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From The Desktop To The Cloud: Lets Manage, Monitor and Deploy
The local IT Pro (Windows) User Group promised bigger and better and here it comes.  On February 24th, Microsoft, the Windows user group, and the new System Center user group are collaborating to bring you a multi-track day at the Guinness Storehouse.  Expert speakers will be presenting the following in 3 rooms at the same time:

Track 1: The Cloud
Track 2: Deployment
Track 3: Systems Management
Each track has four sessions, so you can pick and choose which sessions you want to attend.
Join us for a full day of action packed sessions covering everything from the Desktop To The Cloud and maybe even a pint of Guinness afterwards!
When: February 24th, 2011. 9.30am – 5pm (registration from 9am)
Where: Guinness Storehouse, St James Gate, Dublin 8.

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Join us at the Guinness Store House on February 24th at 09:30 for a full day of action packed sessions covering everything from the desktop to The Cloud, and maybe even a pint of Guinness afterwards.

We have our a fantastic range of speakers ranging from MVPs to Microsoft Staff and leading industry specialists to deliver our sessions ensuring a truly unique experience.  During this day, you will have the choice of attending sessions of your choice, covering topics such as Windows 7/Office 2010 deployment, management using System Center, and cloud computing for the IT pro (no developer content – we promise!).

You can register here.  Please only register if you seriously intend to go; Spaces are limited and we want to make sure as many can attend as possible.

We will be running 3 separate subject tracks as follows:

Track 1: The Cloud

The sessions in this track introduce the IT pro to new ways of using cloud computing to provide IT based services to the users in their organisation.

Session 1: CRM Online

Session Description: Take a deep dive into CRM Online and show how you can integrate it with on-premise systems and existing cloud technologies.  We will also a look at integration with XRM.

Speakers: Mark Gullick, Microsoft / James Finnegan, Microsoft

Session 2: Office 365

Session Description: Learn about Office 365, understand the offering and the features it provides, and how to plan and coexist with existing infrastructures.

Speaker: John McCabe, Microsoft

Session 3: Azure

Session Description: We will take a look at Azure from an IT Pro perspective and how you can leverage it, and plan to migrate systems and applications to The Cloud.

Speakers: Wilbour Craddock, Microsoft / Josh Holmes, Microsoft

Session 4: Intune

Session Description: This will be a detailed look at Intune, showing how you can build an MSP practice using Microsoft’s latest edition to the online services portfolio.

Speaker: Wilbour Craddock, Microsoft

Track 2: Windows 7/Office 2010 Deployment

The Windows 7 track will teach the attendee about the essential technologies for performing a successful deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Session 1: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit For Windows 7 and Office 2010

Session Description: The first step of any deployment is planning, and you need information to create an accurate plan.  The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) allows you to assess you existing desktop infrastructure.  Armed with this information you can identify which hardware needs to be replaced, which needs to be upgraded, and which applications and drivers will require further administrative or engineering effort.  This session will teach you how to use MAP to assess your infrastructure and produce the necessary reports.

Speaker: Aidan Finn (MVP – Virtual Machine), System Dynamics

Aidan Finn is the infrastructure team leader with System Dynamics, an Irish consulting company based in Dublin.  Systems Dynamics provides expertise in IT infrastructure, business intelligence, and enterprise software development.  Aidan is a former System Center Configuration Manager Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and is currently one of 60 Virtual Machine MVPs in the world.  Aidan is the co-author of Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 (Sybex, 2009) and Mastering Windows 7 Deployment (Sybex, 2011), and is the lead author of Mastering Hyper-V Deployment (Sybex, 2010).

Session 2: Application Compatibility Toolkit

Session Description: Have you got legacy applications or are responsible for a migration project to Windows 7? We will take a detailed look at how the Application compatibility toolkit can help mitigate and fix applications to run successfully on Windows 7.

Speaker: Sebastian Siminovich Blok, Microsoft

Session 3: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, Update 1

Session Description: The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is Microsoft’s free solution for providing advanced operating system image deployment for desktops and servers.  This light touch solution allows the usage of task sequences to perform many tasks in a fire-and-forget manner.  This means you can do more than just install an image; you can capture and restore user states, configure encryption, apply the latest patches, install software, and provide plug-and-play drivers … and do pretty much anything that can be scripted.  This session will walk you through the set-up and usage of MDT to deploy and configure Windows 7.

Speaker: Aidan Finn (MVP – Virtual Machine), System Dynamics

Aidan Finn is the infrastructure team leader with System Dynamics, an Irish consulting company based in Dublin.  Systems Dynamics provides expertise in IT infrastructure, business intelligence, and enterprise software development.  Aidan is a former System Center Configuration Manager Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and is currently one of 60 Virtual Machine MVPs in the world.  Aidan is the co-author of Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 (Sybex, 2009) and Mastering Windows 7 Deployment (Sybex, 2011), and is the lead author of Mastering Hyper-V Deployment (Sybex, 2010).

Session 4: Office 2010 Deployment

Session Description: It is likely that you will want to deploy Office 2010 if you are upgrading to Windows 7.  This session will show you the various methods that you can employ, from network-based administrative installations to App-V.

Speaker: Gerry Forde, Lakeland Dairies

Track 3: Systems Management

In this track you will see how Microsoft System Center products can be used together to automate many complex and time consuming operational tasks.

Session 1: System Center Ops Manager/Configuration Manager/ Service Manager

Session Description: The session will dive into the integration of OpsMgr, ConfigMgr and Service Manager to see how you can drive processes and track events.

Speaker: Paul Keely (MVP – System Center Operations Manager)

Session 2: System Center Virtual Machine Manager/ Operations Manager & Performance Resource Optimization (PRO)

Session Description: Learn more about Dynamic IT by seeing dynamic load balancing of virtual machines on Hyper-V with SCVMM & OpsMgr using PRO managements packs.

Speaker: Kevin Greene / Steve Blanche

Session 3: Opalis

Session Description: In this session we will explore the latest addition to the System Center family, Opalis, an extremely powerful orchestration engine for all type of operating systems and services.

Speaker: Aneko, Microsoft

Session 4: Private Cloud & Dynamic Datacenter

Session Description: Explore the private cloud from a relief scenario, and the experiences that were encountered on the journey to the private cloud.

Speaker: Damian Flynn (MVP – Virtual Machine), Lionbridge

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