This great TechNet library article calls out ten top security issues and helps you to meet them head on to improve the security of your systems. The article tackles a heavy topic in a refreshingly lightweight style, so grab a cuppa and have a read here.
The sun’s shining here in Reading for what seems like the first time in ages, and better still, it’s Friday. Here’s your weekly round-up of TechNet news.
Have a great weekend.
Update 08/11 - You can view on demand recordings of all the sessions here.
Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How
Join us on 25 October for the ‘Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How?’ online conference, a one-stop guide to why Windows 7 makes sense for your organisation and how it can be easily deployed to your users.
To register your attendance at the Windows 7 Deployment online conference head over to Microsoft Worldwide Events here.
Don’t forget, you can win the chance to present the last slot in the agenda! Check out this post for more information.
Update 24/10 - Use this link to access the conference from 09:30 tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you!
Recordings from the session will be available within the next week, keep your eyes peeled on the TechNet Blog for information on how to view them.
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Recordings from the whole day are available here.
Following on from the success of last year’s Tech.Days Online series, we are back with our new schedule of events. It all kicks off on 27 October with Simon May, Andrew Fryer, Steve Plank and many others for a day of conversation on some of the most pressing topics and exciting developments facing the modern IT industry. There are five subjects across three tracks, so plenty of opportunity to jump between sessions if you wish.
Along with representatives from IT departments around the UK, we will discuss how to embrace the influx of consumer devices into the workplace, the new features available through SQL Server ‘Denali’ and how Windows Azure can help you make sense of your Cloud offering, among many other topics.
Our three main speakers for the conference will be sharing presenting duties with the following guest speakers from Microsoft, the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and Springboard Technical Expert Panel (STEP) communities:
Guest Speakers for Introduction to SQL Server Denali
Guest Speaker for System Center - It's All About the App
Guest Speakers for Supporting More Than Windows
See further agenda details and register your attendance here.
The LiveMeeting links you'll need for the day are as follows:
Despite the hype about out sourcing, offshoring and more recently the cloud, the IT Professional population in the UK is largely static at about 970,000. Any population of this size is made up of a wide variety of people from diverse educational backgrounds, and they don’t all have IT degrees or indeed any degree. For example I went to art school and only got into IT because someone put an early PC on my desk. Appearing as an expert witness for the Serious Fraud Office it occurred to me that I had no academic qualifications and eventually got an MSc in computing from the OU.
I mention this because there will be a load of students who won’t get into university this year and might be thinking that their career is over before it’s started. IT isn’t like that:
If it’s going to take £30,000 and 3/4 years to get a degree and you are going to work until your 68/70 will an IT graduate catch up with the guy who studied for the industry qualifications and served some sort of apprenticeship? Some will and some won’t. There will be the high fliers who will run companies, become directors and manage large IT projects where a degree and probably an MBA to follow will be be essential or at least justifiable, but that is only a few thousands or tens of thousands of the IT population. On the factory floor the IT implementers will not necessarily need a degree upfront and can earn very respectable salaries all over the UK and maybe study part time later on (like me).
Microsoft has several things in place for this:
These are smart, aren’t they?
We’re showcasing the very best of Microsoft design with some great new hardware launches. With the multi-touch Touch Mouse, exclusively for Windows 7, all tasks become more natural, fluid, and intuitive. The Explorer Touch Mouse gives you precise touch navigation at the tip of a finger. Touch. Flick. Click. Go! See them in all their glory here.
Be the envy of your IT crowd! If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning one of this super-stylish little fellows, get your thinking caps on.
We’d like you to tell us why you’d recommend Windows 7 to your organisation in 50 words or less. Our favourite entry will win a Microsoft Touch Mouse (ERP £69.99), and two runners up will each win a Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse (ERP £49.99).
Terms and conditions apply (don’t they always?), so give them a read and then send 50 of your best words about Windows 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org. If yours is a winner, we’ll drop you an emailb. We’ll also publish the winning entries, along with winners’ names, here on the blog.
Terms & Conditions:
1. ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to UK residents who are 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: To enter email your entry to email@example.com. The person submitting the best recommendation for Windows 7 in 50 words or less, as selected by three judges, will win a Microsoft Touch Mouse (ERP: £69.99). The two runner up entries will each win a Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse (ERP: £49.99). Only one entry per person will be accepted. Incomplete, damaged, defaced or illegible entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of Microsoft. 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.
3. TIMING: This competition runs from 8am GMT 1 September. The closing date of this competition is 5.30pm GMT 8 September 2011. 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 will not be used for future Microsoft UK marketing activity.
5. SELECTION OF WINNER: Three judges will select their favourite submission and two runners up from all the entries and the winner will be notified by email on 12 September 2011 by 6pm GMT. The winners may be required to become involved in further publicity or advertising.
6. PRIZE: The prize is one Microsoft Touch Mouse and two Microsoft Explorer Touch mice. Prize as stated and non-transferable. No cash or other alternatives available. Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The prize will be dispatched within one week of the competition’s closing date. Prize may be considered a taxable benefit and the winner will be directly responsible for accounting for any tax liability arising on their prize.
7. WINNERS LIST: The winner consents to their surname being made publicly available. The winner’s surname will be available for a period of 3 weeks after the closing date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
At this time of year our team is heavily into planning meetings. One debate I got into in one of these sessions was the importance of virtualisation to smaller businesses. The general reaction was that this is a technology more relevant to large organisations with large data centres or to hosters and outsourcing specialists supplying lots of compute power to those customers.
However the one consistent trend I have seen when Microsoft has entered a new area of technology is that this drives the cost of ownership down so that it becomes more affordable to the smaller business. A good example close to my own heart is SQL Server, and then the business intelligence offerings that came out with it. This cost of ownership isn’t just about cheap licenses, if that were the case then open source would be the model I would quote. It's about a more holistic approach to that cost:
Applying all of that to virtualisation should mean that this becomes more relevant to small business:
Ease of Use.
Support & Training
Reliability & Credibility
I haven’t mentioned cost. Microsoft's entry into this space in a serious way a couple of years ago has driven down the cost of virtualisation, even though one of the major players has announced some recent changes. What I mean by lowering the overall cost is that Hyper-V is being adopted where there is no obvious value in paying for virtualisation. Our internal research bears this out as we can match the shipments of new servers going to small businesses (the data comes from the hardware vendors) with what small business is buying and using.
Remember you can get some great training around virtualisation at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.