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October, 2011

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  • What do you want to hear at the Windows Deployment online conference?


    We’re busy planning away for our Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How online conference next Tuesday. Hopefully you’ll be joining us on the day, make sure you head over here and register for free now if you haven’t already.

    We put the wheels in motion for this event as a result of discussions with our readers, and after getting yet more great feedback we have made some changes to the agenda. We’re consolidating the day into more concise sessions so that you can find out what you need to quickly and easily, without taking a whole day out of work. The amount of time dedicated to hearing TechNet Blog reader Paul Cooke’s real-world migration story has also been extended. He’ll be coming from Plymouth City Council, to tell us about how he and his team have implemented hot desking using Windows 7, Office 2010, App-V and Lync 2010.

    But we don’t want to stop there; we still have a half-hour slot where we want you to tell us what you want to hear! So please leave a comment below – would you rather we discuss General Deployment Challenges, take a deep look at the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or a deep look at SysPrep?


  • Join us online tomorrow to discuss Windows 7 Deployment

    There’s still time for you to register to attend our Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How online conference tomorrow. Just head over here and fill in your details, it only takes a couple of minutes and you’ll benefit from follow-up content as well as event details delivered straight to your inbox!

    We’ll be discussing some of the most important topics concerning Windows 7 Deployment, in our new condensed but jam-packed agenda. The highlight of the day will be a presentation from Paul Cooke, Plymouth City Council IT Project Manager and TechNet Reader, on how he and his team are successfully deploying Windows 7 and preventing job cuts in their organisation.

    We’ll be presenting over LiveMeeting, this is the link that you’ll need to join us.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Save Sam Application Compatibility Videos & Winner


    It’s been a really tough decision this week, but our judges have come to a conclusion on the winning video answer to Sam’s question on Application Compatibility.

    So without further ado, a big congratulations to ‘yachtinglimited’ for their animated entry! A brand new FULL HD TV, Home Cinema System, Bluray Player and Star Wars box set will be winging their way to you shortly.

    The frontrunner for our Grand Prize of a 3D TV, Full HD 3D Ready Camcorder and 3D Conversion Lens has been chopping and changing over the past few weeks between many of the entries. Further congratulations to ‘yachtinglimited’ who are in the lead for this prize at the moment too.

    The winner is by no means decided however with well over a month to go, so make sure you get your entries in soon! The latest question is about Security, the video you need to respond to is here.

    Thanks for all your entries so far, you’ll all be getting limited edition mugs very soon. Here’s the latest videos, enjoy!





  • Join us for Tech.Days Online Tomorrow

    We’ll be discussing all sorts of interesting topics at the latest Tech.Days Online IT Pro conference tomorrow and there’s still time for you to register to attend for free!

    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 202 (AKA ‘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

    • Jennifer Stirrup, SQL Server MVP
    • Allan Mitchell, SQL Server MVP
    • Samuel Solieman, Microsoft

    Guest Speaker for System Center - It's All About the App

    • Gordon McKenna, System Center MVP

    Guest Speakers for Supporting More Than Windows

    • David Nudelman, Windows Desktop Experience - IT Pro MVP
    • Chris Rhodes, Microsoft STEP Member

    The LiveMeeting links you will need are below, along with an agenda which outlines what you can expect, we hope to see you there!

    Track A - Collaborate Better & Supporting More Than Windows
    Track B - System Center - It's All About the App & Introduction to SQL Server 'Denali'
    Track C - Integrating Windows Azure Into Your Infrastructure

  • T-900 Days Until Support for Windows XP Ends

    The 20th October 2011 was another milestone as we look towards End of Support (EoS) for Windows XP. Checking my countdown gadget tells me that we’re now at only 894 days until the XP support switch is flicked to off, and no support means Windows XP becomes a significant risk for your business. After April 8th 2014 there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

    It’s hard to believe it, but ten years have passed since Windows XP was first launched, and the workplace has changed quite a bit. Today’s businesses, big or small, face trends that were not mainstream a decade ago – highly mobile and distributed workforces, new compliance regulations, more consumer devices in the workplace, and an increased emphasis on operational efficiency. The modern workplace needs modern technology to support and embrace all these changes.

    There’s no denying that XP was a massive step forward and a great OS in it’s own time. It made working on a PC more user friendly and fun, adding support for Wireless Internet and a new UI. However you don’t start to realise how much has changed since then until you look at what we didn’t have. When XP was first released nobody was talking about it on Facebook, that didn’t exist until 2004. We were still 6 years away from the first iPhone, the first Xbox was yet to make it to market and tablet computers were somewhat different to the devices that are increasingly common today.

    To further put things into perspective, using XP today is akin to trying to synchronise your iPhone 3G with Windows 98 or stream from your Windows 95 PC to your shiny new Xbox 360.

    April 2014 might sound like an awful long way away, but if you think about the amount of time your Windows 7 migration could take from end to end, there really is no time to waste. Working from their own projected timelines, Gartner have noted that it would be “dangerous for organizations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8”. Indeed, they have been saying for over a year that organisations should look to have migrated off of Windows XP by the end of 2012, and the most recent statistics from StatCounter seem to show that people have been heeding their warning.


    OS Share Worldwide. Source: StatCounter


    OS Share UK. Source: StatCounter

    This October, for the first time, the worldwide share of PCs running Windows 7 overtook that of those running Windows XP and the trend shows no sign of slowing. This is nothing new in the UK though, where Windows 7 share has outstripped that of XP for well over a year.

    It’s all well and good singing the praises of Windows 7, and it is widely viewed as the superior OS, but we’re also well aware that it’s not always simple making the switch. This is especially true for many IT Pros working in complex organisations with a vast number of legacy applications. To make sure you and your business aren’t left behind, we have a whole host of great resources available to give you a helping hand and I’ve listed a few of them below for you to check out.

  • The week that was on the UK TechNet Blog: 24-28 October

    It’s been another busy week for us all here at TechNet. We’ve been running around like mad things, both attending events and running our own. We hope you enjoyed both Tech.Days Online and the Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How sessions! If you didn’t manage to make it on the day never fear, on-demand content will be available next week so keep your eyes fixed on the UK TechNet Blog.

    Without further ado, here’s a run down of this week’s posts. Have a great weekend.

  • Win a 4TB NAS Solution & Sonos Device With Your Deployment Tips

    Save Sam Banner 
    imageimageThanks for all the tips we’ve had so far on Ease of Use, Compatibility and Security! However, Sam’s bosses still aren’t convinced.

    This fortnight the powers that be are concerned that they don’t have the money, time or resources to deploy Windows 7, and they’ve heard there’s a new version out soon anyway. Sam needs your tips to convince them, what’s the best way to deploy Windows 7 to the organisation and why should they start deployment right away?

    To be in with a chance of winning a 4TB Seagate Network Attached Storage (NAS) Solution and Sonos System if your video is judged the best, head over to YouTube and submit a short clip (3 minutes or less) as a response to our video here. Remember to promote your video wherever you can to be in with a chance of winning our GRAND PRIZE – a 3D TV, Full HD 3D Ready Camcorder and 3D Conversion Lens for the highest number of views.

    We still have some free limited edition mugs available for every new entrant so spread the word and get your friends involved!

    Check out the Windows 7 Tech Centre for some ideas on what to talk about and remember to Tweet your response #SaveSam.

    Images for illustration purposes only. Full Terms & Conditions are available here.

  • Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

    System Center solutions help you manage your physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, desktops, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, you can be a more productive service provider for your business. As a result of feedback we have gathered from all around the IT Pro universe, some great changes have been made to the System Center Evaluation experience.

    With the release of the System Center 2012 beta evaluation in the TechNet Evaluation Center, you can now download and evaluate the most current versions of System Center 2012 products with a single registration.  This includes all of the following pre-release products:

    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager RC
    • System Center Configuration Manager Beta
    • System Center Operations Manager Beta
    • System Center Orchestrator Beta
    • System Center Data Protection Manager Beta

    However, if you aren’t ready to evaluate all the System Center products you can select the specific products you want to evaluate, again with only one simple registration as opposed to the multiple registrations previously required.

    Head over to the System Center 2012 Evaluation Center and check it out!

  • The week that was on the UK TechNet Blog: 17-21 October

    The TechNet crew are all cream crackered after IP EXPO this week! We hope we managed to get a chance to speak to those of you who came to the event, and that you enjoyed any sessions that you checked out in the Microsoft Technology Theatre. If you couldn’t make it to London, never fear. There’s still been lots happening on the Blog for you to feast your eyes on this week, including the bits below.

    Have a great weekend.

  • The Future

    I quite often get asked to talk about what the future will be like and this video is excellent, it shows lots of augmented reality and the like but what really inspires me is the context computing you throughout.  Switch context, switch interface more