.aspx

    - Migration from Lotus Notes to Exchange Online



    Cloud offerings for Business



    Cloud offerings for Consumers Across 3 Screens





    Microsoft Licensing Resources

    Microsoft Volume Licensing:

    Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Subscription Agreement:

    Microsoft Software Assurance:

    Case studies:


    TechNet Resources







    PS: If you feel that I have missed something in the list, feel free to reply to me over an email or add the comment on the same post. I will add the necessary updates. Thank You.

  • Microsoft IT Pro Road Show for IT Managers: Take Your Business to the Cloud…23rd Feb. in Chennai & 25th Feb. in Mumbai

    Hello IT Managers,

    We are pleased to announce the IT Pro Road show for IT Managers. This time we are organizing this event in Mumbai & Chennai. Following is the complete eDM for the event. Feel free to register and looking forward to see you at the event.

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    It's always been a challenge to manage resources and deliver IT solutions when business needs are rapidly changing. Microsoft Cloud Computing changes all that. With flexible web applications and subscription-based services, you can better manage IT resources and respond with agility, while accurately predicting costs, service levels, and staffing.

    We would like to invite IT manager to experience and join in for experts’ insights on how Microsoft Cloud Computing can help you find business opportunities and lead you to growth.

    Register now for the event in your city.

    City Date Venue  
    Chennai 23rd Feb, 2011 Taj Coromandel,
    Clive Dupliex
    37, Mahatma Gandhi Road.
    Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034
    Ph: 044-6600 2827
    Mumbai 25th Feb, 2011 ITC Maratha,
    Sahar, Mumbai - 400 099
    Ph: 022-28303030
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    Time Topic Description
    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Emerging Trends in IT A discussion on some of the emerging trends like cloud computing & how Microsoft is innovating in those areas.
    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Deployment & Consolidation:
    Notes from the field
    How to build a successful deployment strategy for
    desktops or consolidation strategy for datacenter?
    11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Tea Break  
    11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Next Generation BI This session will discuss the trends in BI from Microsoft and the offerings as we start moving
    into the cloud together.
    12:00 PM – 12:45 PM How Microsoft promises
    to deliver Cloud Innovation
    This session will focus on how Microsoft can offer dramatic improvements in business agility, operational efficiency and IT maturity with significant
    cost savings.
    12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch  
    1:45 PM – 2:45 PM The IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
    views of the cloud
    This session will help you understand what Microsoft has to offer in the different types of cloud services: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and what it can do for
    your business.
    2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Tea Break  
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Microsoft Licensing Demystified Get answers to most of your Microsoft licensing queries.

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  • Tech•Ed India 2011: Track Details Furnished

    Hello IT Professionals. As the TechEd preparations going fast, we have finalized the tracks for the event. You can visit TechEd India website to know more.


  • Wave of Business Insight webcasts focused on IDA

    Below you’ll find a list of upcoming Business Insights webcasts that are focused on Identity & Access solutions and their connection/impact with mainstream MS workloads (Cloud, Windows 7, SharePoint, Exchange, System Center).  They will be delivered by leading US IDA SI’s, and will later be available on-demand at the Business Insights site.


    Upgrading MIIS and ILM: Best Practices in Extending Identity Management to the Entire Business

    February 3rd @  10:00 PST

    You’ve been using MIIS or ILM for years and love it.  You’ve wanted to move to FIM 2010 and take advantage of all the new features plus 64 bit platform. But, you didn’t want to create downtime or a possible outage. Come listen to the experts discuss the best way to upgrade.  Learn from our experience, and increase your chances for a successful project.

    Please register in advance.

    How Are You Handling Your Identity Management Transition to the Cloud?

    February 8th @  11:00 PST

    The presenter of this webcast explains how moving to cloud starts with a strong identity management system on premise.  Discover how an investment in Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager can result in secure, seamless access to on-premise and cloud services, while maximizing existing investments in identity infrastructure.  Hear how FIM and ADFS together can improve the level of access across applications, devices and information with a comprehensive and integrated solution that includes all aspects of security: identity, credential, provisioning, synchronization, policy and access management.

    Please register in advance.

    The Cloud's Silver Lining: Identity Management

    February 9th @  10:00 PST

    Identity Management with FIM, ADFS and UAG is a huge key – and common prerequisite – to realizing the value of the cloud. If you have or are planning to migrate apps to the cloud, don't forget to first address provisioning and SSO and enable a seamless transition.

    Please register in advance.

    Simplifying User Provisioning and Access to Office 365

    February 10th @  10:00 PST

    Explore how to improve the success of Office 365 (BPOS) or other cloud services deployments using Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM). See the critical role Identity & Access Management on-premise strategy plays in allowing for a successful cloud deployment. Hear case studies from those who have adopted FIM for provisioning and identity management in the cloud.

    Please register in advance.

    Secure Collaboration: Publishing SharePoint Extranets with Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010

    February 14th @  9:00 PST

    Explore the simplicity of publishing SharePoint sites and Extranets to the Internet, with full security. See the additional advantages of using UAG for Exchange and the new, secure Windows 7 Direct Access.

    Please register in advance.

    Achievable Savings and ROI from Forefront Identity Manager

    February 15th @  9:00 PST

    The Microsoft Identity Stack can help clients solve critical business problems and drive significant ROI. Explore the benefits and efficiency facilitated by FIM Client features, and see what their cost savings and ROI could be with effective identity management. Includes individualized ROI studies.

    Please register in advance.

    Integrating User and Group Management in System Center Self-Service Portal

    February 15th @  10:00 PST

    Learn how to optimize the Microsoft System Center Service Manager interface, and include user and group management functionality for your users. At the same time, tie the compliance capabilities inherent with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager to System Center's reporting dashboard. The results of this combination are users who can access self-service password reset and other user and group management functionality directly through System Center Self-Service Portal, increased operational efficiency, and improved compliance.

    Please register in advance.

    Simplifying Exchange Server Rollouts with Forefront Identity Manager

    February 16th @  9:00 PST

    See how Forefront Identity Manager can add functionality and efficiency to Exchange 2010 deployments and migrations. FIM directory synchronization, user provisioning, and self-service group management enable cost savings and ROI advantages for organizations using Exchange 2010.

    Please register in advance.

    Empower Exchange Server 2010 with Forefront Identity Manager 2010

    February 16th @  10:00 PST

    The Client functionality of FIM – including user provisioning, de-provisioning, group management and password reset – can add efficiency and allow for immediate cost savings within Exchange 2010 deployments.

    Please register in advance.

    Forefront Identity Manager: Making it Easy for Administrators

    February 17th @  10:00 PST

    How many people on your help desk, security or admin team support basic user management functions?  For example: Group Membership, Password Reset and AD Account Creates. If you could automate this process, based on demographic data in HR (cost center, job function, location, etc) and expose more self-service functions to the end user, through a single, integrated platform, wouldn’t that classify as the “easy button”? Forefront Identity Manager 2010 provides this functionality natively, and can greatly simplify the day to day user management processes.  Join us on Feb 17th to hear more about how customers are hitting the “easy button” with FIM2010.

    Please register in advance.

    Best Practices for User Account Lifecycle Management

    February 17th @  11:00 PST

    Discover best practices for establishing a user account lifecycle:  creation, maintenance and removal.  The presenter of this webcast shares how an investment in Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) can add powerful functionality that increase the productivity of Exchange 2010 deployments and simplifies the management of Active Directory, especially in complex cases involving multiple disparate directories.   Learn how to provide automated and integrated process for new users through FIM.  Consider using FIM to establish policies to provision accounts, resources, and credentials, associate to users, and ensure workflows are integrated into the process in a seamless manner.

    Please register in advance.

    Does your Identity Management Enhance your Company’s Security?

    February 22nd @  11:00 PST

    The presenter of this webcast shares how an investment in Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) can result in dramatically simplifying corporate identity management through end user self service capabilities and automated tasks through the IT administrator tools.  Hear how customers can experience reduced time, efforts and costs of managing resources across multiple directory trees and application-specific identity sources with FIM 2010’s enhanced lifecycle management, identity synchronization, basic certificate and smart card manager and user provisioning capabilities.  See how FIM and System Center integrate to provide robust capabilities around managing users and groups through a self-service portal.

    Please register in advance.

    Cloud Readiness with Identity Management

    February 23rd @  10:00 PST

    So many opportunities exist for enhanced services, better performance and cost savings when considering the cloud (BPOS, Office 365, Azure, etc.).  Exchange, SharePoint, and Communications/Lync are proven solutions in the cloud, as the adoption rates are alarming. But, make sure you’ve thought about your Cloud Readiness strategy…  and in case you haven’t, we’ve got you covered.   AD’s critical today, in your on-premises environment… tomorrow, it’s even more important, so you’ll need a seamless way to manage and update.  BPOS and Office365 are only the beginning, so you’ll need to think about how federation (AD FS 2 - standards-based authentication) will support your users.

    Please register in advance.

    Deploying a Secure and Productive Windows 7

    February 24th @  9:00 PST

    The combination of Windows 7 and Unified Access Gateway (UAG) can enable key business goals to include BYOPC (Bring Your Own PC) initiatives. Show your customers how Windows 7 and DirectAccess can be rolled out to achieve both business and security goals.

    Please register in advance.

    Secure Management and Access for Windows 7 Featuring DirectAccess

    February 24th @  10:00 PST

    Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and DirectAccess in Windows 7 can simplify management and access for a variety of external Windows client scenarios. Authentication, end-point security, application security, and infrastructure planning play crucial roles in management and access. See how Forefront UAG directly addresses all concerns with a single point of access and administration. In addition, find out how certificate management and multi-factor authentication can help further secure the pipeline.

    Please register in advance.

  • Upcoming Webcast Series on IT Security: Master the art of breach-proof security management.

      Master the art of breach-proof security management.  
      As our usage of computing devices grows, so does our vulnerability to malicious codes, viruses, cyber espionage, and malware.  
      Our upcoming webcasts discuss all that you need to know on how to make your computing experience safe and sound.  
    Date Time Topic
    11:30 A.M
    12:30 P.M
    Microsoft’s Trustworthy
    Computing Initiative - The journey from nothing to market a leader!
    Anirudh Singh Rautela
    11:30 A.M
    12:30 P.M
    How is Microsoft working
    towards bringing a Safer Internet experience for you at home
    and office
    Anirudh Singh Rautela
    11:30 A.M
    12:30 P.M
    Is it possible to have Privacy in the Internet Age? Yes. Anirudh Singh Rautela
    11:30 A.M
    12:30 P.M
    Demystifying Patch Tuesday!! Anirudh Singh Rautela
    11:30 A.M
    12:30 P.M
    A peek into how Microsoft runs a Safe & Secure Computing Environment for its employees. Anirudh Singh Rautela