Monthly Archives: June 2012

Ten Tips For Audience Members

After yesterday’s post on tips for presenters, it’s only fair for me to supply a list for those sitting out in the audience. While most of these fall into common sense for many people, everybody is different, and some people may need to be reminded occasionally. 1. Have High Expectations Of The Content I am keeping the presentations skills of the individual(s) out of the equation, some of the better sessions I’ve witnessed from a content perspective haven’t been by

Ten Tips For Presenters

This article came about due to a conversation I had with someone who had recently attended a presentation I was also in the audience at. It wasn’t a session I was particularly enamored with, on many levels, and I was glad to hear the other person thought the same about the session. This isn’t the usual how to be a good presenter advice, there’s enough of that floating around, in this case it addresses some very specific things that we

TechEd Day 4 Wrap Up

All good things must come to an end, and after a day enjoying some warmth and sun, here’s my thoughts on yesterday… The first session of the day on SBS didn’t deliver any real surprises, apart from completely focusing on the Essentials version and the Office 365 integration component. I spent many years in the world of SBS, and have seen it grow and develop over the years, but it seems to be clear the direction the product is going

WIndows Intune MDM without an On-Premise Exchange Server with Windows Azure Virtual Machine Hosting Pt 1

After signing up for the Windows Azure Virtual Machine beta I thought it would be a fun project to get the Windows Intune Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management capabilities rolled out for testing purposes. Oh, the things we do for fun! If you haven’t already signed up, head on over to www.windowsazure.com. Select Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as the base image. Before deciding on VM sizing, take a look at the pricing options, they jump up quickly as more

TechEd North America Day 3 Summary

No keynote today, but still some great content. First up was Windows Intune in the Enterprise, which touched on some of the new capabilities that were included with Monday’s release, including Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management. Next up was the upcoming MDOP UE-V session, which included some great demos of user settings following a user across a local application, a remote app session and App-V. For users who have to work across mixed environments like this there will be

My TechEd North American experiences so far…

The first three days have been great so far, here’s a quick summary… Day 0 – Pre Con Session – Configuration Manager 2012 This full day event was something that I attended for a couple of reasons, one of them to see what I could pick up that could be applied to to ever evolving world of Windows Intune, and also to help get me up to speed for a current project. I can report success on both fronts, I

This week at Intunedin…

A busy week this week, a large Windows Intune pilot kicks off today, primarily addressing the remote, mostly disconnected PC scenario. Unfortunately they are a Blackberry house, so we won’t get a chance to do any mobile device management, but I’m sure we can coax an iPad into the mix, even if I finally break down and purchase one myself Final stages of planning for TechEd North America travel are taking place, and I’ve been attempting to whittle down my

Windows Intune April 2012 Pre-Release And On Premise Exchange Server

One of the interesting aspects of the Exchange requirement for Mobile Device Management is that it requires an on-premise Exchange server. While this doesn’t suit everyone at this point in time, there are a few things to consider. While this may appear to instantly rule out Exchange Online users, it’s not necessarily the case. If you are running in hybrid mode to assist in Exchange management, then you still have that on-premise server that is required. However, for users on

Acer AC100–The Windows Intune Accelerator Device–now with more acceleration

I have written several times before about the benefits of a caching solution while deploying large numbers of client updates and new applications. One of the issues I was having with the multi-workload test and deployment workloads of AC100 was the 8GB of RAM it shipped with. In a non-virtualised world, 8GB is more than enough for the typical Microsoft ForeFront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) deployment, especially considering the way that in memory caching works with TMG. During the week


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