We are excited to announce that Microsoft Director of SQL Server Business Intelligence Kamal Hathi will be delivering the keynote at PASS SQLRally Nordic 2012, kicking off the main program Tuesday, October 2. Meet him and a large contingent of top international speakers at one of the world’s biggest SQL Server and BI events this year in Copenhagen, October 1-3.
You can now view the agenda details, including 4 full-day pre-conference sessions and 30 main conference sessions across three tracks. Learn the latest about SQL Server database administration, database and application development, Big Data, and Business Intelligence. And connect and have fun with over 500 fellow SQL Server professionals and MVPs at a special attendee party.
Join us for a unique learning experience. And don’t miss your chance to save EUR100 with EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION by booking today (offer closes on 24th August.
Would you believe it, Microsoft have had the same logo for 25 years and they have chosen today to unveil a shiny new design!
This new design comes at a time where we are releasing a range of new technologies and hooks into the consistent design used in this. The look and feel is all about new beginnings.
Read all about the logo and the process behind it’s creation over on The Official Microsoft Blog where Jeffrey Meisner, General Manager, Brand Strategy, Microsoft provides more information.
Country or Region: United Kingdom Industry: Government—Postal agencies
Royal Mail Group is responsible for universal mail collection and delivery in the United Kingdom. It delivers more than 62 million items to 28.8 million addresses every working day.
The organization was preparing to upgrade to the Windows 7 operating system and hoped to transform its manual data backup process and time-consuming software deployments into more efficient processes.
Working with Microsoft Partner Network member CSC, Royal Mail Group implemented Microsoft System Center 2012 system management products, built a cloud storage solution, and expanded its use of Hyper-V.
Read the full case study here.
I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps. These camps will all be on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release not just with Hyper-V but other supporting technologies such as SMB 3, Networking, Active Directory and of course Powershell.
The dates and venues for these camps are:
London, 07 September – Cardinal Place
Southampton, 13 September – De Vere New Place
Manchester, 18 September – The Lowry Hotel
Birmingham, 19 September – Etc Venues, Maple House
London, 26 September – Novotel London West
London, 28 September – Etc Venues, One Drummond Gate
If you have been on one of our camps before you will have got the idea that these are designed to be interactive:
Separate to this is the launch event for Windows Server 2012 on 25th September which like our camp on 26th September is at the Novotel in Hammersmith. How does this event differ from a camp? The launch event is a larger scale affair where the agenda is set, the content is at a higher level for a wider audience and runs along similar lines to our other TechDays and launch events we have always done. You could of course go to both and that might be a good thing as the launch event will brief on the why and the what of Windows Server 2012 while at the camp we delve more into the how.
All of these events will fill up fast so you’ll need to book yourself in now, and please, please let us know if you can’t come, not only does it hep us plan but also allows those on our waiting lists to come along.
The UK IT Pro Team will be back on the road as of September delivering IT Camps to venues up and down the UK. After a brief break during the summer the team are back to deliver technical content in an IT Camp format.
We are pleased to announce the first set of dates to coincide with the launch of Window Server 2012.
Register by following the link below or booking by phone:
7thSept – Microsoft London - Register
Or Book By Phone: 0870 166 6680 ref – 3785
13th Sept – DeVere New Place Hotel, Southampton – Register
Or Book By Phone: 0870 166 6670 ref – 3895
14th Sept – Jersey – Details TBC
18th Sept – The Lowry Hotel, Manchester – Register
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19th Sept – Etc Venues Maple House, Birmingham - Register
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26th Sept – Novotel London West – Register
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28th Sept – Etc Venues One Drummond Gate, Victoria – Register
Or Book By Phone: 0870 166 6670 ref – 3786
These hands-on session will give you an introduction to Windows Server 2012 and ample opportunity to discuss any specific issues and concerns you may have with Microsoft experts Simon May and Andrew Fryer as well as professional peers working near you. The agenda will be set by you, but here are some topics that are likely to be covered:
What’s new in Windows Server 2012
How to create Virtual Machines
High availability with clustering
We hope to see you there, but please be aware this is a zero-fee event and places usually go fast, so register early to avoid disappointment. If for any reason you can’t attend then please let us know, your non-attendance may have deprived someone else from attending.
Geoff is a SharePoint MVP, and likes to be known as a “Hands on” Technical Evangelist and works as a SharePoint Solutions Architect. He has published many articles, guides and books about SharePoint. With over 25 years of experience in information systems, he is a Fellow of the Institute of the Analysts and Programmers, a Fellow of the Institute of Computer Technology, a Member of the Institute of Management Information Systems, a Prince 2 Practitioner, with MCDST, MCSD, MCTS, MCITP Microsoft certifications and is M.O.S (Microsoft Office Specialist) Certified.
Geoff specialises in SharePoint Architecture, Design, Implementation and Automation. He also focuses on Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Service Delivery, Migration, Network Architecture, Software Management and Development – all in the land of SharePoint. When not playing the saxophone, riding horses or even flying, Geoff enjoys writing articles, speaking at conferences and aiding organisations get SharePoint – properly.
Blog: http://www.sharepointgeoff.com Twitter: @geoffeve
As you may be aware as a SharePoint worker, that there are many integration points between SharePoint and Microsoft Office, particularly as SharePoint becomes closer and closer to becoming a crucial part in the Microsoft Office product line. This presents many new opportunities for improving value to users, and also means that the path to ‘User Adoption’ of SharePoint made simpler, and enhanced, by evangelising Microsoft Office features that exposes SharePoint integration.
One of those features is within Microsoft Office Word, known as Research, which allows individuals to customize options to suit their research needs. This feature can be used to expose SharePoint search, meaning that individuals can locate information they have access to on SharePoint within Microsoft Office Word, without having to go to the SharePoint site.
This means that information workers could lookup anything they want directly within Word, without having to go somewhere else for viewing extra articulation over desired document content.
This article summarises the basic configuration of the Microsoft Research option. There is a more detailed article going into detail on doing the same using Microsoft 2010, 2013 and Office 365 including Preview – download that at the end of this article.
To work with SharePoint, the Research feature needs to connect to SharePoint search services. These search services are available from any SharePoint site. You can connect and register to these services on an on-premise SharePoint site collection and an Office 365 Public or Private site.
The service to connect and to register into Word is search.asmx, which is a Query Web Service for SharePoint.
The procedure is as follows:
1. Launch Microsoft Office Word 2010
2. In the Ribbon, click the Review tab to open up the Review section in the ribbon:
This will display the Research option located in the Proofing section of the Review section. If that button is not there you will have to provision it using the Backstage and customize the ribbon to include the Research option.
3. Click the Research button to display the Research pane to the right of the application display.
The research pane looks identical whether in Office 2010 or Office 2013. This is further discussed in the full article available as a download at the end of this blog.
4. At the foot of the Research panel, click the Research options link () to display the Research options dialog.
5. At the foot of the Research options dialog, click the Add Services button
6. Now the real important part. This is where you need to register the relevant search service which as mentioned before is part of the callable http address of the SharePoint site you wish to invoke search from.
In the Address prompt, enter the site http, then /_vti_bin/search.asmx
Using the example URL above (http://intranet) I would enter this:
7. Click the Add button at the foot of the dialog.
Note. You may be asked to authenticate - check that you have access to the site that you wish to register the search service with.
8. If you have successfully connected to the search service, the Microsoft Search Service 2010 Setup dialog will be displayed, along with the site search service that has been registered, and below the Title of the site.
9. Click the Install button to complete the registration then the success dialog will be displayed:
10. Click OK to complete the procedure.
Ok, so that is all that is required to register the search web service using the Research option in Word 2010.
You may have noticed when looking at the research pane for the first time that a message 'You can also press ALT and click a word to start a search' is displayed.
This is a good shortcut key to use!
This means that if there is text in a document, by positioning the mouse over a word, pressing ALT and clicking the word will automatically copy the word into the search entry point in the Research page and start a search based on the service selected.
This can also be carried out for selected text too. For example, highlighting a group of words, then pressing ALT and clicking that selected group of words will copy that into the search entry point.
Finally, some points to mull over:
If you plan to use this with Office 365, and finding problem signing into the account (like I did!) ensure that your Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant is up to date. Go to https://portal.microsoftonline.com/OLS/mysoftware.aspx", click at "desktop setup", click at "set up" and follow the wizard. This will bring up the "Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant" to the current version.
Do not rush to implement this feature to information workers who are new to SharePoint. Instead, teach this feature as part of their introduction to using SharePoint (otherwise this feature may give them an excuse not to use SharePoint at all!)
Download the Full Article (PDF Format - 12 Pages)
The details have been finalised and we are all systems go for the UK Launch of Windows Server 2012 on 25th September 2012 in London! Join us at this exclusive Microsoft event in partnership with UK MVPs, Partners and the Windows Server User Group!
You will gain a first look at the coolest new features and functionalities within Windows Server 2012. We will be unveiling all of the capabilities in full for the first time, including keynotes from the technical experts within Microsoft’s UK and Corporate Server Divisions. We will have hosting partners in attendance and will be running a competition for attendees to win one of 29 custom micro servers.
This event is a must-attend for all technical specialists aligned to server.
Here’s what to expect:
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09.00 Welcome & Registration 10.00 Keynote & Kick-off 11.00 Beyond Virtualization 12.00 Lunch 13.15 Power of Many Servers Simplicity of One 14.15 Any App Any Cloud 15.15 Break 15.45 Anywhere Working 16.45 Closing Drinks & Networking
09.00 Welcome & Registration
10.00 Keynote & Kick-off 11.00 Beyond Virtualization
13.15 Power of Many Servers Simplicity of One 14.15 Any App Any Cloud
15.45 Anywhere Working 16.45 Closing Drinks & Networking
Be in with a chance to win one of 29 MicroServers by attending this event! (Terms & Conditions)
Design the Vinyl Decal that will go on the 29 MicroServers given away at the Launch Event. The winning design will also win a MicroServer!!! Get the full Competition Details here. (and the Terms & Conditions)
CloudRooms™ is an online classroom environment with live instructors and interactive labs, allowing you to access the learning resources via a PC. It’s modular learning method has been proved to help learners retain more information while the online delivery removes unnecessary time and expense associated with being away from the office or home.
Learning for Microsoft Technical and Microsoft Office applications is available through CloudRooms. To experience CloudRooms yourself, select the link below and use the code TechNet2012 to receive a free one hour trial of either the Office 2010 or Office 365 portfolio in CloudRooms Office. Watch this space for support on Window 8 and Office 2013!
Register at www.cloudrooms.net/offer and use the code TechNet2012 when you register to try it out.
Free Prize Draw!
On 30 September 2012 we’ll chose 50 lucky TechNet trial users at random to receive a complimentary 12 month subscription for CloudRooms Office (worth up to £125 each).
The Windows team have just announced that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have both been released to Manufacturing! The wait is almost over!
For those of you interested in Windows Server 2012 get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4. That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world. On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS. You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers. You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it. Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.
Also whilst you have your diaries out get the UK Technical Launch event date pencilled into your diary! It’s the 25th September. We’ve also announced a couple of competitions that we are running that relate to this as well!!!
People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.
For Windows commercial customers, IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions on Aug. 15. Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on Sept. 1.
In the meantime, if you’d like to give a pre-release version of Windows 8 a test-run, feel free to download the Windows 8 Release Preview! You can also read about my personal experience with the Windows 8 Release Preview here
Here’s the announcement on the Windows Team Blog
During the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Windows Server 2012 was a focus of attention, and it is nearing final release. It was announced that Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturing in the first week of August. The code will then be complete and we will begin delivering it to our hardware partners. After this the product will be generally available to our customers worldwide through multiple channels in September.
Formalizing Essentials as a core edition of Windows Server 2012 will more clearly communicate how it fits into the Windows Server family and give it more visibility as a product. Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been designed to give the flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud.
In contrast to Windows SBS Standard, Essentials offers lower up-front acquisition and deployment costs. It allows you to take advantage of cloud-based messaging offerings while enjoying an integrated management experience. This can be done by subscribing to Office 365 or a hosted Exchange Server on a second server (either as a physical or virtual machine) alongside Essentials with the same integrated management experience.
For more information on Windows Server 2012 Essentials, please visit: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=257790
Try Windows Server 2012 RC
Windows Server 2012 has just been Released To Manufacturing! Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.