Just received note that a new course was published to get tech-folks ready for enterprise-level deployments of Windows 8, specifically on how to go about… Read More »Microsoft adds Windows 8 Upgrade Course
I have been using Windows 8 on my primary laptop for about 30 days now, and have been very pleased with the experience.
I am a semi-typical knowledge worker / technology consultant who travels a lot. My office is wherever I can find a small desk area and an internet connection. My laptop is configure in a way that I have several Virtual Machines working at the same time, one for the corporate image, another for my personal use (with Windows 8 and Office 2013) and one for a bit of fun and dev.work, (Ubuntu 12.04)
It took me a bit to get use-to the new interface, but once I got the idea, it was smooth sailing.
Part of my goal was to look at how application / drivers and device compatibility was going to impact my migration process. Pleased to report that I have found no application, device or driver compatibility issues. This has been a big surprise, as so much of my work has been focused on these topics in the past few years, migrating people to Windows 7. (I am pretty sure you are aware how involved this has been! )
This is a common topic of conversation and it comes up every time I start a project… Best advice I have found follows: As… Read More »When to Baseline a Project Plan (Microsoft Project)
The beta version of Windows Intune, formerly known as System Center Online Desktop Management, it is now officially part of the Microsoft Online Services. is… Read More »Windows Intune – Cloud-based Desktop Management
If you have been using the Beta versions of the Office 2010 WebApps as of yesterday – you are in the company of 400 million… Read More »Office Web Apps available to 400M users
The beta version of Windows Intune is now in full beta. Windows Intune simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and… Read More »Windows Intune: Cloud Desktop Management
Article written by Rob West This is a thought-provoking article from LORI MACVITTIE on SOAWorld Magazine that poses an interesting point-of-view: …the US postal service doesn’t… Read More »[SOA World] is your App Infrastructure based on a the Postal Service’s Model?
If you were at any of the Microsoft partner events in the last couple of years, you would know that Microsoft has been in the… Read More »New Microsoft Partner Competencies & Requirements
Some of us have been using it already, but just in case you did not know, MAP 4.0 is now officially released. As you would… Read More »Microsoft AssessmMAP Toolkit ent and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Released
We thought you might be interested in the latest webcast produced by our colleagues at CompuCom and in close cooperation with Microsoft. It took place… Read More »CompuCom Webcast on Data Protection Manager
Look me up on https://connect.digitalwpc.com/ if you’d like to meet up! Or, tweet me: http://twitter.com/infraops/
Microsoft TechNet’s site has changed the way in which they present the solution accelerators. You can now sort according MOF Service life cycle and by discipline… Read More »Solution Accelarators – Guide at TechNet Site
Upcoming Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deploys Application Virtualization The MDOP team has announced that on May 26th TechNet will host a webcast to discuss how Microsoft… Read More »Webcast ahead: How Microsoft IT Deploys Application Virtualization
Office 2010 is finally coming out for air now – check out the newly released Office 2010 Official Blog site – This announcement prompted me… Read More »Technology Wave comming in late 2009 / early 2010
PDF of a slide deck on Microsoft’s vision for the Optimized Desktop. This sounds very familiar to us old hats. Download details: The Microsoft Optimized… Read More »Microsoft Optimized Deskop strategy presentation
A stunning piece of news that I would have been incredulous to hear if I hadn’t been there when they said it. I think Microsoft… Read More »Microsoft will spend $8B to catch up in cloud computing
Microsoft really is getting it when it comes to OS deployment and emphasis on the client side of things. Most of my daily activity deals… Read More »New home on Technet for Windows Client management
I always visit SMS SCCM Expert in my rotation of must-check-for-update websites. They really develop some excellent addons and enhancements for my favorite systems management… Read More »[GreenIT] SMS Companion v3 – Advanced Scheduling and Power Management
There’s a new buzz buzzing in the SaaS world: the death of browser-based applications. I’m seeing more and more of this kind of thing. Exciting… Read More »Death of the Browser-Based Application?
Not to brag, but we’ve been preaching this message since we were knee-high to a rack full of blades. It’s good though: the more this… Read More »Crosspost: Tech-Ed Keynote Highlits “Dynamic IT” and Virtualization
Hot off the presses, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has had a critical update that will allow it to manage Hyper-V RC1 hosts (but,… Read More »Hotfix for SCVMM 2008 – now with 100% more Hyper-V RC1!
Just listened to an MP3, er, uh boss – I was working on the word doc you wanted me to update and was multi-tasking. Ya,… Read More »Microsoft IT usage of SoftGrid and AppVirt 4.5 – TechNet Radio
In a recent survey done by Gartner of 260 enterprises, 90% of enterprises worldwide have remote workers, but 25% of those organizations don’t know exactly… Read More »It’s 11:00 PM – Do you know who your Remote Workers are and how they connect to the your network?
Now on Microsoft Connect, the beta of the excellent new SCVMM 2008. The sign up for the beta is easy and installation is simple and… Read More »System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 – beta available
And it’s the Wild West out there with all of the different devices, the lack of control and every one of them wants into your network. Business factors demand choice and IT factors drive the need for security and supportability. Is there a compromise here?
Microsoft Server 2008 Core could be thought of ‘server lite’, but that wouldn’t be the whole story. Sure Core doesn’t have the GUI interface we’ve… Read More »Server 2008 Core – Just the essentials.
AppVirt Enthusiasts, rejoice! At MMS this year, they announced that RC1 of Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 will be made available via Microsoft Connect in June.
Microsoft’s “Virtualization in Banking Survey 2008,” conducted by independent, Washington, D.C.-based research firm KRC gives some insight into virtualization findings for US and UK banking… Read More »Virtualized Banking Can Save Real Money
OVA is one component of the new Unified Messaging server role now included in this latest version of Microsoft’s email server. Unified messaging’s goal is to consolidate as many communication types as possible into a single inbox and Exchange does this by treating email, faxes, and voicemail as just another message which can be accessed through corporate Outlook, Outlook Anywhere (Formerly Outlook over the Internet), Outlook Web Access, Outlook Mobile Access and now using just using your phone while on the run.
Desktone (http://www.desktone.com/) and more pointedly the generic term DaaS or desktop as a service is being bandied about and will help (I say “help” in… Read More »DaaS and SaaS – ” …dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!”
Infrastructure Optimization opens the door for Green Computing with the ability to reduce overall costs via reducing power consumption through virtualization and by making better use of IT resources by more efficiently distributing workload amongst idle system resources rather than introducing additional systems.
Seen on The Deployment Guys: An excellent video containing a walkthrough on how to set up SCCM 2007 OS Deployment and integrating Microsoft Deployment Toolkit… Read More »Watch & Learn: SCCM and MS Deployment Toolkit Video Walkthrough
Amy Newman over at ServerWatch.com in her VirtualzationWatch column helps to clear the virtual haze that is virtual presentation. Glad someone is speaking to this… Read More »Virtually Speaking: Presenting — Presentation Virtualization – redux
In the old days, Softricity was a partner of Citrix. Citrix is a partner of Microsoft. And Softricity was a partner of Microsoft, but is… Read More »Citrix + Softricity + Microsoft – Softricity = ?
I thought some of you might be interested in a free event that our team is putting on, centered around the business value of virtualizing applications. For Infrastructure Optimization wonks like myself, this technology is poised to become the centerpiece of many future IO engagements for me and our team. Registration is free, and the webinar is an hour long.
Is your company struggling with its migration plan to move to Microsoft Vista or Windows Server 2008? Does your IT Staff dread the thought of… Read More »Imaging Solutions for the New Millennium
If you haven’t already heard of it, you will: The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, or MDOP for short, is an add-on subscription for customers with… Read More »MDOP 101 – What’s so great about the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack?
Buckle up AppVirt drivers! Microsoft has just released a set of “hands-on labs” for those of us that need to break something before we learn… Read More »AppVirt Test Drive – On-line hands-on labs
While I’ve not finished parsing it, Tarry Singh’s article caught my eye. I don’t normally read all of the links that come in through the… Read More »Got your decoder ring? One blogger’s predictions for Virtualization in 2008
VMWare has recently purchased Thinstall. This puts some heavy muscle behind one of SoftGrid/AppVirt’s competitors. One can only speculate what the San Francisco to Palo Alto move will mean for the product, but personally, I hope they invest heavily in bringing Thinstall’s feature set into parity or dramatic competition with AppVirt.
Greetings, everyone! We’re the Infrastructure Optimization team at Getronics, and we’ve decided to start a blog. After years of internal discovery, we thought it might be a good idea to give back to the community, by sharing some of our thoughts and findings around the topic of Infrastructure Optimization.