Webinar: Simplifying Application Virtualization Adoption

Adopting virtualization is a great idea, but how to get started? What applications should be virtualized? How can they be easily prepared? How much time will this take –and how much will it cost? If something goes wrong with an application, what are the troubleshooting steps? Learn how to avoid risk, save time and reduce the budget for a virtualization project by automating the application preparation process.

Looking for a faster, easier option for adopting virtualization technologies? Let App-DNA show how to simplify the forward path to new technology—from Microsoft App-V and Citrix XenApp to Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, XenDesktop and Server 2008 R2.

  • Remove uncertainty in determining what resources, time and skills are needed to start a virtualization project – or move forward an existing proof of concept
  • Determine the success of applications on your desired virtualization platform (or Windows 7/IE 8 ) — without spending hours on tedious manual testing
  • Streamline internal processes around preparing applications for virtualization – without learning how to Sequence
  • Accelerate the application virtualization process by empowering application owners with access to create their own App-V ready application packages

App-DNA will show how you don’t need to be a virtualization guru to successfully implement a virtualization project. Automate the process with application management software to field your virtualization project —and your ongoing OS migrations.

Join App-DNA and DABCC for an informative webinar Wednesday, Jan 26 1pm Eastern US/6 pm GMT

I am Speaking on DaaS at the Bangalore Community TechED 2011

Community Teched 2011Did you miss the Microsoft Teched last year? Hold a min., You haven’t missed it really! The community folks from Bangalore User Groups are arranging a 2 day Event, which would comprise of various sessions covering Agile Product Management, WCF 4.0 and WF 4.0, oData for Open Web, SharePoint 2010, ASP.NET, Windows Azure, SQL Server Tips and Tricks, ADO.NET, SQL Scalability, Active Directory Migration and Windows7 Lite Touch Installation.

As a part of this event, I am going to talk on “Desktop as a Service (DaaS)” which would cover concepts on how one can use appropriate methods of isolation, virtualisation, delivery and management to meet your desktop requirements in an organization.

All this for free. Yes, you heard it right – this summit is going to be a free one. Do register for this event as early as possible. If you are not able to attend, do not worry. I shall post the slide-deck as soon as the event completes.!

Dates –

Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM
– to –
Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM (GMT+0530)

Venue –

PES Institute Of Technology
100 Feet Ring Road,
Banashankari 3rd Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560085
India

I will be speaking at the Microsoft Virtual TechDays

Since 2008, the Virtual TechDays has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s interaction with the Indian IT community. Thousands of leading-edge Developers, Infrastructure Professionals, Architects and Designers attend this quarterly online event to hear about the next generation of Microsoft technologies. Virtual TechDays is not only about the deep-dive technical sessions – it’s an opportunity for you to talk with and have your questions answered by the people who build and work on the technologies, and who can help you plan the features and architecture to support your business goals.

Virtual TechDays

This 10th edition of Virtual TechDays – being held on 22-24 November, 2010 – offers you an opportunity to get trained in some of the key technology domains that you work on as part of your day-to-day work … ones that will shape the future of the industry. Topics to be covered include:

  • Client Development
  • Web Application Development
  • Database Development & Management
  • Security & Identity
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration & Productivity
  • Virtualization

I will be doing a session on 22nd of November, at 11.45 AM IST – Finding, Testing, and Fixing Applications on Windows 7 using Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6. Check out the detailed Agenda here

This exclusive online event will have 80 deep technical sessions across 3 days – and, attendance is completely FREE. There are dedicated tracks for Architects, Software Developers/Project Managers, Infrastructure Managers/Professionals and Enterprise Developers. So, REGISTER for this exclusive online event TODAY.

Courtesy: Microsoft VTD Website

I’m Attending the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2010 in Bangalore

This week, I will be attending the NASSCOM Product Conclave happening in local city Bangalore. This event will be one of the right places to meet all the innovative minds and get to know the entrepreneurial spirits of the Indian Products Ecosystem.

This year, the focus is on “Scaling New Heights – From Cloud adoption to lean startup models” which will help everyone in identifying emerging opportunities and build successful businesses. I will be live Tweeting and blogging from this event; Check out these below live widgets –



NASSCOM Product Conclave 2010

The Speakers list is sure an exciting factor. A wide range of academics, industry leaders, successful product entrepreneurs, analysts, and of course, venture capitalists are coming to Bangalore to share their experience, provide perspective, and enrich the outlook. To know more about this event, check this guide below.

Microsoft Outlines Opportunity in the Cloud and on Devices at PDC10

Today at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft Corp. showcased how developers can build applications in the cloud to power rich, immersive device experiences. In addition to the developers in attendance at the company’s corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., the event was broadcast live over the Web, and reached more than 20,000 developers at over 200 PDC events held around the world.

During the keynote address, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Server and Tools Business President Bob Muglia showed how the company is advancing the Microsoft platform, spanning the PC, phone and cloud. Microsoft specifically highlighted the momentum of Windows Azure, Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7 and the opportunity for developers today and in the future.

“Microsoft is combining the power and reach of the cloud with both Web and local device experiences,” Ballmer said. “There has never been a better time for developers to bet on Microsoft.”

Microsoft also highlighted that over 70 partners — including Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon.com, representing more than two-thirds of active Web traffic are building on the capabilities in Internet Explorer 9 and HTML5. Since the launch of Internet Explorer 9 beta in September, there have been more than 10 million downloads, making it the fastest-adopted version of an Internet Explorer beta ever. The company also highlighted a growing list of companies that are betting on Windows Phone 7, including PopCap Games Inc., Intuit Inc., Amazon.com and Facebook. Further, Microsoft announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace will launch with more than 1,000 quality games and applications that extend the unique user interface and functionality of Windows Phone 7. The Windows Phone Marketplace will be open for application submission on Nov. 3.

With the capabilities in Windows Azure, Muglia showed how developers can apply their existing skills to build new types of business applications, consumer Web applications and commercial ISV offerings.

“Only Windows Azure delivers general-purpose PaaS, which gives developers the breadth of services needed to allow them to focus on their applications and not the underlying infrastructure or virtualizing machines,” Muglia said. “Imagine having all of the IT infrastructure, hardware, OS and tools you need to support an app just a few mouse clicks away — it opens up so many possibilities for developers worldwide. We are looking forward to seeing the amazing things our customers will build on our PaaS offering.”

Moving Applications to the Cloud

For existing applications, one option for customers is to move workloads to the cloud, using virtual machines to help lower traditional cost and management burdens. This can be done by cloud computing with Rackspace.com quite easily. Today Muglia announced two new Microsoft capabilities for Windows Azure to enable customers to get on the path to platform as a service (PaaS): Windows Azure Virtual Machine Role and Server Application Virtualization. Windows Azure Virtual Machine Role gives customers the ability to run an instance of Windows Server 2008 R2 running in Microsoft’s cloud, making it easier for developers to move applications to the cloud. Server Application Virtualization gives developers the ability to transfer application images to Windows Azure, harnessing the underlying management capabilities of the platform.

Enhancing and Transforming Applications in the Cloud

Microsoft announced a number of Windows Azure services that also help developers create rich cloud applications that open up new business opportunities. To enable this, Microsoft introduced the Windows Azure AppFabric Composition Model to speed the process of assembling services by providing critical application deployment and management capabilities. To better connect developers to customers, Microsoft announced the Windows Azure Marketplace including the new DataMarket (formerly “Project Dallas”), offering premium and public demographic, financial, mapping, and entertainment data and other content. Commercially available today, the marketplace features more than 35 providers currently offering data subscriptions.

Windows Azure scales to projects and businesses both large and small, including mobile applications that require an easier and lower-cost means to experiment and build prototypes. As part of Windows Azure enhancements unveiled today, Microsoft made available the Extra Small Windows Azure Instance that eases the process of development, testing and trial. Priced at $0.05 per compute hour, this new offering lowers the barrier to entry for developers who want to run smaller applications on Windows Azure.

Read more complete information about the Windows Azure road map announced at PDC, including new features and capabilities!

Delivering Cloud Connected Device Experiences With Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7

Ultimately, a primary role of the cloud is to deliver the best end-user experiences that span multiple devices, form factors and screens, regardless of whether people are at work, at home or at play. Microsoft gives developers the ability to treat both cloud and client applications as first-class citizens and deliver great device experiences that love the cloud. The rapid adoption of Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 creates new opportunities for Windows developers, especially considering that Web browsing is the No. 1 activity people do on Windows 7. The opportunity for developers to build applications for Windows has never been greater. Windows 7 topped 240 million licenses in its first year, and developers will drive a wave of new Windows applications that span different platforms through HTML and JavaScript, and run on cloud platforms such as Windows Azure.

At the PDC, Microsoft underscored its continued commitment to HTML5 and showed how developers can fuse the full hardware acceleration and site-centric design in Internet Explorer 9 to tap into the power of PC hardware, transforming their websites to feel more like native Windows applications. As part of the ongoing commitment to standards and “same mark-up” on Internet Explorer 9, the company also announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 6, available for download today.

The increasing power and accessibility of rich devices, combined with the ease of application development on Windows Phone 7, has driven more than half a million downloads of the free Windows Phone Developer Tools to date. Many of the same skills, languages and tools used to develop cloud applications on Windows Azure have come to Windows Phone for apps and games.

Developers tuning into the PDC online and at PDC events around the world will have access to over 100 hours of live and on-demand technical sessions and Channel 9 interviews, covering Microsoft technologies such as Windows Azure, Windows Phone 7, SharePoint, Internet Explorer 9 and Visual Studio as well as industry languages and technologies such as PHP and HTML5. PDC keynote addresses and technical sessions can be accessed at http://www.microsoftpdc.com.

Exclusive PDC10 Nights Get-together with Microsoft Execs Today!

Since 1991, the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s biggest platform announcements. Leading-edge developers and architects gather to hear about the next generation of Microsoft developer technologies – this year will be no exception. PDC isn’t only about content and sessions – it’s an opportunity for you to talk with and have your questions answered by the people who work with the technologies and who can help you plan the features and architecture to support your business goals.

You will find more information on the live Streaming of this event here – http://player.microsoftpdc.com/ ; To download and Watch the Last year’s PDC09 Event, check this – http://www.microsoftpdc.com/2009

This year, Microsoft-India would be hosting live the Keynote of PDC10 at 4 Microsoft Campuses – Bangalore, Gurgaon, Hyderabad & Mumbai. These invite-only events will be attended by 10-15 Microsoft Executives and Technology Evangelists, and 20-25 Community and Industry Influencers at each location. I will be attending the gathering this evening and will be live tweeting/updating the information along with pictures!

Watch this space for more information!

I’m Attending ‘Simply Social’ – Social Event of the year from Buzzom

This saturday, I will be attending the “Simply Social – Social Event of the year”. The summit aims to bridge the gap between knowing social media and understanding how to leverage it for your business. The event will have industry experts talk about the application of social media in business and showcasing real life case studies.

Simply SocialShare your success story where you have empowered social media for your success and you can win yourself a Nokia E72. More information here

The Buzzom team are also launching the first ever social web engagement and analytics product from India. The event promises to be a first of a kind mega event showcasing real life social media applications. The event is supported by iTimes, Yourstory, aFaqs!, Buzzintown and Meraevents.

Key highlights of this event, would be –

  • Industry experts from the field of social media educating through their own experiences.
  • The launch of first ever Social Media Analytics tool from India.
  • Over 100 participants from the entrepreneur, industry experts and social media enthusiats community.
  • Mainstream media attendance-The Economic Times, Mint and The Hindu etc.
  • Extensive pre and post-media event coverage on afaqs!, Buzzintown, Globalthoughtz.com, Yourstory.in and Mera Events.
  • Social media campaigns through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and social bookmarking sites.
  • SMS Campaigns through our partner Buzzintown.

Have you registered for this event? If not, here is the place you can do it – http://www.buzzom.com/events/Registration.aspx

I will also be live-Tweeting and Live blogging from the event. Will post the information shortly.

Webinar: Best Practices for Building Installation in Visual Studio 2010

Long-time Visual Studio developers understand that the Visual Studio Installer (VSI) tool is not ideal for most installation projects. It may look OK at first glance, but you soon realize VSI has many deficiencies, including:

  1. Visual Studio 2010 LogoCan’t manage components and features
  2. Can’t customize dialog boxes
  3. Can’t validate MSIs for Microsoft® Logo Guidelines
  4. Limited support for custom actions
  5. Can’t create updates and patches

Watch this Webinar from Flexera software to learn best practices for building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) installations inside the Visual Studio 2010 interface. Long-time Visual Studio developers understand that the Visual Studio Installer (VSI) tool is not ideal for most installation projects.

This Webinar explains how the world’s top software companies build reliable MSI installations inside Visual Studio 2010 using InstallShield. If you use Visual Studio 2010 to develop applications – and especially if you work in a large enterprise-level development environment – this Webinar is for you.

Learn best practices for building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) installations inside the Visual Studio® 2010 interface.

  • Webinar: Best Practices for Building Installations in Visual Studio 2010
  • Presenter: Robert Dickau, Flexera Software
  • Date: Available now for viewing

View this webinar now : Click here

PS: You will need to enter your contact information, looks more for product marketting purpose!

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TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8

internet-explorer-8You are probably excited about the new Windows 7 operating system, and the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Web browser comes as part of the package. You may have seen the demos of new features and tools that are available, but you are still using Internet Explorer 6. The demos are always simplified, and you see pages with a single issue conveniently fixed using a click of a button. But it is definitely not that easy. You could have thousands of apps, many of them packaged, or you could be prevented from accessing the code because it is part of a product you bought.

Attend this demonstration-heavy webcast, have your questions answered by the experts and learn what IT professionals do in real-world scenarios to configure, manage, deploy, and ensure the compatibility of their Web applications with Internet Explorer 8. 

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 6:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

You can register for this webcast here. You will need a Windows Live / Hotmail id to process your registration.

I would also recommend you read these article on How to Fix Browser Compatiblity Issues and OS Version Issues.

Presenters of this session: Chris Jackson*, Principal Consultant and the Technical Lead of the Windows Application Experience SWAT Team, Microsoft Corporation and Maggie Chen, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

*Chris Jackson is a widely recognized expert in the field of Windows Application Compatibility, creating the technical documentation, training, and service offerings used inside and outside of Microsoft based on years of real-world experience with enterprise customers and independent software vendors.

Deployment Image Servicing & Management (DISM) How-To Articles – Community TechDays, Bangalore

Most of you know that, we had the Community TechDays happening here in Bangalore last weekend.  I was one of speaker in the event. I had a session on managing the OS images effectively with DISM – Windows 7.

In this session, I discussed on what all the DISM tool can do, which were the tools that it replaced, its Commands, Architecture, providers and options. I am really glad that, this session was well accepted by the attendees. Most of them had asked for the slide deck to be shared.  I thought creating How-to articles would make more sense than sharing the slide deck!

DISM How do I articles

Deployment Image Servicing & Management (DISM) is a new command line tool which was introduced in Windows 7 for deployment.  DISM can be used to service a Window image or to prepare a Windows Pre-installation Environment (Windows PE) image. DISM also supports more features and functionality than the other tools (Package Manager) supported in Windows Vista, including logging, inventory commands with parse-able output, detailed help, offline INF driver package installation, direct application of MS update packages, and integration of international settings.

These how-to articles on DISM will help you understand what DISM tools can do, which were the tools it replaced, its Commands, Architecture and options.

Special Thanks to my fellow MVP, Rhonda Layfield who helped me while preparing for this session; and also for throwing in a lot of positive energy from across the world in hopes that my demos will run smoothly.!

As mentioned earlier, people who had attended my session(online and in-person) can complete this survey (http://tinyurl.com/STEP190)  and be lucky to win a TechNet Subscription. (only 3 would be picked). This is from the Springboard Series Panel Expert Program!

Kindly let me know, if you have any questions or comments!