Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 RTM Released

he Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 makes it easier to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in your IT environment. MAP also provides specific and actionable IT proposals and reports to help get the most value out of Microsoft products and infrastructure. In this version, MAP has expanded its assessment…

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Search Server? SharePoint? FAST? Which Enterprise Search Solution Is Right For Your Business?

Learn about Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express along with our portfolio of Enterprise Search Solutions that integrate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and find the right search solution you need to increase business productivity.  During the webcast, we will demonstrate Search Server 2008 Express and outline use case scenarios.  You will see: Microsoft Search…

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IT Professional Top Licensing FAQs – August 08

Q) How do I downgrade? A) As an end user you have the right to downgrade as set out in your Software Licence Terms. Example: You’re buying a new computer system and it needs to run the same operating system as your existing 10 systems — Windows XP Professional. Pre-installed Windows Vista Business and Windows…

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Breaking into the Clouds

Steve wrote a great piece on the significance that announcements at PDC 2008 in LA this week would have and oh was he right! Ray Ozzie just announced Windows Azure, the cloud-based service foundation underlying its Azure Services Platform, and highlighted this platform’s role in delivering a software plus services approach to computing. Key components…

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Accelerating Virtualisation

“Solution Accelerators” are one of our best kept secrets. They are not meant to be secrets but I think they get lost amongst everything else This set of Virtualisation Solution Accelerators are designed to help accelerate adoption and deployment of Microsoft virtualisation technologies. This collection includes automated assessment and deployment as well. You can also…

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Where to get the latest on Windows

The Springboard Blog went live yesterday and will provide  a frank, open and honest discussion on the challenges and rewards of adopting the modern Windows Client environment.  It will cover the tough issues around managing Windows desktop and mobile PCs, and will be the place to get up-to-date information on the latest Windows Client OS…

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Mother May I?

I read a very interesting article yesterday on Information Week, which looks into IT spend amidst these uncertain economic times. It had a few really interesting take outs. The CIO of H.B. Fuller said "it made me go down the hall to talk to the CFO." which really highlights how key the relationship is between…

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Gartner’s Top 10 strategic technology trends for the next year

Not much of a surprise of what is included in this list, but I would have expected Green IT to appear higher. I would also have expected social networking/enterprise mash-ups to still be in early days of adoption and exploration, rather than in the top 10 1 – Virtualisation 2 – Cloud computing 3 –…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Release for Beta

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this latest version, MAP has expanded its assessment capabilities to include SQL Server 2008, Security Assessment Proposal, Forefront/NAP migration, Microsoft Online Services, as well as providing a Power Savings…

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