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Microsoft Ireland TechDays

February 18, 2009 2 comments

Tech Days’ are a collaborative effort between Microsoft and the IT Pro community to re-deliver the highlights of Tech Ed Conference to IT Pros across Ireland. Most of the sessions will be delivered by a combination of Microsoft and Community technical presenters and will involve as much time spent demo the technology, as possible. The content delivered will be technical level 300. March will see the four-city tour stop for evening events in Galway and Cork, with full day events in Dublin and Belfast.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get up-to speed on the latest Microsoft technology at no cost!

See the official page here.


Microsoft Community Tech Days for IT Professionals
Galway, 10th March (Venue tbc)
7pm-9.30pm
Cost: Free
Register Here

Agenda

  1. An Introduction to Windows 7 and Quick Overview of Client Deployment Tools
  2. The Accidental DBA
  3. SQL Server Reporting Services


Microsoft Community Tech Days for IT Professionals
Cork, 12th March (Venue tbc)
7pm-9.30pm
Cost: Free
Register Here

Agenda

  1. Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 working Great Together and WS 2008 R2 Virtualisation (Live Migration is here!)
  2. SharePoint – The Implementation  Journey..from WSS to MOSS
  3. Unified Communications – Using it Today and Preparing for the Future


Microsoft Community Tech Days for IT Professionals
Dublin, 24th March (Venue tbc)
Cost: Free
Infrastructure Morning (9.30am – 1pm)
Register Here

Agenda

  1. Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 working Great Together and WS 2008 R2 Virtualisation (Live Migration is here!)
  2. An Introduction to Windows 7 and Quick Overview of Client Deployment Tools
  3. Virtualising Windows Essential Server Solutions (SBS &EBS)

Unified Communications and Collaboration Afternoon (2.30pm – 6pm)
Register Here
Agenda

  1. SharePoint – The Implementation  Journey..from WSS to MOSS
  2. Unified Communications – Using it Today and Preparing for the Future


Microsoft Community Tech Days for IT Professionals
Belfast, 26th March (Venue tbc)
Cost: Free
Infrastructure Morning (9.30am – 1pm)
Register Here

Agenda

  1. Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 working Great Together and WS 2008 R2 Virtualisation (Live Migration is here!)
  2. An Introduction to Windows 7 and Quick Overview of Client Deployment Tools
  3. Virtualising Windows Essential Server Solutions (SBS &EBS)

Database and Business Intelligence Afternoon (2.30pm – 6pm)
Register Here

Agenda

  1. The Accidental DBA
  2. SQL Server Reporting Services
  3. Integrated BI Solutions with SQL Server 2008, SharePoint Server 2007 (including scorecarding, dashboarding and analytics) & Excel 2007

(including scorecarding, dashboarding and analytics) & Excel 2007

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Microsoft @ Home Evening, for IT Professionals
Event Description:
This session will be an overview of the connected technologies of Windows 7, Windows Home Server and Xbox to provide a secure, shared and media rich home computing experience. We will demonstrate parental controls, media tagging, shared media, centralized backup and the extensibility of Home Server and the community that surrounds this product. We will also look at how the web plays a part in this experience through remote web access and a personalized website address for sharing photos and home videos in home server.
Dublin, 23rd March, 7pm-9.30pm (Venue tbc). Register Here
Belfast, 25th March, 7pm-9.30pm (Venue tbc).Register Here
Cost: Free

Agenda

  1. Digital Photography
  2. Home Server & Media Extender
  3. Securing Your Home Network

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Windows 7 Roundtable Discussion

February 13, 2009 9 comments

Mark Russinovich led a roundtable discussion last night on Windows 7 featuring a number of MS program leaders and Windows gurus/MVP’s/authors Rhonda Layfield and Mark Minasi.  It’s a good look into where Windows 7 is now and what to expect.  You can watch a recording of the discussion.

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Paul Thurrott Posts Windows Edition News

February 3, 2009 5 comments

Paul Thurrott has posted news on the editions you can expect of Windows 7 and the features included.

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Paul Thurrott Posts Windows Edition News

February 3, 2009 Comments off

Paul Thurrott has posted news on the editions you can expect of Windows 7 and the features included.

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Microsoft Community Tech Days

February 2, 2009 5 comments

Microsoft is working with the IT Pro Community around the country to redeliver the best bits of the Tech Ed conference, which took place in Barcelona last November. As well as local MVPs (Microsoft Valued Professionals) delivering content on the days, local Microsoft technical speakers will contribute. We are also lining up a number of high-profile international speakers, details of which will be released in the coming weeks.

A multi-topic format ensures there’ll be something for everyone and we will also host ‘Microsoft @ Home’ sessions in the evening which will look at Home Networking and Digital Photography. The agenda is set to include the following:

  • Virtualisation and Virtualisation management tools
  • Windows Client – including Vista deployment and First look @ Windows 7
  • Security
  • SQL – BI and the Accidental DBA
  • Small Business Server
  • Unified Communications & Collaboration
  • First look @ new products coming from Microsoft

Who Should Attend?

All IT Professionals: Infrastructure Specialist, DBA, App or LOB Specialist, IT Manager, Network Specialist, Desktop and End User Support.

Where and When?

Galway (10th March) – register your interest
Cork (12th March) – register your interest
Belfast (24th March) – register your interest
Dublin (26th March) – register your interest

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Event 25/02/2009: Branch Office Infrastructure Solutions

February 2, 2009 5 comments

Aidan Finn will be talking about Branch Office Infrastructure Solutions. Businesses today face many economic challenges. The desire to compete is being challenged by the difficulties of using IT infrastructure to connect workers in different locations, whether they be in different counties, countries or even just working from home.

This presentation will look at the problems, identify the real causes of the difficulties and offer solutions from Microsoft’s current catalogue of products. We will also look into the near future to see what is coming in Windows 7 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 to help with inter-office working.

Ronald Dockery (Windows Client Business Group Lead at Microsoft Ireland) will follow up this presentation by diving a bit deeper in the technologies that Windows 7 Enterprise Edition will bring to the table in just a few months to further enable Branch Office Infrastructure Solutions.

About Aidan Finn

Aidan Finn has been working in IT since 1996.  He has worked as a consultant and administrator for the likes of Amdahl DMR, Fujitsu, Barclays and Hypo Real Estate Bank International where he dealt with large and complex IT infrastructures.  More recently Aidan has been working in the server hosting and outsourcing industry in Ireland where he has focused on server management, including a large VMware VI3 deployment.  Currently he is working for C Infinity, an outsourcing and data security services company in Ireland, where he is the Systems and Infrastructure Manager.  Here he has been working with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center as part of an advanced server deployment and management infrastructure.  Aidan is the leader of the Windows User Group in Ireland.  He is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) on System Center Configuration Manager and is an active blogger.  When Aidan isn’t at work he’s out and about with camera in hand trying to be a photographer.

Where and When?

The event will take place at 7PM, Wednesday February 25th at the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin 8.

Registration
Admission will be free to members of the Windows Server 2008 User Group.  If you are already a member then you will receive an invitation via email.  If you are not a member then please sign-up for free by e-mailing the group

Thanks to …

Microsoft Ireland for sponsoring the event.

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