Archive for January, 2009

MinasiForum 2009

January 26, 2009 2 comments

The annual conference run by Mark Minasi is on again this year, this time in April in Virginia Beach, USA.  You may know Mark from the day of presentations he kindly did for us at MS Ireland in 2008.  The agenda as of now (subject to change) is:

Sunday, April 19, 2009
  • 1:00 pm:  Welcome
  • 1:15 pm:   TBD  Keynote  by Windows IT Pro
  • 2:30 pm:  Break
  • 2:45 pm:  Mark Minasi   Introducing Windows 7
  • 4:00 pm:  Break
  • 4:15 pm:  Aidan Finn   Hyper-V – The Future of Infrastructure
  • 5:30 pm:  Close
Monday, April 20, 2009
  • 9:00 am:  Eric Rux   The Big One – Merging 2 Companies!
  • 10:15 am: Break
  • 10:30 am: Nathan Winters  The Future of Email: Exchange 14 and Online Services
  • 11:45 am:  Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:   James Summerlin  SQL Reporting Services
  • 2:15 pm:   Break
  • 2:30 pm:   Roger Grimes  How I Fixed the Internets!
  • 3:45 pm:   Break
  • 4:00 pm:   Todd Lammle    TBA
  • 5:30 pm:   Dinner organized with coach transport
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
  • 9:00 am:   Rhonda Layfield  Windows 7
  • 10:15 am:  Break
  • 10:30 am: Mini Session A  TBD
  • 10:55 am: Mini Session B  TBD
  • 11:20 am: Mini Session C  TBD
  • 11:45 am: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:  Mark Minasi   More Windows 7
  • 2:15 pm:   Break
  • 2:30 pm:   Curt Spanburgh   Hybrid Solutions, SaaS
  • 3:45 pm:   Break
  • 4:00 pm:   TBD  Light Session (Photography or other topic)
  • 5:30 pm:    ‘No Host’ dinner at local restaurant  (one last chance to rub elbows with people in the know)
  • 6:30 pm:    Vendor Evening – Details TBD – An evening with various vendors either on site or via Web conference, to look at relevant products.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 9:00 am:   Stacy Hein  SQL for the Windows Administrators
  • 10:15 am:  Break
  • 10:30 am:  Joe McGlynn   SBS 2008 for the Small Business
  • 11:45 am:   Closing thoughts and summing up
  • 12:00 pm:  Final Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:    Round Table Discussion

You can register by following the instructions on the site

This is the event where Mark often debuts new presentation material.  Irish speakers include Joe McGlynn is speaking on the Wednesday about SBS 2008 and Aidan Finn who is talking about Hyper-V after Mark Minasi (no pressure).

Other speakers include MVP’s Nathan Winters (Exchange and mobile communications whiz from England), Curt Spanburgh (Dynamics guru and master of disasters), Rhonda Layfield (the queen of OS deployment) and Eric Rux (IT pro and all-knowing of Windows Home Server).  Todd Lammle is a world renowned Cisco author, trainer, speaker and consultant.  Those of us from year 1 still shake from when he scared us with his IPv6 talk.  Roger Grimes is a security expert with 7 books to his name.  Stacy Hein is a SQL wizard well known to us on the Minasi forum.  James Summerlin is the rarest of creatures: a developer and an IT pro!  And Mark Minasi is the famous author, speaker, trainer and consultant specialising in AD and Windows.

Last year, attendees came from USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Netherlands and Denmark.  If you have the opportunity to go then I’d recommend it.  The fee is costs only and you’ll have a blast.

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MS Ireland Event: Virtualisation Unplugged

January 16, 2009 2 comments

MS Ireland is running an event called Virtualisation Unplugged at short notice in Cork and Belfast.

Who should attend: IT Managers, IT Professionals

Summary: Virtualisation Unplugged is a full day technical session with Microsoft experts to discover a complete set of virtualisation tools from desktop to datacentre that will improve business continuity and maximise ROI. The day will cover loads of technologies including Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, Terminal Services and Application Virtualisation.
James O’Neill, Virtualisation expert from the UK sub, has had great success touring all over the UK delivering this seminar and we are delighted to bring him to Ireland to deliver two ‘Virtualisation Unplugged’ tour dates here. Date: 3rd February, 4th February

Belfast (3rd) –
Register Here!
Cork, (4th) – Register Here!

Cost: Free Event

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Windows 7 Desktop and Windows Server 2008 R2 Betas Released

January 12, 2009 15 comments

The next generation of Windows for desktops and servers have been released as public betas.  Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista.  You can download it from here.  Windows Vista may not have had the features to make you want to upgrade from XP but Windows 7 might just have them.  The really cools ones are when Windows 7 is teamed with Windows Server 2008 R2.  These include BranchCache and and DirectAccess.  By the way, contrary to rumours spread by the uninformed, Windows 7 is not a new version of Windows XP.  It is an evolution of Windows Vista.  If your software and devices work on Vista they should work on Windows 7.

Windows Server 2008 R2 brings some new stuff and can be viewed as Windows Server 2008 V1.1.  Mark Russinovich talked about the new features of power savings and virtualisation at TechEd EMEA.  There are evolutionary improvements all around including web services, virtualisation (Hyper-V will have live migration AKA VMotion thanks to a new cluster file system), power savings and new remote access and branch office/remote computing access.  You can download the beta now.

By the way, these betas are very popular right now so the links are being hammered.  Downloads might be slow for a few days.

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Building a 2 Node Cluster

January 5, 2009 4 comments

MS has released step-by-step guides on how to build 2-node clusters:

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