Archive for February, 2009

Cloud Confusion

February 27, 2009 Comments off

A survey released by hosting specialist Rackspace has revealed that businesses are in danger of missing out on the cloud revolution because they don’t understand the concept….

Cloud conundrum causes confusion

"…Organisations’ varied responses when asked to define ‘cloud hosting’ highlights the misunderstanding. The findings show that more than half of UK (57 per cent) businesses are unaware of the term. Most UK businesses (43 per cent) defined it as ‘remote and multiple servers accessed via the Internet’. UK respondents also believed cloud hosting was ‘applications via the Internet’ (31 per cent), ‘virtualisation’ (14 per cent) and ‘online storage’ (8 per cent). However 27 per cent of UK businesses ‘don’t know how they would use cloud hosting as part of their IT mix’. A third of US businesses (33 per cent) agreed with this statement…"

Microsoft Messaging 2.0: Breaking down messaging silos to create a complete, secure and compliant infrastructure

February 20, 2009 Comments off


Attend this free, interactive virtual seminar, where our Exchange experts will provide you with the roadmap for creating a messaging infrastructure that eliminates the silos of email, instant messaging, video and voice conferencing for lower cost, greater security, and easier, centralized management


In this live event featuring Microsoft MVP and Certified Trainer, Richard Luckett and Harold Wong, Senior Technolgy Specialist, Microsoft, will provide you with the roadmap for creating a messaging infrastructure that eliminates the silos of email, instant messaging, video and voice conferencing for lower cost, greater security, and easier, centralized management.  For organizations that use Microsoft Exchange, this virtual live event will introduce attendees to the features and benefits that exist in Exchange, as well as take a deep dive into the current and future capabilities of Microsoft Office Communication Server that enable a single delivery platform for all of the messaging needs in growing organizations.

Session 1: Extending and Securing Enterprise Communications with OCS R2 and Exchange Server 2007 SP1

Speaker: Richard Luckett, President, SYSTMS of NY, Inc.

In this presentation, independent expert and Exchange MVP Richard Luckett gives a wholesome overview of OCS R2, its most compelling features, advanced configurations, and integration with Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1. Richard will provide real life examples of how other companies have benefited from OCS R2. Other topics covered include:

  • Voice Conference Bridging
  • SIP Trunking
  • Communication Applications & Devices
  • Unified Messaging Overview
  • Integration Steps (High Level)
  • Unified Communication Security (New security vulnerabilities, Out-of-box Security for OCS & E2K7 SP1, Security Tools and Resources)

The webcast will be followed by a Q&A session.

Session 2: What’s New in Voice Features and Devices with Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Speaker: Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft

OCS 2007 R2 is an exciting time for telephony and voice functionality in Office Communications Server. In this webcast, Microsoft expert Harold Wong will review the Attendant Console and how the high-volume telephony users can benefit from its powerful application for managing calls. Other topics discussed include:

  • Delegation
  • Team Calling
  • Media Stack enhancements
  • OC-Tanjay integration

Harold Wong will also discuss the capabilities, positioning and differentiation for the R2 voice features.


Categories: Exchange Server

Microsoft to target ‘Outlook Live’ (SkyLine) phone service at small-biz users

February 19, 2009 Comments off
"It looks like Microsoft is going to brand its “Skyline” e-mail sync service with the “Outlook Live” name….
Outlook Live (Skyline) is aimed primarily at small-business customers who don’t have managed e-mail solutions in place, but who are interested in consolidating their home and work e-mail accounts…
  • Outlook Live will be able to push e-mail, contacts and calendar items for both personal and work accounts
  • Microsoft will position Outlook Live as a competitor to RIM’s Blackberry Internet Service (BIS), among others
  • Outlook Live will allow users access to photos and other e-mail attachments and will be positioned as enabling users to view and edit Office documents
  • Outlook Live information will be accessible via PC, Web and phones, and will be viewable in an Office Live Web portal (viewable in IE and Firefox)
  • Outlook Live will enable remote wiping of phones, providing users with lost/stolen phones a way of protecting their information and quickly setting up a new phone with their contacts/data

Should You Virtualize Your Exchange 2007 SP1 Environment?

February 19, 2009 Comments off
"Many people have asked the MS Exchange philosophical question: is virtualization is a good idea when it comes to Exchange? "
….With the release of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a virtualized Exchange 2007 SP1 server is no longer restricted to the realm of the lab; it can be deployed in a production environment and receive full support from Microsoft. 

Before Hyper-V was introduced, to get full redundancy for all Exchange server roles, Contoso would have to deploy 7 physical servers…Flip the page to today and Contoso can give the same level of redundancy and availability with only 3 servers by using virtualization…."

Categories: Virtualisation

Technet provides new High Level Strategy Resources for IT Managers/ Architects

February 19, 2009 Comments off
Technet provides new High Level Strategy Resources for IT Managers/ Architects. Technet has long been a resource only for ‘In the Trenches’ IT Pro’s.

TechNet IT Management Portal – includes information on platform solutions, licensing and roadmaps.
TechNet IT Manager Webcast Series – looks into some of Gartner’s top technology trends for 2009.

Prince2 Study Resources

February 16, 2009 Comments off
I am studying for my Prince2 and found some useful resources here….

Check out this HMC Technet Blog

February 16, 2009 Comments off
Came across this good HMC Blog whilst googling for  some other HMC Info. Some useful insights and info.
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