TechNet Deployment Event This technical level 300 event is well worth attending if you are considering deploying Windows Vista or Office 2007 in the near future. Attend this event and some of Microsoft Ireland's top consultants will walk you through a real life customer deployment project from beginning to end - what they did, when they did it, what tools were used along the way. The session will also update participants on the proven business, management and technical benefits provided by both technologies, will address the issue of application compatibility with Windows Vista, and demonstrate how best to deploy in organisations of all sizes. At the end of the event you will have a chance to ask questions and discuss your particular deployment project with a Microsoft expert. Where: Microsoft Auditorium, Building 2 (EPDC 2), South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18 When: 23rd October - 09:00 Register: Click here. Agenda 09:00 Registration & Coffee 09:30 Sessions commence Session 1: Business, management and technical benefits of Vista and Office 2007 Session 2: Microsoft Deployment Experience - "How To Deploy" - Windows Vista and Office 2007 Clinics: Customer Deployment Clinics - Small groups can discuss their particular deployment project with a Microsoft expert. Lunch: Light Lunch will be served. 14:00 Event Close
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The New Virtual Lab based Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring tests candidate’s abilities to actually perform tasks and solve problems in virtual lab environment like they would do it normally in a real world.
Upon completion of this pilot exam, the first 3000 candidates will receive 3 (!) free exam vouchers that can be used to register for any Microsoft Certification exam delivered at a Prometric testing center. The voucher will be distributed electronically 4 weeks after end of Pilot. This pilot exam will not provide you with a score as with normal beta exams. This pilot is a test of the exam experience, so only a portion of the final exam will be presented to you during this pilot. This pilot exam will not be added to your transcript and you will need to take the exam in its released form in order to be awarded the credential. Find exam preparation information: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-640.mspx
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Windows Vista with SP1 (and some tweaks) is faster than Windows Server 2008.
Since my last post on this topic, I've been doing my homework.
On my laptop Vista was always quicker than Server, but I have found some very useful information (most of which has already been or will be covered on the Springboard series of events and resources).
At a high level the steps to get Vista and Office to perform well on a laptop are:
1. Hardware Manufacturer 2. OEM 3. Windows Update 4. Inbox
1. Hardware Manufacturer
3. Windows Update
The devices where this will make the biggest difference are the Graphics Card and the Network Adapter.
As an example of this:
I've just installed Vista SP1 onto a laptop. There are no inbox drivers for the NVIDIA graphics card or the Intel Wireless Adapter. I connect my laptop to the internet via the onboard ethernet controller and run Windows Update. I'll download and install drivers for both (probably) - I'm now running drivers from Windows Update. Now go and look for device drivers on your hardware manufacturer's support website (for your graphics card and network) - Hardware Manufacturer's drivers have been "tweaked" for their specific implementations and have been thoroughly tested. Install these drivers if they are newer than the ones from Windows Update (you now have the best device drivers installed for your laptop). If there aren't any drivers there (that are newer than the ones you downloaded from Windows Update), now go and look on the OEM's support websites (NVIDIA and Intel in this example) - these drivers may be newer, but are not necessarily stable and have not been tested on your specific laptop model. If there's nothing there, you have ended up with option 3 (Windows Update drivers), if there are newer drivers here, install them but keep looking on your hardware manufacturer's website for their implementation of the drivers.
The above steps will give you a fast and stable build. Any other "issues" will be down to badly behaving applications - you'll need to get into some serious troubleshooting..
The second session, in our invite only SQL Server 2008 training series is happening in Dublin next Tuesday (14th October 2008 from 14.00-17.00 *Registration from 1pm). We have a few spare seats available - so if you're interested in some free training on SQL Server 2008, click here and express your interest (you must be located in Ireland to qualify). Places will be given away on a first come, first served basis - so don't hesitate.
Session two will cover the new SQL 2008 features and capabilities.
1. In the first part of the meeting live CLUSTER installation of SQL Server 2008 will be demonstrated and analyzed. We shall discuss in details the new SETUP options as well as the different considerations that should be taken care when planning your upgrade process.
2. In the second part of the talk we will delve into DATA COMPRESSION, its usage, performance and some internals. We will then discuss T-SQL programmability enhancements, such as MERGE, HIERARCHYID and the new DATE and TIME data types.
3. Last but not least we shell talk about the new FILESTREAM capabilities: FILESTRAM performance, comparison of FILESTREAM and other blob\file storage options, and demos.
Niall Flanagan (Ireland's SQL Server MVP) is doing a talk down in Cork next week in the Imperial Hotel.
Niall will be going into depth on SQL Server Indexes (Internals and Performance).
The event is on next Monday 13th October and runs from 19:00 - 21:00
Click here to register.
Today I had a go at dispelling the myth that the words Microsoft and Security don't go together. I certainly had "fun" with the projector! Turns out it was a pin in the VGA cable - my Vista laptop was getting well and truly confused as to whether it was connected to a projector or not (you will have noticed that other presentations did not have any RED in them - I can now blame the red pin in the vga cable).
Anyway, I hope all that attended enjoyed my talk and are now convinced that those two words are well and truly joined at the hip.
I've posted my slides here (if you want to take a look) and my little NAP demo can be found here.