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:
- 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
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/
- ONE STOP FOR ALL THE SECURITY RELATED QUESTIONS AROUND WINDOWS AZURE INCLUDING CERTIFICATIONS, STANDARDS ETC…below 2 links will answer all the questions
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
DOWNLOAD WINDOWS LIVE ESSENTIALS 2011
Microsoft Licensing Resources
Microsoft Volume Licensing: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing
Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Subscription Agreement: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/enterprise.aspx
Microsoft Software Assurance: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/default.aspx
Case studies: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/value-of-volume-licensing.aspx
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.