Cool stuff from Microsoft IT

Microsoft IT usually deals with all Microsoft products and Technologies before they get the street. Because we are early adopters we also have the opportunity to develop good administration practices and we like to share those practices with our customers and partners. That’s the main goal of Microsoft ITShowcase program. ITShowcase has just published a…


ANNOUNCEMENT: Live Mesh Tech Preview expansion to Ireland (in English)

Live Mesh is a very cool new technology that Microsoft is developing and during the Tech Preview we want you guys to experience it (as users and by developing to the platform) and share your thoughts. What’s Live Mesh? Live Mesh, enables you to synchronize and access information and files across your different PCs and…

Two new events from Windows Server 2008 User Group Ireland

The Windows Server 2008 User Group Ireland (Aidan Finn) is organizing two cool events, as usual, please pass on the news to your colleagues and friends. Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 "We will be running an event on Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager on 2nd September in Buswells Hotel in Dublin 2 at 7pm….


Windows Vista Compatibility Center

This site has gone live recently – great resource to check the Vista compatibility status of hardware or software: Windows Vista Compatibility Center   There’s a lot (lot) more compatible devices/applications than some people might think…. if you’re buying or deploying Vista then this site is a good resource for you.


Creating Mind Maps with Visio

I’m a heavy mind map user – in my experience you either don’t use them at all, or you use them all the time.   If you fall into the latter camp, there are quite a few mind map tools on the market. What a lot of people don’t know, myself included until last week,…

Virtualisation – A few notes

The last week we had some interesting notes related with the Virtualisation topic that I thought it would be worth sharing. First Microsoft IT Showcase has published its Guide to select loads candidates for virtualisation Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Identifying Server Candidates for Virtualization, which discusses how Microsoft IT…

ILM "2" Beta 3 is now available for download

ILM "2" Beta 3 has recently been posted for download on the connect website. This beta release is a major milestone in the release roadmap for the product and contains most of the features of the product that a lot of people have been waiting to get a play with. Crucially, you can download a…


Configuration Manager 2007 – 32-bit or 64-bit OS?

As I’m sure most of you are already aware, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is a 32-bit application. Installing SCCM SP1 on 64-bit Windows 2003 and 64-bit Windows Server 2008, is of course fully supported. However, given that SCCM is still a 32-bit application, performance will not be as great on 64-bit hardware as…


PXE Boot Problems with Configuration Manager 2007

One of the most impressive features of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is Operating System Deployment (OSD) which began life as a feature pack for SMS 2003. An integral component of OSD is a new site role in SCCM called the PXE service point that responds to PXE requests from computers that have been…


OCS 2007 Enterprise Edition – Certificate & DNS Requirements

Having just deployed Office Communication Server (OCS) 2007 into a customer site, I thought I would share some of my experiences, specifically around DNS and Certificate requirements. OCS Features Installed Audio & video conferencing Web conferencing NO federation or external user access OCS Infrastructure Components Software – OCS OCS 2007 Enterprise Edition Hardware 2 x…