And it’s on a YouTube video!
scroll to the YouTube video at 3:12
“VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite is really more of a marketing term. Those of you know our products deeply know that they don’t fit this well together as they need to. Some of them have multiple databases, some don’t look the same, some install differently, and what I can’t stand that is Site Recovery Manager doesn’t currently work with vCloud Director. So, what we are basically able to say is that we created and acquired companies that led to a lot of individual products that don’t work well enough together yet.”
Oh, and if you’re in the market for a “real” Private cloud – here’s your solution:
This half day session open to everyone but spaces are on a first come first served basis.
This three-hour First Look Clinic (FLC), will cover key new features in Windows Server 2012. It will outline new management and access features for areas such as Server Manager, Active Directory and PowerShell. It will also cover storage and network improvements as well as High Availability and significant changes to Hyper-V contained within Windows Server 2012.
This clinic is intended for IT Professionals who are interested in learning about the new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012. In general, early adopters of new technology or people looking to gain early insight into new functionality in Windows Server 2012 will benefit from attending this First Look Clinic.
Click here to register
New Horizons already have a range of Windows Server 2012 courses scheduled starting in October this year.
Window Server 2012 Courses and Certifications.
For more details call New Horizons on 01 8898700
Windows Server 2012 will Release To manufacturing (RTM) in the first week of August – that’s when you’ll be able to download and install it. Combined with Windows Azure, is the cornerstone of Microsoft’s truly differentiated Cloud OS vision.
Based on your feedback, we are making Windows Server 2012 licensing simple, economical, and better aligned with how you use it, including aligning the model with System Centre 2012. There are now four editions based on the size of your organisation, as well as their virtualisation and cloud computing needs.
From a technical standpoint, these editions are the same. All features that are available in the Datacenter edition are also available in the Standard edition. The only difference between the two editions is virtualisation rights. Windows Server Standard Edition includes two instances of Windows Server while Windows Server Datacenter Edition includes unlimited instances of Windows Server.
With Windows Server 2012, there’s ONE QUESTION you have to ask: Are you licensing Windows Server 2012 to run:
A. a workload on the bare metal, or
B. as a virtualization host?
If the answer is A, then you should purchase Windows Server 2012 Standard. If the answer is B, then you should purchase Windows Server 2012 Datacenter.
In announcing that Windows Server 2012 will be available in four versions, Microsoft also said that development of the Windows Home Server and Small Business Server platforms will be discontinued,
This is great! At the Worldwide Partner Conference, we announced a new offering that provides Windows Azure services (Web Sites and Virtual Machines) for Windows Server using System Center 2012 SP1
Details on how to get started on this are here: http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/services.aspx
We have two (I know we have many more than 2 really) gurus on Windows Server 2012 in Ireland, both Aidan Finn and Damian Flynn are Microsoft MVPs.
Aidan Finn has a load of short videos up on YouTube covering a lot of the neat features in Windows Server 2012.
Damian Flynn was speaking at TechEd Europe – two of his four sessions were recorded:
Deploying Private Clouds: Lessons Learned from the Windows Server 2012 TAP
Windows Server 2012 IP Address Management
And they have both just published a book! Microsoft Private Cloud Computing is available is both in Paperback and for the Kindle.
I've heard from my TechNet colleagues that these Vista Guides have been very popular with IT Pros across Europe so I wanted to make them available to you here in Ireland.
All the guides available for download at:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&DisplayLang=en
Here's what's available:
* Deploying Vista Step by Step Guide.doc (195 KB)
* Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step by Step Guide.doc ( 150 KB)
* Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide.doc (414 KB)
* Performance Monitoring and Tuning Step by Step Guide.doc (209 KB)
* Print Management Step by Step Guide.doc (260 KB)
* Step by Step Guide to Controlling Device Installation and Usage with Group Policy.doc (640 KB)
* Step by Step Guide to Device Driver Signing and Staging.doc (748 KB)
* Step by Step Guide to Managing Multiple Local Group Policy.doc (274 KB)
* User Account Control Step by Step Guide.doc (146 KB)
* Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide (September 2006).doc (169 KB)
* Windows Vista Beta 2 Migration Step by Step Guide.doc (152 KB)
* Windows Vista Beta 2 Trusted Platform Module Services Step by Step Guide (May 2006).doc (157 KB)
* Windows Vista Mobile Device Center Step by Step.doc (134 KB)
* Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Step by Step Guide.doc (158 KB)
* Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step by Step.doc (118 KB)
* Windows Vista Windows Meeting Space Step by Step Guide.doc (388 KB)
The following products are now available for download for Technet & MSDN Subscribers:
Download these products from the Technet Plus Subscriber’s Download site at: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx
The following products are FREE and available for download on Microsoft.com’s downloads:
SharePoint Designer 2010 (x86 - 254MB) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d88a1505-849b-4587-b854-a7054ee28d66
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of David Houston. Dave was the first person I made contact with in Dublin when I made the decision to move over from Canada. We had a link in our support of SBS and that lead to a mutual respect. I ran a user group back in Canada and I respect the time and dedication it tales to run a group like SBS Ireland as Dave had for a number of years.He was a fun and interesting guy with a deep desire to be involved in the technical community here in Dublin and make others better. I was fortunate enough to attend TechEd EMEA with Dave in 2009 and had a chance to spend time with Dave and get to know him and as a result will greatly miss him in the community and in general.
David Houston cheers
I was just reading Martha Rotter’s blog & came across this post I Never Thought I’d Be Blogging About Playboy.
Turns out there’s a really good Silverlight application out there that uses DeepZoom to let you view 53 old issues of Playboy magazine.
It is a very good example of a DeepZoom app, but this one includes fulltext search “You can see in the image below the word I typed into the search box, and how it’s then highlighted in the article I selected. As the pages are DeepZoom-enabled, I can easily read the full text of the article.”
Irish Apps Update
At the Windows Phone Summit recently, Microsoft announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace officially hit 100,000 apps and games—a milestone we reached faster than Android, and a testament to the thousands of talented developers around the world who’ve supported us since launch. Together they deliver more than 200 new titles, on average, each day. Great apps such as Paypal and Audible and games such as Words With Friends, Draw Something and NOVA 3 are coming very soon with Window Phone 8, to learn more about Windows Phone 8 you can watch the announcement video.
At the same time Irish developers have embraced Windows Phone building over 600 Windows Phone apps in the past 6 months.. Microsoft Ireland is now working with developers to build more apps for Windows Phone 8 and of course Windows 8. Every one of those apps will work on the upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices.
Here are a small selection of the apps and games from Irish and international developers.
If you open this mail on your phone the links will take you direct to the app marketplace to install the app so you can showcase and share with your friends and family
Irish Times – Free
Features include the weather forecast, most popular stories, share tools and more to make this your daily "must read" news app.
Bus Nearby – Free
Find bus stops around you in Dublin, see when the next buses are due, then save your favourites stops.
Parking Tag - Free
This is a simple app to allow you to park your car in Dublin in 4 button presses
Irish Tides - Free
Tidal predictions for 130 ports around the Irish coast. Gives the estimated tidal heights and times of HW and LW for the next 7 days
iSpeak – 99c (free trial available) iSpeak is an award winning speech and text translator, say your phrase in your native language, choose output language and iSpeak will read in a native accent.
1st4 Live Manchester United Scores - Free Live scores, commentary, news, fixtures, results and opinion for Manchester United. Winner of International Sports app of the year and with 25 5* reviews this is an example of how to design for Windows Phone.
Wizard Wars - €1.29 (free trial)
Battle hordes of rampaging enemies, use items like bombs and shrink spells to hinder their advance. Earn gold to fund your war efforts & upgrade your towers.
Solar Sprint – 99c
Solar Sprint is an endless runner in the infinite playing field of space. Create a vortex in order to, shepherding a planet from one solar system to another avoiding Asteroids
Doodle Bomber 7 - free
You are a Bombardier in a WW1 era airship flying back and forth over a canyon filled with targets. Your job, release the bomb at the right time to hit as many targets as possible.
Talk to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere in the world and see them as if they're in the same room.
LinkedIn – Free
Find and connect with more than 161M members worldwide, read the latest news, keep up-to-date with your groups. This app beats any iOS or Android equivalent
An easy-to-use Twitter app with a clean, simple design.
Netflix – Free (subscription required)
Watch TV episodes and movies on your phone with this must-have subscription service.
WhatsApp - Free
WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio and video messages
Weave - €2.99 (free trial)
A fresh take on RSS readers, built exclusively for Windows Phone.
Viber - Free
Viber lets you connect with your friends for free. It synchs with your mobile phone number and contact list to instantly show who uses Viber.
Tune In Radio - Free TuneIn is a new way to listen to live local and global radio from wherever you are. TuneIn offers over 50,000 stations and 1.2 million on-demand streams.
Xbox Companion - Free Search for your favorite movies, TV shows, music, and games, and play them on your Xbox from your phone.
Finn Krewer a student in NUI Galway built the most popular Irish developed app of 2011 watch his story
Did you know that Microsoft & Nokia are funding a student or startup that has a killer idea for a Window Phone app? If they submit their idea to AppCampus they can receive funding and help to build their app.
That’s it for the update.
Oh, and if you happen to be building a Windows 8 App, please let me know (I might be able to help you get it into the Windows Store before we launch).
I'm delighted to announce that I'm bringing John Craddock and Sally Storey back to Dublin to host an event on End-to-End Infrastructure Security on February 15th in the new Griffith College Conference Centre.
For further details and registration please go to the registration page here. I'd advise you to register ASAP as I know from experience that this one will fill up very fast.
Like many IT professionals, you’ve probably attended security seminars and sessions over the years and gained an appreciation of the various security technologies available. But when, where and how these technologies can and should be leveraged can often be confusing.
Infrastructure security is frequently only considered once server roles and network connectivity has been implemented, a problem made worse by inadequate training. When security technologies are not deployed until late in a project, the result can be poor implementation, weak documentation and compliance testing.
08:45-09:15 Registration & Light Breakfast
09:15-09:30 TechNet Update
09:30-11:00 Is Your IT Infrastructure Secure?
11:15-12:45 Securing Your Network
13:30-14:45 Locking Down Servers and Workstations
15:00-16:15 Vista Technologies
Identifying business assets
Security policy and response planning
Deploying IPSec for domain and server isolation
Building rules and filters
Identifying protocol and port requirements
Managing server roles and lockdown policies
Patch management and compliance testing
Creating Software Restriction Policies (SRP)
Least privileged user access
Establishing client security and software policy
Client and server attack vectors
Managing through group policies
Network Access Protection (NAP)
Vista security enhancements
John Craddock has designed and implemented computing systems ranging from embedded high-speed industrial controllers through to distributed IT solutions. John works as a consultant providing services to industry leaders including Microsoft. He was a key player in the Government Gateway Project, has designed high-availability web portals and help companies build Active Directory solutions to support their business critical environments. In addition to his role as a consultant, he has written over 20 technical training courses that have been published worldwide. He co-authored 'Investigating and Managing Objects and Attributes for Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003' which is part of the Active Directory Forestry series. John lectures internationally and has written and presented technical sessions at MTB, MEC, Tech•Ed, Microsoft IT Forum, JDP and deployment conferences.
Sally Storey has worked in management and consulting in the IT industry for Novell, Microsoft and now, independently. Sally works as a consultant on enterprise infrastructure projects in operations, logistics and deployment roles. Sally is ITIL qualified and specializes in building process that keep systems highly available and secure. Sally co-authored the Active Directory® Forestry series with John Craddock.
This is a great resource for any company with less than 1,000 PC's. Download the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) and install it on your computer to obtain information and recommendations about best practices to help enhance security within your information technology infrastructure.
To learn more about the MSAT visit http://www.securityguidance.com