Kansas City SharePoint 2010 Conference Knowledge Gems

I’m attending the KC SharePoint 2010 Conference today… picking up a number of knowledge gems from the various presenters. The presenter from AvePoint is particularly good. For example, while discussing SharePoint 2007 to 2010 upgrades he mentioned that the free 30-day trial of DocAve Backup and Recovery can be used to quickly create a test…

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(Supported) Solutions for Virtualizing Internet Explorer 6

The question “How do I virtualize IE 6 for legacy web apps?” is common when discussing a Windows 7 rollout. There are quite a few interesting solutions floating around the Interwebs. However, not all of them are recommended or supported. If you need IE 6 compatibility for your Windows 7 deployment, please read Solutions for…

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Quick Post: Office 2010 RTM, Docs.com Facebook Integration, Windows InTune Preview

As usual, I’m behind on my blog posting quota. Seems like I’ve hit a rhythm of one post per week. That’s not quite as frequent as I’d like – and certainly not frequent enough to keep your eyeballs entertained. So… for my one or two readers out there I’ll try to kick it up a…

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Virtual on Virtual: Deploying a Virtualized Remote Desktop Services Environment

I’ve been a fan of Presentation Virtualization since the days of Citrix WinFrame 1.7 (in fact the CCA was one of my first industry certifications). However, the idea of running Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services inside a virtual machine never seemed like a good idea. Well – times have changed thanks to x64 processors, oodles of…

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(UPDATE) My First Blog Contest – Windows 7 Ultimate

The contest is over – we had a winner today (4/8) at 12:56am. Congrats, Michael! Your copy of Windows 7 Ultimate will be in the mail shortly. OK – its been a little over a month since I launched my blog and I’m curious if any of my customers are reading. I talked to one…

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MDOP 2010 Gets a Refresh with MED-V SP1 RTM

Today marks the release of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) SP1, which includes support for Windows 7. The official announcement appeared on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) team blog since MED-V is one of six MDOP components. This code refresh comes right on the heels of the February release of MDOP 2010. I’ve been…

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Desktop Virtualization Announcement Wrap-Up

In case you missed the webcast yesterday, Microsoft announced several product and licensing enhancements related to desktop virtualization. Here’s a summary from the official press release. Improved licensing model for virtual Windows desktop. Beginning July 1, 2010, Windows Client Software Assurance customers will no longer have to buy a separate license to access their Windows…

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Mark Your Calendars – Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Hour – March 18th @ 11am Central

Hopefully you received my e-mail invite earlier this week. If not, please mark your calendar for tomorrow’s desktop virtualization event. The guys up in Redmond have some exciting information to share (i.e. this isn’t a typical marketing event). So… head on over to www.desktopvirtualizationhour.com and add the invite to your calendar. See you online.

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Virtual Lab: Microsoft VDI Featuring Citrix XenDesktop 4 and Hyper-V R2

The Virtual Labs team just released a new publicly-accessible TechNet lab focusing on VDI. If you’ve already seen the marketing material and want to get your hands on the technology… this is a great way to do it with zero lab hardware required. Just point your browser to the following link, grab a fresh cup…

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User Group Follow-Up: MED-V Presentation on SkyDrive

We had an excellent turn-out for Tuesday’s User Group meeting. Thanks to Richard Ruiz and Bernie Weldon for presenting on MED-V and the overall Microsoft virtualization stack. I’ve posted Richard’s MED-V deck on SkyDrive if you want a copy. Stay tuned for info on our next meeting – tentatively scheduled for April.

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