August 2009 - Posts

This month’s meet up will be postpone to 18 Sept instead of the usual 2nd Wednesday. More detail will be available here soon, so keep a look out.

Your friendly Windows Group leaders
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Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – August 2009 Newsletter

  • August Meet Up Agenda
  • Windows 7 RTM
  • Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Intro
  • Be ready for Windows 7: Application Compatibility
  • ComputerWorld Readers Choice 2009
  • Silverlight 3 Deployment and Management
  • Monitoring Hyper-V Performance
  • Junior take a look: How to remember password for Map Network Drive
  • TechNet Plus Direct Subscription Discount - 25%
  • Subscribe to TechNet Flash

August Meet Up Agenda

Date: 14th August 2009 (Friday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #21-00,MS Singapore–Auditorium Level 21

6.45pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – AD & Exchange Auditing
8.00pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.15pm: Session 2 – DNS
9.15pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 – AD & Exchange Auditing using StealthBits
(Gill, SharePoint Server MVP)

Abstract:

Now, more than ever, Exchange is a mission-critical application. Beyond just email messaging, calendaring is a vital time management tool. Exchange is used at any time, with expectations of near instant delivery on servers that face ever-increasing storage and cost challenges. StealthAUDIT is a rich, sophisticated Exchange Management solution providing increased availability,  higher performance, storage reduction, load balancing strategies, daily health checks, and unlimited query capability to gain an in-depth understanding of the current state of any Exchange implementation. This is accomplished through multiple core competencies throughout Exchange, Active Directory, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and the Operating System Exchange is relying upon. See how STEALTHAUDIT. Come see how Configuration Validation/Compliance, Exchange Metrics/SLAs, Complete Exchange Assessment, Mailbox, Public Folder, and Distribution List Audit/Management, Pre- and Post-Migration Assessment, Application Status Monitoring, Complete AD and OS Visibility and even Chargeback Reporting could achieved from the smallest to the largest IT environments at the fraction of the cost.

Skill Level: 200-300 (Beginner to Intermediate)

Session 2 – DNS (Primary , Secondary & Stub Zones, Delegation)
(Dennis, Setup and Deployment MVP)

Abstract:

DNS plays a very important part in the internet infrastructure. Records are stored in various forms. One of the most simple forms are using Zone files. However, there are many ways to have records managed. Join us in this 1 hour session to understand how queries work. How does Primary DNS and Secondary DNS stack up with each other. Introduced also in Windows 2003 and newer are stub zones. We will let you understand what they are for and the differences with delegation. This session is a specially prepped session to discuss Stub Zones and Delegations because in June/July 09, the question was raised.

Skill Level: 200-350 (Intermediate to Advance)

Registration

For registration, please email to swug@mvps.org with the following:

- SWUG ID
- Name
- Email Address

Note: There won’t be an event confirmation. Just turn up, we don’t turn people away. However, please register if you’re coming.

Windows 7 RTM

Windows 7 has officially RTM last month and I believe you guys out there can’t wait to get it running in your machine. Here’s a good news to you if you are Volume License customers or TechNet subscriber. According to this Windows Team Blog posting, Volume License customers with an existing Software Assurance license will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7, 2009 via the Volume License Service Center. The rest of the languages for Windows 7 RTM should be available within a couple of weeks following the English release. For IT professionals who are not part of the VL program, if you have a TechNet subscription, you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6, 2009, and the remaining languages by October 1, 2009.

General reminder to RC user, bi-hourly shutdown will start March 2010

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Intro

I have been hearing IT Pros asking me the question about Windows XP to Windows 7 migration since the Beta testing started. There are a few myth on this going around since then too. This is a the link that answers most of the question related to this migration. There is a total of 5 video where we address XP Mode, application compatibility, the lack of an in-place upgrade from XP to Windows 7, and the tools available to help you deploy for free.

http://geeksengaged.com/blogs/geeksengaged/archive/2009/07/23/windows-xp-to-windows-7-migration-intro.aspx

Be ready for Windows 7: Application Compatibility

We know Windows 7 has RTM and I believe most of the IT Pros has been following from Beta version to RC version and now finally RTM. But how ready are we for Windows 7? I’m sure most of the IT Pro will have this question in mind. Here I’m sharing with you a video where Jay Paloma, Deployment Technical Specialist from the Singapore Office, tell us how we can be ready for Windows 7.

The key is, if you are ready for Vista, you will be ready for Windows 7.

http://edge.technet.com/Media/Be-ready-for-Windows-7-Application-Compatibility/

ComputerWorld Readers Choice 2009

Yes! It’s time to vote again.

Thank you for your tremendous support in Microsoft products. Your endorsement is Microsoft's main motivation in driving innovation and value for our customers. In true reflections of our efforts to make software relevant and innovative, Microsoft won several Computerworld awards last year. This year, Microsoft mounts on the same journey relentlessly with your support and feedback.

This year, we would like you to support us and tell us if we are doing it right. How? Easy, by voting for your favorite product in Computerworld Readers Choice Survey 2009.

http://www.computerworld.com.sg/rca2009. You stand chances to win Harvey Norman vouchers too.

Vote now. Closing date for survey is 14th Aug 2009.

Do not let your favorite product hide in a corner, VOTE for it!!

Silverlight 3 Deployment and Management

Silverlight 3 has recently done a virtual launch. Now the big question for us, IT Pro, is that how can we deploy and manage this in our environment? Check out the link for some guideline.

http://edge.technet.com/Media/Silverlight-3-Deployment/

Monitoring Hyper-V Performance

For those of you who are interested in monitoring Hyper-V Performance, this article explains it!!

http://blogs.msdn.com/tvoellm/archive/2009/04/23/monitoring-hyper-v-performance.aspx

Junior take a look: How to remember password for Map Network Drive

Ever got complain by user that they have to key in the password every morning when they start their PC? Here is a blog post by Desmond on creating a script to help you solve this problem.

Note: This is not a good practices as it will bring down the security level of the network drive. Do warn your user on the possible danger before implementing.

http://linkdesmond.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!9D2FE5EDC097091D!180.entry

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Your friendly Windows Group leaders
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