Louisville, KY Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (4-13-2011)

Good afternoon and thank you to everyone who attended the event in Louisville ! I hope everyone had a good time. As promised here are some resources and the Q/A from the event..  During the event one the folks in the room mentioned a tool on how to transition your Office knowledge to the ribbon.  There are a couple of tools you can use.  Thanks Fred and Tim for sending the information over. There’s an online-version of that, which you can run directly from the web (great for users who can’t install software):

Interactive Menu Guides (imho the coolest option)

There is also a tool you can download called Search Commands and you can get it here: Search Commands 

Get Microsoft Silverlight

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: http://www.windowsazurepass.com

Q: Can you build Java application in Azure?
Yes you can, Windows Azure in an open platform. This means you can run applications written in .NET, PHP, or Java.   Here is a video and blog post discussing it: How Do I: Run Java Applications in Windows Azure? 

Q: Where can I find the basic is the cloud right for you quiz? 
Yes there is I actually blogged about this last year: What Kind of Cloud is Your Business Looking to Become? 

Q: Where is the Azure ROI calculator
You can find the calculator here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/economics/ it is on the right hand side of the web page.

Q: What about HIPAA compliance and the cloud?
Security and compliance is one of the hottest topics centering around the cloud. There are a few resources to look at:

Q: When you remote connect into the servers via the Azure dashboard what can you do administratively?
You can learn a lot more here: Remotely Accessing Role Instances in Windows Azure I

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