Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides-Release Announcement Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008
The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008. This guide, when used in conjunction with product documentation, will help companies confidently plan the implementation of a SQL Server 2008 infrastructure. Fundamental tasks are addressed to help the reader identify which SQL Server roles will be needed as well as to determine the infrastructure's components, server placement, and the fault-tolerance configuration to meet necessary requirements. This IPD guide will help you get the most out of new features in SQL Server 2008, such as policy-based management and best practice design alerts, when planning your infrastructure. Other benefits of using this guide include best practice design guidance from the product group and an optimized infrastructure to best meet the business requirements.
Download the guide by visiting http://www.microsoft.com/ipd and selecting "Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008" under the Guidance section, toward the top of the page.
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Reducing Business Costs through Technology - Dublin & Belfast Events
Who Should Attend: This event is part of our Connect Program for Technical Decision Makers including: CIO’s, IT Directors and IT ManagersSummary: This event will clearly demonstrate how the newly launched Microsoft Cost Saving Analysis Tool can help your organisation to identify projects that can lead to immediate cost savings, while developing an actionable roadmap for optimising your IT infrastructure and platform. The event will also highlight a number of Irish customers who are already benefiting from using these methodologies, as well as outlining how you can prove the ROI of these measures back to the business.
Date: Belfast 3rd March (9.30am – 1.30pm)Location: Belfast: W5 @Odyssey, Belfast
Cost: Free Event Register Here!
Date: Dublin 6th March (7.30am to 10.00am) Location: Dublin: The Morrison Hotel, Ormand Quay, Dublin 1 Cost: Free Event Register Here!
Microsoft Licensing Clinics
Who Should Attend: IT Professionals, particularly those involved in licensing and complianceSummary: With the broad range of Licensing products we offer, it's natural to wonder if you are using the right Licensing solution for your organisation . These clinics outline all the licensing options available to you and the best solutions for your company. A brief presentation is followed by a Q&A session. These popular events quickly so please register today!Date: 24th March 2009 from 10.00 am to 1pmLocation: DUBLIN - Microsoft Buildings, Envisioning Centre, Atrium B (Building 3), Carmanhall Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.Click here for directions.Cost: Free event Register Here!
Microsoft Virtualisation - Cutting Costs & Building Value
Who should attend: This event is part of our Connect Program for Technical Decision Makers including: CIO's, IT Directors and IT Managers.Summary: Come along to see how Microsoft Virtualisation can deliver immediate cost savings to your organisation by reducing energy, space and hardware costs along with maximising your existing IT investments. This interactive event will feature product demos and real life Irish customers demonstrating how they have cut costs through the use of Microsoft Virtualisation.Date: 26th March 2009, from 08.30am to 11.00am.Location: Dublin City Centre: Radisson Royal Hotel. Click here for directions.Cost: Free Event
Launch Event - Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services
Who should attend: Customers interested in learning more about Microsoft’s latest Software plus Services OfferingSummary: Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite is Microsoft’s new Software plus Service offering. It enables companies to avail of Microsoft’s core messaging and collaboration solutions, via a hosted service by just paying a monthly subscription fee. The result is that your business benefits from the most up-to-date technologies, they are deployed rapidly, your IT resources are maximised and your need for infrastructure investments is reduced. The Business Productivity Online Services suite includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Office Live Meeting with Office Communications Online available shortly. To find out more about Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite click here.Date: 2nd April 2009Location: The Morrison Hotel, DublinCost: Free Event Register Here!
Who should attend: DevelopersSummary: DDD is put together by the community for the community. This FREE developer event brings DDD to Belfast! If you were unable to go to Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft PDC or conferences such as DevWeek, DDD is for you! Organised by the developer community, there will be NO Microsoft speakers presenting, just speakers from the .NET developer community; although we will have many of the Irish Developer Platform Evangelists (DPEs) on hand to help out and chat to attendees.Date: 4th April 2009Location: BelfastCost: Free EventRegistration: Not open – save the date only – click here for more information.
Subsidised Microsoft Technical Training - February/March 2009
Implementing System Center Data Protection Manager 20072-5 March 09, Dublin, BTAdvanced SharePoint 2007 Development02-06 March 09, Cork, PFHDeveloping Web Applications Using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 9-12 March 09, Dublin, New HorizonsManaging System Center Operations Manager 200710-13 March 09, Dublin, Global KnowledgeManaging and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers10-13 March 09, Cork, PFH
Partner event details
ICS: SharePoint Management Briefing
Who should attend: IT Managers, Communications Exec's, and Business Managers.Summary: **Additional date due to demand** The briefing delivered by the Head of ISC's Information Worker Team, gives you the opportunity to learn from ISC's considerable experience of implementing SharePoint solutions. It will provide you with a step by step guide to starting your SharePoint project, and supporting planning documentation.Date: 4th March 2009 from 09.30am to 1.30pmLocation: DUBLIN - Microsoft EMEA Operations Centre (EOC), Building 3, Carmenhall Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. Click here for directions. Cost: Free Event Register Here!
Virtualisation in Practice: Netforce, in partnership with Dell & Microsoft
Who should attend: IT Managers, IT ProfessionalsSummary: In today’s challenging economic environment, Microsoft Hyper-V virtualisation and Dell EqualLogic optimised storage can deliver the cost savings you need whilst still enabling IT to provide better support for your organisation.Date: 11th March 2009Location: National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Click here for directions.Cost: Free EventRegistration: Call (01) 2993950 or e-mail email@example.com
Maxima: Making the Business Case for Virtualisation
Who should attend: Those individuals charged with driving Strategic IT initiatives within their organisations and those charged with their delivery.Summary: This event will strive to make the business case for virtualisation relevant to your organisation. The areas covered will include the Dynamic delivery centre - incorporating end to end virtualisation; desktop virtualisation, server virtualisation and application virtualisation and Lifecycle Management - the full management tools required to manage, monitor, control, secure and backup your virtualised-estate, combined with examples of local customers who have invested and are realising the benefits from virtualisation Date: Friday 13th March, 14.00 to 16.30Location: Westin Hotel, Westmoreland St., Dublin 2Cost: Free EventRegistration: Please email Joan Young firstname.lastname@example.org
Productivity Workshop featuring Microsoft Unified Communications & SharePoint
Who should attend: CFO’s, CIO’s, IT Managers, Financial Controllers & Business Managers Summary: CDSoft & SpanishPoint will demonstrate how Microsoft Office Communications Server 2008 and SharePoint 2007 can enable your organisation to support dispersed teams including office and mobile workers in one seamless environment while saving on telephony costs and improving your team’s productivityDate: Tuesday March 31stLocation: Microsoft Envisioning Centre, Atrium B Building, Carmenhall Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. Click here for directions.Cost: Free EventRegistration: Email Lorraine in CD Soft on email@example.com
Lionbridge have been working with Microsoft virtualisation technologies for a good long while now, and have just released a case study explaining it all.
Lionbridge have created a Virtual Cloud Lab using Hyper-V and System Centre and give secure, global access to it using Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services. Lionbridge reduced hardware costs by 80 percent for its virtual LAB environment, standardized its testing environments, accelerated machine provisioning, and enhanced security and business continuity.
The lab itself is in Boston and is currently 9 servers running around 300 virtual machines – this will reduce down to 6 physical servers in the not too distant future. They use the Self Service Portal feature of System Centre Virtual Machine Manager to dynamically deploy new environments without any input from the local IT staff.
It really is a great case study, I encourage you to read it.
The countdown is on for MS Community Tech Days!...only two weeks until Galway and Cork at the time of posting this (Galway 10th and Cork 12th March). Blindingly good technical content to be caught! Learn more and register @ http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/technet/techdays.aspx.
Tech Days are a collaborative effort between Microsoft and the IT Pro community to re-deliver the highlights of Tech Ed Conference to IT Pros across Ireland. Register now to avoid disappointment! The core content will focus on Infrastructure, BI and Unified Comms & Collaboration. Most of the sessions will be delivered by a combination of Microsoft and Community technical presenters and we promise they will involve as much time spent demoing the technology, as possible.
March will see the four-city tour stop for evening events in Galway and Cork, with full day events in Dublin and Belfast. Our special guest speaker in Galway, Dublin and Belfast is Rhonda Layfield, who was voted one of the best technical presenters @ Tech Ed Europe and North America. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get up-to speed on the latest Microsoft technology (technical level 300) at no cost! We hope to see you there. Learn more and register here.
We are also running ‘Microsoft @ Home’ sessions in Dublin and Belfast in March, the timing of which line up nicely with the Tech Days. These sessions will look at Home Networking, Windows 7, Securing your Home and Digital Photography. So if you’re someone who has even thought about, using your Xbox 360 as a media extender for example, then you’ll certainly like this session. Learn more and register here.
Great news for those of you over in the mid-West of Ireland! On March 3rd, Westpark Business Centre will host the inaugural Shannon SharePoint User Group Meeting. The breakfast event will run from 8am until 10.30am and has some terrific speakers representing both multinational technology firms and local technology partners.
See below for the agenda and how you can register.
When: 3rd March, 8.00-10.30am
Where: Westpark Shannon Ltd, 4000 Atlantic Avenue in Shannon (061 479111).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.
07:45 Registration & Complimentary Breakfast.
08:30 Introduction & Welcome.
08:40 Introduction to SharePoint: A brief overview of SharePoint, Quick wins with SharePoint, 5 ways to save money with SharePoint and a real life case study. Daragh Morrissey - Senior Microsoft Services Consultant.
09:10 Case Study by Central Solutions Ltd: Demonstration of SharePoint in managing cost centres, facilitating collaboration, managing projects and deploying intranets/extranets. Paul Conheady, Central Solutions.
09.30 Experiences with SharePoint: Dell's perspective on the use of SharePoint for cost savings and information management. Kieran Fitzgerald, Dell.
09.45 A User’s Perspective: Collaboration, Team and Project Management. Rick Dunphy, Intel.
10:00 Panel Discussion / Q&A.
Digital Media Forum and Microsoft Ireland are delighted to bring you the Microsoft BizSpark Innovation Accelerator Event – an event designed to help accelerate the Start-up community in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This day-long conference will run on Tuesday, February 24th in the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin’s city centre. Entrance is free of charge.
The aim of the event is to provide business guidance for Start-ups and anyone in Ireland or Northern Ireland who thinks they might like to start-up a tech company. The plan is to get together some of Ireland’s most experienced entrepreneurs and business people to share their stories about what makes businesses succeed and what are the pitfalls to avoid.
The Innovation Accelerator Event will feature practical sessions on business areas key to success of any Start-up such as Sales, Marketing, Finance and Legal. Participating speakers are coming from every area of the Irish tech community to help with this initiative. Seminar style-sessions will run alongside some panel discussions where our more experienced entrepreneurs can relate stories from the trenches.
The agenda is available at http://digitalmediaisland.com/on-tour/bizspark-innovation-accelerator-feb-24th/schedule/
You can find more details and register at http://digitalmediaisland.com/on-tour/bizspark-innovation-accelerator-feb-24th/
Introduction to Installing and Managing Microsoft® Exchange Server 200716-18 February 09, Cork, PFHAt the end of this three-day course, students who are new to Microsoft Exchange Server will learn how to configure and manage a messaging environment in accordance with technical requirements. Students will learn how to install Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and manage routing, client access, and the backup and restore of databases. They will also learn how to manage addressing and recipient objects such as mailboxes, distribution groups, and contacts. €600. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtualization in Depth18-19 February 09, Dublin, Global KnowledgeThis deep hands-on course trains Microsoft partners to design, implement and consolidate their physical infrastructure into a flexible and dynamic Microsoft virtual datacenter, which consist Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager vNext. This training course focuses on backup, recovery secure and monitoring of critical business applications inside the virtual machines. "In Depth" covers high availability, scripting and data protection of Microsoft virtual environment. At the end of the course the attendees will be able to successfully install and secure MS Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and manage it with System Center Virtual Machine Manager vNext. With Microsoft System Center Operations Manager they will be able to monitor the Microsoft virtualization products. They will have the ability to setup System Center Data Protection Manager for backup and recovery and update the virtual machines and the hypervisor-based virtualization server.€400. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Applications23-24 February 09, Dublin, New HorizonsThis two-day course explores the Microsoft Dynamics CRM application from a user's perspective. Application functionality covered in the course includes: Sales Management; Marketing Automation; Service Management; Service Scheduling€267. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Installing and Configuring the Windows Vista Operating System23-24 February 09, Galway, New HorizonsThis two-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to install and configure Windows Vista desktops. It will focus on four main areas: installing, securing, networking, and browsing. By the end of the course, the student will have installed and configured a Windows Vista desktop that is secure, on the network, and ready for browsing.€183. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers24-27 February 09, Belfast, New HorizonsThis four-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to implement, monitor, and maintain Windows Server 2008 servers. €533. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Customization and Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.025-26 February 09, Dublin, New HorizonsThis two-day instructor-led course provides students with the tools to configure and customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Configuration topics include setting up business management functions such as: Business units; Users; Teams; Security privileges and roles; System Settings; Multilingual User Interface Language Packs; Currency Exchange Rates; Multiple Organizations€267. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Implementing System Center Data Protection Manager 20072-5 March 09, Dublin, BTThis deep hands-on course trains Microsoft partners to design, implement and consolidate their physical infrastructure into a flexible and dynamic Microsoft virtual datacenter, which consist Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager vNext. This training course focuses on backup, recovery secure and monitoring of critical business applications inside the virtual machines. "In Depth" covers high availability, scripting and data protection of Microsoft virtual environment. At the end of the course the attendees will be able to successfully install and secure MS Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and manage it with System Center Virtual Machine Manager vNext. With Microsoft System Center Operations Manager they will be able to monitor the Microsoft virtualization products. They will have the ability to setup System Center Data Protection Manager for backup and recovery and update the virtual machines and the hypervisor-based virtualization server.€599. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Advanced SharePoint 2007 Development02-06 March 09, Cork, PFHThis five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to become a top-notch SharePoint 2007 Developer. From AJAX to Event Handlers and Features, you will gain important insight into the internal workings of SharePoint 2007. This course is intended for experienced SharePoint developers and students and will guide them through the process of architecting and developing SharePoint applications and customizations.€999. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 9-12 March 09. Dublin, New HorizonsThis four-day instructor-led course will teach introductory-level Web developers the fundamentals of Web application development and best practices for Microsoft Web development technologies, including ASP.NET 3.5, ASP.NET AJAX Extensions, and Silverlight. This course focuses on using the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 development environment and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 to create a Web application that delivers dynamic content to a Web site.€533. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Managing System Center Operations Manager 200710-13 March 09. Dublin, Global KnowledgeElements of this syllabus are subject to change.This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to managing a Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 management group. This course is intended to develop the necessary skills to install and manage Operations Manager 2007 management servers and supporting roles.€400. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers10-13 March 09, Cork, PFHThis four-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to implement, monitor, and maintain Windows Server 2008 servers. €800. Register Your Interest Here (registration will close 2 weeks in advance of the course date)
With every new OS release comes some new features, changes to old features, fixes, kernel updates and more. While you might have read about some of these new features you probably have questions and now is your chance to find out more about Windows 7.
On Thursday, February 12th, Mark Russinovich will host a virtual roundtable for IT pros worldwide to discuss Windows 7 Beta. This is your chance to learn all about the new Windows 7 Beta and get answers to any deployment and management questions that you might have. As part of the “virtual” experience,you will be able to submit your questions about Windows 7 Beta to the panel live during the event—or submit questions in advance to email@example.com.
So save the date and join Mark on Thursday, February 12 at: https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard.
Thanks to those who made it to the 'Wellie' in Belfast yesterday and Douglas in Cork today for Virtualisation Unplugged.James and Dave really know Microsoft Virtualisation inside-out, so I'm glad you tested them with a few tough questions.
Even though James claims to be a bit of a sell-out, by buying into the whole blogging habit, his blog is still definitely worth keeping an eye on. It can be found @ http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/. Also, his Virtualisation Unplugged slides can be found here.
Dave Northey's is back blogging these days, so you will see his Windows 7 deck here in the coming days.