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 session list to something manageable without too much success. Not a bad problem to have at an event. Hopefully more details of the Azure Active Directory Services emerge, especially relating to Windows Intune and Office 365, hopefully to shed light on whether you get a shared namespace if you happen to be running both online services from Microsoft
Other projects keeping me busy this week include an on-premise Lync deployment, yes, not something I expected to be doing, but thankfully it’s just a small pilot. The rest of this project includes attempting to use as many Microsoft client and server technologies as possible to reduce the network bandwidth impact of the company’s Exchange infrastructure being centralised. It’s great when the client has no concerns about licensing costs if an effective solution is delivered thanks to the way they are already licensed.
So far the project includes…
There’s more to the project than this, but it gives you an idea that it’s a pretty big overhaul, with several of these projects happening simultaneusly with a small IT staff. I have made them a promise that after TechEd North American I won’t be coming back with new ideas to replace the current ones, we really need to get the current projects finished before refining or updating. I do not believe I will be able to resist making suggestions, but they will be moving into the medium term plans, not into the short term priorities.