New TechNet Radio Episode! Delivering Results – How Microsoft IT Protects Corporate Client Data using Windows Work Folders

Corporations today face huge challenges protecting their client data in this BYOD world.   People want flexibility when deciding on where and how they work – from which device they choose to use to how they access their data whenever and wherever they are -  while IT departments are tasked with responding to their information needs, while still keeping control of corporate data.  Join me for today’s TechNet Radio episode as I welcomes Sr. Service Engineering Manager Young Kwon, and discuss how Microsoft IT deployed Work Folders (a feature in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2) in their datacenter to help IT manage information and data in a BYOD environment.

  • [2:14] What are Work Folders?
  • [4:46] What are the IT Benefits to Work Folders?
  • [6:06 ]What is involved with IT Professionals setting up Work Folders
  • [6:32] What were some of our challenges?

Also don’t forget you can learn more about these topics at Virtual Academy for free, click here to proceed!

New TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Why VDI? How to Set-Up a Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infratructure (VDI) Environment

Join me as I welcome Simon May back for Part 2 in our  Microsoft VDI series and in today’s episode we show how to setup VDI from concept to configuration. Tune in for this demo heavy session where we show how to quickly get a Proof of Concept built using the quick setup wizard and then how to fully customize it for your needs while building out the VDI environment.

Also see what’s new in VDI for R2 and Windows 8.1 here on Virtual Academy!

As well as Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start!

New TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Why VDI? An Inside Look at Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Solutions

Join me as I welcome Simon May to the show for this special two part series on the ins-and-outs and in betweens of Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions. Tune in for part 1 in our series where we give an overview of VDI why organizations, and how end-users may find it beneficial in their day-to-day activities.

Also see what’s new in VDI for R2 and Windows 8.1 here on Virtual Academy!

As well as Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start!

Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise Jump Start

Are you tackling BYOD? Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Phone can help! Find out how in this demo-filled, three-day Jump Start course with live Q&A. Plus, get the latest from the TechEd and Build conferences, and prepare for MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure and MCSA: Windows 8.1 certifications.

Seasoned experts share real-world experience as they explore the new feature set in Windows 8.1 Update. Dive deep into key enterprise scenarios around System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune management and security, and explore virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), disk deduplication and tiering, and the Remote Desktop app.

Windows 8.1 Update can simplify the management of tomorrow’s IT environments, while tangibly improving today’s end-user experience. Sign up for this fast-paced Jump Start, and find out more.

http://aka.ms/win81update-ent

Watch the recording of this event here!

Why Server 2012 R2? – Remote Desktop Sessions and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

This new BYOD world makes for an ever-expanding number of devices, operating systems, and applications as well as the constant expectation that we all should be able to  access vital information from anywhere anytime.  Work and play have blurred so closely together that it is difficult to discern the two anymore.  All that being said, developers and application development shops find it increasingly difficult to keep up with this vast number of changing delivery mechanisms set in front of them, therefore it is imperative that traditional or legacy applications still remain functional even to a device that was never intended to run these types of apps.

Enter Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Sessions and Read more

Windows 8.1 has arrived!

Head on over to Windows.com for the latest details and how to get started with the upgrade.   For home PCs and Tablets you can grab the upgrade straight from the Windows Store as well!

VMware or Microsoft Series – VDI – A Look at Supportability and More!

A little bit of history first.  Virtual Desktop computing has been slowly etching its way into more IT plans year over year.  The advantages can be enormous when isolating the end user into a virtual desktop that looks and acts like their regular everyday PC.  Of course the ROI has been quite difficult to manage especially when looking at large deployments, and when performance must be guaranteed to match or exceed the current computing requirements.

VMware jumped in the VDI ring many years ago mainly through some acquisitions, and for the first few years struggled to gain momentum against Citrix.  After all Citrix owned this market for many years almost solo.   Citrix had the client connectivity piece so well-honed that it was quite difficult for any other vendor to compete in the space.  VMware’s answer to this was to license the PCoIP protocol from Teradici.  And so for the past few years, VMware has continued to take some market share from Citrix on the VDI front.  Which brings us to the present.

Enter Microsoft Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services(RDS).  Most of us think Read more

PowerShell Toolbuilding Workshop – August 13th – Microsoft Campus – Alpharetta, GA

Join us for a PowerShell Toolbuilding Workshop on August 13th at the Microsoft campus in Alpharetta.  For more details and to sign up click here, while you are at it register for the Southeast Information Technology Professionals official meetup page as well:

http://www.meetup.com/Southeast-Information-Technology-Professionals/events/129998102/

Event Summary:  A script is something you create to automate some process. It may be long, is usually a bit ugly, and makes assumptions about how it will be run. Tools, on the other hand, are clean, powerful works of art that can be shared with others. In this presentation we will take a script and turn it into a tool by converting it into an advanced function, adding cmdlet style help, creating parameters, and accepting pipeline input. Then we will create a module to house our new advanced function and even create our own format specification. You will walk away with a new tool in your toolbox, the knowledge how to create your own tools, and even some ideas on what tools to create. This presentation will be based on material covered in the Learn PowerShell Tool-making in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Jeff Hicks available from Manning.

TechNet Radio – How Microsoft IT Deployed Direct Access with Windows Server 2012

Join me in welcoming Sr. Service Engineer Kunal Kaushik to this latest installment of TechNet Radio as we discuss how Microsoft IT uses Direct Access to enable workers to work remotely. Tune in as we chat about how MSIT deployed DirectAccess globally using Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 and how by implementing this solution the team was able to reduce support costs, increase business agility and improve remote management for IT.

  • [2:38] What is DirectAccess and how did we deploy it?
  • [6:18] How did you help users get a better geographical authentication point when they logged in remotely?
  • [8:32] So how is this product lowering our costs?
  • [9:55] Is there a team dedicated to administration or are they doing full support?
  • [11:58] How does this improve a business’s agility? For example, disaster recovery?
  • [14:06] What improvements have been made for VPN?
  • [15:40] How do you use virtual smart cards?
  • [19:12] How does DirectAccess keep non-work traffic, like web surfing, out of the secure tunnel?