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GFI WebMonitor without ISA Server

  A while ago I had the chance to review GFI Webmonitor, an ISA Server add-on that enhances significantly the possibilities for web access and download control. Now, GFI introduces a great and brand new option within web monitor possibilities: GFI WebMonitor version that does not require an ISA Server installation. You can download the free 30-day trial here. And […]

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Implementing App-V – Part III: Integrating Clients

  Other posts in this series: Implementing App-V – Part I: Introduction to Application Virtualization Implementing App-V – Part II: Choosing and Preparing the Environment Implementing App-V – Part IV: Sequencing Applications We’ve already talked about Application Virtualization and some common scenarios (Post I), talked about the existing models in App-V and how to install the App-V Management Server (Post […]

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Free E-Book: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

  Microsoft Press introduced a great technique to get more readers: Giving away free books, as simple as that. And this time with a great proposal: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2. Even though it is a short book (200 pages) you’ll see that there are several topics that you might be interested in. Here are the chapters involved: Chapter 1    What’s New in Windows Server R2 Chapter 2    Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World Chapter 3    Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines Chapter 4    Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management Chapter 5    Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access    Chapter 6    The File Services Role Chapter 7    IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform Chapter 8    DirectAccess and Network Policy Server Chapter 9    Other Features and Enhancements You will find several information about important improvements introduced in this version, like: Hyper-V R2 (Live Migration and storage hot add feature); VDI; IIS 7.5; BranchCache and DirectAccess. Enjoy!

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[Events] Code Camp 2009 at Buenos Aires

Again, another excellent Microsoft event took place last month: Code Camp 2009. And I had the great pleasure to participate with two conferences, Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 Clustering. Code Camp Buenos Aires series officially began in 2007 and appeared as a great opportunity for students and academic cells interact directly with the community, not only participating in conferences […]

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Implementing App-V – Part II: Choosing and Preparing the Environment

  Other posts in this series: Implementing App-V – Part I: Introduction to Application Virtualization Implementing App-V – Part III: Integrating Clients Implementing App-V – Part IV: Sequencing Applications After the first post about App-V and application virtualization technologies we had a nice review about the platform. So, if you feel like this type of technology can add some value […]

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Free E-Books from this Month: Office Communications Server 2007 R2

  Continuing with their 25th Anniversary Microsoft Press prepared for us their final release for free E-Books (yes, these two and you won’t be getting this exciting offers anymore): “Office Communications Server 2007 R2: Resource Kit” If you are not very familiar with the communications suite, here’s a short topic review that is included in almost 900 pages: Overview and server roles Key deployment scenarios: VoIP, basic IM, conferencing, voice mail, etc. Planning and Deployment General administration and monitoring Backup and restore Troubleshooting. And as for previous released, the offer also includes the developers e-book: “Programming for Unified Communications with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2” Remember that these downloads are available for a short period of time. Enjoy!

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Implementing App-V – Part I: Introduction to Application Virtualization

  Other posts in this series: Implementing App-V – Part II: Choosing and Preparing the Environment Implementing App-V – Part III: Integrating Clients Implementing App-V – Part IV: Sequencing Applications Virtualizing applications it is not a very common requirement for most administrators or companies. These solutions doesn’t seem like a “must” in any given environment, but why? One of the main reasons it’s related to the benefit/cost equation it’s not quite clear for most of us. With these posts I’ll try to give a small introduction to the technology, explain the environment, provide a step-by-step deployment for App-V and the benefits that could apply to your organization. What is Application Virtualization? Application virtualization represents the technologies that permits to remove the complexity of deploying and maintaining applications for desktop users by providing: Applications centralized management. Facilitates the process of deploying, updating and removing applications.  Removing potential conflicts on desktop clients. Each application deployed using this type of technology runs in a isolated environment. Capability to capture a set of interconnected applications into a single package to be distributed among clients. Common Scenarios Let me give you a few common scenarios where application virtualization applies: Scenario A Problem: You are using a company’s application that requires some special configurations every time that is deployed, and that is also interconnected with other applications (for example: A local database engine, Java Runtime Environment or some other particular requirement). It demands you several hours […]

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