We will be running a series of TechNet Live Meeting sessions in June focusing on what the Cloud means to you as an IT Manager or IT Professional. The cloud has been called the next logical step in business computing—but there is still a lot of confusion about what it really means.

Microsoft cloud services offers a new model for business computing. You choose the amount of service you want, whether it's IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS, Start small in the cloud, or collaborate with us or our Partners for complete hybrid solutions, with unparalleled service and support.

Sessions
Windows Azure and the IT Pro Discussion
Friday 4 June 2010 1:00 PM Australia (East)
Speaker – Greg Willis, Architect Evangelist Microsoft Australia
Do cloud services make the IT Pro obsolete? Join us in this informative session to discuss the role of IT Pros with regard to Windows Azure. Discover what’s changed and what hasn’t for the IT Professional including how to manage services in the new cloud environment and what tools are available to help manage the application lifecycle.

Windows Intune - Simplifying how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7
Friday 11 June 2010 1:00 PM Australia (East)
Speaker – John Pritchard, Technology Specialist Microsoft Australia

Your employees depend on you to keep their PCs running at their best, whether they are in the office or on the road. Windows Intune™ simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows® cloud services and Windows 7—so your computers and users can operate at peak performance. Windows Intune™ delivers cloud-based management and security capabilities using a single Web-based console that enables your users and your IT staff to work from virtually anywhere—all that’s required is an Internet connection.

With the Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade included in the subscription, you can give your users the best Windows experience and standardize your PCs on a single version of Windows. You also get advanced tools for troubleshooting, security policy configuration, and virtualization that you can download and run in your environment. Windows Intune™ fits the needs of your business by giving you big tech results with a small tech investment. With the simple setup of the cloud service, you don’t have to worry about costly deployment and time-consuming maintenance. You get a comprehensive desktop solution with a low up-front investment and predictable.

Microsoft Online services – the underlying technology and roadmap
Friday 18 June 2010 1:00 PM Australia (East)
Speaker – Lee Hickin, Senior Technology Specialist Microsoft Australia
Join us for a frank and open discussion on the technology, functionality and future of Microsoft’s Online Services technology, BPOS (Business Productivity Online Services). This session will walk through the 4 key components of this platform (Exchange, SharePoint, Live Meeting & OCS) and dig a little deeper into the Data Centre technology behind them as well as the capabilities they offer both now and in the future. There will also be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions about the who, what and why of Microsoft’s massive investment into the extension of our products and solutions into the cloud

Starting the Private Cloud Journey with the Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Centre
Friday 25 June 2010 1:00 PM Australia (East)
Speaker – Gareth James, Senior Consultant Microsoft Australia

What is the Private Cloud? A tale of three services, IaaS, PaaS and SooS. What features do we need in a Private Cloud system. Introduction to the Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Centre (DIT-SC) We’ll look at the Requirements and Infrastructure architecture required and do a Toolkit walkthrough of:

· User Roles
· Logical architecture
· Workflow
· Provision scripting Engine
· Virtual Machine management

Click here to learn more about our Microsoft Cloud Services and make sure you sign up for our Windows Azure Platform Introductory special.

Register today for the Live Meetings and we’ll see you there, virtually that is!