Unless you know differently, it looks like Blacknight have Ireland's first Windows Server 2008 in production on the Internet:
Windows Server 2008 is still in a Release Candidate stage - it doesn't launch until 27th February.
Well done Blacknight.
Four of our local Microsoft Technology User Groups have organised technical preview launch events in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway.
Whereas our official launch will be a showcase experience aimed at getting our high-level launch messages to as many people as possible – these 6 hour community events will allow folks get more detailed technical demonstrations of the new products.
Feature highlights will include:
- LINQ and all the new productivity features in Visual Studio 2008
- Windows Server 2008 Virtualisation, Server Core, NAP and IIS 7.0
- New SQL Server 2008 features to help build and manage BI Solutions and new SQL Server data types
Locations and Dates:
- Belfast – Thursday, January 31st – Click here to register!
- Cork – Monday, February 4th – Click here to register!
- Galway – Wednesday, February 6th – Click here to register!
- Dublin – Wednesday, February 13th – Click here to register!
The events will include content for both IT Professionals and Developers and will run from 2pm to 8:30pm. You can be sure there will also be some great launch goodies for attendees as well as a good old celebration after the event itself! :)
See you there,
On Monday 21st February, Microsoft Ireland are running a morning session on Enterprise Mobility. Jason Langridge (Mr Mobile) is delivering it (he is a fantastic speaker - I'm turning up just because it's Jason, not to learn the content).
Jason will be giving us all an update on where we are with Windows Mobile, he will introduce System Center Mobile Device Manager and will give us an update on Office Communicator Mobile (Unified Communications to your mobile device).
Details & Registration here.
I'll hopefully see you there,
I've just stumbled across this fantastic wealth of stuff (which I just had to share).
Web-based interactive command reference guides
Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide
Interactive: PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2007 command reference guide
Interactive: Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide
Interactive: Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007 command reference guide
Interactive: Access 2003 to Access 2007 command reference guide
Up to speed with Outlook 2007
Up to speed with Access 2007
Up to speed with Excel 2007
Up to speed with Word 2007
Up to speed with the 2007 Office system
Up to speed with PowerPoint 2007
Demo: Up to speed with Outlook 2007
Demo: Up to speed with Access 2007
Demo: Up to speed with Excel 2007
Demo: Up to speed with PowerPoint 2007
Demo: Up to speed with Word 2007
Full lists of 2003-2007 command equivalents
Reference: Locations of Word 2003 commands in Word 2007
Reference: Locations of Outlook 2003 commands in Outlook 2007
Reference: Locations of Access 2003 commands in Access 2007
Reference: Locations of PowerPoint 2003 commands in PowerPoint 2007
Reference: Locations of Excel 2003 commands in Excel 2007
Excel 2007 Add-in: Get Started Tab for Excel 2007
Word 2007 Add-in: Get Started Tab for Word 2007
PowerPoint 2007 Add-in: Get Started Tab for PowerPoint 2007
Now that the Longhorn Academy is over (all slides are here), what's next?
Well, the consensus was that we couldn't just let it end there. So, Aidan Finn (with a little bit of a push from all the attendees at the last session) has started a User Group.
The new Windows Server 2008 User Group - Ireland now has an online presence.
It will take Aidan a while to get things up and running, and I'm sure he'll appreciate any help he can get, so if your interested click on the Send Message link at the top left and get involved.
Tony O'Grady has started blogging about his SQL Server 2008 evaluations. His first post of this New Year is about the Resource Govener and his test setup. He's going to post his results soon - so watch this space: http://tonyogrady.blogspot.com
We have a couple of FREE events coming up to help you.
Belfast (Jan 22): Click to register.Dublin (Jan 21): Click to register.
The content has been put together by consultants who are doing this work on a daily basis, so it is "real-world" material that you'll see if you attend.
Agenda is as follows:10.00 Registration & Coffee10.30 Sessions commenceSession 1: Business, management and technical benefits of Vista and Office 2007 Session 2: Microsoft Deployment Experience DemonstrationSession 3: Microsoft Deployment - "How To" - Windows VistaSession 4: Microsoft Deployment - "How To" - Office 2007Ask the Experts16.00 Event Close
Hopefully see you there?
I've been doing a bit of "remote assistance" for Victor Olaoya (a local IT Pro working in Dublin). Victor has been deploying a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services and SoftGrid Proof of Concept (POC) for one of his clients.
Now, he does comment on the lack of the 6.1 Remote Desktop Protocol (RPD) client on existing workstations (only available with Vista SP1 and XP SP3) and on his current difficulty getting SoftGrid applications to work with RemoteApp (something we're confident he'll get working very soon). But these two comments are priceless:
"Softgrid combined with Windows 2008 TS Gateway, printing features and ease of delivering applications and administration is very impressive and will compete in the SBC market space in the very near future."
"In my opinion, Windows 2008 is a one stop shop for application delivery and in built high availability solution for the future."
I'm still looking for lots of local stories from you - so if you have something to share, please get in touch.
So I finally have somewhere to post screencasts - http://edge.technet.com
Here's my first post: Getting PHP to perform on IIS7
Basically I cover (in six and a half minutes) getting PHP to work on IIS7, improving its performance (lots) and extending it with .NET