Cleveland, OH Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (3-22-2011)

Thank you to everyone who attended the event in Cleveland, I had a great time and a lot of great conversations, here is the Q/A and resources from the event.

I will also be placing the slides here: TechNet Slides: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud and here: TechNet Event Slides

I also wanted to share with you another place to get your Azure questions answered:  Windows Azure Office Hours.  There are a lot of people that are interested in the cloud, but they don't know how to get started. Maybe they just have a lot of questions before they decide to get going. This is what we are here for. During office hours we will have the door wide open. Come on in, toss out your questions, and we'll help you anyway we can. The office will be staffed with cloud computing experts from Microsoft, and some of our leading partners. No agenda, just show up and pitch us your questions. No Registration. No emails. No commitments. Just show up.  Go here to learn about the hours:

Windows Azure Office Hours

You can also get a 30 day trial (no credit card required!!!) of Azure by use the code TNAZURE at Windows Azure Pass:

Q: Can you configure Identity Services with Office 365
  Yes, and you can learn more here: Install and configure the Microsoft Online Services Identity Federation Management tool 

Q: How do you do AD integration in Office 365?
You can use your local AD and synchronize it with 365 here is some more information: Manage directory synchronization 

Q: What about level 1 security in Azure?
  Level 1 can be achieved take a look at this case study: Zuora Azure Case Study 

Q: Where can I find more information on Hybrid cloud deployments?
There is a great article here: Hybrid Cloud Solutions With Windows Azure AppFabric Middleware 

Q: What is the difference between Hyper-V and Private Cloud?
Hyper-V is generally used for local virtual solutions however when you add automation and self service and leverage a highly virtualized environment you get a Private Cloud 

Q: How do you set permissions in Office 365 in SharePoint Online?
Setting permissions is very similar to setting permissions on premise here is a good article. Roadmap: Grant permissions for a site 

Q: Are there are differences between Office 365 and Office on-premise?
  Aside from some fundamentaly differences like you cannot have a .pst with Outlook Web App.  There are a few, this blog post does a good job showing some of the highlights: Office 2010 and Office Web Apps Compared Ultimately you will pick the version that works for you and your users.

Q: How do you do configure BES with Exchange Online?
  One way you can accomplish Blackberry sync is with the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS).  To learn more take a look here:  BlackBerry with BPOS / Exchange Online

Q: Is SCVMM in MSDN Subscription?
I checked around and it appears that yes SCVMM is in MSDN. 

Q: Is there a comparison between Live@Edu and Office 365?
Live@edu will be transitioning to Office 365 for education take a look here for more information: Office 365 for education

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