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The Deployment Learning Portal is a great free resource helping you to test your knowledge about Windows 7. It’s written by the team who write the Microsoft certified exams so it’s great practice if you have any exams coming up.
We have an exciting competition running from today until 31 July. If you register for the Deployment Learning Portal you’ll be entered into a free prize draw to win one of three great prizes:
· Laptop - Intel® Core™ i3-370M processor, Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Memory: 3GB, Hard drive: 320GB
· Xbox 360 with 3 games (Fable II, Halo 3, Gears of War 2) and an Xbox Kinect
· Win Phone 7 - HTC 7 Mozart
As usual there are a few T+C’s, so have a read before you enter.
1. ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to any person resident in the UK who is 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).
2. TO ENTER: Register for the Deployment learning portal: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/ff470986.aspx?ITPID=rotator and your details will be entered into the free prize draw.
Microsoft is not responsible for lost, corrupted or delayed entries. Only one entry per person will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft reserves the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these Terms and Conditions.
Alternatively, you can enter the free prize draw by sending your name and address by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. TIMING: This competition runs from 09.00:00 am BST on 1 June 2011 until 11.59:59 p.m. on 31 July 2011(inclusive). Completed entries must reach Microsoft no later than the closing date.
4. USE OF DATA: Personal data which you provide when you enter this competition shall be used for the purposes of this competition only. If you agree to this use, please tick the box on the entry form.
5. SELECTION OF WINNERS : There will be 3 winners, one for each prize. The winner will be determined by a random draw from amongst registrants conducted by Microsoft on 1 August 2011 and will be supervised by an independent adjudicator. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. The winners will be notified by email by 3 August 2011. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, through no fault of Microsoft, within TEN (10) days after the first attempt, an alternative winner will be selected at random. The winners may be required to participate in further publicity or advertising.
There will be 3 prizes available:
Laptop - Intel® Core™ i3-370M processor, Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Memory: 3GB, Hard drive: 320GB
Xbox 360 with 3 games (Fable II, Halo 3, Gears of War 2) and an Xbox Kinect
Win Phone 7 - HTC 7 Mozart
Prizes are as stated and are not transferable. No cash alternatives available. Microsoft reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. All prizes will be sent within 30 days. Prizes may be considered a taxable benefit and winners will be directly responsible for accounting for any tax liability arising on their prize.
7. The winner consents to their surname being made publicly available. The winners surname will be available for a period of 30 days after the closing date by emailing Georgina Lewis at email@example.com.
8. OTHER: No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this competition or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this competition at any time without notice.
9. Microsoft cannot guarantee the performance of any third party and shall not be liable for any act or default by a third party. Participants in this promotion agree that Microsoft will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, costs, damage or disappointment of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in this promotion. Nothing in this clause shall limit Microsoft’s liability in respect of death or personal injury arising out of its own negligence or arising out of fraud.
Promoter: Microsoft Limited, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG, England
The Public Cloud track of TechDays online has now finished, which means the competition for the LG HT762TZ 5.1 DVD home cinema system is open!
Click here to view the recordings from the full TechDays webcast series on demand.
What is Hyper-V cloud?What page do you get to?a) Private Cloud Solutionsb) Introducing Windows Azure white paper c) Security guidelines for Windows Azure
Security integration with the cloud using ADFS What page do you get to?a) ADFS conceptsb) ADFS Resources c) ADFS How to
Managing the cloudWhat page do you get to?a) How to Manage Server Costs with Windows Azureb) Editor’s Note: Managing for the Future with System Center’s Datacenter-to-Cloud c) Windows Azure Queue: Get the best performance
Office 365 for IT ProWhat page do you get to?a) What is Office 365? b) Office 365 FAQ c) Microsoft Office 365 blog
Governance risk and compliance in the cloudWhat page do you get to?a) MOF overviewb) Governance, Risk, and Compliance Service Management Function c) IT Compliance Management Series
To see all Microsoft Partner jobs please visit MSemploy.
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Got 75 minutes free on 30 June? Put this online conference in your calendar at 10am and join us to explore Office 365.
We’ll help you:
Understand the cloud opportunity
Demonstrate the features and functionality of Office 365 with a promise of no jargon or IT speak
Make it clear how you can progress by taking a trial or contacting a partner
You should attend if:
You work in a small or medium business
IT is at least partly your responsibility (IT Decision Maker, Business Decision Maker, Office Manager, Administrator etc)
You've heard about "The Cloud" or "Office 365" and think they sound interesting, but don't know too much more.
Sign up here.
Of all the bits of System Center to come out next year it is Orchestrator I am most interested in, as it is one of the enablers to create a private cloud. It’s a new bit of the System Center suite and is the glue that not only integrates the rest of System Center, but also most of the popular non-Microsoft tools in the systems management space e.g. HP, BMC, CA, Symantec and Vmware. It has been developed from the acquisition of Opalis, and if you were familiar with that, Orchestrator is very similar except it is now in .Net and has a much simpler installation process.
Very simply, if you have to do the same task more than ten times then it's probably something that should be automated. For the low level techie this might mean scripting in PowerShell, and although this might work and you might be able to reach all of the moving parts you need to, it is difficult to change, maintain and debug. On the other hand, Orchestrator allows you to map and design the process visually with very little coding:
Creating the right runbooks will transform your data centre into more of a private cloud, for example:
If all that sounds interesting then the beta of Orchestrator is now available to download. If you do plan to evaluate it, here are few things you need to know:
For further resources visit the System Center TechCentre on TechNet.
Our Tech.Days online webcast series has now finished. Thank you to everyone who joined us - we hope you found the series useful.
Yesterday’s final sessions covered Governance Risk & Compliance in the Cloud. If you missed it you can view the recording here.
On to the fun bit – now all three Tech.Days online tracks have closed, all the competitions are open! If you’ve diligently collected all the bit.ly links from the webinars and noted where they sent you, you’re all ready to enter. If you missed any sessions watch the recordings and fill in the gaps.
Here’s a reminder of what’s up for grabs:
Desktop webcasts track – enter here to be in with a chance of winning a Canon EOS 1000D digital SLR camera
Private Cloud webcasts track – enter here to be in with a chance of winning a Samsung PS42C450 42” plasma TV
Public Cloud webcasts track – enter here to be in with a chance of winning a Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Home Theatre System BDV-E370
Wet though it may be, we’re enjoying the summer here at TechNet Towers, and as you might have noticed, we’re in the mood for a competition or two. This post pulls together all our current competition fun so you can see at a glance what’s up for grabs and how you can win.
First up, TechDays online, our series of webcasts on the topics of desktop, private cloud and public cloud. To enter these three draws you need to collect the bit.ly links from each online session. They’re all recorded here if you missed any.
This competition is open until 11.59:59 p.m. on 22 July 2011. Find full terms and conditions here.
That’s not all - we have three more great prizes available! All you have to do is register for the Deployment Learning Portal.
There are some great resources here to help you learn how to deploy Windows 7. You can test your knowledge in tests written by certification exam bodies and get your mitts on the following swag:
Read the full terms and conditions here and enter before 11.59:59 p.m. on 31 July 2011.
Happy Friday, folks. Don’t miss your chance to pick up some great prizes – you’ve got to be in it to win it!
Have a great weekend.
Are you based in and around London and keen to learn more about Lync Server? Check out MUCUGL - one of our newest User Group communities. MUCUGL focus on all things Lync and UC. On the 28 July, MUCUGL will be holding their first event – An Introduction to Lync.
Kicking off at 6pm – the event agenda is as follows:
18:00 – 18:20 (High Level) – Adam Jacobs will introduce Lync Server and some high level differences over OCs
18:20 – 18:40 (Deep Dive) - In the second session Justin Morris will talk about the resilience capability available in Lync Server, demonstrating how the Microsoft UC stack could replace an enterprise PBX.
18:40 – 19.10 – Networking
19:10 – 19:40 – Chalk and Talk Session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own topics for discussion, e.g. particular adoption or environmental barriers (existing voice setup, business case suggestions or integration opportunities)
19:40 – 20:00 – Finally, Tom Arbuthnot will cover off an industry update, including notable new resources, announcements and futures. Q&A... and then to the pub!
Interested in attending? Sign up here.
With all this talk of Office 365, now’s a very good time to take a look at the new deployment guide.
Whether you already know all about Office 365,or you’re wondering what it’s all about, you can find helpful resources here. You’ll find some more helpful info at the links below:
Explore Office 365 at your desk on 30 June
Office 365 Jump Start videos – watch on demand on TechNet Edge
Introducing Office 365 (Tech.Days session)
An Overview of Office 365 Tech.Days session)
Real World Experience of Office 365 by Cloud Business (Tech.Days session)
Real World Customer Experience of Office 365: Q&A with London Borough of Ealing (Tech.Days session)