Archive for April, 2008

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta

April 30, 2008 2 comments

Bink has reported the launch of the public beta program for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.  You can use VMM 2008 to provide advanced management of your Hyper-V virtual machines, Virtual Server and even VMware!!!

With VMM 2008 you can:

  • Manage Hyper-V VM’s.
  • Support Virtual Server and VMware ESX.
  • Integrate with Operations Manager 2007 to manage resources efficiently.
  • Assess "iron" or physical servers to see if they are candidates for virtualisation, therefore saving resources and operating expenses.
  • Perform P2V (physical to virtual) or V2V (Virtual to Virtual) conversions with little effort.
  • Use Operations Manager 2007 integration to recommend potential hosts for VM’s.
  • Delegation of administration.
  • Use library mechanisms for assembling virtual machines.
  • PowerShell is used for rich management.

Another reason for you to learn PowerShell.  Everything it does is PowerShell.  Dagnammit! … more books to read!

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Get a Taste of Mark Minasi in Action

April 30, 2008 2 comments

Our speaker at our May 30th extravaganza is Mark Minasi.  Some of you may not have heard of him .. I recently posted a link to one of his TechEd presentations, "Living the Longhorn Life".  Here’s another one where he was interviewed at IT Forum.  Even if you’re not an out-‘n’-out techie, you’ll learn from and enjoy his presentations.

Mark is one of those "big brains" that you hear about: think Mark Russinovich (a friend of Mark’s).  He has an insatiable curiosity and a memory the likes of which I haven’t encountered before.  Mark spends endless hours testing out every aspect and learning about WIndows Server and desktop products and putting Microsoft recommendations to the test.  He can give you MS best practice and teach you how to make it work in a real world environment in a way that anyone can understand.

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Thanks To IrishDev

April 30, 2008 Comments off

Just want to thank IrishDev – Barry has been helpful in getting out word about our events and it’s much appreciated.

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Event #3: Mark Minasi

April 29, 2008 9 comments

Great news for our third event.  We’ll be having a very rare appearance of Mark Minasi on this side of the pond.  This event is being hosted by Microsoft in cooperation with the Windows Server 2008 User Group Ireland.  You lucky folks are the first to hear about this so register now while you still can!

The seminar event will take place on 30th May at Microsoft, Auditorium – Atrium B, Sandyford Ind. Estate, Dublin 18.

The agenda is as follows:

10.00 – 10.30        Registration/Coffee

10:30 – 11.45        Windows Server 2008 Overview – Hear from an independent and respected commentator, journalist, consultant and author what is new with Windows Server 2008 and what it will do for your organisation to improve management and your business.

11.45 – 12.45        Lunch

12.45 – 14.00        IPv6 – Just what is IPv6 and why would you care?  Why is it natively included in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista?  Learn why you should care if you want to remain competitive and have an easier to manage infrastructure. 

14:00 – 14:15        Coffee

14:15 – 15:30    Server Core Step by Step – One of the most talked about things with Windows Server 2008 is the Core installation.  Mark will cover what is so unique about it, when you would consider it instead of the full installation and how you would manage it. 

15.30            Close

Register Now for this event!!!

Mark Minasi is an author, a technology columnist, a commentator, a keynote speaker, and an all-around alpha geek. What separates him from many of the other alpha geeks is that he knows how to explain things to normal humans and often make them laugh while doing it. He’s probably best known for his books, Mastering Windows NT Server (Sybex), Mastering Windows 2000 Server, and The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide and his columns in Windows IT Pro. Mark has also authored 17 other technology books, spoken on technical topics in 20 countries, and written and appeared in a dozen technical education videos.  Mark is currently completing 3 books on Windows Server 2008.

I’m totally excited about this event because it is rare to find Mark on this side of the Atlantic, let alone Ireland.  He’s only been here once before so let’s make sure we give him a huge welcome.

Here’s a quick plug for Mark’s next three books:

  • Mastering Windows Server 2008: Networking Foundations: This is a book for people new to Windows server administration.
  • Mastering Windows Server 2008: Essential Technologies: This is the book that will cover enough of the new material for all Windows IT pro’s.
  • Mastering Windows Server 2008: Enterprise Technologies: This book will cover advanced functionality that maybe 10-20% of Windows IT pro’s will need.


    Here’s some photos from the event.  Thanks to Nathan Winters (Exchange MVP) who took the photos.

    Mark and a pair of the boys from Novosco.

    Mark is puzzled 🙂

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    Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide

    April 29, 2008 4 comments

    Anyone who has done some research on GPO lately will have seen there’s what feels like an infinite number of documents out there.  This document provides links to lots of those documents from a single point, helping you find what you need.

    The Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide provides links to documentation and other technical information to help you evaluate, plan, deploy, maintain, and support Group Policy. The guide includes links to scripting information, downloads, technical chats, Webcasts, and the Group Policy Web forum and team blog.

    Links to information and downloads for new features in Group Policy for Windows Server 2008 help you learn about Group Policy preferences, Starter Group Policy Objects (GPOs), and the latest Administrative templates. Links are also included to Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, and to resources for Advanced Group Policy Management.

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    What Are GPO Preferences?

    April 29, 2008 2 comments

    If you’ve fired up GPMC and played around with group policy on a W2008 domain controller then you will have seen something new: Preferences.  Browse through the list of what’s there and you’ll soon want to start using it.  You’ll want to learn a bit about them first.

    Like me, your first assumption will have been that they are just an extension of GPO that will work just like GPO has always worked.  Uh-uh!  Wrong!  The Group Policy blog compares and contrasts GPO with Preferences.  There is a listing of frequently asked questions.  There is an overview document that you can download.  And there is also a KB article you can read.

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    Book: Group Policy Fundamentals, Security, and Troubleshooting

    April 29, 2008 4 comments

    Jeremy Moskowitz (GPO MVP, journalist, author, speaker, consultant and trainer) has written two new books that Active Directory Administrators will want to get their hands on.

    The first is all about how to get going with GPO.  The second follows this up with how to deploy and manage your desktop environment.  Odds are, unless you’re in a huge company, that you will need to have these skills if you’re a server administrator.  Check them out; I’ve found Jeremy to be a great source of information … and a decent guy too.

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