Not only can you now evaluate Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Standard, but the team have updated the Windows SBS website with new resources materials to help you find out how Windows SBS 2011 can assist your business.
SharePoint fan? Why not sign up for the SharePoint UK User Group Vendor Night on 24 February in Southampton. Join the gang to see demos of four SharePoint products, fuelled by pizza, refreshments and some great giveaways.
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To help you deploy commercial private and public clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, System Center, and related products, Microsoft offers a set of programs and initiatives called Hyper-V Cloud. These programs can help you:
· Build your own private cloud with help from the Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides and Hyper-V Cloud partners.
· Get a pre-validated private cloud configuration from Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track OEM partners. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track partners have worked with Microsoft to combine hardware and software offerings based on a reference architecture for building private clouds.
· Find a service provider in the Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider Program who can host a dedicated private cloud for you.
Deploying Microsoft’s private cloud infrastructure also positions you to take advantage of the Windows Azure public cloud platform through powerful identity, development, and management tools. These tools span across private and public cloud environments so that you can more easily build, migrate, or extend out to the public cloud and benefit from virtually unlimited scale and even greater efficiencies whenever you need it.
What are you waiting for?!
Happy Friday, one and all – you’ve officially made it through the first two weeks of the working year. Well done. Before your mind turns to that Friday evening excursion to the pub, take a look at this week’s goings on on the blog.
Have a great weekend – see you on Monday.
Are you a decision maker in your business? If so, Bing Maps and The Ridgian Group would like to invite you to join them on 1st February for a Live Meeting about Corporate Business Intelligence using Bing Maps. Come and find out how you can use Business Intelligence to address your key business priorities, such as:
Products discussed include Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft SQL Server, among others.
The agenda is as follows:
Wondering what Windows 7 and Windows Optimised Desktop can do for you? We’re launching a new programme at the end of January that gives you step-by-step information and all the resources you need to understand how Windows 7 and Windows Optimised Desktop can significantly streamline your workflows, make your users productive anywhere and reduce costs by streamlining your PC management.
This programme goes through 9 steps, providing all the learning resources, technical guidance, and hands-on know-how you need to plan, deploy, and manage the Windows Optimised Desktop. So that you can follow the programme at a pace that suits you, you can sign up to the email programme or download PDFs. Keep an eye on the blog for details of the programme going live!
Here’s what’s coming:
Step 1: Making your desktop work optimally for you
Step 2: Introducing the Optimised Desktop
Step 3: What’s under the bonnet
Step 4: Choose the right desktop virtualisation option for you
Step 5: Introduction to deployment
Step 6: Learning Resources Bundle – Part 1
Step 7: Learning Resources Bundle – Part 2
Step 8: Creating a training plan for your end-users
Step 9: Useful Tools and Key Resources Post-Deployment
If you’d like more details, drop Sam Taylor a line. Sam’s on her hols next week but she’ll be back on 24th January and will catch up with you then.
In this video/demo we go from scratch for folks with no knowledge of Windows Azure Connect (previously known as “Project Sydney”) covering what it is, how to create a virtual network and how to domain-join an instance running in the Windows Azure cloud. The demo gives click-by-click instructions and leaves nothing out (aside from assuming obvious things like VS is installed and the Windows Azure SDK/Tools are installed). Even if you don’t yet have a Windows Azure account – the very last few minutes talks about how to get a free account so you can try this technology out. Also how to deal with things like certificate management are covered in click-by-click detail and a couple of shortcuts, plus a troubleshooting section, with a demo.
Watch and learn!
Remember a while back we told you about the Windows 7 deployment learning portal and a couple of special offers up for grabs? Well, you could still get your mitts on a free Windows 7 Resource Kit and get 40% off a range of MS Press books. Full details here.
The Springboard Series for Windows 7 has become a large part of TechNet, and you can now get it on your Windows Phone 7 with the free Springboard Series for Windows 7 app. The Springboard Series on TechNet is your destination for technical resources, free tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of your Windows client infrastructure. To give you better access to these key resources, no matter where you are, we created the Springboard Series App for Windows Phone 7.
The app gives you access to key Windows 7 content, no matter where you are in the lifecycle phase you are in. From Discover and Explore, to Pilot and Deploy and Manage, it’s all here; including videos, ‘how to’ pieces, FAQs, whitepapers and error code - even the step-by-step implementation and deployment guides - all on your mobile phone.
Download your app now via Zune marketplace – just search for Springboard.