IT Professionals love knowing what’s going on with their stuff. Be it that blinking light that shows hard disk activity on your laptop* or knowing that your SQL Server is running perfectly you need to know what’s working and what’s not. With the cloud that becomes ever more important as you outsource the mundane management of your stuff you need to know it’s working.
Well now you can with a handy dashboard!
Seriously though for BPOS you now can with the Microsoft Online Services Dashboard which gives you not only current service status for every part of BPOS but also historic information (for when the Gail from accounting asks why her mail was slow on September 21st between 10:03am and 1:01pm ) . The current view is “super-green” as some ‘softies like to say but if you back to September 21 in Europe you’ll see we had a hiccup. I love the honesty of this. It shows the right way for cloud services to be run.
Also worthy of note is that there’s an RSS feed that you can subscribe to so you can get even faster updates, so you don’t always have to check the dash. And your users can access the portal too, so you don’t have to recreate it internally.
*the hard disk light, what would we do without it…it’s been there for all time and it’s still the best indication that your PC is doing something, even if you don’t know what it is…it shows it’s alive or dead. I love that little light.
One for all the deployment and SCOM geeks out there. If you can’t make our Springboard Tour event at Microsoft’s campus in Reading then perhaps you can make an event in London (map, directions) with Wally Mead, Sr. Program Manager for Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 giving a presentation on ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and going over several notable and important features of v.Next.
Also Randy Roffey from Silect presents Silects latest offering, ConfigWise as well as spending some time checking out their other ConfigMgr centric product CP Studio.
I was just helping someone internally with some deployment stuff and I came across these excellent videos by Richard Smith on MDT and doing Lite touch deployments. We obviously have an update of the tools but the basics still apply MDT Update 1 is available here and if you want to know more about Windows 7 deployment, check out Springboard.
I went along to the excellent vBeers event in London a few nights ago – one of the downsides of Evangelism is having to drink beer, who knew? Anyway quite a few folks there were gurus in various VMware tech and they asked me for examples of large Hyper-V users. Here is one. Lionel from The Woodland trust was recently interviewed about their VMware to Hyper-V migration and it’s pretty stunning. Deepfat has the deeper deets foryou in three handy sections…one…two…three..their new building is awesome.
Essentially they’ve deployed Hyper-V and reduced their costs massively but Lionel can explain it better than anyone…press play.
Right now to go get into a container like you asked….
Oh yes it’s coming! The Professional Developers Conference 2010 is on it’s way and you can be with us Live in Reading with the Evangelism team (who all really know their stuff) to watch the action as it unfolds. If that’s not enough we’ll have some Kinect action for you to play with too and food and beverages. Registration links are the bottom of the post…and space is limited. The actual detailed agenda will go up closer to the time but we’ll cover:
· Client and Devices - hear about all the great advances for the client and devices, including how to build and sell apps for Windows Phone 7, how to take advantage of the many features and performance improvements for Internet Explorer 9 and Silverlight and how to better use advanced Windows 7 capabilities.
· Cloud Services - learn why Microsoft is “all in” in the cloud and why cloud services are transforming how applications will be built and deployed. Hear about the many exciting capabilities of the Windows Azure Platform and find out how to move applications and services to the cloud.
· Frameworks and Tools - go deep on various topics related to languages, frameworks, runtimes and tools. Learn how to build the most cutting edge applications using the full power and flexibility of the Microsoft platform.
Day 1 agenda:
4.30 – 5.00PM Registration and welcome
5.00 – 7.00PM Keynote
7.00 – 8.00PM Session
8.00 – 9.30PM Networking
9.30 – 12.00AM Sessions
Day 2 agenda:
4.30 – 5.00PM Registration and welcome
5.00 – 8.00PM Sessions
· Day 1 4.30PM – 12.00AM, 28th October 2010 – Reading Campus, Microsoft UK
· Day 2 4.30PM – 8.00PM, 29th October 2010 – Reading Campus, Microsoft UK