We’re running six regional Hyper-V Cloud Roadshows throughout March and April. These one day events will give you a deep insight into the Microsoft solution for Private Cloud, enabling you to build out a dedicated cloud environment to transform the way you deliver IT services to the business.
We’ll be covering Windows Server platform with the Windows Server Active Directory identity framework, Hyper-V virtualisation capability, and System Center end-to-end service management capabilities.
Register for a roadshow near you:
· LONDON – Wednesday 9 March
· BIRMINGHAM – Tuesday 22 March
· ABERDEEN – Thursday 24 March
· READING – Tuesday 29 March
· MANCHESTER – Thursday 31 March
· EDINBURGH – Tuesday 5 April
Visit TechNet’s Internet Explorer Springboard pages to find the latest technical guidance, news, downloads, articles (pauses for breath), blogs, free tools and just about anything else you might need to get clued up on all things IE. Top of the bill is obviously the IE9 RC, announced yesterday, but the Springboard pages cover earlier versions, too.
Well RC means it’s time to step up your evaluation programme for IE9. Get the RC to key people to help test compatibility for your internal and mission critical web based applications but don’t deploy it to everyone in your organisation. As you know it’s not a great idea to run your business on software that’s not fully supported and still under development. It is time to start planning that rollout though and getting to know the software inside and out. Let me tell you, it’s going to be hard though….it’s really fast. Hotmail loads fully for me in less than a second! Amazon is about the same, BBC news takes a couple of seconds and all load perfectly for me in full IE9 standards mode – despite some resent and quite out of date FUD.
Oh yeah, it’s not my internet access either, I’m in a hotel room and we all know what that’s like!
So why would you want to be planning for IE9 as an IT Pro:
Head over to beauty of the web to get the IE9 bits.
Welcome to the third in our Day in the Life series, dedicated to unearthing Microsoft’s very own IT professionals and finding out what gets them out of bed in the morning. This week we caught up with Ben Davies, a familiar face around Microsoft UK in his job as IT Service Counter Support Representative. Ben, it’s over to you
Working for Microsoft IT for over a year now, my official job title being Service Counter Support Representative but over the 15 months I’ve been here, it’s expanded to include user training, product evangelization, infrastructure troubleshooting and sometimes, randomly, tour guide!
I’m part of a small team of nerds who need to make sure that the network is networking, the printers are printing and that employees have everything they need to do their day to day jobs. My basic roll is manning the Service Counter, a walk-in helpdesk where anyone on Campus can pop their head in, ask any questions they have and hopefully leave with the answers they need.
My day begins at 9am when I open the Counter and get ready for any questions that come my way. From there I will need to respond to any requests for support that come to me. One minute I can be sat at my desk, the next I can get an Instant Message from Chris in my team, and be working though our network switches, servers and hubs 10 minutes later. This kind of ad-hoc support is critical to make sure everyone on campus can keep working, an outage can ruin everyone’s day!
In the year I’ve been at MS I’ve learnt about the networks and systems used onsite, but I’ve also been challenged to try new things. Over the year I have become a presenter on a variety of programs, products and services to train Microsoft employees to be as productive as possible in their roles. Windows 7, Office 2010, Communicator, Live Meeting, Bitlocker and Windows Live Essentials are all subjects I have learned a great deal about and share that with others to boost their confidence in the software. The better you know how something works, the happier you are using it.
In November last year, my colleagues Chris Taylor, Ankit Patel and myself were asked by the Windows Phone 7 team to roll-out the HTC Mozart to every Microsoft Employee in the UK. We created a 20 minute presentation showing 7 things we thought were cool, each presenter having different features to reflect our personalities and, by the end of it, had presented to 2,500 people across the UK. None of us had presented in front of 100 people at a time before so this was a great challenge and something I really enjoyed.
Balancing the IT Support responsibilities, the presentation/training sessions and ad-hoc support requests certainly keeps me on my toes! No two days are the same, last week I was working on a project and then suddenly asked to give a group of work experience kids a tour of the campus, showing off the Xbox department, Surface and the Microsoft Technology Centre!
Jack of all trades, me!
If your company needs to reduce its TCO, increase its business agility and improve its security and compliance , Microsoft desktop virtualisation solutions can help. There are several desktop virtualisation options available including Application Virtualisation (App-V), User State Virtualisation, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Session Virtualisation and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (MED-V). Find out which option is right for you – check out stage four of our nine steps to deploying the optimised desktop here.
Find out how BMW have used App-V and made it possible to reduce application deployment time by 50% and compatibility testing by 90% from six days to less than a day also saving them nearly £124,540.
You’ll also find a wealth of resources at the Springboard Desktop Virtualisation TechCenter.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 were released-to-manufacturing (RTM) on 9 February and will be made generally available on 22 February. Windows Server 2008 R2 will be taking advantage of this release to accelerate delivery of new features, mainly desktop virtualisation capabilities meeting increasing needs of customers – specifically:
· RemoteFX leverages the power of virtualised graphics resources and advanced codecs to recreate the fidelity of hardware-assisted graphics acceleration, including support for 3D content and Windows Aero, on a remote user’s device.
· Dynamic Memory allows the allocation of a range of memory (min and max) to individual VMs, enabling the system to dynamically adjust the VM’s memory usage based on demand.
Find out more over at the Virtualisation Team blog and the Windows Server Division WebLog.
Our Tech.Days Online sessions kicked off yesterday with The Modern Desktop. You can watch the recording of the session here. Up next Tuesday is Microsoft Cloud for the IT Professional – join us by registering now. You’ll get an introduction to the Azure platform and find out how the technology works. We’ll also be discussing what’s new and finding out how Office365 and Windows Intune deliver a more agile desktop for the cloud.
To see the full list of webinars available please visit the Tech.Days Online site.
To give you a better understanding of the great features in SBS 2011 Essentials, take a look at our SBS Learning Bites. These short videos take you through the key features of SBS and how it can help simplify IT, improve security and increase efficiency.
Read this new case study to find out how the The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) increased its overall productivity by 100% and saved 90% on licensing with Microsoft Virtualisation.
You can find the full report here and read a short summary below.
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), based in Liverpool in the United Kingdom, is among the country’s leading institutions for education in the performing arts. It employs 120 staff and faculty and has about 1,000 full-time students in degree-level courses.
The institute’s technology environment was growing rapidly, but its IT staff wasn’t. To support continued growth, LIPA wanted to ease IT management, reduce costs, and boost availability.
After experiencing the limits and costs of a virtual environment based on VMware, LIPA adopted Microsoft Virtualisation technology.
Software and Services
Read the piece in full here. Here’s a summary:
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is responsible for protecting from the risk of fire 2 million people across the north of England.
The fire brigade wanted to create a digital hub for the organisation to improve collaboration between teams and within departments, as well as with statutory partners.
Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Black Marble conducted a health check of the existing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment, and, as a result, recommended standardising on Microsoft technologies.
Partner(s) Black Marble Microsoft Services