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March 17, 2010

Re-post : Desktop Virtualization Hour

Filed under: Events,Virtualization — jamesone111 @ 3:44 pm

About a month ago I mentioned that we have a “Desktop Virtualization Hour” planned for 4PM (GMT) tomorrow, March 18th. (That’s 9AM Seattle time, 5PM CET … you can work out the others I’m sure). More information and a downloadable meeting request are Here.

I said then that I thought it might be “more than the average web cast.” and over the last couple of days I’ve had some information about announcements which are planned for the session.  Obviously I am not got say what they are until tomorrow, but if you want the news as it breaks – click the link above.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

March 10, 2010

UK techdays Free events in London – including after hours.


You may have seen that registration for UK TechDays events from 12th to 16th April is already open – but you probably won’t have seen this newly announced session, even if you are following @uktechdays on twitter

After Hours @ UK Tech Days 2010 – Wednesday 14th April, 7pm – 9pm. Vue Cinema, Fulham Broadway.

Reviving the critically acclaimed series of mad cap hobbyist technology demonstrations – After Hours reappears at Tech Days 2010. After Hours is all about the fun stuff people are building at home with Microsoft technology, ranging from the useful ‘must haves’ no modern home should be without, too the bleeding edge of science fiction made real! Featuring in this fun filled two hour installment of entertaining projects are: Home Entertainment systems, XNA Augmented Reality, Natural User Interfaces, Robotics and virtual adventures in the real world with a home brew holodeck!

Session 1: Home entertainment.

In this session we demonstrate the integration of e-home technologies to produce the ultimate in media entertainment systems and cyber home services.  We show you how to inspire your children to follow the ‘way of the coder’ by tapping into their Xbox 360 gaming time.

Session 2: Augmented reality.

2010 promises to be the year of the Natural User Interface. In this session we demonstrate and discuss the innovations under development at Microsoft, and take an adventure in the ultimate of geek fantasies – the XNA Holodeck.

Like all other techdays session this one is FREE to attend  – if you hadn’t heard: UK Tech Days 2010 is a week-long series of events run by Microsoft and technical communities to celebrate and inspire developers, IT professionals and IT Managers to get more from Microsoft technology.  Our day events in London will cover the latest technology releases including Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Virtualisation, Silverlight, Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 plus events focusing on deployment and an IT Manager day. Oh and did I say they were FREE

IT Professional Week – Shepherds Bush

Monday, 12 April 2010   – Virtualization Summit – From the Desktop to the Datacentre

Designed to provide you with an understanding of the key products & technologies enabling seamless physical and virtual management, interoperable tools, and cost-savings & value.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010  – Office 2010 – Experience the Next Wave in Business Productivity

The event will cover how the improvements to Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Project and Visio will provide a practical platform that will allow IT professionals to not only solve problems and deliver business value, but also demonstrate this value to IT’s stakeholders. 

Wednesday, 14 April 2010Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – Deployment made easy

This event will provide you with an understanding of these tools including the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, Windows Deployment services and the Application Compatibility Toolkit. Understanding of these tools including the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, Windows Deployment Services. We will also take you through the considerations for deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and migrating your server roles.

Thursday, 15 April 2010 SQL Server 2008 R2 – The Information Platform
Highlighting the new capabilities of the platform, as well as diving into specific topics, such as consolidating SQL Server databases, and tips and techniques for Performance Monitoring and Tuning as well as looking at our newly released Cloud platform SQL Azure.

Friday, 16 April 2010 (IT Managers)Looking ahead, keeping the boss happy and raising the profile of IT
IT Managers have more and more responsibilities to drive and support the direction of the business. We’ll explore the various trends and technologies that can bring IT to the top table, from score-carding to data governance and cloud computing.

Developer Week – Fulham Broadway

Monday, 12 April 2010 (For Heads of Development and Software Architects) Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Launch – A Path to Big Ideas

This launch event is aimed at development managers, heads of development and software architects who want to hear how Visual Studio 2010 can help build better applications whilst taking advantage of great integration with other key technologies.
NB – Day 2 will cover the technical in-depth sessions aimed at developers

Tuesday, 13 April 2010 Getting started with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 WAITLIST ONLY
Microsoft and industry experts will share their perspectives on the top new and useful features with core programming languages and in the framework and tooling, such as — ASP.NET MVC, Parallel Programming, Entity Framework 4, and the offerings around rich client and web development experiences.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 The Essential MIX
Join us for the Essential MIX as we continue exploring the art and science of creating great user experiences. Learn about the next generation ASP.NET & Silverlight platforms that make it a rich and reach world.

Thursday, 15 April 2010 Best of Breed Client Applications on Microsoft Windows 7
Windows 7 adoption is happening at a startling pace. In this demo-driven day, we’ll look at the developer landscape around Windows 7 to get you up to speed on the operating system that’ll your applications will run on through the new decade.

Friday, 16 April 2010 – Registration opening soon! Windows phone Day
Join us for a practical day of detailed Windows Phone development sessions covering the new Windows Phone specification, application standards and services

There will also be some “fringe” events , these won’t all be in London and I’ll post about them separately (James in the Midlands, I’ve heard you :-)  )


This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

February 16, 2010

Desktop Virtualization Hour

I had a mail earlier telling me about desktop virtualization hour , planned for 4PM (GMT) on March 18th. (That’s 9AM Seattle time, 5PM CET … you can work out the others I’m sure). More information and a downloadable meeting request are Here.

Some effort seems to be going into this one, which makes me think it is more than the average web cast.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

January 14, 2010

New year, New user group … Newcastle.

Filed under: Events — jamesone111 @ 3:08 pm

Thankfully the snow is beginning to recede, and looking at the last blog post I made makes me realise just how much it has disrupted my schedule.

Next week I’m off to Newcastle. Jonathan and Andrew got in touch to say the were launching a new user group North East Bytes

We are pleased to announce a new User Group in the North East of England, based around Microsoft Technologies, North East Bytes (NEBytes).  We have decided to start this group in order to help Developers and IT Pros in the community with the constant battle to learn, stay current and broaden their knowledge.

We run monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month (except on the second Wednesday in December – to allow time for Christmas parties and shopping!) at Newcastle University.  Each meeting consists of two one hour presentations (one Developer topic and one IT Pro topic) and we have refreshments, food, giveaways and prizes.

Attendance at our meetings is completely FREE!! The venue is provided kindly by the University, our Speakers kindly provide their time for free, and we as organisers provide our time for free to organise the events.  We will provide refreshments and we also provide hot food, all we ask is if you would like to partake in the the hot food, please make a small donation towards the cost via the open contribution box at each meeting.

Their Launch event is Wednesday 20th January 2010, I’m going, to cover Hyper-V, and my developer colleague Mike Taulty is going too – he’ll cover Silverlight. 

We tend to skulk about in the South East of England and not get to other corners of the country, but when we have been to Newcastle the audiences have always been great – I heard from Jonathan that early sign-up for this is looking good too, but if you’re based in that part of the world and haven’t signed up you’ve got a few days to do so. I’m looking forward to it.

Update. Oops linked to Andrew but not Jonathan. No favouritism intended – I’ve put it right

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

November 30, 2009

The nights are drawing in, stoke up the fire and listen to some senior Microsoft Execs

Filed under: Events — jamesone111 @ 4:47 pm

My colleague Graham Watson has a secured a number of senior folk based in Redmond to do some on-line chats – which we’ve styled as fireside chats. Although the map on the side of this blog tells me I have readers in the Southern Hemisphere, but here in Britain and in Redmond this is the season for such things. Here’s what we have lined up for the next month or so. They are run at 8AM Redmond time, which is 4PM UK, and repeated at 6PM Redmond (2AM for UK insomniacs).

  • Dec 1st Cloud side chat: Microsoft Online Services and the evolving world of software + services
  • Dec 3rd Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 – Solution Accelerator
  • Dec 8th SharePoint 2010 for Developers
  • Dec 10thWhat’s new in Office 2010 and Implications for IT Pro’s
  • Dec 15thWhat’s new in Office 2010 for Developers
  • Dec 17th SharePoint 2010 for IT Professionals
  • Jan 12th Microsoft IT: Chief Architect and CTO

If you need to like to register for any fire side chat,  on that page you’ll also find the up to date list of Chats and a link to a survey so you can give us feedback or suggest future topics

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

November 26, 2009

Panel discussion: So, you want to be an MVP ?

Filed under: Blogcasts,Events — jamesone111 @ 12:36 am

Since I just mentioned Andy Malone, one of our MVPs, I should also say that he got a session together in Berlin to talk about our “Most Valued Professional” program and asked me to to join the panel, which had two MVPs, an would-be MVP, an Ex-MVP working for Microsoft Greece, and two other Microsoft people who deal with MVPs. If you wonder what we’re talking about when we mention MVPs or think you might like to be one , this is well worth a listen


This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

November 25, 2009

Interview: Cybercrime , defence against the dark arts.

Filed under: Events,Security and Malware — jamesone111 @ 11:44 pm

When I was at Tech-ed in Berlin a couple of weeks ago I recorded an interview with Andy Malone, one of our MVPs, as a follow-up the session he ran on cybercrime. The results have now been posted, and apart from wishing the camera crew had told me just how awful I looked on camera I think it’s quite a good interview – my job when I do these interviews is to try get the “guest” to talk about what they know, and not show how much I know , this is Andy’s specialist subject, so it wasn’t hard to do. If this piques your interest he does longer sessions for various Audiences, just put his name into your favourite search engine.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

November 19, 2009

“ThriveLive! Online IT Professional Virtualization Tour

Filed under: Events,Virtualization — jamesone111 @ 6:14 pm

My colleagues from the other side of the Atlantic  Dan Stolts, Blain Barton, Yung Chou and John Baker have lined up a a set of on-line sessions on virtualization aimed at IT Professionals.  
They will go from the desktop to the enterprise, Covering VHD native boot , Windows XP mode, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V™, and  System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

When : Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)  / 4PM-8PM (UK)  Register here.  I tend to drop into these things from home, and listen to the sessions which interest me as the clock shifts from working day to early evening.

Here’s the full Agenda.


Dan Stolts: on VHD Native Boot We’ll kick off the afternoon by exploring VHD Native Boot, which is a new feature for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. VHD Native Boot can be used as the running operating system on designated hardware – without a parent operating system, virtual machine, or hypervisor. This is one of the best virtualization features to date for technology professionals of every kind – from enterprise to small and medium-size business pros and consultants


Blain Barton on Windows XP Mode

With Windows XP Mode, it’s easy to install and run multiple Windows XP productivity applications directly from your Windows 7-based PC. Do you have application compatibility issues? Windows XP Mode can ease those compatibility headaches, because it gives you the best of both worlds. You can easily run older Windows XP business software – including web applications that require an old version of Internet Explorer® – while taking advantage of the many benefits of your Windows 7 desktop. This is a can’t-miss session for IT pros who juggle both new and established software and web applications.


Yung Chou on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V
It’s time to focus on enterprise with an overview of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. In this session, we’ll look at how to create virtual machines in Hyper-V and demonstrate how the snapshot feature can easily revert the virtual machine to a previous state. You’ll come away from this session with a sold understanding of all the capabilities and new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.


John Baker on System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Finally, no virtualization discussion is complete without a conversation about management. When it comes to managing virtual infrastructures, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) is the best of the best. This member of the System Center family of system management products provides a straightforward, cost-effective solution for unified management of physical and virtual machines

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

June 18, 2009

Technet virtual conference – tomorrow !

Filed under: Events — jamesone111 @ 4:28 pm

Details and Registration are at www.Technet.com/govirtual/ I’ve been told there is a great “goody bag” prize. I know what is in it, but I have been asked to keep it as a surprise – suffice to say I’d want to win it myself – I’m barred from entering of course. I’m going to be doing the on-line questions area (I missed out on some of the other bits which were planned while I was off sick). Going to interesting to see how it works. We’ve got a lot of registrations – at a physical event a lot of people milling round to ask questions deters others from queuing up I wonder how that will work in a virtual event.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

June 9, 2009

Events: TechNet Virtual Conference 19th June

Filed under: Events — jamesone111 @ 10:43 am

Technet Conference goes Virtual on 19th june, brining you IT insights and technology news from Microsoft Experts. Click to register for your place.

Andrew beat me to it, we have a virtual conference coming up: you can watch it – or any part of it on any screen with internet access. The sessions will be available on demand afterwards, but the thing that makes it an event is that on the day the speakers will be on line to field questions – just like a physical event.

The full agenda is on the registration page [Update thanks to Sean for pointing out the bad link]

But one of the strange things is we are working with the register on this one … but if you want to be in the prize draw you need to register by the end of Wednesday the 10th.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

March 16, 2009

A day out with Divers

Filed under: Events,Photography,Windows 7,Windows Vista — jamesone111 @ 11:38 am

I spent yesterday at the DIVERSE – the South Eastern area conference for BSAC (the British Sub Aqua Club) : officially I was there to speak about why Windows Vista (and 7) are so good at handling pictures. Unofficially as a diver (though not a BSAC member) any valid excuse to hang out with diving folk is welcome. “Club” suggests “amateur”, but I’ve been to plenty of IT industry events which were less professionally run. It was well attended too, and it’s quite some time since I’ve seen an audience so obviously enjoying what was being presented to them (even a potentially dull session on accident statistics was lightened with the some of the funny things people right when reporting accidents).

I’ve uploaded the slides I used. The main thrust of my session was that

  1. Putting data about your pictures in the pictures themselves (using EXIF data) is much more valuable than putting them in a separate database
    (One gentleman asked me if there was anything he could do about editors which drop all the data – I use EXIFCOPY from EXIFUTILS to copy it back from the original photo)

  2. Once tagged Search means you can find, sort, search and group the pictures. Search is available for XP, but  because is integrated everywhere in Windows Vista and 7 the experience is better: heir version of Windows explorer also makes it easy to tag pictures

  3. Some free software – Windows Live Photo Gallery (which also works on XP) makes it easier to work with  photos and do basic corrections (although it lacks a clone brush and the levels adjustment isn’t that sophisticated)

  4. There are interesting things you can do with the photos afterwards (e.g. building a collage with AutoCollage – which is running a 20% off promotion until the end of March. At £14.40 it’s a real bargain).

It seems the graphics card in my laptop has been on the blink for a couple of weeks – I’ve been getting loads of errors from my screen driver and some other odd behaviour – it finally gave up the ghost while I was on stage and when I try to boot the machine now I get some very interesting screen corruption. So I didn’t get to show the final collage. Here is what AutoCollage built with the pictures I showed (click for a bigger version)


Click for a bigger version


I showed my PowerShell scripts for tagging photos from the Suunto dive management software I use (Suunto were sponsoring the event, which was nice – I’ve got a very high opinion of Suunto, as much for their customer service as for their products and it would have been awkward if another make of dive computers was sponsoring things) . I talked about how this worked in an earlier post, and I’ve added  the latest versions of the files to this post for anyone who wants to try it. Here are some quick instructions:

  1. Try to remember to take a photo of the display on your dive computer at some point. This will allow you to calculate the error between the time on the camera and the time on the computer.

  2. Unzip the attached files

  3. Export the CSV files from the Suunto software  (in the 1.6 version I use* the command File/Export/ASCII in CSV format)

  4. Assuming you already have PowerShell installed, start PowerShell and enter the following command Run the following powershell command
    [reflection.assembly]::loadfile(“C:\<path To Where You Unzipped it >\OneImage.dll”)

  5. Then enter the following PowerShell command
    filter get-picture {param ($Path) new-object oneImage.exifimage $path}

  6. If you have a photo with of your computer use this powershell Command to find when it was taken
    (Get-picture “fullPathToYourPicutre“).dateTimeTaken
    You can work out the number of seconds difference between the time on the computer when the picture was taken and the time on the camera. If the Computer is ahead of the camera you want a positive number, and if it is behind you want a negative number.

  7. Next process the Suunto data with this command in powerShell
    <path to where you unzipped it>\prep-Divedata
    Note that if you are in the folder where you unzipped it, you need to enter the path as .\prep-divedata. This command takes about a minute to run on my system. If it looks like it has hung give it plenty of time.

  8. Read the warning in the right hand column of this blog – “This stuff is provided as is, with no warranty and confers no rights.” My code isn’t very extensively tested and there is a small chance it could screw up your photos. Make sure you have a backup before proceeding. Seriously.

  9. Now run the following command in powershell
    DIR <your file Selection> | foreach-object { <path to where you unzipped it>\tag-photo $_.fullName timeOffset}
    your file selection might be *.jpg, it might be c:\photo-Dump\dive40*.jpg, or whatever. As before if you are in the folder that holds the script you need to run it as .\tag-photo
    The timeOffset you worked out in step 6. If you don’t enter one everything will work on the assumption that computer and camera are in sync.


Officially there is no support for this (but officially I’m on leave and not posting here this week)


* Yes there is a newer version of dive manager, but I like to point out that 1.6 was designed to interface with the serial port, pre-dates Vista , never mind 7, and wasn’t intended for a 64 bit platform, yet here it is on Windows 7 , 64 bit downloading my data very nicely thank you. Which shows what happens if you write the software properly in the first place.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

March 12, 2009

PowerShell event in Newcastle – oh and another thing

Filed under: Events — jamesone111 @ 3:44 pm

The VB user group are running an event for IT Pros in Newcastle on 24th March: PowerShell 0-60 in One Evening. Jonathan Noble is presenting, which means it should be a good event.

The other thing …

After nearly a fortnight away on leave, no sooner do I come back and make a couple of posts, than I’m away again. The tumble weed will have to blow through for a bit, but hopefully normal service will resume by the end of March.

(if you want an explanation of the odd spelling in the cartoon – it’s from Terry Pratchett – who turns out to be on Twitter).

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

February 6, 2009

Virtualization road show

Earlier in the week we took the virtualization tour over the Irish Sea. Tuesday was Belfast – and with the snow, getting there was quite a challenge. I felt ill all day and didn’t think I’d delivered the content as well as I should have, but the feedback forms were really positive, better than I thought I deserved. Then it was south to Cork: I hadn’t been there before – though I want to go diving nearby – and was quite impressed with an airport which would grace a far bigger place, and with the hotel (free wifi,and a receptionist who takes a lost booking in her stride are both guaranteed to impress). I did a better job , and again we had a really good audience, I don’t think I’ve ever had so many people from the audience thank me for the session on their way out.  My Irish surname comes from many generations back, so I don’t have much of a connection with the island, but I’ve come away feeling positive from every trip I’ve made there, North or South, and I’ve volunteered to do events in either place again.

We’re getting to the end of the virtualization tour, we have dates in Scotland for March, which will probably be the last. Before that there are seats available in Northampton on 24th Feb. Northampton isn’t somewhere  we’ve held events before but it’s easy to get to.We keep sneaking new bits into each session and I’m now including demos of the live migration in Server 2008 R2. Just follow the link to book your place

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

January 21, 2009

A Windows 7 Evening with Mark Russinovich

Filed under: Beta Products,Events,Windows 7 — jamesone111 @ 2:43 pm

I’ve mentioned Tom Lehrer before and one of his albums is entitled “An evening wasted with Tom Lehrer” which is often how I think of my own presentations. I got a mail about an evening event (7PM UK time) which is happening in February, given it is Mark Russinovich presnting it should be anything but wasted , despite the rather Buzz Lightyear title of  Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond

It’s presented as part of the “Virtual Roundtable” in our Springboard Series

Date: Thursday, February 12th

Time: 11:00am Pacific Time , 7:00PM GMT


Here’s the blurb about it

Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what’s in store for IT pros with Windows® 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group Policy, BitLocker™ To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache™, and Software Restriction then get tips on troubleshooting, deployment, and application compatibility. Bring your questions—Mark and the panel will answer as many as they can during the hour-long event, then publish the rest in a Q&A after the event.

Find answers to your Windows client OS deployment and management questions with resources, tools, monthly feature articles, and guidance from subject matter experts and early adopters. To learn more, visit www.microsoft.com/springboard.

As part of the “virtual” experience, you may submit your questions about Windows 7 Beta to the panel live during the event—or submit questions in advance to vrtable@microsoft.com.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

December 18, 2008

IE Security Patch

Filed under: Events,Security and Malware — jamesone111 @ 11:48 am

You may have seen in the news over the last few days that a vulnerability has come to light in IE, which allows a carefully crafted web page to run arbitrary code on a PC. I don’t assess the technical side vulnerabilities -  some of the things written about how serious this one was one verge on the hysterical, and some downplay it too far. There are two web casts scheduled to talk about this one. Wednesday, December 17, 2008 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time / 9PM GMT and Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time / 7PM GMT if you want to get chapter and verse.
In any event the fix is now on Windows update. It’s serious enough to put a fix out without sticking to our normal schedule. Our biggest worry with every fix we post is they get reverse engineered, so get this one installed on any machine where you use IE to access the internet. On servers, where you don’t use a browser, or only use it for very limited browsing of trustworthy sites, there is less urgency.

I did read something in from a recent customer survey, where a customer wrote that products should be 100% bug free. Realistically, bug-free code is like an error free newspaper … a great aim, but something which doesn’t really happen. Some minor typos, spelling , punctuation or grammatical errors can be left without anyone being concerned. Other change the meaning of what it is said. Some errors of fact need a correction to be issued (patches) and some can land you in the libel courts.  Something like the Nimda virus was the equivalent of a huge libel payout, this one seems to be more than a correction buried somewhere internally and less than a £1M libel payout.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

December 10, 2008

Virtualization: user group and good stories

Filed under: Events,Virtualization,Windows Server,Windows Server 2008 — jamesone111 @ 11:05 am

Details of the next Microsoft Virtualisation* User Group meeting now up on www.mvug.co.uk!

Where:   Microsoft London (Cardinal Place)
When: Date & Time 29th January 2009 18:00 – 21:30
Who & What: Simon Cleland (Unisys) & Colin Power (Slough Borough Council)
Hyper-V RDP deployment at Slough Borough Council
Aaron Parker (TFL)
Application virtualisation – what is App-V?
Benefits of App-V & a look inside an enterprise implementation.
Justin Zarb (Microsoft)
Application virtualisation – in-depth look at App-V architecture

I presented at an event for Public Sector customers recently and the folks from Slough Borough Council were there. I thought they were a great example because so many of the things we talk about when we’re presenting about Hyper-V actually cropped up with their deployment.

We’ve got another great story from the Public sector at the other end of the British Isles – Perth and Kinross council reckon Hyper-V will save £100,000 in its first year.  

However the best virtualization Story was one which told by one of our partners on the recent unplugged tour. Virtualization reduces server count, and that’s great for Electricity (cost and CO2), maintenance, capital expenditure and so on. But they had a customer who didn’t care about that. They found the the walls were cracking in their office and the reason was the weight of Servers in the room above. According to the structural engineer, they had overloaded the floor of server room by a factor of 4 and there was a risk that it would collapse onto the office staff below. That’s the first story I’ve heard of virtualization being used to reduce Weight. 


* Being British the MVUG  like using the Victorian affectation of spelling it with an S

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

December 3, 2008

Two more HPC events.

Filed under: Events,High Performance Computing — jamesone111 @ 3:23 pm

NetEffect presents: iWARP Enabled Ethernet and Windows HPC Server 2008 Deliver Super Computer Performance

Where and When: Live Webcast December 3, 2008, 9:00am PDT / 5:00 GMT  through Live Meeting Here! (yes, today ! ) but On-demand recording will be available for download and viewing after the live webcast.

There was a day when you needed an army of computer scientists to build a compute cluster that performed well on applications with a lot of fine grained parallel processing.  Not any more, NetworkDirect and iWARP provide Windows and a standard Ethernet fabric with application run times comparable to proprietary OSes and proprietary clustering fabrics while maintaining the ease of use expected from Microsoft and Ethernet.  See how iWARP transforms Ethernet into a high performance clustering fabric.  

Target audience: Developers, Architects, Cluster administrator, HPC end users



Viglen HPC and Windows HPC Server 2008 – Leveraging Existing Expertise for Simple Cluster Deployment

Where and When: Live Webcast December 8, 2008 4:00pm GMT through Live Meeting Here. On-demand recording will be available for download and viewing after the live webcast.

As High Performance Computing use grows within the mainstream server arena, and larger and more complex HPC solutions being deployed, managing the HPC Data Centre has become a large consideration when considering an HPC deployment. 
With products ranging from Standard 1U Pizza box solutions and High Capacity Storage Nodes, to Twin motherboard 1U Intel and AMD nodes, coupled with best of breed compilers, management tools and Operating Systems, Viglen HPC solutions are designed to fit most HPC requirements. Learn how Viglen HPC nodes, coupled with Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 allow you to build, deploy and manage HPC clusters using the Windows expertise you already have in house.  Join us today!

Target Audience: Cluster administrator, HPC architects, HPC end users

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

November 20, 2008

Road-show materials.

Filed under: Events,Windows Server,Windows Server 2008 — jamesone111 @ 11:46 am

I’ve had a couple of requests for the slides and related information from the”Unplugged” tour

My Keynote slides

My Hyper-v Cluster setup and Jose Barreto’s blog post on getting Storage server for iSCSI 

Matt’s slides on Management and SCVMM (these are in a Password protected zip, the Password is Password 123)

Clive’s Slides on Management and SCVMM

My slides on Terminal Services


I’ve given the link to Jose’s post for iSCSI in the list above, but there are other iSCSI solutions – I normally mention Nimbus but I forgot to mention it in Monday’s session. Thanks to Dave for the reminder.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

November 18, 2008

Get Safe Online ‘08

Filed under: Events,Security and Malware — jamesone111 @ 3:02 pm

The First time I ever worked with Steve was on GSOL the first year it ran. It’s become an annual event, and I hope that no-one who regularly reads this blog needs to be told too much about on-line safety. It’s pretty simple stuff.

  • Keep your machine patched
  • Use Anti-virus Software
  • Use a firewall
  • Be careful what you click on.

The BBC had a story that Spammers only get one response for every 12 Million mails … and as part of GSOL we have a poster up with the top 5 email scams

  1. Fake lottery wins
  2. Fake requests for payment details
  3. Updating On-line service details
  4. Notice of an inheritance
  5. Foreign aid / Charity payments

The BBC had another story about IDs being sold.

So, do your bit and spread the message to those less IT savvy than yourself. Don’t scare the life out of them, just make them aware of what a scam looks like. You know you didn’t even enter the lottery that mail says you’ve won, and you know if you gave your mail address to a lottery. You know that your bank would address you by name and tell you to go to their main site and follow a setup of step if they really needed you to do something and so on. That kind of thing, and send them to http://getsafeonline.org 

By the way… I think a lot of things are said to be in the name of “protecting children” are actually humbug, but I heard a good story at tech.ed in Barcelona that one security person got his young son to create a fake on-line persona – he was a 70 year old man with a wooden leg, or something like that. “So Dad …” the son asked “does that mean other people on the internet aren’t who they seem to be ?” . Far more effective than “Don’t talk to Strangers” which is what I grew up with.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

October 31, 2008

High Performance computing Webcasts over the next two weeks

I haven’t really said much about Windows HPC server 2008, which we launched recently as the successor to Compute Cluster Server. But there are some useful webcasts lined up , they’re early in the morning Redmond time, which puts them at then end of working day for those of us in Europe.

HPC Webcast Series: High Performance Computing for the Masses with Intel

November 4, 2008, 9:00am PDT

High Performance Computing has its roots in non-commercial, academic, national lab and governmental environments where very large, compute-intensive workloads and applications are executed.  According to recent data from IDC HPC, economically-attractive clusters have become the common denominator across most HPC deployments.  In parallel, the continuing maturation of HPC ISV commercial business software, the refinement of operating system & cluster software, and the consistent availability of more computing power at lower cost have opened up the inherent performance advantages of HPC clusters to a much wider community of users.  Please join Intel for an overview of the current HPC marketplace and the potential alternatives of utilizing High Performance Computing clusters for both increased productivity and competitive advantage. Register today!

Dramatic Acceleration of Excel-based Trading Simulations with Platform and Microsoft

November 5, 2008, 8:00am PDT

Tired of waiting hours for simulation results? In this solution overview, Platform will review the challenges of running Excel models in a distributed environment, and describe the benefits and details of how to deploy models without wholesale code/macro changes. Learn how to enhance application performance and empower quants and developers to deploy distributed applications quickly without modification, using Platform Symphony’s Excel Connector with Windows HPC Server 2008 and Microsoft® Office 2007 Excel. You’ll discover how the world’s top financial firms can realize new revenue opportunities ahead of the competition by leveraging this joint solution. Register today!

High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters: Reduce Complexity with IBM and Microsoft

November 6, 2008, 8:00am PDT

No matter where you are located in the world, IBM has an HPC cluster solution that is easy to deploy.  Learn how IBM can help you reduce the risk and manage growth more easily with the pre-tested, easy-to-deply, easy-to-manage IBM Cluster 1350 solution, and how when combined with Windows HPC Server 2008 you can leverage your current Windows server expertise to accelerate your time to insight on computational analysis.  Whether you are a financial analyst or engineer our Windows based HPC cluster will meet the demand of your computational needs. Don’t miss this exciting and informative webcast. Register today

Improving Electronic System Design Productivity using Synopsys System Studio and Saber on Windows HPC Server 2008

November 12, 2008, 8:00am PDT

Synopsys System Studio and Saber products are now available on Windows HPC Server 2008.   Join us for this informative webcast and get the latest information on how System Studio further improves performance and signal processing design productivity by taking full advantage of Windows HPC Server 2008 as a stable, extensible environment on high-performance CPUs. Learn how Saber helps automotive and aerospace supply chains meet stringent reliability and safety requirements for mechatronic systems in harsh environments.

System Studio is Synopsys’ model-based algorithm design and analysis offering providing a unique dataflow simulation engine with the highest performance for exploring, verifying and optimizing digital signal processing algorithms. Saber is Synopsys’ technology-leading mechatronic design and analysis software, advancing Robust Design and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodologies into today’s automotive, aerospace, and commercial design. Register today!

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

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