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Newsletter - Jan 2010

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – January 2010 Newsletter

  • Welcome to Year 2010
  • Windows 7 Deployment Workshop
  • Forums - Wishlist 2010
  • SWUG Leaders
  • CTU 2009 II
  • DirectAccess
  • BranchCache
  • Talking About Virtualization
  • Think you know about Windows 7?
  • The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7
  • What’s New in Group Policy for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 : New Power Management Features
  • BPOS: Exchange Online
  • Junior take a look: Configure a client computer for automatic domain time synchronization

Welcome to Year 2010

Hi SWUGsters,

Welcome to year 2010. On 13th Jan 2010, the group leaders came together for a social dinner. Yes to eat! That is Singaporean’s favorite pastime isn’t it?

We had a discussion on how we would like to take SWUG forward for the year and try something different. The gang set forth with our goals as a group. I am sharing them here;

- Learning, Learning and Learning: We want to help our group buddies level up their knowledge in the following aspects;

  1. o Windows IT Infrastructure and technologies
  2. o Core Computing Workloads in the Enterprise and SMB Scenarios
  3. o Management and Control of IT Systems

- Sharing of knowledge

- Driving discussions and interactions

I sure do hope all SWUGsters share the same ideas and come together with the same goals. It’s going to help us create conversations.

Anyway, long story short. This is what we have laid out in the plans;

  1. Monthly Meetups - We will continue our monthly activity to discuss topics of interests in the evenings. We usually meet on every 2nd Tuesday of the month. As for topics of discussion, you’re free to post requests on the forum.
  2. Monthly Book Bulk Order – MS Press and OReilys are gracious enough to give our group special deep discounts. SWUG will arrange a bulk order to bring the books in. So what books you want, you can request for it.
  3. Mad about Learning – SWUG leaders will start off a baseline virtualization lab. We will use this lab setup and set as basis for monthly, self-paced learning and hands-on training. It will also set ground for community participation. Contribute your knowledge. We could have a challenge to who produces and shares the most working labs.

Do look forward to the next group meeting in Feb 2010.

Cheers,

Dennis, Bernard, Tan Chee, Andrew, Desmond and Arthur
http://sgwindowsgroup.org/forums/t/3410.aspx

SWUG & TechNet brings you Windows 7 Deployment Workshop

SWUG and TechNet Singapore is proud to bring you a series of Windows 7 Deployment workshop. SWUG has discussed about it, now is the chance to do it. Check out this link http://tn.geeksengaged.com/deployworkshop/ and be sure to sign up for it. Fellow SWUG members are already signing up.

To be sure you don't miss any of these workshops next time, subscribe to http://mstechevents.sg

Forums - Wishlist 2010

Happy New Year in 2010 to all fellow IT Pros. We would like to hear from you the topics you would be interested to hear about for 2010 meetups.
Please feel free to list your topics here.

SWUG Leaders

The guys that brought to you "SWUG". Click here for the photo.

CTU 2009 II

The semi-yearly community event - Community Technology Update (aka CTU) 2009 was held with great gusto at the Microsoft Singapore office on December 19th, reaching out to ~ 97 IT Pros and Developers. In Partnership with Microsoft Singapore, CTU2009 in its 6th incarnation has pushed beyond new boundaries to bring to the community an extravaganza.

Presentation deck has been loaded on: http://ctu.geeksengaged.com

To view CTU 2009 II group photo, click here

Find us in Facebook - "Singapore Windows Group"

DirectAccess

With DirectAccess, remote users can access corporate file shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). To give you a better idea how DirectAccess works, we will like to share this link with you. This link includes the requirement of DirectAccess and a clear explanation of how DirectAcces works. Do take some time to read through if you are interested in attending the HOL.

http://edge.technet.com/Media/Windows-7-DirectAccess-Explained/

BranchCache

BranchCache helps increase the network responsiveness of applications, giving users in remote offices an experience more like working in the head office. When accessing content stored on Windows Server 2008 R2, users in a branch office don't need to wait as long to download files from headquarters. To give you a better idea how BranchCache works, we will like to share this link with you. This link includes the requirement of DirectAccess and a clear explanation of how DirectAcces works. Do take some time to read through if you are interested in attending the HOL.

http://edge.technet.com/Media/Windows-7-BranchCache-Explained/

Talking About Virtualization

Virtualization is a term we hear in IT line day in and out. Nowadays, we seems to virtualizes something and in this episode we cover topics such as how the Microsoft solution stacks up against the competition, the nuances of licensing and where virtualization technology research may be heading in the future. Note this is a conversation hence no visual image to be expected.

http://edge.technet.com/Media/IT-Manager-Podcast-31-Talking-About-Virtualization/

Think you know about Windows 7?

Think you know about Windows 7? TechNet Magazine wants to hear from you. This is a chance for you to share to show your stuff and get published. TechNet Magazine are looking for your best Windows 7 deployment/migration tips, workarounds, patches, bridges, tweaks, added functionality, easy fixes, or simple installs. If you have something to share, the link below is where you need to visit.

https://www.technetmagazinetips.com/default.aspx

The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7

Does the title sound familiar? Don’t worry, it’s going to be something different. This article is talking about the 10 things an IT Pro should do first for Windows 7. Information in this article will give you a better understanding of Windows 7 as a IT Pro. It’s an article not to be missed. Do take some time to read through.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-sg/magazine/ee518862.aspx

What’s New in Group Policy for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

As Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 runs down the market, new features and changes in the new generation of operating system and group policy are one area IT Pro are concern on. The Group Policy changes can be divided into two broad categories. First are the items the Group Policy team delivers: core functionality, including the Group Policy engine and new and updated features in the Group Policy editing system (Group Policy Management Console, or GPMC, and Group Policy Management Editor, or GPME). Second are items that other teams provide to manage their components using Group Policy: updated policy settings and feature controls inside GPME that we all use to manage the new and updated functions on our target machines. Sound interesting? Take a look at the URL below.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-sg/magazine/2009.10.gpwin7.aspx

Windows Server 2008 R2 : New Power Management Features

Windows Server 2008 R2 (i.e. "Windows 7 Server") introduced significant advancements in Server Power Management capabilities. You may never win a Nobel prize for building an application that plays well with Server Power Management policies nor by configuring a power-optimized data-center, but you'll gain lots of respect for returning real green cash savings for your customers. Join Phil Pennington, Server Technical Evangelist, and Matthew Robben, Program Manager Server Performance, as they share with you on the insides of the new Power Management features in Windows Server 2008 R2.

http://edge.technet.com/Media/Windows-Server-2008-R2--New-Power-Management-Features/

BPOS: Exchange Online

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite is a set of messaging and collaboration solutions provided by Microsoft. It consist of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting, and Office Communications Online. In this post, Desmond share his experience with Exchange Online and the advantage of it to your company or business.

http://sgwindowsgroup.org/blogs/desmond/archive/2009/12/28/bpos-business-productivity-online-standard-suite.aspx

Junior take a look: Configure a client computer for automatic domain time synchronization

This is a simple script you can use to configure a client computer that is currently synchronizing with a manually specified computer, to automatically synchronize time with the domain hierarchy. Guess it will be helpful in one way or another. Our advise is to test this out in your test environment before putting it on your production infrastructure.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-sg/library/cc758905(WS.10).aspx

Your friendly Windows Group leaders
swug@mvps.org

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