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Sponsor Webinars: Software-Defined Storage Architecture & Microsoft Storage Best Practises

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New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers

Tuesday, September 16, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO

What is the trick to supporting growth for your Microsoft environment without breaking your budget, or causing performance problems? Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) is the Microsoft solution for enabling a flexible, scalable resilient data infrastructure supporting Windows, Hyper-V and SQL Server environments.
Attend this webinar with Greg Schulz, Founder of Server and StorageIO to learn how to scale with stability of Microsoft SOFS environments including:

  • Explore SOFS issues, challenges and opportunities
  • Scaling SOFS with flexibility and resiliency
  • Leverage RAM and flash SSD as a write-back cache
  • Server side PCIe, SAS and SATA storage options
  • Stretch your budget further using less hardware
  • Flexible networking with your server and storage
  • Boosting performance and increasing flash SSD life
  • Reduce your data footprint impact with deduplication

Link for registration: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=844957&s=1&k=A5630C9D2A97320C3C6BD7724D8E2A74&partnerref=starwind

 

Live Webinar: Software-Defined Storage Architecture: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk in Microsoft/VMware Storage Strategies

Tuesday, September 24, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International

Sifting through the marketing hype from VMware and Microsoft regarding their “server-side software-defined storage models” can be almost as challenging as understanding the underlying technical issues that software-defined storage seeks to solve. What is needed is a clear headed analysis of the storage challenges created by virtual server computing, the benefits and limitations of competing software-defined approaches to addressing them, and what alternatives exist that might provide highly available and scalable storage capacity in a business-savvy way.

In this webinar, storage expert Jon Toigo:

  • Provides a brief retrospective on the drivers of software-defined storage
  • Delivers a snapshot of the current approaches of the leading hypervisor vendors for delivering SDS architecture
  • Identifies the key requirements that have yet to be met


Special Offer:Attend the webinar and get a chance to win FREE 6-month NFR license key for StarWind Virtual SAN!

Link for registration: http://virtualizationreview.com/webcasts/2014/09/starwind-software-defined-storage-architecture.aspx?partnerref=sw5

Written by Christoph Harding

September 10th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Posted in Sponsor Post,Webcast

Project Siena Beta 3 now available

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If you would like to design an app you need development skills – usually, but not with Project Siena. Siena which was just published as Beta 3 Version. Project Siena is a WYSIWYG development tool from Microsoft which enables everyone to create nice little apps for Windows 8 tablets.

The new version has great enhancements i.e. easier integration with social networks like Facebook or Twitter.

Please download the new version from Microsofts website.

Link: Microsoft Store (Free Download)

Written by Christoph Harding

July 14th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Posted in Apps,Tablets

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Video: Hands-on with Surface Pro 3

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A great device! Looking forward to it.

Written by Christoph Harding

June 5th, 2014 at 8:42 am

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Microsoft’s ‘Mohoro’ Windows-as-a-service released as a public preview

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Interesting read on Mary Jo Foley’s blog today.

Mohoro — known officially as Azure RemoteApp — allows users to deliver Windows Server applications on a variety of devices. The accompanying remote desktop client apps will run on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and/or Android.

http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-mohoro-windows-as-a-service-released-as-a-public-preview-7000029309/#ftag=RSS0966a21

Written by Christoph Harding

May 12th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack updated (MDOP 2014)

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Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Desktop Optimization pack (MDOP) 2014 which is now available for download. MDOP is Microsoft’s suite of virtualization, management and security technologies for desktops. MDOP is available as a subscription for Software Assurance.

What does the new version include?

  • Enhanced support for FIPS 140-2
  • Improved compliance and enforcement policies
  • Support for enterprise scenarios and technologies
  • Innovations to application publishing and launch
  • Support of parallel deployment and execution of application upgrades
  • Improvements to existing capabilities
  • More deployment guidance and how-to guides

Please check the following blog post for more detail.

Link: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2014/05/01/improving-your-organization-s-security-and-performance-with-the-microsoft-desktop-optimization-pack.aspx

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May 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Windows Intune with Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Knox Support

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The Windows Intune Team has announced today that with beginning today they’re going to rollout a new version of Windows Intune until 21th May which supports Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Know. The blog post gives a great overview of the new features included. There are also two links to TechNet where you can find the new policies supported for MDM.

Link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/archive/2014/04/28/availability-of-update-to-windows-intune-for-windows-phone-8-1-and-samsung-knox-standard.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

April 28th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview for Windows Phone

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Microsoft published a Preview version of the Remote Desktop Client for Windows Phone in the Windows Phone Store today. This free app enables you to connect to a remote desktop via your mobile. The client supports multi-touch experience via RDP and RemoteFX.

Here’s the feature list:

  • Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Level Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage

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Link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/microsoft-remote-desktop-preview/299b09ab-207e-441c-9e8e-c8d66c20b76b

Written by Christoph Harding

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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Office Remote for Windows Phone updated to 1.1.3.0

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Office Remote is handy app for everyone who’s presenting a lot. You can connect your Windows Phone with this tiny app to your PC, laptop or tablet and remote control the Microsoft Office Apps Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

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With this app it’s easy to switch between the slides, read your notes during presentation and even use your phone as a laser pointer.

Anyone who owns a Windows Phone should try this app.

Link: http://www.windowsphone.com/de-de/store/app/office-remote/01f53e5a-7870-49cb-8afc-d6fab6d7a3cd

Written by Christoph Harding

April 22nd, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Windows Phone 8.1 Mobile Device Management Overview

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Microsoft has published a 15 pages overview which helps you to explore the built-in Mobile Device Management (MDM) capabilities of Windows Phone 8.1.

Mobile device management (MDM) in Windows Phone 8.1 is based on the Synchronization Markup Language (SyncML) version 1.2, which is the Open Mobile Alliance Client Provisioning standard for device management. Windows Phone 8.1 builds on this standard to create an integrated MDM client that allows MDM system vendors to manage Windows Phone devices. This overview will show you how you can manage Windows Phone 8.1 by using an on premises, off premises, or hybrid MDM solution, such as those that System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune provide. It also covers the use of MDM solutions in conjunction with Exchange Server, which allow you to not only manage the device and configuration settings, but also protect the email messages users send and receive on their Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42508

Written by Christoph Harding

April 11th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Video: Siri vs. Cortana (Fun)

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April 11th, 2014 at 9:39 am

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