The latest session on Tech.Days online covered Mixing and Moving Services between the Private and Public Cloud. If you missed it you can watch the recording here.
This was the final session in the private cloud series which means the competition to win the Samsung PS42C450 42” plasma TV is now open! If you've collected all the bit.ly links from the webcasts and noted where they sent you then you’re all ready to enter here. If you missed any sessions, watch the recording to get the extra answers you need!
Coming up next and completing the Tech.Days online webcast series on 21 June is Governance Risk & Compliance in the Cloud. One of the major concerns about the public cloud is Governance, Risk and Compliance. This session will attempt to address these concerns by examining what the relevant legislation requires, and how the various public cloud offerings tackle these issues. Sign up here.
Join in on the 15 June and listen to IDC’s Al Gillen and Randy Perry present their MDOP TCO Study (published Feb. 2011). You will see how companies can save up to 36% in annual IT costs by using the MDOP product suite.
In a recent study, IDC found that a PC that uses all six Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) solutions can realise annual IT productivity savings as high as £154 per year, or a 36 percent reduction in annual costs, compared to a PC that does not use the MDOP suite. End users see a productivity gain as well; the cost savings associated with improved user productivity is an additional £168 per PC per year. Together with savings from the elimination of third-party software, hardware, and additional software licensing costs (£28 per PC per year), these savings can reach a total of up to £350 per PC per year. Join IDC's Al Gillen and Randy Perry to hear the details of this study and learn how to improve productivity and efficiency and reduce overall costs by using the MDOP suite.
Has that got you interested? Register today.
The Private cloud track of TechDays online has now finished, which means the competition for the 42” inch plasma TV is open!
If you are missing any links or would like to review the presentations in the private cloud stream you can access them all here:
Click here to view the recordings from the full TechDays webcast series on demand.
Microsoft Cloud for IT ProWhat page do you get to?a) Private cloud solutions b) Windows Azure platform c) SharePoint online
Creating your own private cloud What page do you get to?a) TCO and ROI calculatorb) Try Windows Azure c) Microsoft virtual academy
Automisation and the private cloudWhat page do you get to?a) SQL Azure Team blogb) Insufficient data from Andrew Fryer c) Sync Framework Team blog
VDIWhat page do you get to?a) Springboard series for Desktop virtualisation b) Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) c) Microsoft user state virtualisation overview
Mixing and moving services between private and public cloudWhat page do you get to?a) Cloud solutions Productivityb) Cloud Power c) Tools and resources know your cloud
Tech.Days online today is covering Mixing and Moving Services between the Private and Public Cloud. Many organisations will continue to run a mix of public/private clouds alongside traditional IT solutions for some time. The challenge for the IT Professional is to manage and integrate all of this into seamless and reliable services. Sign up here. This is also the last session in this private cloud track which means at 3pm today the competition to win the Samsung PS42C450 42” plasma TV will open. Make sure you get the final bit.ly link code today so that you are all ready to enter the competition, live on the blog.
You can see what else is coming up in the Tech.Days online series here.
The desktop track finished last week, all the sessions are available to watch on demand and the competition to win the Canon EOS 1000D digital SLR camera is open!
This fortnight's TechNet newsletter covers integration with Windows Server and provides a good few chances for you to win some great prizes. Feast your eyes on the online version here, and sign up now to get future copies direct from my fingertips to your inbox.
Check out the latest Springboard Series virtual roundtable - essential watching for desktop IT pros. Here's the blurb:
As an IT pro, you typically look at a three- to five-year cycle when deciding what equipment and technologies will be essential to helping your company continue to grow. Making the right choices can be challenging, especially when you consider the technology on the horizon. The next Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable will look at the relationship between cloud technologies and the desktop.
Hosted by Windows IT Pro Community Manager Stephen Rose, who will be joined by Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich and other desktop subject matter experts and customers, this Virtual Roundtable will cover Windows Intune, Windows Azure, Microsoft Office 365, and desktop virtualisation.
The panel will tackle these questions and dig into PC management best practices, the challenges of protecting and supporting remote users, and how to provide the latest productivity services to businesses. Save the date today.
If you've missed any previous Springboard Virtual Roundtables, you can view them all here.
Another Friday, another weekly round up! Among this week's highlights, Simon's written a couple of cracking posts for us - check out How the public cloud affects your IT Department and 5 Imperatives for modern IT departments.
That's all from the TechNet team - see you next week.
If you’re in London and at a loose end on Monday night, the SQLSocial crew are hosting Michael Rys talking about SQL Azure federations at EMC’s offices on Southwark Bridge Road. Among other topics, Michael will be covering semantic search in SQL Server Denali.
Find out more and register here.
The Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 9 simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of customised Internet Explorer 9 packages. IEAK 9 can be used to configure the out-of-box IE 9 experience or to manage user settings after IE 9 deployment.
Grab it here.
Simon and I are the IT Pro Technical evangelists in the UK and although we are a dynamic duo you won’t find us wearing our underpants outside our trousers. Simon is passionate about the value of the optimised desktop while I like my optimisation in the data centre and that means windows server 2008 R2 running in a virtual machine on Windows Server 2008 R2. What Simon and I forget to do occasionally is to call out the power of running all of this together i.e. what do you get if you have Windows 7 on the client and Windows Server 2008 R2 in the datacentre?
The answer is quite a lot but if you pressed my to name one thing it would be DirectAccess, essentially a VPN without a VPN. If I look at my wife’s setup compared with mine you get the idea:
Note: the last part of this is down to Network Access Protection that came in with Windows server 2008 & Vista. Direct Access uses ipv6, but has clever tunnelling built in so it works over ipv4 and is encrypted end to end.
My nominations for runners up would be:
If you want to see some of this in action Simon and I recorded a Dynamic Duo session on exactly this for Tech.Days Online.
There is another completely different better together scenario which applies to VDI by combining Hyper-V, running Windows 7 virtual machines alongside Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1 Remote Desktop Servers as a sort of Windows cubed solution. The SP1 bit is important as this introduces dynamic memory and RemoteFX which means that you can not only have the best possible virtual machine to physical server density you can the more demanding users who use graphic intensive tools by virtualising graphics cards in your server. There’s also a VDI Tech.Days Online session here.
Finally there also more on TechNet On.