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    Hello! Let me first introduce myself. My name is Baldwin Ng. I am the Senior Product Manager responsible for Solution Accelerators including Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit , Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides , and Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios Solution Accelerator - which...
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    Are you looking to deploy Windows more effectively and efficiently, but not sure how?  You most likely have several questions: How do I plan? What hardware do I need? What about compatibility? How do I handle migration? How do I create standards? Is there any guidance? Chances are if you ever deployed...
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    Customers that I work with, like many of you, are actively seeking ways to reduce costs. Whether they are managing the IT department for a large organization or a small business, they are experiencing increasing pressure to do more with less. Are you feeling the "pinch" too? What does this mean...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Virtualize? Do you need a MAP?

    Hopefully by now you are looking at virtualization of your servers, application, and various other IT needs as viable candidates to support your business. As you may have found during your research, there are several benefits virtualization can give your organization. Virtualization will help to: Reduce...
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    Welcome to part 4 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010).  The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we take a look how MAP 5.0’s new database...
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    During the current global economic “reset”, organizations and companies around the world are looking for more ways to do more with less. We call it the concept of “New Efficiency.” So, let’s talk about how you can save the hard-earned IT dollars to more quickly deploy, manage and operate your desktops...
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    What is at the center of your IT infrastructure, what does all your applications revolve around? If you said Servers then You are correct! As my good friend and colleague Chris Henley posted, "To Windows Server, the Quiet King of Communication and Collaboration!" Windows Server really is the center of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Software Usage Tracker part 6

    Welcome to part 6 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010).  The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage.  In this screencast we will take a look at MAP can help...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Overview part 1

    Welcome to part 1 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0! The MAP toolkit has been around for years.  MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that...
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    When we look back at 2009 as IT Pros, it was the much anticipated arrival of Windows 7 in late October that drove a lot of our decisions on technology. Not only for our business, but our friends and relatives. How many of you loaded the beta and after playing with the beta early in the year told...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Office 2010 part 2

    Welcome to part 2 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage.  In this screencast we take a look on how MAP can help streamline...
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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Windows Server Consolidation part 3

    Welcome to part 3 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010).  The MAP toolkit has been around for years.  MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments...