Simon May

Client and cloud

January, 2011

  • War on Cost: Private Cloud

    A few weeks ago @deepfat and I ventured to the underground lair that is Churchills war rooms and listened to the story ouselves direct from a partner, Inframon.  Well the videos are now online and I especially like this one about our private cloud vision.  Take a look, enjoy, it’s just like you were there…without the bomb proofing and lack of phone signal…unless you live in a bomb proof bunker in which case best of luck to ya!

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

    If you want to check out the rest, then they’re just here:

    War on Cost event: Attack the Costs and Complexity of managing mobile devices in your enterprise
    War on Cost event: Microsoft Private Cloud Story
    War on Cost event: Microsoft Keynote - Desktop and Security Convergence

    War on Cost event: Keynote from Gordon McKenna, CEO at Inframon

    War on Cost event: Microsoft keynote - Datacenter to the Cloud
    War on Cost event: Heterogenous Management with Operations Manager 2007
    War on Cost event: Operations Manager R2 and V.Next
    War on Cost event: Service Manager - the Better Together Story

    War on Cost event: System Center Configuration Manager v.Next Highlights
    War on Cost event: Datacenter IT Process Automation (Opalis)

  • Planning Office 2010 deployment

    Last week I posted about how to use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit to plan your deployments of Windows 7 and Office.  In the same vein I’ve noticed an article on the Knowledge Base that brings together tons of resources to help you to go beyond and do more.  The article provides resource to help plan your Office 2010 rollout and provides links out to some really helpful resources like these two which stand out for me:


    Deploy Office by using System Center Essentials. Provides detailed technical guidance on the processes and procedures when you use Microsoft System Center Essentials to deploy Office
    Office 2010  / Office 2007

    Deploy Office by using Microsoft Application Virtualization. Provides detailed technical guidance on the processes and procedures when you use Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) to deploy Office in a medium-sized organization.

    Funny what turns up in the KB. Smile

  • Estonia now using the Euro (or how to set currency in Windows)

    On January 1st 2011 Estonia joined the single EU currency and is now getting to grips with using the Euro on a daily basis.  Funny thing is with money that it affects all sorts of things, not least the layout of all those keyboards!  Imagine everyone in Estonia now needs a new keyboard with the correct symbol.  Also they need the correct mappings for the keyboards.  Luckily we’ve released updates to make that happen but it’s a good time to explain the manual way of changing currency.

    1. Click Start, type Change the date, time, or number format in the Start Search box, and then click Change the date, time, or number format in the Programs list.
      Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
    2. In the Region and Language dialog box, click Additional settings under the Formats tab.
    3. Click the Currency tab and then change Currency symbol from kr to €.
      Note If you have applied the update that is described in the "Resolution" section, and you want to change the currency symbol to the earlier version, click the Currency tab, click to select in the Currency symbol list, and then type kr.
    4. Click OK two times to apply the change.
    After you make this change, the new currency symbol is displayed as your system currency in all Windows and Microsoft Office products.
  • Using your PC as a Wireless AP and how to modify IP configuration

    Over the holidays I got into a sticky situation where I needed to use my Laptop as an access point to share a network connection. But it doesn’t give you much of a chance to change IP settings so if you have some other device that uses an overlapping IP range you might need to change some settings, thankfully there’s a KB on How to Change the IP Range for the Internet Connection Sharing DHCP. service.  It involves editing the registry so don’t forget to backup the registry first.

    To change the IP address that is assigned to the host and the IP address range that is used by the DHCP service on the Connection Sharing host, use Registry Editor to change the following values. These values are located in the following folder:


    • (REG_SZ) ScopeAddress
    • (REG_SZ) StandaloneDhcpAddress
    The ScopeAddress value is set to the address range that you want to use with Connection Sharing. The StandaloneDhcpAddress value is the address range that is used when Virtual Wi-Fi/SoftAP is enabled. For both values, a network mask of is used and is not configurable.
  • Evangelism Bag–Size S

    A couple of days ago I had to head into London for content creation of a different kind, being interviewed about cloud by PC Pro and IT Pro, so it was time to break out the small Evangelism bag because I didn’t feel I needed the weight and capabilities of the Large bag.  So what’s in the small evangelism bag?  Again a deep zoom is available.

    To list the contents though:

    • HP EliteBook 2540p – My work horse and general purpose laptop.  4GB RAM, i7 640 4 cores, 300gb HDD.  It does the job perfectly every task it’s thrown works well and the keyboard is very good, the track point and nipple don’t have the problems of the other EliteBook.  Shame the colour isn’t matched to the other one.
    • Amazon Kindle – Brilliant device, I use it like paper, sending documents to it to read.  It’s better than paper because I don’t loose it.
    • 3 Broadband dongle - £5 per month for 1GB and I always have access to the web.
    • USB sticks – Odd how these get given to me, I never used to have any.
    • The Bag - Is from IKEA it was really cheap but it’s actually nice, small and handy.