Have you ever had unexplained blue screens or indecipherable hex error codes when using Windows? Well of course, we all have! Now here's an opportunity to find out what happening with your system and how to sort it out. Mark Russinovitch is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft corp and the link below is a video of Mark showing how you can find root causes to unexplained error messages. It's about 70 minutes long but well worth the time investment.
Spring is almost upon us and here at Microsoft Ireland we're getting ready to launch the latest versions of our key server products: Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 .
To celebrate the launch of the products we will be holding launch events in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland culminating in our high-energy product showcase event in Tripod in Dublin on Tuesday 11th March 2008.
At the event you will be brought through a 2 hour experience which includes an introduction of the three products and a tour where you can observe and engage with product demos and gather information on your own area of interest.
The venue will be divided up into various sections covering the complete range of topics in which the products have been designed to excel: virtualisation; web development and hosting; security; ease of deployment and management; business intelligence; and much more.
There are three 2-hour showcase sessions to choose from throughout the day.
Best of all, come to the showcase and you will leave with a promotional kit that includes product licences for Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to let you play with the products in your own time.
Visit http://www.microsoft.ie/launch2008/ to register!
Interest is expected to be high so register now to avoid disappointment!
For further information on other launch events around the country, visit www.microsoft.ie/launch2008.
The feature complete February CTP for SQL Server 2008 is now available for download. This is the first CTP to deliver all the key functionality thta's planned for the final release. Three key areas that we've made big enhancements on are:-
More than 100,000 users have already registered for the community technology programme so if you'd like to join in and try it for yourself visit the link below.
Join the Quest field experts in Dublin on 13 March to find out how Quest Active Directory solutions are helping customers from small businesses to enterprises of over 400K users across all sectors secure, automate and manage their AD better than ever before.
With over 7,000 organisations using Quest AD solutions software to protect and manage over 45 million Active Directory accounts, Quest Software is the leader in Active Directory Management worldwide as cited by Forrester Research, Inc.
To register - visit:-
Two of the three sessions are now full - register quickly to claim a place in the last remaining session.
Date: Tuesday, 11th March 2008
Venue: Tripod, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Time: There are three sessions to choose from:
12.00-14.00 NOW FULL15.00-17.00 Register Now! 18.00-20.00 NOW FULL
At the event you will be brought through a 2 hour experience which includes an introduction of the three products and a tour where you can observe demos and gather information on your specific areas of interest.The venue will be divided up into various areas covering a broad range of topics across the three products.
Best of all, you will leave with a promotional kit that includes product licences for Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 .
Visit www.microsoft.ie/launch2008 for further information on community events, new products, local stories on launch and the Launch Experience 2008 – also watch this space for information on launch event in Belfast on April 8th.
This release has an updated "first-run" experience and no longer requires Windows Genuine validation. Because the installation package has been updated, this release has a different WSUS package ID than the original Windows Internet Explorer 7 package.
If you use WSUS, you may need to take action even if you have previously declined Windows Internet Explorer 7. If you have configured WSUS to "auto-approve" packages marked as an Update Rollup for installation, Windows Internet Explorer 7 will be automatically approved for installation.
Microsoft understands that some enterprise customers use the WSUS channel to keep certain desktops current with the latest security and reliability updates, and that IT administrators may wish to postpone deployment of IE7 in such environments. To help minimize disruption, you should review the Knowledge Base article 946202 "Windows Internet Explorer 7 to be distributed via WSUS February 12, 2008", which outlines the steps to take in order to manage how and when Internet Explorer 7 is installed.
You will need to take action if you:
Note: As previously communicated, the Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit is designed for Automatic Updates only and therefore will not block WSUS updates (see Internet Explorer 7 Blocker FAQ).
Additional InformationThe following links provide additional information you may find useful.
Internet Explorer 7 via WSUS
Update Management Solutions
If you're thinking about (or have already started) deploying Windows Vista or 2007 Office System in your organisation, you should check out this free deployment guidance event in Dublin on February 25th -
You can register here:-
For organisations considering the deployment of either Windows Vista or the 2007 Office system - or both, this interactive training session has been specially designed for Technical decision makers, IT implementers and Infrastructure architects, to show how straight-forward deploying these technologies can be.
The session will 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.
09.00hrs Registration & Coffee
09.30hrs 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 2007 Ask the Experts14.00hrs Event Close
The upcoming Vista SP1 brings enhancements in security, performance and reliability. Since Vista launch, enhancements have been delivered over Windows Update and by the partner community. Today, 10-times more applications have ‘certified’ or ‘works with’ Windows Vista Logos than at launch and there is support for an additional 700K devices – making it the most supported OS ever. Read the WhitePaper and download SP1 update (technet subscribers).
Stuck in traffic on your commute everyday? I spend a full day on the M50 every week going nowhere fast. There's only so much radio you can listen to! I've tried learning chinese - I've even listened to Wikinomics on audio book. I had a great idea then that if only we could produce technical audio casts that you could listen when you were stuck in traffic - you could keep up to date and get the most out of the commute deadtime! Great idea that unfortunately someone at MS already had before me (forget about the early retirement plans!).
TechNet Radio is a series of audio casts that you can download from the Technet Site - unlike the audio streams of webcasts, they're designed to be listened to and not viewed so there are no references to PowerPoint slides that you can't see. In fact most of them take the form of an interview with an expert on whatever the topic is: currently they're running a series on mobility. We're planning to do one or two of these locally so if anyone has any topics they'd like to hear - let me know.
You can check it out for yourself at:-