Download your free evaluation of Microsoft System Center 2012, and get a chance to win an ASUS Zenbook UX31.
First 50 participants will receive a S$10 Starbucks card, and the next 50 participants will receive a 4GB USB thumbdrive.

This contest ends on 27 April 2012. (Only Singapore)

For more details:
http://tinyurl.com/759rek8

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – March 2012 Newsletter

March Meet Up Agenda

Date: 28 March 2012
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #21-00,MS Singapore –Level 21Auditorium

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – What’s new with Hyper-V in
                                 Windows Server “8”
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 – Overview of Hyper-V Networking in
                                  Windows Server "8"
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

 

Session 1 – What’s new with Hyper-V in Windows Server “8”
(Daniel Mar)

Abstract:

Daniel will talk about the upcoming changes and feature updates with Hyper-V in Windows 8 Server compared to the current version of Hyper-v in Windows 2008 R2 SP1. We will cover some of the new features in Windows 8 Server Beta which will impact and benefit the deployment of a virtual infrastructure on Hyper-V such as the new Server Manager and NIC Teaming. In this session you will see why Hyper-V in the next release of Windows will be the platform of the future for deploying your server virtualization and private cloud infrastructure.

Session 2 – Overview of Hyper-V Networking in 
                     Windows Server "8"
(Richard Qi)

With Windows Server 8, Hyper-V networking is optimized for public and private clouds. New features in Windows Server 8 expand Hyper-V for performance, reliability, scale and security. In this session, server and solution developers will learn how to enhance their server and networking product offerings to take full advantage of these capabilities to provide performance and cost-effective customer solution.

Abstract:

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

Technical Updates for the community,

Hi SWUGsters,
Community Technology Update is back!!! The 9th iteration of CTU is happening on the 7 Jan 2012. This time round we are trying something different. Thanks to our venue sponsor, we will be holding upcoming "CTU at Plug-In@Blk71". Other than the change in venue, everything else remains the same. We will carry on our community spirit and bring you the latest technology in the market.
As a tradition, SWUG owns the IT Pro track and Tan Chee, the track owner, has great topic planned out for you. We have Richard to speak about private cloud. What’s special this time round is this session will touch not just Microsoft product but also other product. So do join Richard as he brings you through the building blocks of Private cloud. Andrew will be taking a session to touch on Windows Servers 8 AD. Sound interesting to you? How about another session on Windows 8 client? If you want to hear more about the “8” generation of product, this is one event where you can get all that you want in a single day.
So wait no more! Start registering today.
As an exclusive member of Singapore Windows IT Pro User Group, you get invited to this event!

Date 07th January 2012 (Saturday)
Time 0900 – 1730 HRS
Venue Plug-In@Blk71
"Blk71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-18 (S) 139951"

Registration Fees
$12 (Early-birds)
$20 (Walk-ins)

Why you should attend this event:
• To learn about the new generation “8” product. Windows 8 Developer Preview and Windows Server 8 will be covered
• To learn about Windows 8 and Dev12 devolvement
• A great chance to network around with IT Pros and Dev in Singapore

Who should attend this event:
• IT Professionals
• Developers
• Database Administrators
• Essentially you, as you’re one of our user group members!

For instruction to register to this event, go to http://www.sgdotnet.org/events/CTU2012/Pages/Registration.aspx
To find out more about the event, go to

Http://www.sgdotnet.org/events/CTU2012/Pages/default.aspx

Information on the site will be updated progressively nearer to event. We are still at work locking down and filling up the information.

To find out how to get to the venue, go to

http://www.sgdotnet.org/events/CTU2012/Pages/Venue.aspx

Information on the site will be updated soon
To find out why we’re charging for the event and other questions, go to http://www.sgdotnet.org/events/CTU2012/Pages/FAQ.aspx

If you have any questions, please feel free to email to Desmond(SWUG Lead) at desmond@sgwindowsgroup.org

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Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – November 2011 Newsletter

Nov Meet Up Agenda

Date: 09 November2011
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #22-00,MS Singapore – 22CF12

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – SCOM2012 New Application Monitoring Capabilities
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 – TCPIP Printer Deployment via GPP & GPO
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

 

Session 1 – SCOM2012 New Application Monitoring Capabilities(Richard)

Abstract:

In a world where systems are constantly made into web applications for easy access, the need to monitor and fault find is ever more difficult to detect. SCOM 2012 Application monitoring allows us the visibility to detect these errors and performance points into a structured way. We will discover how we can move from the unknown to a quick and easy way to bypass the unknown to the problem then onto the solution in easy steps. This helps to stop finger pointing and allow Dev and Infra team to work together more constructively. Come and see for yourself how it works.

Session 2 – TCPIP Printer Deployment via GPP & GPO
(Tan Chee)

Abstract:

Ever wonder how to deploy TCPIP printer to client machine without manually installing them one by one? Most will say script do wonders. But what if you are not familiar with scripts? Can this be done without the help of script? Tan Chee will share on his experience on using GPP and GPO to deploy TCPIP Printer on Windows 7 Client Machine.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – October 2011 Newsletter

 

Oct Meet Up Agenda

Date: 12 October 2011
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #22-00,MS Singapore – 22CF12

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 –  Windows 8 Developer Preview Built Run Through
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session

Session 1 – System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Technical Overview
(Sainath)

Abstract:

Server App-V, takes existing applications and allow developers and IT to deploy them to a Windows Azure worker role without having to go through development and installation processes. Server App-V allows for the separation of the application and state from the operating system, allowing for the packaging of existing Windows apps not designed for Windows Azure to be deployed on the Windows Azure worker role. This session will go through the compatibility of SCVMM and App-v followed by few real world scenarios.

Session 2 – Windows 8 Developer Preview Built Run Through
(Desmond)

Abstract:

Words are never good enough to describe how a system performs. For that reason, you are not seeing any abstract for this session. There will be minimum slides and mostly demos in this session. There is only one reason for doing so, we got no time for slides. In this session, Desmond will be showing some demos that were shown during BUILD conference keynote, at the same time some there were not shown. Come join in the session and see it live in front of you. See you ;D

p.s : By downloading and going through the slide for this session after the meet up, you won’t know what’s going on.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

In our September meet up, Andrew presented to us the useful tips and tricks about Windows 7. The slides contain lots of useful tips for those who are not aware of it before. At the same time, it was a great recap for those who already know it before.

Bernard on the other hand shared the new feature in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 in his session. In his slide, you will see the how new feature are going to help IT Pro simplify their daily task and help increase productivity.

We are uploading their slide to the SkyDrive for you to download. So feel free to grab of them from the link provided below.

SWUG Monthly Deck Store

 

Cheers,
SWUG Leads

 Singapore Windows Group FaceBook

Link: http://on.fb.me/ne26wO

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – September 2011 Newsletter

  • Sept Meet Up Agenda
  • Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”

Sept Meet Up Agenda

Date: 14th Sept2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #22-00,MS Singapore–Level 22 22CF12

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – Tips and Tricks in Windows 7
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 – System Center Configuration Manager Technical Overview 
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 – Tips and Tricks in Windows 7
(Andrew)

Abstract:

Windows 7 has been launches for 2 years and the computer world has widely seen the capability of Windows 7. Most of us will agree that Windows 7 help us to do more things and raise our productivity. It’s about the little things that make every task simpler and every day easier. So after using Windows 7 for a period of time, do you really know it well? These tips and tricks will help make your PC simpler and easier to use – for you and your enterprise. So let’s explore and have fun.

Session 2 – System Center Configuration Manager Technical Overview
(Bernard)

Abstract:

This huge overhaul of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) brings simplified hierarchy, role-based security, a new console, flexible application deployment and mobile management. SCCM works by discovering devices (computers, servers and now smart phones) and installing agent software on each asset. Each device's hardware and software is inventoried and stored in a central database — applications and updates are distributed to devices so that users have the right software to do their job. New computers can have an operating system automatically installed and settings on each device are tracked against company policy to prevent configuration drift. Current versions of SCCM are very much systems management solutions, intended to be mostly invisible to end users. But times are changing, younger employees are "digital natives" and often very tech savvy, they require more control over their IT tools and also often want to bring their own devices to work.

This is an early beta with features still to come, but this is definitely a big makeover of the SC flagship product. The simplified hierarchy will appeal to any current SCCM business and role-based security. And the new console and mobile management should appeal to administrators. User centric management aligns config manager with the brave new world of tech-savvy users, while the new flexible application deployment model will appeal to administrators and users alike.

 

A little about Bernard…

Bernard Lai is awarded MVP, Virtual Machine since 2009, and he is one of the community leaders for Singapore Windows User Group. He is the Security Manager and Lead Systems Architect with an Leading Insurance Company in Singapore. Bernard's previous experience includes 2nd Vice President, Asia Pacific IT Operations at Northern Trust Bank and IT Manager with o2 Micro Inc. Bernard has 10 years of IT Enterprise experience and has helped design and built the IT infrastructure for numerous companies. Bernard is a regular contributor of Singapore Windows User Group, helping fellow IT Professionals with their problems and sharing ideas on IT enhancements. His Personal Technical Blog publishes innovative solutions that help resolves the problems of a typical IT Professional.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

 

Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”

Yes!!! Your eyes is not playing trick on you and there is no typo here. We are talking about “Windows 8” here. In this post, it will touch on the expected Hyper-V in “Windows 8”. There is a video in this post too that does a quick run-through of how Hyper-V works in Windows 8. Enjoy =)

http://bit.ly/q1WbzH

Your friendly Windows Group leaders
swug@mvps.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Monthly Newsletter
                                                                                                                                                                        Singapore Windows IT Pro User Group

                                            Post August 2011 Meet Up Info

 

Hi SWUGsters,

 It was a great session held last week where we share a technical overview in System Center 2012 and not forgetting Richard,

our guest speaker from UK, who brings us through a trip on PowerShell. We have uploaded both speakers’ deck online so feel free to grab hold of them.

If you are keen to try out System Center product, the trial version for SCCM and SCVMM are available for download and it’s free.

Links are provided below and feel free to hit on them to get the bits. We shall see you again on Sept in our monthly meet up.

Keep a look out for our monthly newsletter.

Cheers,

SWUG Leads

Useful Links

SWUG Monthly Deck
System Center Configuration Manager 2012
(latest version);
System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
;
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1
;
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
(latest version);
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
;
Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications with Operation Manager

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – May 2011 Newsletter

  • May Meet Up Agenda
  • It’s Time For CTU 2011!
  • Windows Home Server “Vail” Demofest
  • Microsoft RemoteFX Deep Dive: Rich Media Desktop and USB Device Support
  • Use a USB Flash Drive to create Windows Password Reset Disk
    in Windows 7
  • Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2

May Meet Up Agenda

Date: 11th May2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #21-00,MS Singapore–Level 21 Auditorium

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – System Center Management Suite
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 – System Center Configuration Manger
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 & 2 – System Center Night
(Sainath)

Abstract:

System Center Management Suite is a solution for Mid-Size and Enterprise Organizations which provide end-end management of both Physical and Virtual Infrastructures. You will learn the different products embedded into one management suite along with their features which include SCOM 2007 R2 , SCVMM 2008 , SCCM 2007 R2 , SCDPM 2007.
In the second session we concentrate on one of the best products of System Center Suite , System Center Configuration Manager. We will discover in detail about the abilities which SCCM would bring in for the administrators and the features it provides. We also make quick comparison between Microsoft and IBM BigFix  product.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

It’s Time For CTU 2011!

It is time of the year again that we hold CTU for our local community. CTU 2011 is set to be on 25th Jun 2011 (Sat). It will be a full day event covering 3 track, IT Pro, Developer and Special Track. Early bird registration is set at $12/pax and onsite registration at $20/pax. Interesting topic have been planned for the community. Attendees can expect to walk away with valuable and latest information on the new technology in the market. Do join us in May meet up as Desmond share with you more detail for this upcoming CTU. Meanwhile, mark down on your calendar and you won’t want to miss this valuable yet interesting event. More detail will reach you in a separate email, so do keep a look out for that.

Windows Home Server “Vail” Demofest

Want to know more about WHS code name “Vail”? Interested in changes from V1, new technologies, features and updates? This URL will bring you a session recorded in Tech.Ed Europe demostrating the new feature to expect from Vail. It is rather interesting on the new change, so do take some time off your busy schedule, sit back and enjoy.

http://bit.ly/mxnieB

Microsoft RemoteFX Deep Dive: Rich Media Desktop and USB Device Support

A VDI deployment cannot be complete without enabling a great user experience, which includes the ability to access a media-rich Windows 7 desktop, as well as local devices in the remote virtual machine. In Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, we are introducing graphics virtualization with ‘virtual GPUs’ (vGPU) and a new USB device redirection functionality or VDI as part of the new Microsoft RemoteFX user experience enhancements with RDP. This session discusses the scenarios and benefits of the new vGPU and USB device redirection features, their support for a broad range of access devices, and drills down into the architectural and implementation details of them. If you want to learn about RemoteFX and how it bolsters Microsoft’s user experience story for VDI, and if you want to see the new features in action with a few interesting demos, this is your session!

http://bit.ly/jLP6vK

Use a USB Flash Drive to create Windows Password Reset Disk in Windows 7

As storage gets cheaper by day, IT Pro tend to have a few small capacity flash drive lying somewhere in their drawer collecting dust. Here is a chance for you to better utilize them. In this blog post, Arther share with you how you can use this small capacity flash drive and create a Password Reset disk for Windows 7.

http://bit.ly/kT4Er8

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2

Quoted from Bernard’s Blog

“Are one of those IT Pros whom need a SAN but don’t have the budget to pay for one? You like to deploy Hyper-V clusters for the benefits of LM and HA?

You can now build your own SAN box by installing Microsoft iSCSI software target on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system”

http://bit.ly/ks6Ce7

Your friendly Windows Group leaders
swug@mvps.org

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – April 2011 Newsletter

  • April Meet Up Agenda
  • Where is my battery notification?
  • PowerShell Script to Shut Down Computers
  • Using File Classification Infrastructure to Solve Common Problems
  • Using Group Policy to prevent FTP.EXE from running
  • Surface Attach Analyzer

April Meet Up Agenda

Date: 13th April 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #22-00,MS Singapore – 22CF12

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – New features of IE9
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 – Win2008R2 SP1 – RemoteFX & Dynamic Memory
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 – New features of IE9
(Bernard)

Abstract:

Knowing that IE9 has launch but how many of you have installed and tried? Do you know about the new browser controls, pinning sites to taskbar, search in the Address bar and other new feature in IE 9? If you don’t then this is one session you won’t want to miss. Come join Bernard as he show you the new feature of IE 9.

Session 2 – Win2008R2 SP1 – RemoteFX & Dynamic Memory (Richard)

Abstract:

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 adds two new capabilities RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory to enable high-performance workloads and increase data center VM density. Dynamic Memory allows IT administrators to pool all memory available on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to virtual machines. RemoteFX lets administrators provide an even richer and user-transparent desktop virtualization experience. This month we will peep into these two new capabilities and talk about their advantages.

 

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

Where is my battery notification?

I came across this interesting post about battery notification in Win7. Personally I did not notice that battery notification can be turned off in Win7. I believe there are some of you out there that doesn’t know too. In this post, Aviraj Ajgekar show you clearly step by step how that can be done. Enjoy.

http://bit.ly/hDf4uL

PowerShell Script to Shut Down Computers

Last month we had June sharing with us on PowerShell. To follow up, we are sharing with you here a script that might be useful to you in your work. This is just a simple script done using PowerShell to shutdown computers. Especially useful if you need user to shutdown their computer and they don’t. Hope you find it useful.

http://bit.ly/hHMW9t

Using File Classification Infrastructure to Solve Common Problems

Data contained in File Servers is completely opaque to administrators. The requirements introduced by corporate GRC and compliance rules require administrators to understand what kind of data they have, and set up automatic policies. With the Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification infrastructure, administrators now have a tool to help them gain insight and set up automated policies to manage and protect files. This session explores how to deal with such common problems as: getting rid of data from users who have left the company; protecting personal information; and file server storage optimization.

http://bit.ly/fkg69U

Using Group Policy to prevent FTP.EXE from running

As most of you might know, Windows7 is loaded with ftp.exe. So if your environment do not allow this process from running what can you do? GPO is the answer. GPO is capable to help you block this process from running. Take a look at this post shared by Dennis to see how you can set your GPO to get it working for you.

http://bit.ly/hY6zhC

Surface Attach Analyzer

If you have not heard of Attack Surface Analyzer, it is a verification tool by Microsoft to catalog changes in system state. This tool is released as Beta to public on January 2011. Wish to know a little more? Visit the link which links you to Bernard’s blog post on Surface Attach Analyzer.

http://bit.ly/hWknKZ

 

Your friendly Windows Group leaders
swug@mvps.org

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – March 2011 Newsletter

  • March Meet Up Agenda
  • Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows 7 SP1 Tips before Installation
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Overview
  • Windows Sever 2008 R2 SP1: Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V
  • RemoteFX in Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Deep Dive on Designing a BranchCache Infrastructure
  • Private Cloud???
  • IE 9 Tracking Protection Interview
  • Why there isn't IPv5?

March Meet Up Agenda

Date: 22nd March 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #21-00,MS Singapore – Auditorium

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – Introduction to Windows PowerShell
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 – Introduction to Windows Intunes
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 – Introduction to Windows Power Shell
(June Blender)

Abstract:

Windows PowerShell is a powerful weapon which all IT Pros should be equipped with. It combines the interactivity of KSH or BASH, the programmability of Perl or Ruby, and the production-orientation of AS400 CL or VMS DCL. Whether you’re solving the problem at hand or scripting, standardizing, and automating your IT processes, Windows PowerShell can help. Join us for this informal, interactive session. It's filled with demos so don’t expect too many slides from us, and you should be able to pick up some knowledge that is going to be useful in your work.

A little about the speaker:

June Blender, Senior Programming Writer for the Windows PowerShell Core Engineering Team, writes the help that you see when you type "Get-Help." A fifteen-year veteran Microsoft employee, June has written about performance optimization, the Windows registry, command-line tools for system administrators, and tools for driver developers, in addition to writing widely about Windows PowerShell. She's visiting SEA to share her experience in Windows PowerShell and to invite you to participate in developing the future of Windows PowerShell scripting and collaborative documentation.

Session 2 – Introduction to Windows Intunes
(Matthew Hardman)

Abstract:

We presented to you the new cloud service, BPOS, some time last year and now we have something new for you. Windows Intunes targets to help in simplifying PC management for business. Join Matthew Hardman for an introduction to Windows InTune, Microsoft’s cloud solution for managing desktops remotely. In this session we will examine how InTune can help you do patch management, endpoint security and reporting.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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 SP1 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

I believe by now you will have gotten the news of the new release SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. More and more information on the new service pack is rushing up onto the net and don’t know which are more useful to you? We have catch some useful link that you will be interested. So stay tune as we bring you more and more info on this.

Windows 7 SP1 Tips before Installation

Here is a blog post that we came across posted in Windows Team Blog. In this post they touch on some simple tips and recommendation before installing SP1 in your Windows 7.

http://bit.ly/gmbdZG

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Overview

There is two new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, enable sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities. In this blog post, Michael Kleef shares with you an overview of this two feature and the advantage of it. Enjoy~

http://bit.ly/eDuE4a

Windows Sever 2008 R2 SP1: Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V

One of the very cool new features coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is dynamic memory provisioning for virtual machines. In this interview, Vijay Tewari explains how this model works, and gave me a demo of it in action.

http://bit.ly/gm0cXT

RemoteFX in Server 2008 R2 SP1

RemoteFX allows more powerful user experiences for remote desktop scenarios by utilizing the GPU in the server. Remote desktop users will also have access to local USB devices. Join Michael Kleef as he show off a little preview of the RemoteFX Technology he will be showing in TechEd Keynote.

http://bit.ly/gv2jzP

Deep Dive on Designing a BranchCache Infrastructure

The session provides a deep dive into BranchCache in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It will explain what BranchCache is and how it works, covering the different modes of operation, deployment model, and the architecture of the integration with the HTTP and SMB protocols. The session also cover advanced features related to content chunking and hashing schemes, and dive deep into the BranchCache security model with a discussion of anticipated attacks and mitigations. There will be live demos of the BranchCache deployment and management tools and will show several accelerated server workloads operating over a simulated slow network.

http://bit.ly/gN705t

Private Cloud???

The IT world today, the word “cloud” is the hot topic and everyone is trying to understand and join in the conversation. We have heard a lot on Public cloud over the past one year. Some may have heard about Private cloud while others may not. This is a short clips that introduce Microsoft Private Cloud. Go through this video and you should get a clearer picture what Private cloud is about and join in the trend. ;D

http://bit.ly/hRElfd

IE 9 Tracking Protection Interview

Andy Zeigler, Senior PM, lets us know the why and how behind the design of Internet Explorer 9’s privacy tracking protection feature which released today as a new feature included in the IE 9 Release Candidate.

http://bit.ly/hEhos0

Why there isn't IPv5?

The transition of IPv4 to IPv6 is on now but what about IPv5? Andrew wrote something interesting which you should take a look.

http://bit.ly/hqeCkl

 

Your friendly Windows Group leaders
swug@mvps.org

Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – November 2010 Newsletter

  • Welcome 2011
  • February Meet Up Agenda
  • Tips on Automating and Managing the Breadth of Your IT Environment
  • Deploying, Virtualizing and Managing Linux with Hyper-V
  • 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know
  • Mysteries of Windows Memory Management Revealed
  • Advanced Group Policy Management 4.0
  • Windows Power Management Deep Dive: The Need for Green!

Welcome 2011

Hi SWUGsters,

Firstly a Happy Chinese New Year to all. How’s your Hong Bao collecting so far? Here wishing all of you Gong Xi Fa Cai, money “too” much!

We are already in the second month of 2011. Looking back at 2010, we ended it with a fun filled and successful CTU II. CTU II attracts 87 attendees breaking out into 4 tracks and 16 sessions which encapsulated various technologies such as Sharepoint, Windows Azure and many others. Not forgetting Kinect which give many attendees a chance to try out the fun loving experience at the same time have a great workout session on a Saturday afternoon.

In our November meet up, we have collected feedbacks on the topic which you guys wish to hear more. We do hear more voices asking for some round-table session to share their experiences. Yes we heard you. This will serves as our guideline as we move forward in 2011. To start thing off, we are have some “light” round-table this month addressing the most fundamental yet import part of our IT infrastructure.

In Microsoft at 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show Keynote session, Steve Ballmer conclude year 2010 for Microsoft and the achievement they have meet. At the same time he addresses in year 2011 what is Microsoft pushing out. This is a 1 hour keynote session that none of you should missed. Wait no more and start clicking here.

Just a little teaser for march meet up, do look out for our March newsletter as we are arrange for some interesting topic for March meet up. Also take note that we will be shifting back our meet up for March. More detail in March newsletter, so stay tune.

Cheers,
SWUG Leads

 

February Meet Up Agenda

Date: 23rd February 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #21-00,MS Singapore – Auditorium

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – Round-table discussion on how to design an Active Directory Domain (ADDS 2008 R2) Part I
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 –  Round-table discussion on how to design an Active Directory Domain (ADDS 2008 R2) Part II
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 & 2 – Round-table discussion on how to design an Active Directory Domain (ADDS 2008 R2)

Abstract:

Active Directory Domain Services is identified as the fundamental piece of component that other Microsoft Products rely on. For our coming Feb SWUG session, we will do a round-table session where we can discuss on how to design an Active Directory Domain.

During the session, we welcome everyone to share their experience on setting up an Active Directory Domain too.What we wish to achieve is that we can learn from each other especially on the do and don’t while setting up an Active Directory Domain.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

 

Tips on Automating and Managing the Breadth of Your IT Environment

There is always this saying, “To be a good IT Admin, you gotta be lazy so you will automate all the daily task”. Following that saying, here we are providing you some tips to turn real “lazy”. In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft ship Powershell within it. I bet you have heard a lot about powershell in the pass. So in this video you are not going to expect too much of theory but rather filled with demos on how to use Powershell 2.0 to help automate your Windows world.

http://bit.ly/eukUKy

Deploying, Virtualizing and Managing Linux with Hyper-V

In the current business world, most of the large enterprise infra does not only involve Windows servers. There will be a good amount of Linux servers sitting in the infra of the company for one purpose or another. You may have heard a lot about how Hyper-V support virtualizing of Linux servers but what about managing them? In this video, it also covers the improvement of Linux integration Services in Version 2.1. So if you are virtualizing Linux in your work environment, I hope this could be a very useful video for you.

http://bit.ly/gBxcMn

10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know

In this video Matt Hester and Chris Henley, authors of "Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators Instant Reference" as they cover the ten hottest topics in the world of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the IT admin's perspective. Most of the content in this video were already been covered in our past session. If you actually miss some of our session, this will be a quick summary of what Windows Servers 2008 R2 has to offer.

http://bit.ly/fElM8l

Mysteries of Windows Memory Management Revealed

How many of us can say very confidently how memory is being utilize by Windows? If you want to know the difference between System Committed memory and Process Committed memory, have ever wondered what all those memory numbers shown by Task Manager really mean, or want to gain insight into the memory-related impact of a process, then this talk is for you. I personally felt that the content is very useful for IT Admin and I hope you does take some useful information with you after watching this video. There is 2 part to this video. Part 1 talks about virtual memory whereas Part 2 talks about physical memory. Enjoy.

http://bit.ly/gN4gQj (Part 1)

http://bit.ly/hnomNq (Part 2)

Advanced Group Policy Management 4.0

Get more from Group Policy with Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM). AGPM is part of the suite of MDOP products, and delivers change management and advanced reporting to Group Policy management. This high-energy session demonstrates all the cool features you've been missing from Group Policy like auditing, difference reporting, workflow, and role delegation. Plus, you will see all the new features of 4.0: multi forest functionality, Windows 7 support and search.

http://bit.ly/gIOrsU

Windows Power Management Deep Dive: The Need for Green!

In his latest “green” session, Andy Malone delves deep inside the world of Power Management to discover if all the stories of savings on ROI are fiction or fact. This 75min deep dive session is a great opportunity to understand the amazing developments in both processor architecture and the magic of software. If you are thinking of upgrading hardware, or updating to either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, this is one session that you may want to attend before you make any decisions.

http://bit.ly/fQwC13

 

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Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – November 2010 Newsletter

  • November Meet Up Agenda
  • Why Windows 7?
  • Introducing Office for MAC 2011
  • Windows 7 Application Compatibility List
  • Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate
  • SCOM – AD Trust Monitoring
  • Windows Phone 7 Killer App
  • Pin Windows Blog to your Taskbar with IE9

November 2010 Meet Up Agenda

Date: 10th November 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #22-00,MS Singapore – 22FC12

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – Digging Windows Networking Protocols With Netmon (MVP Sainath  K E V )
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 –  SWUG Roundtable
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 – Digging Windows Networking Protocols With Netmon (MVP Sainath  K E V )

Abstract:

"Do you want to know what is happening on wire ?, come join the session to learn, understand and experience the various protocols and their behaviors. Also this session would bring in live scenarios which most of us experience and we run out of ideas and utilities to resolve the issue. This session would cover basics of Network monitor utility such as Netmon / Wireshark ( ethereal ) , and convering most intrensic protocols like TCP , HTTP , DNS etc.. along with the different scenarios to use these tools. After the session you would have practical foundation to use and explore the tool and protocols"

Session 2 – SWUG Roundtable 2010

Abstract:

It is time of the year again where we take a look back at the past one year and start looking forward to a brand new better year. We will have a roundtable discussion on thing we have or have not done over the past one year and seek feedback from you guys to make this group a better ‘playground’ for everybody. So do join us in this roundtable and we appreciate your feedbacks.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

 

Why Windows 7?

If you haven’t realize, Windows 7 is one years old. Last year this time everyone is looking forward to what Windows 7 will be like, what kinda impact it will have to the technology world. One year have pass, the same question “Why Windows 7?” are still floating around the air. If you have the same question in your mind, Rob Waggoner’s blog post might just be the thing you need to clear your doubt.

http://bit.ly/d47QBA

Introducing Office for MAC 2011

Just like the title say, Office for MAC 2011 is here. So Mac user out there, this is for you. Just a little post on Office for MAC 2011 stating the new features in this version. Enjoy 

http://bit.ly/aczdxw

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List

Are your organization thinking about rolling out Windows 7? What is your biggest worries? Application compatibility? Need not worry anymore. All you need is to go to the link below and download the spreadsheet listing software application and respective 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 compatibility information. There is more the 15,000 application listed inside this spreadsheet. Sure a piece of useful information for you.

http://bit.ly/bqwLIi

Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate

Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2 SP1 moved into RC on 26 Oct. Want to be the first few to know more about what are the additional stuff in SP1 and try it out? This is where you can take a look.

http://bit.ly/dnAZeC

SCOM – AD Trust Monitoring

Calling all SCOM administrator out there, I got something informative for you. It is very common to get alerts that need to be solved or tuned whenever after importing Microsoft Active Directory Management Pack. I believe you have seen this warning, ‘A problem has been detected with the trust relationship between two domains’, before. This post will tell you what actually generate this alert and why it doesn’t get auto resolved. This post also tells you how to make this alert auto resolved.

http://bit.ly/cyY5Ab

Windows Phone 7 Killer App

Channel 9 uploaded a Halloween video that they did and I thought it will be something interesting to share with you guys. Do sit back and enjoy the short clips by Channel 9.

http://bit.ly/bRGWkd

Pin Windows Blog to your Taskbar with IE9

Have you tried the new IE 9 beta? It has  an enhancement for web developers to make their website “light up” in IE9. So in future what we will see on our task bar will not just be application and more of website shortcuts. Isn’t that cool? Take a look what Windows Blog has done to take advantage of this enhancement.

http://bit.ly/au1WGv

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Singapore Windows IT Pro Group – October 2010 Newsletter

  • October Meet Up Agenda
  • Changing ownership of VM via PowerShell with SCVMM
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 3 released
  • Bing Maps Photosynth screencast
  • What’s new in Microsoft Lync IM and Presence
  • Exploring the User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) 4.0
  • Building the Private Cloud with SCVMM SSP 2.0
  • Junior take a look: Windows 7 Deployment Tech Talk with Michael Niehaus

October 2010 Meet Up Agenda

Date: 13th October 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard #21-00,MS Singapore – Level 21 Auditorium

6.30pm: Registration
7.00pm: Session 1 – Tour round Microsoft App V
8.15pm: Toilet/Stretching Break
8.30pm: Session 2 –  Windows 7 Deployment Tools Update
9.30pm: Home Sweet Home

Session 1 –

Abstract:

Microsoft Application Virtualization (also known as App-V; formerly Microsoft SoftGrid) is an application virtualization and application streaming solution from Microsoft. Microsoft Application Virtualization (MS App-V) platform allows applications to be deployed in real-time to any client from a virtual application server.
It removes the need for local installation of the applications thus allows centralized installation and management of deployed applications. It supports policy based access control; administrators can define and restrict access to the applications by certain users by defining policies governing the usage.

Session 2 – Windows 7 Deployment Tools Update

Abstract:

Join Jay in learning about the new updates made available in helping you deploy Windows 7 in the Enterprise. If you think you already know enough about deployment, think again. We will cover User-Driven Installation (UDI), a deployment framework that combines the flexibility of Lite touch Installation + Control and Automation of Zero Touch Installation. We will also learn how MAP 5.0 can help u do a readiness assessment for Office 2010, software usage tracking for Windows Server, Sharepoint Server, System Center Configuration Manager, Exchange Server and SQL Server. We end off with AppCompat Toolkit 5.6, which now includes Compatibility Testing for 64bit applications, additional detection for Windows 7 deprecated features. Join us, to learn about the updates, ask questions, and make the best use of the tools available to make your life easy.

Registration

For registration, please email to admin@sgwindowsgroup.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.

Changing ownership of VM via PowerShell with SCVMM

Virtual machine population are on the rise. If you have more than 50 VMs’ ownership that needs to be change, how would you usually do it? Most of us will one by one double clicking on those VMs from the SCVMM console and change the owner property. How about making the changes in just a few command? Sharing with you a blog post by Dave where he show you the PowerShell command you could use to achieve this.

http://bit.ly/a61wcK

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 3 released

Microsoft releases SCOM 2007R2 CU3 on 4th Oct. It was targeted on quite a number on issue. Do spend sometime going through them if you are running SCOM in your environment.

http://bit.ly/b9SZjI

Bing Maps Photosynth screencast

Many may have heard about Photosynth. Now in this video, we are showing you a demo of Photosynth integration in Bing maps. It provides user a rich mapping experience. Enjoy.

http://bit.ly/9nvAXy

What’s new in Microsoft Lync IM and Presence 

Previously know Communication Server ‘14’ has officially been named as Microsoft Lync on 1st Oct. On the same day, Microsoft Lync moved into RC stage. Join Alex Hehmeyer, Program Manager of Office Communications Group, as he bring you through the new stuff in Microsoft Lync IM and Presence.

http://bit.ly/alQj3O

Exploring the User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) 4.0

Join Richard Smith as he brings you a detail fundamentals of installing, configuring and using User State Migration Toolkit 4.0. This is one tool all IT Pros should be aware of. So don’t miss this informative video.

http://bit.ly/cDRhCo

Building the Private Cloud with SCVMM SSP 2.0

Introduction to the System Centre Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0. This session will cover how the new SCVMM SSP enables Private Cloud scenarios, where the SSP fits in with the Microsoft Cloud portfolio and includes demos of basic SSP 2.0 functionality.

http://bit.ly/cCU1hH

Junior take a look: Windows 7 Deployment Tech Talk with Michael Niehaus

Hilary Davy-Brown interviews Michael Niehaus about the Solution Accelerator Team and the Microsoft Windows 7 Deployment toolkit (MDT) at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2010.

http://bit.ly/aLlLZq

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