Update to Windows 7 Day in Mumbai and India

Date April 21, 2009

Just as expected we had a great Windows 7 Day event all across India. Success all over. Success to the User Group Buzz!

Mumbai had a great turn up of around 150 audience. Just as planned, we had the registrations running from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Breakfast was parallely served and we started the event sharp at 10:00 AM. Our presenter Hardik was on his way meanwhile I had to start with the key note and presented on the Windows 7 Deployment for the IT Pros. We started with Hardik’s session at 11:00 AM as he presented on the Windows 7 Desktop and must say that he was excellent as usual. We must thank our user group member Manan Kakkar for taking up and opportunity of presenting on PSR instantly and provided some very good insights. Manan has also taken 2 good pictures and a videos that is uploaded here. As we were running out of time due to 3 sessions back to back, and touched 1:00 PM we had to proceed for lunch. Sorry Manan as you had to cut short a little. A promise made for some other time:

Hardik will present on Windows 7 Security

Manan will get some good time for presenting

Post lunch we had a short session by our newbie member Hari Maurya and then concluded with a small tips presentation by me and the Install Fest – what we were waiting for

Feels really nice to see the members interested to install on their laptops and some taking away the bits home and explore.

You may find more pictures that we have taken on the user group events pics and the Snippet of Video that Manan shooted

More updates on MumbaiITPro from the user group members:

Hari speaks his experience on his blog TechSurface and shares with WinVistaClub, and MeraWindows

Here is an update from other user groups:-

Pune: Event Update | Photographs

Bangalore: Event Update | Photographs

Delhi: Event Update | Photographs

Siliguri: Event Update | Photographs

Chennai: Event Update | Photographs

Hyderabad: Event Update | Photographs

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Are you attending the Microsoft India TechEd 2009 in Hyderabad?

Date April 21, 2009

Most of you may have heard about Microsoft India Tech.Ed 2009 is happening at Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC) in Hyderabad, India from 13th May to 15th May, 2009.

Some key exerpts:-

Microsoft Tech.Ed is the premier-most technology conference conducted by Microsoft globally for Developers, IT Professionals, Architects, Designers, Students and Faculty Members.

Microsoft Tech.Ed is an annual event being conducted across multiple locations since the last 17 years. Microsoft Tech.Ed-India has been an annual fixture since 2003 (2008 was the only year when Microsoft Tech.Ed-India event was not organized).

The last Tech.Ed-India event was held in Mumbai in June 2007, and was called Microsoft TechMela. The name change was necessitated by an urge to Indianize the event and its content – so that it aligned with the ethos of every Indian.

The 3-day Tech.Ed-India 2009 event is expected to host 5,000 Developers, IT Professionals, Architects, Designers, Faculty Members and Students. In addition, the event is also expecting to host 500+ CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CSOs and other Senior Decision Makers from IT and IT enabled organizations.

More information is available here.

TechEd is happening in India after a period of 3 years. With Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft giving the Keynote, and illustrious speakers presenting.

Tech.Ed-India 2009 is all about getting yourself ready for the next wave of technology innovations and trends. In today’s economic scenario, more than ever before, it has become pertinent that we stay ahead of the curve so as to establish ourselves as the future trend- setters. Tech.Ed-India 2009 – with its offering of sub-events – offers you this opportunity to interact with some of the leading lights in the business and technology space globally, talk to Microsoft product development teams directly, and get in-depth hands-on-trainings and certifications in some of the most coveted and anticipated technologies of our time.

Hundreds of way to learn. Get an overview of what you can expect.

So now, just get set and start preparing yourself to attend the event. Register Now

Special Discount for User Group Members

Culminis, INETA APAC and PASS, have worked along with Microsoft India to secure a unique discount for their user group members. If you are attending TechEd, as a member of any of the user groups in India affiliated to Culminis, Ineta, and PASS you can get a 25% discount. This discount is available to the first 25 people to respond via an email by which you have registered on the portal  The first 25 people to respond will receive instructions on how to avail the discount. Please contact your user group leader for further details. For those members of MumbaiITPro User Group or in case of any questions about Culminis, you may contact me.

Find list of user groups in India through Culminis, Ineta, PASS

Announcing the TechEd 2009 – Top Architect Contest!

It is a contest based on your architectural skill. We give you a challenge – details on a system we’d like you to architect. In the allotted period you work out the architecture in line with the expected solution brief. Your submissions would be judged based on the judging criteria and the top three candidates would be invited to Tech.Ed-India 2009 showdown to present their proposal in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. You match wits against your peers to see who can architect the best system to address the challenge … and, get ready to WIN BIG in the process.

Showcase your architectural skills by participating here: http://virtualtechdays.com/toparchitect/default.aspx

All work and no play makes _____ a dull boy/girl:

(Just fill your name in the blank above )

By the way, Tech.Ed will not only be about Learning, and Technology. But when you feel lazy, just get into the community zone and feel some more excitement happening (We have more updates coming on this soon). If that’s not all, you have over 100 Xbox 360 and PC Games consoles at the Gaming Zone!

Night is the time when you will enjoy some live performances by AGNEE and INDIAN OCEAN, some of the most celebrated Rock bands in the country. You have 2 nights (14th and 15th May) to jam. Well, interested in jamming with Agnee band live on stage?

Bring out the potential musician in you and jam with the Agnee – Microsoft Tech Ed theme song (you can play the drums, the keyboards, bass, guitar or sing!).

Here’s how:

1 Download the song from this page
2 Download the lyrics
3 Learn the parts and come to Tech Ed!

That’s all you have to do. We’ll have the instruments for you to come jam with the song, and you can even take home your own video of you performing the Agnee – Microsoft Tech Ed Theme Song!

What’s more, the top few participants among you will actually get a chance to be on stage with Agnee, performing the Agnee – Microsoft Tech Ed Theme Song live!

Download the song

Download the lyrics

I still remember the excitement we had back in 2007 at the Microsoft TechMela that happened at The Renaissance, Powai, Mumbai. We had the team of Agnee performing some fantastic numbers Live! and with Nikhil Chinappa with his crew of MTV Select interviewing them live on stage was simply awesome. I can just feel the excitement how will that be this time after 2 years!

Buzz is the Word, Tech.Ed is the name:

Want to spread the word about TechEd 2009? Here is a list where all the action is happening in the world of social networking:

FaceBook, Twitter use HashTag: #techedin, Orkut, LinkedIn, MSDN, TechNet, Digg

The FaceBook group contains TechEd Badges available in the photos section which you may feel free to use them as your email signatures, or on forums.

There is much more about the Tech.Ed Buzz coming but just hold on to the news and excitement.

And Finally:

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Windows 7 Day flows across the blog-o-sphere

Date April 15, 2009

Update to my previous post 18th April will be marked as Windows 7 day in India, we now have all the user groups updated with their registrations running:-

Mumbai (Hosts: Mumbai IT Pro): Register here

Pune (Hosts: Pune User Group): Register here

Gurgaon (Hosts: Delhi IT Pro): Register here

Bangalore (Hosts: Bangalore IT Pro): Register here

Siliguri (Hosts: WindowsSupport): Register here

Chennai (Hosts: Chennai IT Pro): Register here

Hyderabad (Hosts: Hyderabad Techies)

You will find lot of buzz happening so far around the blog-o-sphere and hope to have equal enthusiasm around the event across India. Few of those I could point instantly are:

Hari’s Blog

Vasu’s Blog

South Asia MVP Blog

Ramesh Kumar

and the list continues… all over, on blog repository, Event portals, Forums, Twitter, Facebook, etc… Just point us, where have you updated today?

[[UPDATE] 16th April, 2009

Aviraj Ajgekar’s TechNet blog

Announcement on MeraWindows.com

Discussion on WinVistaClub Forum / here

Also do check out this month’s (April 2009) edition of ComputerActive Magazine featuring a review on Windows 7 with a mention about Windows 7 Day as well.

[UPDATE] 16th April, 2009

TechNet India Flash newsletter is on its way tomorrow. Make sure you have subscribed

[UPDATE] 16th April, 2009

But there is one common thing that I should point out worth mentioning is that the banner you see on all the blogs (also flashed here above) was created by Hari Maurya of Tech Surface. Hari is an enthusiastic guy and would be seen all over on web and also has Dugg this event. So did you digg?

Moreover, there also are quite a few of our user group members who have been spreading word across their peers, organization, friends etc… Great to see the momentum happening.

Doing a little search, I see that Google is promoting us even more Just have a look at the below screenshots:

and on Live:

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Key to a successful user group

Date April 12, 2009

So you have started a user group. Now how do you really manage it to sustain and running on a long term? You may want your group to grow and we all do agree that bigger is always better but to what extent? Some user groups usually start as a Special Interest Group (SIG) and then change to cover broader scope of IT focus and most usually start as a general IT interest groups. But the main goal should remain focused than generalizing it completely unless a group has a clear definition of demographics for its sponsors, solution providers, and its potential members.

Having a large groups is always advantageous as the solution providers, sponsors, have a long history of rewarding large groups with special materials, events, leader recognition, discounts, etc… However, they would question themselves on what does the membership numbers really mean to them? Whether the resources they spend, time and money they developed reach the people who need them? And what do they get really out of this relationship? We will discuss on this further as we move forward, however for now let us discuss on running a user group.

Growth of a community is similar to that of how a crop grows. To grow a crop, you need ample water, plenty of sunshine, right amount of fertilizer, and plenty of time for absorption of these three. The first thing you need to have is patience. No success of a community is instant and you may initially feel it is a waste of efforts. After several attempts and putting in much efforts you may not be finding members re-visiting either your portal or at the meetings. It is not about how strong efforts you put in to do, but how smartly and patiently you do some good quality work.

So let us now understand what are the three factors to grow a community:

Get your key team members right to market properly:

Just as we collect the fertilizer, it is really essential that you choose the right kind of rich soil which is your marketing material and a foundation to establish good roots by helping decision makers assess the value of incorporating the new or updated technology.

Small is sweet:-

As a crop needs to be regularly watered with sprinkles than using a fire hose, small amount of information delivered at a right pace for good absorption is exactly where the user groups and solution providers have a intersecting interest. Always have fresh content with timely presentations and support materials and a clear plan of execution.

Share knowledge as the Sun shines:-

Just as the sun shines over the crops properly without any hesitation, it is exactly how we will have to share our knowledge with the community members who always find it beneficial of being associated and in return shine their knowledge over other user group members and give them a recognition. In short, the Sun is the one who is always recognized.

So, the fertilizer (marketing materials) results in fertile ground, proper watering (slow, deliberate delivery of information) strengthens the roots, and the sunshine (recognition) reaps flowers / fruits.

Now, when we plan towards growing and maintaining a user group, we first need to determine what success looks like. Document this goal and drive towards it. Some may view it as a consistent 20 members attending every user group meeting and other may view in hundreds or thousands. Define clearly what you forsee. Feel free to set several benchmarks as much you desire and start slow without getting overwhelmed. Adjust your goals as your reach your initial benchmarks. In my next post, we will discuss more about goals. However, to start with now, here are few ideas you may use to set your benchmarks:-

  1. Number of people as members on your website
  2. Number of people on the mailing list
  3. Number of people that show up for monthly meetings
  4. Number of people that show up for special meetings (Annual / Half-yearly major events)
  5. Number of meetings (Monthly / Quarterly)
  6. Quality of training content at your meetings
  7. Number of services you offer to your members
  8. Amount of money and / or goodies you get out of local vendors
  9. Number of board members to help offer these services
  10. Anything else you want to measure

Now that you have set your benchmarks, you need to establish a plan to reach that goal. It may include some of the following ways:-

Ask yourself questions like as listed below and answer each of them:

  1. What is the plan about?: Definition
  2. Who is the plan for?: Audience
  3. How much will it cost? $ Required
  4. Why this project? Advantages and need for this project
  5. What will it achieve? Goals:
  6. When ? Project Timeline
  7. How will it be executed? Execution plan (Process)
  8. Who will execute the plan? Team-Roles responsibilities.
  9. Metrics – Measures of Success? KPI (Key performance indicators)
  10. Review process? (Detail of how it will be reviewed)

This will help you with setting your goal from planning to execution. You may now lay your further thoughts on why are you doing this and why should people help you on the board?

Your thoughts may be such as, Community service, reputation in the area / industry as a leader, learn more on leading tasks, awards and honors from the industry, etc…

By doing this, you network with other community leaders and develop relationships with people in your niche. There is no other learning opportunity that what you teach yourself from this. You get to know your community even better and get in contact with local businesses as you ask for support. Once your community shows it credibility, you will find the businesses establishing contact with you which gives them an opportunity to showcase their products and services for reaching the larger audience.

The most important step will be that of establishing a Board of Directors. Have the right breed of people to help the community. Identify those who have the following qualities:

  • Interest
  • Commitment
  • Consistency
  • Independent
  • Be Selfless

Set an expectation that they need to spend a calculated amount of time per week as you define their roles in helping you run a community. Even in case you do not find people helping you being on board, you may start the activities but make sure to keep your search open for people helping you. A Board of Directors can assist you in determining the topics, sponsors, and even direction to the user group.

Setup a mechanism either ideally on the website where you can have people signing up for your monthly mailing list. Here you may communicate your monthly updates, all in a single email. This may contain an update to your monthly or weekly community update to next meeting information. Keep it with very less noise and do not spam.

Determine your next user group meeting date, time, and venue. It may be conducted from a cafe hub to a local training institute to the conference room of a local business. Just go and build contacts with them even if the do not provide space now, they may help sometime later. However, you have their contact established.

Never hesitate in asking support from those potential sponsors as they may help you with snacks, beverages, raffles, give aways etc… At the same time, do keep in mind when you approach to request support, have your thoughts ready on how you can help them. Always start a conversation such as:

Self Introduction

Introduction of the community

How can you help them on behalf of the community

Request support

You are offering them an inside track to a dedicated group of people that can potentially help them be successful. Do your homework smartly, understand their business and show them how they can be successful being associated with you (they will always search for value unless they are realised). It is always better if you could make some time and meeting them in person as it is a least possibility for any individual to say NO when in person.

Develop your topic and presentation for the upcoming event. If you are unable to do it yourself, find an expert among your sphere, and generate excitement in drawing people to register and attend the event. Do make sure of having information of your next user group meeting ready and announce them before the end of this meeting.

Send detailed information about the meeting to everyone you know and all your new contacts, and other user group leaders.and ask them to help you with spreading the word. You need to give the notice to everyone at least 30 days in advance and a reminder at least 2 days in advance.

For registration, you usually would have a mechanism on your respective group where they may sign up a confirmation of their attendance. You will have Facebook, Meetup, Regonline, Eventbrite, etc… Or if not, you may also send a request to email you with a subject time: Event Availability – <Event Title> etc…

Have a great event and at the end, collect their feedback, their name, phone numbers, email address, etc… Furthermore, also request them to join the steering committee to those who would be interested in joining you in driving the community.

Have a poll from the audience on their topic of interest and what will they want to learn next.

Remember:

  • Do not get complaisant
  • Deliver good content
  • Do the basics well
  • Constantly look for more value to add for memberships
  • Look for ways to increase number of memberships which means more support, more features to provide, more speakers, more contacts.

All these are not only applicable to you in running a community, but also in your regular profession which teaches a lot by self.

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What is a community and how to start?

Date April 11, 2009

The word community is derived from the Latin word “communitas” which may mean partnership, joint possession, use, from the below two words:-

Cum = near, with, together

munis = service; duty, office

As we define a community, the point that comes to our mind is that of like minded people coming together and sharing their vision and work towards a common goal which ultimately benefits the society. This is called as a Special Interest Group (SIG). Human is a social being with needs and desire to interact with others and hence form communities consciously or subconsciously seeking others out to learn, to teach, to discuss, and overall – to interact. This is the best form of learning, sharing, and growing together and is the most inexpensive way.

I am sure, you will either be a member of some some user group / community / forum or leading it being an administrator / moderator. What compelled you to start of join a user group? Perhaps you would be finding for a solution online and did a search. You found an article, or a discussion happening around the same query somewhere, or you post a query and virtually receive a solution – you have got your issue resolved quick. Thats the power of a community. You then blog about it and elaborate further and share with your peers those who would be following you. Possible further to an extent you present it at a local user group meeting. This is how we share our knowledge and spread a solution for a better cause with others and transform it into a knowledge bank. This process never stops and just keeps continuing… Isn’t it so?

With this process, if you have learn something from the community – you have taken up an appreciable step by giving back your some additional knowledge to the community – and will definitely expect back in return which is more knowledge that your fellow peers share being inspired by your efforts. So why not be an inspiration?

Now that being the member of a community, you have gained much. Leading it provides you even more exposure. But the question remains, “How do I start a community?” Well, as we discuss about technical communities, you may start with having a free resource online such as Live groups, Yahoo! Groups, Google Groups etc…

Or if you want to host on your own domain, you need to do the following:-

Register a domain name

Register a web host space

The webhost will provide you with a control panel to administer your hosting

Create a database

Install some freely available forum / CMS engines such as DotNetNuke, YetAnotherForum, Kentico CMS, Community Kit for SharePoint (User Group Edition), Tandem Server, etc… in case you are running on ASP.NET / Windows Hosting. Or phpBB, SMF (Simple Machines Forum), Vanilla Forum, VBAdvanced, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, etc… in case running on PHP / OpenSource platform.

Most of them already contains blogging platform for you to post articles. If not, you may install some freely available Blogging engine such as BlogEngine.NET or WordPress.

You are now ready to go… Start updating them and invite your friends, colleagues, or anyone interested in starting the discussion.

Ideally, it is always good to start with an online groups such as Live, Yahoo!, Google as mentioned earlier and then start off with your activities. Let the dialogue happen, arrange some offline meetings where all of you meet together personally at least once in a month. Conduct some presentations, share your technical knowledge, guide other to move through the same momentum helping them grow.

You have associations such Culminis, Ineta, and PASS to support you with your activities. Join them to register your community as their chapter.

CULMINIS is an international not-for-profit organization devoted to the development and growth of the IT community with a keen focus on supporting the successful growth, development, technical education, community service, and influence of Information Technology (IT) PRO User Groups and Associations. Culminis is an independent organization and is supported by Microsoft Corporation and other sponsors. To find an IT PRO User Group in your area, join as a member organization, or to see what other user group resources are available, please visit the Culminis Web site.

INETA (The International .NET Association) provides structured, peer-based organizational, educational, and promotional support to the growing worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups. INETA’s mission is to offer assistance and resources to community groups that promote and educate their membership in Microsoft’s .NET technologies. INETA welcomes user groups or special interest groups from all facets of the .NET user community including developers, architects, project managers, and IT professionals.  INETA is an independent organization comprised of volunteers from member user groups and is supported by Microsoft Corporation and other sponsors. Membership is open to user groups of any size throughout the world. In order to become an INETA member, a user group leader should review the instructions and complete the application on the INETA Web site.

PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) is the only independent, user-run, not-for-profit association dedicated to the SQL Server community. PASS goal is to provide their membership with the definitive resource to network with their peers, exchange tips and tricks, and gain access to the latest in SQL Server and BI education, information and news. PASS also engages Microsoft product teams, developers, technical fellows, MVPs and others to help develop programs, educational content, speakers and speakers to meet the needs of our community. For more information on membership benefits and the 2008 PASS Community Summit, visit www.sqlpass.org.

Every associate organization has its own benefit of joining them:-

If your user group is an IT Pro group, you would join Culminis to take advantage of certain key resources such as a Free Hosted Sharepoint Portal, Free Live Meeting, Free TechNet subscription, Discounted training via Operitel etc…

In addition, an IT Pro group focused on SQL server, might also want to join the PASS association, for it’s SQL focused benefits. PASS also provides a free website hosting solution which may be of help.

Similarly, a Developer User Group may get similar benefits from joining Ineta as a local chapter.

Each of the associations provide unique and varied benefits. Sometimes it might feel the features overlap and that would be true. Afterall, it is the community is benefiting more from such services and options already available. All you need to do is make use of them.

In my further posts, I will discuss about some key to success in growing and maintaining a user group and why should you do them?

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What can you gain from leading a user group

Date April 10, 2009

In the recent times for the last few years, I have been engaged with the IT Professionals user groups and communities, participating in forums, managing portals, organizing online or offline events, presentations etc… I have seen lot of potential in terms of personal and professional growth of an individual when he / she is actively engaged with a community. Being engaged with a community of your niche not only helps you develop your skills with upgrading and updating your knowledge shared by your community peers but leading them teaches us much more such as management and being strategic towards the success of a community.

Engaging with communities has helped me polish my skills and gain exposure and network with Industry leaders and field experts. From a user group member, to a leader, to awarded MVP, featured in the debut episode of UGTV (User Group Television) a Microsoft initiative recorded at Redmond (Microsoft HQ), to Regional Chairman – APAC for Culminis (world’s largest not-for-profit organization devoted to the development and growth of the IT community), the growth and learning process has been gradual. I have gained a confidence in facing the world and speak out in public taking up the stage in regular period over various occasions. The learning process has been steady which remains with us for life and utilize them in our other professional associations or at work place. Check more about me here. Apart from this, I have seen several others who have gained expertise in some way or other, from networking and getting business to getting a JOB at Giant IT companies. Anything is really possible!

I have earlier written few articles on user groups and communities to get some insights and stay updated and volunteer. Apart from which there are few more on some white-papers and articles distributed and written for some communities. A great resource I will point you is Greg Low’s The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities.

In The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities, Microsoft Regional Director Greg Low explains how the most successful user communities succeed by focusing on people rather than technology. He explains the differences between user groups and user communities, how to ensure productive meetings, the importance of using speakers effectively, and tried and true methods of recruiting and growing a group. He also discusses the best uses for technology, remote and online communities, and the ins and outs of group dynamics. Advanced topics include legal and financial issues, such as funding, insurance, and sponsors.

Apart from this, there will be very few resources you will find that gives such in-depth information. Over the period, I will want to share with you my experience. And you will learn how much fun is it as your stay consistently involved withing your local community. So stay updated.

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Watch my Windows 7 Desktop

Date April 9, 2009

Let us start

Following is as I toggle between the windows using the Windows Key + Tab

Completely Transparent as we have a Quick View of the desktop with all the windows still open

The application icons are pinned to the task bar. I have a quick view of the windows minimized.

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Estimate your blogs worth with stimator

Date April 9, 2009

I just happened to come across this blog post by Nirmal on stimator. Well, as you may see that I am not an aggressive blogger but still looks like my blog has a decent worth.

Stimator is a real-time website value estimator. The engine deliveries the most accurate economical value that a website could worth by collecting important data from different sources. The results are indexed to database references and to the financial market in order to re-produce, as real as possible, how much investors are prepared to invest. Stimator is in beta stage as we keep improving this project.

Following are the major factors involved in estimating:-

1. TLD
2. FINANCIAL
3. REAL SELLS
4. WEB FACTORS
5. ESTIMATION
6. OBSERVATIONS

Further details can be obtained here.

Looks like there is lot of work still to be done and will not be selling this blog at any point of time ;-) Any takers?

By the way, I just happened to see that the owner of Stimator has put up the website on Sale. The current value on http://www.stimator.com/ is USD 10,532.00

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Bumper list of Hyper-V articles, whitepapers, and videos

Date April 9, 2009

You have everything you always wanted to know about Hyper-V

Here I have just compiled a complete list of most important Virtualization / Hyper-V related content from Microsoft updated till date. But before you would move ahead evaluating them, you may want to download the following:-

Description

Date

Type

Skill

Top 10 Virtualization Myths

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

100

Top 10 Virtualization Myths

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

100

Hyper-V Overview

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

100

App-V in the Real World

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

100

Why use App-V

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

100

SCVMM 2008 Whitepaper

5/23/2008

Whitepaper

100

Solution Accelerator for Vista, WS 2008 and Hyper-V

2/19/2008

PPT

100

Getting Access to Product Bits – ServerOS

10/7/2007

Other

100

Microsoft Virtualization E-Book

3/9/2009

Whitepaper

200

Top 10 IT Pro Tasks Made Easier by Windows Server 2008 R2

1/21/2009

Whitepaper

200

Windows Server 2008 R2 Reviewers Guide (Beta)

1/21/2009

Whitepaper

200

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

1/21/2009

Whitepaper

200

WS08 R2 Overview

1/21/2009

PPT

200

Windows Server 2008: 10 reasons to upgrade

10/30/2008

Video/Webcast

200

Introduction to SCVMM 2008

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

200

Hyper-V Architecture Overview

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

200

Using Powershell with Hyper-V

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

200

Virtualization Launch Recordings

10/14/2008

Other

200

Virtualization Team Blog

10/14/2008

Other

200

Virtualization TechCenter

10/14/2008

Other

200

App-V TechCenter

10/14/2008

Other

200

SCVMM TechCenter

10/14/2008

Other

200

Virtualization for Windows: A Technology Overview

7/23/2008

Whitepaper

200

Step by Step Guide for Getting Started with Hyper-V

7/23/2008

Whitepaper

200

Hyper-V IT Pro Deck

7/23/2008

PPT

200

Extending TS and Hyper-V VDI in WS08 R2

4/7/2009

PPT

300

SQL2008 on Hyper-V

2/23/2009

Whitepaper

300

Offline VM servicing tool

2/23/2009

Other

300

Live Migration Demo Setup Guide

2/11/2009

Whitepaper

300

Live Migration Overview and Architecture Guidance

2/11/2009

Whitepaper

300

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting up Live Migration on R2

2/11/2009

Whitepaper

300

Step-by-Step Guide to Hyper-V and Fail-Over Clusters

2/11/2009

Whitepaper

300

20-Part Webcast Series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

1/30/2009

Other

300

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Kit

10/14/2008

Other

300

Infrastructure Planning and Design

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

300

Hyper-V Getting Started Guide

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

300

Hyper-V Deployment Guide

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

300

App-V Deployment Guide

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

300

Hyper-V Fail-Over Clustering

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

300

Clustering Hyper-V

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

300

Disk Access in Hyper-V

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

300

Operations guide for App-V

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

300

Hyper-V and Bitlocker

10/14/2008

Whitepaper

300

SCVMM Technical Library

10/14/2008

Other

300

Using PS and SCVMM to deploy Server 2008

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

300

Using PS for SCVMM

10/14/2008

Video/Webcast

300

Virtualization Architecture and Scenarios with Demos

7/23/2008

PPT

300

Planning_and_Architecture_for_deploying_Hyper-V_and_VMM

7/23/2008

PPT

300

Deploying_and_Managing_Hyper-V_with_System_Center_Virtual_Machine_Manager

7/23/2008

PPT

300

Heterogeneous Virtualization Management – Virtualization Day

7/23/2008

PPT

300

Hyper-V Security Best Practices

7/23/2008

PPT

300

High Availability and Virtualization

7/23/2008

PPT

300

Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager in a Dev and Test Environment

7/23/2008

PPT

300

PowerShell and Management Automation

7/23/2008

PPT

300

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides

7/23/2008

Whitepaper

300

Infrastructure Planning and Design Series

7/23/2008

Whitepaper

300

Learn about the above skill levels here

More Articles and Whitepapers updates are available here

Here are some must download High resolution videos from TechNet Edge.

Join Partner Technology Specialist, Matt McSpirit, on this multi-part virtualization series where he discusses the topic in depth showing demos and scenarios that customers go through.  Whether you are a small IT shop learning about virtualization or a company designing a datacenter, watch these short videos to get you up to speed on what Hyper-V can do for you.

Desktop to Datacenter – Part 1 – Server Virtualization
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 2 – Installing, Configuring, Managing Hyper-V
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 3 – Understanding Integration Services
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 4 – Exports & Snapshots
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 5 – Powershell Management
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 6 – Configuring Failover Cluster
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 7 – Failover & Migration of VMs
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 8 – Multiple VMs per LUN
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 9 – Clustering with Sanbolic Kayo FS
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 10 – Pass Through Disks
Desktop to Datacenter – Part 11 – Hyper-V Server 2008 Installing, Configuring, Managing

Hyper-V Live Migration

This series of short webcasts explains how to set up live migration of virtual machines with Windows Server 2008 R2. It is meant as a simple experiment that you can reproduce with 3 machines to familiarize yourselves with the technology. The 6th and last part discusses the difference between live and quick migration, showing both in action.
Useful Links:
– Frank Cicalese’s (virtualization specialist) paper on r2 lab setup
– Technet step-by-step guide to live migration
– Technet guide to hyper-v fail-over
– Massimo Re Ferre` (IBM) tutorial on Hyper-V Server R2

High Res Video downloads:-

Live Migration – Part 1
Live Migration – Part 2
Live Migration – Part 3
Live Migration – Part 4
Live Migration – Part 5
Live Migration – Part 6

Redhat on Hyper-V

SQL Server Virtualization

Screencast: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

Virtualized Desktops with Citrix and Microsoft

If these videos excited you, you may get more updates from TechNet Edge or Microsoft Videos

More update on Microsoft Virtualization available on: Microsoft Virtualization website

20 part webcast series on Microsoft Virtualization solutions:

The team of IT Pro Evangelists at Microsoft including: Kevin Remde, Matt Hester, Chris Avis, Chris Henley, and Yung Chou have delivered a 20-part webcast series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions. The objectives of this series are not only to help you develop technical depth on various Microsoft virtualization solutions with level 300 sessions, but to appreciate the essentials of a typical virtualization project in a real world implementation.

Session List:

  1. 01/14/2009, TechNet Webcast: Virtualization in a Nutshell
  2. 01/16/2009, TechNet Webcast: Selecting the Right Candidates for Virtualization
  3. 01/21/2009, TechNet Webcast: Virtualizing Test and Development Environments for a Quick Return on Investment
  4. 01/23/2009, TechNet Webcast: Managing the Virtualized Test and Development Environment
  5. 01/28/2009, TechNet Webcast: If I Virtualize It, How Do I Manage It?
  6. 01/29/2009, TechNet Webcast: Consolidation and Rapid Provisioning
  7. 02/04/2009, TechNet Webcast: Building on Your Existing Virtual Environment
  8. 02/06/2009, TechNet Webcast: Virtualization Solutions for High Availability
  9. 02/11/2009, TechNet Webcast: Client-Side Virtualization
  10. 02/13/2009, TechNet Webcast: Using Presentation Virtualization
  11. 02/18/2009, TechNet Webcast: Scaling Terminal Services Out (1/2)
  12. 02/20/2009, TechNet Webcast: Scaling Terminal Services Out (2/2)
  13. 02/25/2009, TechNet Webcast: Running Legacy Applications with Virtualization (1/2)
  14. 02/27/2009, TechNet Webcast: Running Legacy Applications with Virtualization (2/2)
  15. 03/04/2009, TechNet Webcast: Creating a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  16. 03/06/2009, TechNet Webcast: Securing the Virtual Environments
  17. 03/11/2009, TechNet Webcast: Virtualization with Centralized, Policy-Based Management
  18. 03/13/2009, TechNet Webcast: Virtualization Solutions in Branch Offices
  19. 03/20/2009, TechNet Webcast: Road Map for the Future of Virtualization
  20. 03/24/2009, TechNet Webcast: Managing Virtual Solutions

All the above webcasts are available to download for offline viewing.

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Vote Earth – Switch off your lights

Date March 25, 2009

Small Things Bring Big Changes

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF is urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights.

In 2009, India joins Earth Hour for the first time. New Delhi and Mumbai are among 825 cities across 80 countries and territories that have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009. This number is growing everyday.

Noted film actor and icon Mr Aamir Khan will be leading the campaign in India. Many companies such as HP, HSBC and Wipro are also supporting the campaign. WWF-India Secretary General and CEO Ravi Singh says: “Earth Hour is a step in the world’s efforts to combat the threat of Climate Change and it holds tremendous potential to influence sound policy and people’s participation on the issue. Earth Hour is an unprecedented communication initiative to make people understand what they must”.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet.

People from 825 cities across 80 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time (IST).

Join the movement now!

Find out more about this initiative on http://earthhour.in/

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