Contents tagged with TechEd 2008

  • “Get On the Bus” is back in North America!

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 13 2010, 3:54 AM. Posted in TechEd 2008, Windows 7, Office 2010.

    The Get On the Bus Tour is back home and we’re kicking off our new tour with a visit to Canada! Montreal marks our first location on a 10-city North American road show en route to TechEd in New Orleans, June 7.

    Come spend some time with us as we tour the East Coast for a deep dive into both Windows 7 and Office 2010, along with a specific path on how to get certified. Learn why Windows 7 has received rave reviews from IT organizations and is setting records as the fastest selling operating system in history. 

    Find out why so many IT Pros are eagerly awaiting the release of Office 2010. We will show you both the best practices for deploying Windows 7 and how to keep it running efficiently after deployment.  We will also take a tour through all of the features of Office 2010 from an IT Professional’s point of view. It’s time to join us at a stop nearest you for technical training, professional networking, hands-on experiences, and real world guidance from industry experts sent to you from Redmond. Don’t miss your chance to “Get On the Bus!”

    Montreal, May 21 | Boston, May 24 | New York, May 25 | Philadelphia, May 26 | Washington DC, May 27 & 28 | Richmond, June 1 | Raleigh, June 2 | Charlotte, June 3 | Atlanta, June 4 | New Orleans, June 5


    To Register for your local event, click on the image above.

  • TechEd Keynote Bill Veghte Announces. Windows 7 Ship Date.

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 12 2009, 12:25 AM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    Here are the announcements in the Keynote by Bill Veghte

    -SQL Server 2008 R2 Technical Preview H2 of 2009

    -Office 2010 Technical Preview in July. It will be invitation only. Will be available to TechEd Attendees.

    -Announcing work with Intel around the Nehalem Platform and the optimizations around hyperthreading in a multi-core system.

    -MDOP will continue to deliver on the innovations even out of band release cycles.

    -Showed a Demo/Sneak Peek at Office 2010. Outlook ribbon UI looks good.

    -Mark Russinovich showed APP-V, MED-V, Win 7 bitlocker, Powershell, Win 7 features etc.

    -Windows 7 will RTM this Holiday Season. Consumers should be able to purchase a Windows 7 preloaded PC this Christmas.

    -Hyper V will now support 64 logical Processors.

    -Hyper-V compatibility mode for older machines.

    -File classification Infrastructure in Server 2008 R2. Set extended properties on files. Built in OCR to classify files.

    -Rights Management in Exchange 2010 etc.

    -Virtualization in R2, Live Migration, Clustered Shared Volumes, Hot Add & Remove VHD.

    -PRO Scripts in SCVMM feature.Used to do Live Migration demo.

  • TechEd 2009 Coverage

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 11 2009, 11:53 PM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    I am here at TechEd in Los Angeles, CA from the 11th to the 14th bringing the latest news as they break.

    Let me know if there is something you want me to cover in particular.

    View the TechEd North America keynote live on Monday, May 11 starting at 10:00 A.M. PST.1500 kbps, 750 kbps, 300 kbps

  • TechEd session report: Operating Windows Small Business Server 2008 As a MCP IT Pro (MCSE)

    Posted by MBrant on June 13 2008, 10:18 PM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    “Operating Windows Small Business Server 2008 As a MCP IT Pro (MCSE)” by Marc Michault, MCT and MCSE (+i, Messaging and Security) for over ten years.This session was one of the very few sessions on Small Business Server (and small business in general) here at TechEd. It is a shame that, in my opinion, great products like SBS get so little attention here on TechEd. Sure .. SBS is covered mostly at meetings like the Worldwide Partner Conference, but it would still be nice have more information at hand for the IT Pros attending TechEd (and may not be able to make the WPC).The speaker, Marc Michault, talked a little bit about setting up SBS2008 but mostly on administering and controlling SBS2008. He started on what’s new and what’s changed in 2008.The biggest change, of course, is the migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 as the main platform for SBS. SBS 2008 comprises of:- Windows Server 2008 Standard, x64- Exchange 2007 Standard, SP1- Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 SP1- Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1- Forefront Security for Exchange 2007 - Windows Live OneCare for ServerThe premium version also includes SQL Server 2008 and an additional Windows Server 2008 license. This extra server will act as a member server in your SBS domain and can be used to offload the SQL server off of your main SBS. Note that ISA server isn’t included. No matter what version, Microsoft killed off ISA for SBS.Marc laughed at the fact that Windows Live OneCare for Server is included as it is, in his opinion, a consumer-based brand and doesn’t belong on servers. Also noted that the OneCare and Forefront solutions are just 120 day trials included.When it comes to networking setup, things have changed a bit. SBS2008 will no longer be your main gateway in the network. SBS will however still hand out your DHCP offers and serve stuff like AD and DNS obviously. However you do need a router with DHCP turned off that will act as an internet gateway. You no longer need two NICs and again you don’t have ISA anymore in the prem. version.They revamped nearly all the wizard in 2008. The connect to the internet wizard this time actually works perfectly, so they say, and is easier to use. The wizard autodetects your router and networking details and tries to reconfigure your router automatically through the use of uPnP (if available).Microsoft also considered the external network as a factor with SBS 2008. When you launch the set-up your internet address wizard, it’ll ask you if you already have a domain name or if you want to register one through special SBS registrar partners. When setting up the domain through a partner, they will auto setup all the DNS settings needed for SBS 2008. The wizard also auto-generates certificates and tries to open up ports on the router with uPnP. Marc tried to demo it .. crash :)Connecting client computers to the SBS server is just as easy as in 2003. Just go to http://Connect/ and the client will auto connect to the SBS server, join the domain and become part of the network. Vista clients get an Sidebar gadget (unsure on what that is tough) and you get the usual stuff like roaming profiles. Also this time the login of users on the clients is no longer scripted. Everything is done via GPOs!Most of the admin interface has been revamped. It kinda looks like Home Server now. In the new interface you’ll find the usual stuff plus some new revamped UIs. Backup UI has been improved greatly and works better this time around.Marc went on how you aren’t really limited as to what you can do with the server. You can even run stuff like Hyper-V. It isn’t officially supported but nether stopped you in the past has it.Unfortunally the session was cut a bit short so not all subjects in the PPTX were presented and demoed live. Later on during the little offstage Q&A session about 10 people stayed behind and we talked about new features, why certain features were missing and how 2008 had improved. Again … be sure to check out the PPTX at source!Special editor update: There have been some questions on how SA will work for current SBS users that rely on ISA server. Big thanks to on clearing this up. Check out the comments and trackbacks on this article to get to the correct sources. Conclusion: If you have SA for SBS2k3 Prem (which includes ISA server), you'll be eligible to upgrade ISA to Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG), the next version of ISA, at no extra cost!

  • BINK EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 Beta + screenshots!

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 13 2008, 8:54 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, TechEd 2008.










    Exclusive pre-release beta information right here from TechEd 2008 IT Pro USA! Exclusive to from the MAP team! 

    As Martijn reported earlier in the MAP session about the new features coming in MAP 3.1, we had the chance to sit down wth Sr. Product Manager Baldwin Ng to talk about some features. We are now told that the product is released in Beta. Below is the description of features and screenshots of the procuct!

    In short, here are the new features.1) Hyper-V server virtualization assessment (NEW!)2) Desktop security assessment (NEW!)3) SQL server discovery and inventory (NEW!)4) 64-bit installation support for the MAP inventory machine (NEW!)

    Are your existing servers and desktops capable of running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista? Do you wish to determine quickly if your existing servers are good candidates for server virtualization using Hyper-V? Look no further. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is just the right tool to help you get answers that you need.Formerly known as Windows Vista Hardware Assessment (WVHA), the MAP Toolkit 3.1 now expands into new areas including server virtualization using Hyper-V, SQL server discovery and desktop security assessments, while retaining the original WVHA and MAP Toolkit 3.0 features: 1) Hyper-V server virtualization assessment (NEW!)2) Desktop security assessment (NEW!)3) SQL server discovery and inventory (NEW!)4) 64-bit installation support for the MAP inventory machine (NEW!)5) Windows Server 2008 hardware/device compatibility assessment6) Windows Vista hardware/device compatibility assessment7) 2007 Microsoft Office hardware compatibility assessment8) Virtual Server 2005 R2 virtualization assessment9) Microsoft Application Virtualization client and server assessment10) Server Roles and Non-Windows Machine InventoryIn addition, this tool can generate localized desktop readiness reports in N. American English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is based on the agent-less infrastructure scanning technology developed by the Microsoft Solution Accelerators Core Engineering Team. MAP makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to conduct a network-wide inventory remotely and securely without installing any software agents on each machine being inventoried. First, by connecting a computer with the MAP application to the network, the user with the correct local administrator credentials can inventory and assess the readiness of the servers, clients, devices and applications for various migration and virtualization scenarios. Since no agents are used, setup of this tool is very easy.Upon successful inventory and/or performance gathering, MAP will generate the user-specified assessment reports and proposals in the form of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word documents. The proposals are typically targeted for Business Decision Makers and Technical Decision Makers in an organization; while the detailed reports are tailored for IT implementers including desktop and infrastructure administrators and IT consultants.

     ·         Download the MAP Toolkit 3.1 Beta (Live ID required); send us feedback via the Microsoft Connect site. ·         Learn more about MAP Toolkit on TechNet ·         Learn more about tips and tricks of MAP operation by visiting MAP TechNet Forum or Team Blog<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

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  • TechEd session report: Introducing Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator for Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2

    Posted by MBrant on June 12 2008, 11:16 PM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    “Introducing Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator for Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2“ by Baldwin Ng, senior product manager for the Microsoft Solution Accelerators Core Engineering team, and Jay Sauls, senior product manager.Baldwin started explaining what Solution accelerator are. Basically they are just tools designed to help you implement a certain technology, product line or feature into your business. It accelerates the adoption. Hence the name Solution Accelerator. The SAs usually include automation tools and technical guidance. Also most of them don’t just work for one specific product but take a multi-product approach. Baldwin and Jay  talked about Microsoft Assessment and Planning (or MAP) for Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2. What it comes down to: It’s a toolkit to see whether your servers/computers are capable of running Windows Server 2008 and how you can design your virtualized datacenter. It includes certain tools which can guide you through the necessary steps of assessing your current situation and design the new. So it comprises of three key functions: Inventory, Analysis, Reporting.One of the first steps, and a challenge to most deployments, is inventory. For a successful implementation of say Hyper-V, you first need to know what you have in your environment. The MAPSA uses WMI-based collection tool to gather information on your current setup. In the demo they showed how this would work. You have several different ways to scan:Active Directory: Scan using your AD information/database. This is a common one.Windows Networking Protocols: Scan using the known Windows protocol. This could be tricky as firewalls may interfere with this.Import computers names from file: Just have all the computer names you want to scan in a flat text file. One name per line.Scan IP range: Scan using a certain networking range.Manually enter computer names and credentials. Not recommended for multiple computers.After choosing the proper scanning method, you can set it to collect performance information. This will track computer performance over time. You have a couple of options here to customize your assessment.After collecting the information and analyzing your setup, it will report back the information to you. Most (if not all) reports are generated in Excel format. The main advantage of this is of course that Excel has very powerful data processing power. You can ofcourse sort and filter the data and make pivottables and such. Also graphs are supported.There will also be a tool which allows you to design your virtual machine host. If you specify your server’s CPU, hard drive setup and amount of memory, it can then calculate how much of your machines can be hosted on this platform. Very cool.MAP is available from Expect more information on this topic very soon! I had the chance to meet up and talk with Baldwin Ng later on. It was nice to speak with you Baldwin and hope to talk with you more often.

  • TechEd session report: What’s Coming in Windows PowerShell V2?

    Posted by MBrant on June 12 2008, 9:59 PM. Posted in Powershell, TechEd 2008.

    “What’s Coming in Windows PowerShell V2?” by Jeffrey Snover, who is the partner architect for Windows PowerShell, and Narayanan Lakshmanan, Software Design Engineer.Jeffrey started the session by talking about the acceptance/implementation state of the current Powershell. In the 18 months since it launched, Powershell has been downloaded over 2 million times. Also allot of Microsoft teams are implementing the Powershell extensions in their solutions. Exchange, SQL,  SCOM, SCVMM and SCDPM teams have or have announced Powershell support. So adoption is doing good. Jeffrey also noted on how passionate the team is. Not only did work 200% on Powershell, they also helped write multiple books on Powershell available today. That’s dedication.He went on by stating that most of the press have made misconception on Powershell. Powershell isn’t a CLI or and CMD-replacement. It’s an automation scripting platform with multiple API’s and is accessible through the Powershell CLI. To prove that Powershell isn’t just a shell, he demoed a new cmdlet called “Gridview”. Gridview, invoked by adding it as an extra argument on commands, shows an powerfull GUI displaying the results of the command in a grid control. This allows you to sort, filter and organize the data as you please. This is called GUI over Powershell.One other subject was production scripting which doesn’t differ that much from the old scripting in powershell 1 with the exception with a couple of extra scripting features. They said they are supporting transactions. Transactions … in a CLI/scripting language? Jeffrey said they were the first ones to support such a feature. As you may expect when looking at transactions from SQL, they support rollback of commands. Mostly on the registry. It is limited, as you might expect, but be sure to check it out of you’re  a powershell dev.Furthermore they talked about Mobile Objects Model. MOM allows you take a part of your script/command, send it over the network and execute in a remote computer without the need of the whole app/script/execution to be on that remote computer. The object your working with will be serialized to a XML text stream and deserialized on the remote end.  A real nice feature which I’m sure a lot of deployment scripting experts will love.Also they talked about native code implementation. From v2 on you can use VB, C# and F# code in your Powershell scripts and make use of the full .NET platform. Job support allows you to run scripts in the background and control those as you wish. Remote or local. Restricted namespaces allow you to run scripts in a more secure, locked-down environment. Also eventing and triggering is now supported.They fixed the PS-Space bug. They said if you don’t know what it was, good for you. If you do, you can’t wait to get v2.Community was central to this release and powershell. They said they really listened to feedback and fixed  a lot of bugs and improved the engine and made it faster.The session itself was quite in-depth and I recommend Powershell gurus read through the PPTX! Also check out the Powershell team blog:

  • TechEd BOAF session report: User Groups... What For?

    Posted by MBrant on June 12 2008, 9:12 PM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    “User Groups... What For?” moderated by Bob Coppedge, user group guru.This was a so called “Birds of a feather” session. Basically it’s more of a little talk group/mini-forum to discuss the topic at hand. The moderate, in this case Bob, will kick off the session, talk a bit on the main topic and kick off the main conversation.This session was about user groups, what they are, why they exist, if they are dying etc. As you may understand reporting on this session isn’t easy as there are no powerpoints and everyone talks really rapid. I will recap some basic conclusions.The purpose of user groups is mostly to help and support each other, exchange experience on topics and network. They were founded decades ago when people didn’t have stuff like IM, groupchat online or online forums. People had no other choice but to meet up online.When the internet kicked off in the 90s, user groups starting to die. More and more failed and just went online. Most user groups that see today are “mixed” as they use both online and offline meeting to exchange. The future of user groups is still unsure.The session also talked on how companies help user groups. Don’t go up to companies and ask for free stuff but you have to emphasize how the meetings of the group will help the sponsor grow and earn publicity. Bob also talked about how certain companies, including Microsoft, provide free services to registered user groups.  The bottom line is that if you start one, be sure to have enough free time as it will eat nearly every last minute of your free time. If you are a president of a user group, or becoming one, be sure to have a support staff behind you. This way you can offload work which you are unable or unwilling to handle. Furthermore don’t stay president for longer than 3 to 5 years time or you’ll be stuck with it for the rest of your life. (Well or something that seems like a lifetime.

  • TechEd session report: Microsoft IT: How Microsoft Does IT

    Posted by MBrant on June 11 2008, 11:43 PM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    “Microsoft IT: How Microsoft Does IT” by Barry Briggs, who recently took on the role of CTO for Microsoft IT, most recently led MSIT's MDM efforts.Barry, from MS IT, talked about what kind of  IT environment has, what major challenges and initiatives are for the team and what they are doing to face these challenges.The Microsoft IT environment  is huge. See slide here to get an idea on how big exactly: With more than 110k Vista clients,  143k mailboxes and 225m remote connections/month to manage, is easy to see designing and administrating this environment, is quite complex.One of the biggest challenges Microsoft faced in the past was the massive information database. Microsoft serves over 80m companies and over 1b individuals. All of this different and different kind of information all had different storages over the entire organization. Microsoft consolidated all of these datasets into one massive dataset and called it “Microsoft Individual And Organization (MIO)”. MIO includes many different types of information and is used in nearly every line of business application used by Microsoft today. They also made sure there aren’t any duplicates in the dataset and to solve this they use a tactic which they call (surprisingly enough)  “Lookup Before Create”. For instance: certain companies may be part of a larger group or corporation which already has an agreement or a SLA with Microsoft.Barry also talked on about business process modeling and how they separate business processes and technology (apps) with Solution domains. Using domains (with data models), they could easily change the technology without directly affecting the business process.Furthermore they showed a few line of business apps Microsoft employees use in their day to day life showing integration with the Outlook client and SharePoint services. The Outlook add-on was Silverlight based! Also Barry showed off a little something he cooked up using WPF: a  newsletter app. The tiny mini app allowed MS IT employees read the newsletter like a normal newspaper. He encourages people to pick up the free tools and get started! expected, Microsoft deploys a lot of security to keep its business secure and safe. However their firewalls and security doesn’t not only allow known source from inside the organization (employees) but also source outside the organization. The systems allow multiple sources of user authentication. Ranging from foreign AD to Live ID and proprietary connection types. Microsoft, obviously when looking back at the keynote yesterday, is committed to virtualization and they have set a goal for themselves: They want 80% of all new server workloads to work on the Hyper-V platform. ”No excuses!”As you may know, Microsoft is also committed to be green and help the environment. They select locations for new datacenters very carefully after in depth analysis of certain aspect on the site. Is there clean, renewable energy available? What fuel is being used when building the centers? Are resources required for the building acquired as green as possible? The new datacenter in Quincy, Washington is nearly 100% carbon neutral. The only exception is once month when they fire up the diesel backup power generators to test them. The new center in San Antonio, Texas is using a lot of wind power. Furthermore they use special reflective paint which lowers the overall temperature of the building and use “gray” water to cool the systems. To further please Gore, they help and train computer refurbish companies around to world to keep the waste to a minimum. Overall a very interesting session which gives a good insight on what drives a IT department of company such as Microsoft. I’d highly recommend you hit up the PPTX in the source!

  • TechEd session report: Supporting Your End-Users with Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007

    Posted by MBrant on June 11 2008, 9:49 AM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    "Supporting Your End-Users with Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007" by Dustin Jones and David Mills.This session talked about using Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 to optimize your (mostly mid-sized) company's IT environment. They explained why Microsoft made MSCE 2007 just for mid-size businesses. They believe it’s the perfect balance between manageability and licensing costs. Administrative powers provided by MSCE allow users to simplify insight in their IT inventory with real time monitoring systems and stored software and hardware inventory. Also includes reporting and software deployment features.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>They talked about the place of the product in the System Center product family. It simplifies the product for smaller companies as small and mid-size companies may not have the resources to implement the larger products in the System Center product family line.<o:p></o:p>They also talked about the SP1 update:<o:p></o:p>·         Managing workgroup-joined computers<o:p></o:p>·         Monitoring SNMPv1 network devices<o:p></o:p>·         Multiple auto-approval rules in update management<o:p></o:p>·         A remote SQL Server 2005 instance on a computer with a different architecture (x86 or x64) than that of the computer running the Essentials 2007 management server<o:p></o:p>·         Running Essentials 2007 on Windows Server 2008<o:p></o:p>·         Management packs for Windows Server 2008<o:p></o:p>Overall it was a nice session however, with respect to the great and knowledgeable speakers, it was a bit dull. They could lighten the show up a bit by mixing it up a bit. Be sure to check out the PPTX!<o:p></o:p>
  • TechEd session report: Tricks of the Windows Vista Masters

    Posted by MBrant on June 11 2008, 8:38 AM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

    "Tricks of the Windows Vista Masters" presented by MCSE and MCITP J. Peter Bruzzese from ClipTraining.This was an very basic but funny session. The session was an humor filled high-pace presentation filled with nice little tips on how to use Vista to the max. The presentation included:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>-          Shortcut keys<o:p></o:p>-          Changing boot graphics on Vista<o:p></o:p>-          Changing the start menu<o:p></o:p>-          Multiple time zones<o:p></o:p>-          More explorer options<o:p></o:p>-          UAC tips<o:p></o:p>-          Tips on how to overcome application incompatibility<o:p></o:p>And much more … Be sure to check out the presentation found at the source!<o:p></o:p>Respect to J. Peter Bruzzese .. we had a good laugh. Also here is that photo I promised in the middle of the session ;)<o:p></o:p>