mcs.ireland.blog/infrastructure

Welcome to the blog of the Microsoft Consulting Services infrastructure team in Ireland

Thinking about migrating to Windows 7? So think MCS!

  A recent Microsoft whitepaper highlights the critical role that consulting services and in...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 09/28/2011

Windows 7 deployment: Getting your head around Active Directory

  Thinking about deploying Window 7 but not sure what to consider regarding Active Directory?...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 09/26/2011

Event: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Deep Dive

At TechDays for IT Pro’s 2009 ( http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/technet/techdays.aspx ) there will...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/12/2009

Cool stuff from Microsoft IT

Microsoft IT usually deals with all Microsoft products and Technologies before they get the street....

Author: mcsieinf Date: 08/25/2008

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...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 08/19/2008

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,...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 08/07/2008

Windows Vista Compatibility Center

This site has gone live recently - great resource to check the Vista compatibility status of...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 07/21/2008

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...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 07/21/2008

Virtualisation - A few notes

The last week we had some interesting notes related with the Virtualisation topic that I thought it...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/30/2008

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...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/20/2008

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...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/19/2008

PXE Boot Problems with Configuration Manager 2007

One of the most impressive features of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is Operating...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/18/2008

OCS 2007 Enterprise Edition - Certificate & DNS Requirements

Having just deployed Office Communication Server (OCS) 2007 into a customer site, I thought I would...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/18/2008

Today’s the day for the second Springboard Live! virtual roundtable: The topic? Windows Vista Security

Let’s talk Windows Vista security begins 17:00 GMT. Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/18/2008

Windows Vista Deployment - Part 4 - End User Experience

One of the most important things of a Windows Vista deployment is managing change. The end users...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/17/2008

Using Key Management Services (KMS) Across Domains

In some environments it may be necessary to implement Key Management Services (KMS) activation...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/17/2008

Using Key Management Services (KMS) for Vista Activation

I have been working recently on a large Vista deployment project for an Enterprise customer. An...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/17/2008

Microsoft's Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap Part 3: ILM "2"

Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” builds on Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 to provide...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/17/2008

Microsoft's Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap Part 2: ILM 2007

This is the second post in this series. In the first one I talked about Microsoft's philosophy and...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/17/2008

Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 4.5 has been released !

HMC 4.5 brings together powerful Microsoft enterprise products such as Microsoft Exchange Server,...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/15/2008

Assess Your Infrastructure for OS Migration and Virtualization Readiness with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 Beta!

No IT project can be successful unless the specific network environment is well understood.  To...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/12/2008

June 18th Virtual Roundtable on Windows Vista Security

Let’s talk Windows Vista security! On Wednesday June 18th at 9:00AM Pacific Time, Microsoft...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/06/2008

New Windows Client TechCenter launched

Microsoft has  launched the new Windows Client TechCenter, merging the Windows XP and Windows...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 06/06/2008

Physical Security at Microsoft: Taking Advantage of Strategic IT Convergence

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Physical Security at Microsoft:...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/31/2008

Microsoft’s Identity Life Cycle Management Strategy And Roadmap - Part 1: Microsoft's philosophy and vision

In a previous post I promised to delve a little deeper into our Identity Lifecycle strategy and...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/29/2008

Dealing with issues when using the Apply or Auto Apply Driver Package Task in SCCM Task Sequence

Working with some Windows Vista deployments with ZTI (using SCCM 2007 and PXE), I have experienced...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/28/2008

Windows Vista Deployment - Part 3 - Hardware Suitability

Well here we are again, you've already decided that you are going to migrate to Vista, you now know...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/28/2008

Deploying Windows Server 2008 Read-Only domain controllers in your existing environment

One of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Services is the Read-Only...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/28/2008

Published: Improving Network Security Using Windows Server 2008 technical white paper

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Improving Network Security Using...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/23/2008

MOF v4 Published

(Should have posted this much earlier....) The final version of MOF v 4.0 has been published. MOF...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/23/2008

MSDN & TECHNET RUNNING COMPLETELY ON HYPER-V!!

Hyper-V development has been very successful in terms of stability, reliability, performance and...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/23/2008

MSDN and Technet runs on Hyper-V

The MSDN and Technet websites have now been fully migrated to running within virtual machines on a...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/23/2008

Windows Vista Deployment - Part 2 - Application Compatibility

It's been decided, good choice, you are going to deploy Windows Vista in your environment. Now you...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/23/2008

Beta 2 for Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" now available

Many of you have no doubt heard of and some of you will have worked with Microsoft Identity...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/20/2008

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool - Beta

If you are interested in BDD we think you would be interested in the following new program: Offline...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/09/2008

Windows Vista Deployment - Part 1 - "Where do I start?"

Being involved with deployment projects recently I have found that deploying Vista in the enterprise...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/02/2008

BitLocker tools available for download

If you're rolling out BitLocker, there are 2 free tools now available for download which can come in...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 05/01/2008

Get all the key technical information you need in 1 place

Some of our colleagues in Microsoft UK publish a monthly "tech rollup" email which you can...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 04/30/2008

How and why - BitLocker

In recent days, everybody here in Ireland is talking about BitLocker and laptop encryption. In fact,...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 04/29/2008

Windows Server 2008 - High Availability - Failover Clustering

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Windows Server 2008 - High...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 04/19/2008

New Storage Designs for Exchange Server 2007 in Microsoft IT

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of New Storage Designs for Exchange...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 04/19/2008

Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0-a Comprehensive IT Service Lifecycle

We are pleased to announce that the MOF 4.0 Beta has been updated! We have updated the content based...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 04/05/2008

Technet webcasts on Vista deployment techniques and App Compat

In May, there will be a series of new TechNet webcasts focusing on Windows Vista deployment: •...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 04/04/2008

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) now released

Today we released the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) to the web.  RSAT is the...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/26/2008

Download details: Windows Vista Product Guide

A comprehensive feature-by-feature guide to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 is now available at...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/25/2008

Free support for Vista SP1 installs

SP1 support options are detailed at...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/24/2008

Understanding the Value Proposition of the IT Lifecycle

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Understanding the Value Proposition...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/24/2008

The Developer Highway Code

Hi All, DO YOU CARE ABOUT HELPING YOUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS WRITE MORE SECURE CODE? PLEASE READ...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/21/2008

Network Access Protection - Microsoft Forefront Integration Kit - Beta Now Available!

Help your customers defend against malware with the Microsoft® Forefront™ Integration Kit...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/17/2008

InfoWorld: Top 10 Improvements in Windows Server 2008

This morning Tom Yager & Sean McCown posted a blog on InfoWorld outlining the “Top 10...

Author: mcsieinf Date: 03/17/2008

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