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Some of our MVP’s have collaborated on a new book, Mastering Windows 7 Deployment. Written by Aidan Finn, Kenneth van Surksum and Rhonda Layfield, with Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom reviewing, this book gives you professional-level instruction on Windows 7 deployment tools. Read Chapter One Does Your Hardware Measure Up? to get a taster.
Here’s the blurb:
Enterprise-level operating system deployment is challenging and requires knowledge of specific tools. It is expected that Windows 7 will be extensively deployed in businesses worldwide. This comprehensive Sybex guide provides thorough coverage of the Microsoft deployment tools that were specifically created for Windows 7, preparing system administrators, MIS professionals, and corporate programmers to tackle the task effectively.
Companies worldwide are expected to deploy Windows 7 as their enterprise operating system; system administrators and IT professionals need comprehensive instruction on Microsoft’s deployment tools. This complete guide provides clear, step-by-step instruction on installing, configuring, deploying, and troubleshooting deployment methods for each tool.
It covers the application compatibility toolkit, pre-installation environment, automated installation kit, system image manager, easy transfer, user state migration tool, Windows deployment service, deployment toolkit 2010, system center configuration manager, key management service, and volume activation management tool. It’s also illustrated with plenty of real-world scenarios.
Mastering Windows Deployment provides the hands-on instruction you need to fully understand and use each deployment technology. Read even more about it here.
We have started speaking with the lovely people at MSemploy (to be clear, they are a seperate organisation to Microsoft) who provide a service for IT professionals looking for a new career within the Microsoft Partner Network. They have just re-launched in the UK so are keen to get anyone job seeking signed up, as well as pushing out some great open roles available in partnersSo we thought we would trial highlighting a few of the top jobs that they have available each fortnight:
Gold PartnerJob Title: Project ManagerLocation: DurhamSalary: £30,000 - £40,000 pa
Gold PartnerJob Title: Solutions ArchitectLocation: Central LondonSalary: Competitive
As always, feedback welcome
Hi folks, here’s your weekly Friday round-up. Grab your last cup of tea of the week, put your feet up on your desk and have a read.
Have a great weekend!
PowerShell Weekend PowerCamp event
19-20 March, Microsoft Cardinal Place office, London
What is it?
This fast paced weekend event covers all the key aspects of Windows PowerShell - from the command line and writing production-oriented scripts. We start with the basics including installation and configuration, formatting and providers and remoting. We then look at scripting, managing script libraries using modules, using objects, and finishing with the PowerShell features added into Windows. The event will be all lecture, with the opportunity to type along with the tutor. Delegates bring suitably pre-setup laptops with VMs pre-configured, and then type along as the tutor covers all the key aspects.
Who is the tutor?
The PowerShell Weekend PowerCamp will be delivered by Thomas Lee. Thomas is a veteran PowerShell MVP who has been involved in the PowerShell community since the very beginning. He provides training and consultancy around a range of Microsoft products, with a recent focus on PowerShell and Lync Server. Thomas runs PowerShell training courses around the world, and has been a speaker at conferences across the world for the past decade. In his spare time, he lives with his wife, daughter, and wine cellar in a small cottage in the UK. His Twitter handle is DoctorDNS and he maintains two blogs (Under the Stairs at http://tfl09.blogspot.com and PowerShell Scripts Blog at http://pshscripts.blogspot.com)
What is the Agenda?
Day 1 – The Basics
• PowerShell Fundamentals – starting with the key elements of PowerShell (Cmdlets, Objects and the Pipeline) plus installation, setup, and profiles
• Discovery – finding your way and learning how to discover more
• Formatting – how to format output nicely – both by default and using hash tables and display XML
• Remoting – working with remote systems using PowerShell’s remoting capabilities
• Providers – getting into OS data stores via PSProviders
Day 2 – Diving Deeper
• Scripting Concepts – automating everyday tasks including PowerShell’s language constructs, error handling and debugging (both from the command line and using an IDE)
• Modules – managing PowerShell script libraries in the enterprise
• .NET/WMI/COM Objects – working with native objects
• PowerShell and Windows Client/Server – how you can use built in PowerShell cmdlets
• PowerShell in Key Microsoft Servers - a look at PowerShell today in SQL, SCVMM plus a look forward to the future with SharePoint 2010
What will it cost?
The cost is £200 (+VAT at the prevailing rate) for the weekend. Meals and accommodation are not covered.
Where is the event going to take place?
The PowerShell PowerCamp will be held at Microsoft Cardinal Place in Victoria on the weekend of March 19-20, 2010.
How do I book?
Contact Thomas direct at DoctorDNS@Gmail.com and he will arrange for the invoice to be paid.
Watch Thomas’s blog http://tfl09.blogspot.com/ for any hot breaking news on the event.
The Windows Server User Group are pleased to announce that on the evening of the 6th April 2011 at Microsoft's London Offices (Cardinal Place), they will be hosting two sessions:
1) Active Directory - Rights Management Services (AD-RMS) and how it can integrate with the cloud.
AD-RMS can help in the battle to prevent data leakage and corporate disclosure, Wikileaks has highlighted the growing need for data loss prevention; this session will provide a showcase and an insight in to the technology. Presented by Microsoft's Bill Orme.
2) Active Directory - Federation Services (AD-FS) AD-FS utilises standards based protocols to allow your business to federate to the cloud and with other entities.
This is a must know technology for today and the future, presented by Simon Veale of The Oxford Computer Group
There will be a social event in the Ha-Ha bar afterwards.
Find out more or register now
The chaps at SQLBits have been working hard to put on a blinding SQL Bits 8 , and as part of that are working with Fusion-IO on http://www.crappycodegames.com/
Details of the challenges can be found here and consist of a number of SQL challenges that will test you to write code that pushes the boundaries of SQL performance. @simon_sabin has already blogged some hints and additional info about the games
So if you want to test your SQL Skills or just go for the free beer sign up for one of the heats being held at:
Our What is Hyper-V Cloud webcast took place yesterday – if you missed anything you can view the on demand content here.
Coming up next on 8 March at 2pm is Practical Deployment, which will cover deploying Windows 7, Office 2010, Internet Explorer with MDT 2010 and application compatibility. Sign up here.
You can see what else is coming up in the TechDays online series here.
Keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level with Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Now available through Windows Update, or the Microsoft Download Center, SP1 provides ongoing improvements to the Windows operating system including previous updates delivered over Windows Update and incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback.
More information and links to the download are available on:
· Windows Client TechCenter
· Windows Server TechCenter
We have re-launched the Professional Advisory Services. Our Technical Engineers have created over 140 FREE self-help packages to enable you to proactively meet your infrastructure needs for some of the more common advisory service scenarios:
If there isn’t a package that meets your needs, there are a number of other support options available to you, including advice for questions not covered by Problem Resolution Services (break/fix). Typical cases involve providing recommendations and best practices for design, development and deployment, leveraging Microsoft Products and Technologies. The delivery time for Advisory Services is generally 10 hours or less and consists of a specific service scope. It is designed for Developers, IT Professionals and SMB customers who do not require traditional onsite consulting or sustained account management services that are available from other Microsoft support options.
Go here for more information.
It’s Tuesday again and that means Tech.Days online is live again at 2pm. Today’s session is What is Hyper-V Cloud? Hyper-V cloud is an alliance of Microsoft with the leading hardware vendors to provide reference architectures for creating services inside your organisation. This builds on the capabilities of System Center and Hyper-V to private more control and elasticity for private clouds. In the session we'll take a look at this to see what it means for the IT Professional, sign up here.
You can see what else is coming up in the Tech.Days online series here.