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Upcoming Windows User Group Events

April 28, 2009 18 comments

The Irish Windows User Group will be running two events over the next 2 months.  The details are below.  Note that anyone outside of Ireland or not near these venues can still attend online using Live Meeting.  We’re also planning to host the recordings on a new Microsoft TechNet Ireland portal.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Deep Dive (This Thursday)

At TechDays for IT Pro’s 2009 there will be some sessions on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This will include some information and demonstrations on the new version of Hyper-V. However, due to time constraints, we won’t have time to get into the deep details of how and why things work.

Aidan Finn (C Infinity) will be talking about the new technologies that will be included as part of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. This includes new functionality and improvements in performance thanks to cooperation between Microsoft and their hardware partners.

Dave Northey (Microsoft Ireland) will be doing some demonstrations of the technology in action, including the much anticipated Live Migration.

Who’s Speaking?

– Aidan Finn – C Infinity

– Dave Northey: Microsoft Ireland

When and Where?

07:30 until 10:00 on April 30th.

Swift Suite 2, Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland (Near St. Patricks Cathedral)

Registration

You can register for the event here: http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=137699

Anyone who registered for the event using the old event system does not need to re-register.

Online

The Dublin event on April 30th at 07:30 GMT will be web cast using Live Meeting.  You will need to install Live Meeting to watch.  The entry details are:

Attendee URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mvp/join?id=H73KPG&role=attend
Meeting ID:  H73KPG

Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (aka Terminal Services)

Windows Server 2008 R2 sees Terminal Services being expanded and rebranded as Remote Desktop Services.  MVP Alex Yushchenko will be once again presenting for the Windows User Group and sharing his wealth of expertise and experience.  And be sure to check out his own event that is running in Dublin, PubForum.
This presentation will cover the following:

–       New features of Remote Desktop Services (previously known as Terminal Services) in Windows 2008 R2
–       Migration from W2003 or W2008 to R2
–       VDI – Virtual Desktop Architecture built-in
–       Application Delivery, TS Web Access, Session Broker & Load Balancing and Licensing
–       Powershell in Remote Desktop Services
–       Virtualization of Terminal Server?!
–       How to get the most of Remote Desktop Services and maybe even replace your Citrix farm and save costs

About Alex Yushchenko
Alex Yushchenko a.k.a Dr.Conti is a worldwide recognized Virtualization and Server Based Computing expert. He is a Microsoft Terminal Services MVP and Citrix CTP of which there are only about 25, worldwide. With over 10 years of experience in the application virtualization field he often attends Microsoft events as part of “Ask the Experts” team across the globe and is regularly presenting on application virtualization related topics. He is also founder and organizer of European Wide Virtualization and Application delivery Event called PubForum.net in Dublin in June this year. Alex holds a M.Sc. Degree in Information Technology.

Where and When?

May 20th Wednesday
Galway – 9.30 – 12.30: Days Inn Hotel
Cork – 18.30 – 21.30: Rochestown Park Hotel
May 21st Thursday
Dublin – 9.30 – 12.30: Microsoft Atruim Building Block B
Belfast – 18.30 – 21.30: Wellington Park Hotel 

Location details on the event registration pages.

Registrations
There is no fee for attending the event.  You can register for each individual event:

May 20th Wednesday
Galway – 9.30 – 12.30
Cork – 18.30 – 21.30

May 21st Thursday
Dublin – 9.30 – 12.30
Belfast – 18.30 – 21.30

Online

The Dublin event on May 21st at 09:30 GMT will be web cast using Live Meeting.  You will need to install Live Meeting to watch.  The entry details are:

Attendee URL:  https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=6PC9BQ&role=attend
Meeting ID:  6PC9BQ

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Online Event: Hyper-V R2 Deep Dive

April 11, 2009 10 comments
We are going to be doing a live cast of the Hyper-V R2 Deep Dive event from Dublin.  The best option will still be to attend the event in person because it gives you the best chance to get questions asked and answered before/after the event not only on the R2 release but also on the current release (which won’t be our main focus).
 
Anyone who cannot come on that morning can watch the event on Live Meeting:
 
This requires that you install the Live Meeting client.
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Event: Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

April 8, 2009 Comments off

Windows Server 2008 R2 sees Terminal Services being expanded and rebranded as Remote Desktop Services.  MVP Alex Yushchenko will be once again presenting for the Windows User Group and sharing his wealth of expertise and experience.  And be sure to check out his own event that is running in Dublin, PubForum.
 
This presentation will cover the following:

–       New features of Remote Desktop Services (previously known as Terminal Services) in Windows 2008 R2
–       Migration from W2003 or W2008 to R2
–       VDI – Virtual Desktop Architecture built-in
–       Application Delivery, TS Web Access, Session Broker & Load Balancing and Licensing
–       Powershell in Remote Desktop Services
–       Virtualization of Terminal Server?!
–       How to get the most of Remote Desktop Services and maybe even replace your Citrix farm and save costs

About Alex Yushchenko
Alex Yushchenko a.k.a Dr.Conti is a worldwide recognized Virtualization and Server Based Computing expert. He is a Microsoft Terminal Services MVP and Citrix CTP of which there are only about 25, worldwide. With over 10 years of experience in the application virtualization field he often attends Microsoft events as part of “Ask the Experts” team across the globe and is regularly presenting on application virtualization related topics. He is also founder and organizer of European Wide Virtualization and Application delivery Event called PubForum.net in Dublin in June this year. Alex holds a M.Sc. Degree in Information Technology.

Where and When?

May 20th Wednesday
Galway – 9.30 – 12.30: Days Inn Hotel
Cork – 18.30 – 21.30: Rochestown Park Hotel
 
May 21st Thursday
Dublin – 9.30 – 12.30: Microsoft Atruim Building Block B
Belfast – 18.30 – 21.30: Wellington Park Hotel 

Location details on the event registration pages.

Registrations
There is no fee for attending the event.  You can register for each individual event:

May 20th Wednesday
Galway – 9.30 – 12.30
Cork – 18.30 – 21.30

 
May 21st Thursday
Dublin – 9.30 – 12.30
Belfast – 18.30 – 21.30

Online

The Dublin event on May 21st at 09:30 GMT will be web cast using Live Meeting.  You will need to install Live Meeting to watch.  The entry details are:

Attendee URL:  https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=6PC9BQ&role=attend
Meeting ID:  6PC9BQ

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Speakers and Sessions Wanted

April 8, 2009 3 comments
Our recent survey (thanks to all who have responded so far) has been very useful.  Two things stand out:
 
  1. A number of people are willing speakers
  2. There’s interest in various different subject from Hyper-V, Win7/W2008 R2 and into the Office Serverw and System center products.
We’re already lining up presentations for May (TBA very soon) and into August.  However, I’m looking for more speakers for the rest of the year!
 
Subjects we’re after:
 
  • Windows 2008 (war stories), Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7
  • Exchange 2007
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Clustering
  • Active Directory and Group Policy
We’d want as much demo content as possible.  If you work for a company then this is a chance to demonstrate your expertise – but we don’t want sales pitches!
 
If you’re interested then please email in:
 
  1. A proposed agenda for the session.  Include the material being covered and estimated time required.
  2. A bio for yourself
We’d like to fill out the rest of the year’s schedule so we can give people a chance to plan things out. 
 
 
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Probably Putting Future Sessions Online

April 3, 2009 6 comments
We are looking into putting our future events online.  We know what technology we’re going to use (Live Meeting), we just want to work out some of the logistics and test it out.  We’re hoping that we might even be able to do the events live with online Q&A.  We’ll also record the sessions so that they can be shared on the new and soon-to-be-launched Microsoft TechNet Ireland portal.
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