For anyone who is supporting PHP on IIS or Azure, then we have an event for you!
The newest addition to the DPE Ireland is Josh Holmes. Josh is a noted speaker world-wide on the topic of competitive technologies like PHP running on the Windows platform. What better way to introduce Josh as the newest employee than to throw an event an put him on stage! One of the reasons that we’re throwing this event when we are is that we have Ryan Ozimek from the Joomla guardians Open Source Matters, coming over to help Josh reprise and enhance the WebMatrix US launch event.
Web development is continually evolving on the Microsoft Web Platform. This evolution has brought fantastic new features and functionality such as the new Razor syntax and ASP.NET MVC 3 on the ASP.NET side and WinCache and FastCGI on the PHP side. And great new tools such as WebMatrix and the Web Platform Installer make it exceedingly simple to download, customize and deploy many of the top OSS applications, such as DotNetNuke for ASP.NET and Joomla! for PHP, on Windows.
Amongst the speakers at this developer evening are Josh Holmes, the brand new Architect Evangelist for Ireland, and Ryan Ozimek, president of Open Source Matters which is the non-profit that takes care of Joomla!.
Join us for an evening diving into how web development is evolving on the Microsoft Web Platform. We’ll start with an overview of the entire platform and the recent flood of announcements. Then we’ll dive deep into the individual topics of the new ASP.NET Razor syntax, ASP.NET MVC3 and PHP on Windows. Whether you are doing ASP.NET or PHP, whether you have years of experience with web development or are just getting started you’ll find just the right flavor of web development for you.
Date: February 8th, 2011. 6.30pm-8.30pm (registration from 6pm)
The Westin Hotel
35 – 39 Westmoreland Street Dublin 2 Map: Click here for a map
Please join us for this event by registering online.
The talks will wrap-up after two hours, giving attendees plenty of time to have a drink and some food whilst networking or playing around with some of the latest Microsoft gadgets.
Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently
In recent months there has been an increasing volume of fraudulent activity, involving Microsoft’s name, being reported in the Irish market. Cybercriminals often include the names of well-known companies, like ours, in their scams. They think it will convince you to give them money or your personal information. While they usually use e-mail to trick you, they sometimes use the telephone, instead.
Common scams that use the Microsoft name
We do not send unsolicited e-mail or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information or fix your computer.
If you receive an unsolicited e-mail message or phone call that purports to be from Microsoft and requests that you send personal information or click links, delete the e-mail or hang up the phone.
We have more information on fraud on our web-site linking from the home page http://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/phishing/Msname.aspx. Please warn your friends and family about these scams, as the fraudsters can be very persuasive.
Microsoft Ireland commissioned a major report by Goodbody Economic Consultants which was published Today. The report entitled Ireland’s Competitiveness and Jobs Opportunity: Cloud Computing, documents that Ireland has the opportunity to create jobs and help restore competitiveness if we move quickly to establish Ireland as a Global Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence.
Making this move would enable Ireland to capture a disproportionately large share of the global Cloud Computing market estimated by analysts to be worth from €40 to €110 billion by 2014. Additional findings of the report include:
In order to deliver on the opportunity the report makes a number of recommendations:
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the details of this report. You can download it at www.microsoft.ie/cloudreport
You can also view early news coverage in the media from RTE here following an in studio interview on the One O’clock TV news. The interview with Paul Rellis can be viewed 1 minute 20 seconds into the video on this news page: http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0124/cloud-business.html
There is also coverage on all breaking news websites including Silicon. You can view this article here: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/strategy/item/20077-cloud-can-deliver-up-to/
The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for free download.
· Download MAP 5.5
Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool is now even better—with assessment for easier migration to the Windows Azure platform, heterogeneous database discovery (of MySQL, Oracle and Sybase instances) for SQL Server migration projects, Windows Internet Explorer migration assessment, and much more—MAP 5.5 includes new features to help you streamline planning for your next migration project.
MAP works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more.
Assess your environment for migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8 (or the latest version). Are you looking for a tool to simplify your organization's migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8—and, in turn, benefit from improved desktop security, reliability and manageability? The MAP 5.5 Internet Explorer migration assessment inventories your environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal—information you need to more easily migrate to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 (or the latest version).
Identify and analyze web application and database readiness for migration to the Windows Azure platform. Simplify your move to the cloud with the MAP 5.5 automated discovery and detailed inventory reporting on web application and database readiness for the Windows Azure platform. MAP identifies web applications, IIS servers, and SQL Server databases, analyzes their performance characteristics, and estimates resources required such as the number of Windows Azure compute instances, number of SQL Azure databases, bandwidth usage, and storage.
Discover heterogeneous database instances for migration to SQL Server. Now with heterogeneous database inventory and reporting capability, MAP 5.5 helps you accelerate migration to SQL Server from MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase instances.
Enhanced server consolidation assessments for Hyper-V.
Enhanced server consolidation capabilities help save time and effort when creating virtualization assessments and proposals. Enhancements include:
· Significant usability enhancements enabling easier configuration of the server consolidation planning process.
· Learn more about the MAP Toolkit.
· View the MAP 5.5 demo.
· Send your questions or comments to the MAP Team.
Returning with another edition for the monthly patch Tuesday (or Wednesday as it maybe here in Ireland) is the Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy from my good friends in Microsoft Canada Rick Claus and Pierre Roman.
As always - if you have suggestions on making it better - please pass on your comments. Mail Rick directly – email@example.com
Disclaimer: This podcast was produced with the best information available to us at the time of recording. Your primary source for all things Security Bulletin related should always be the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.
In Depth Webcast on this bulletin will take place: Wednesday, January 12th – 11:00 AM PDT (UTC -7). (Registration link):
Bulletins discussed for January 11th, 2011:
Podcast Participants: Rick Claus, Pierre Roman
Additional Technical Show Notes:
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