Community Activities Events Microsoft

Microsoft Community TechDays, Bangalore – Feb 13 and 14th

The Microsoft Community TechDays event is back to Bangalore! Next weekend (Feb 13th & 14th) at St. Joseph Indian High School, #2, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560001

I will also be there as a speaker in the event. I will be doing a session on Managing images effectively with DISM – Windows 7.  This session will cover information on DISM – Deployment Image Servicing and Management, a tool which is introduced in Windows 7. We will look at what DISM can do, which were the tools that it replaced, the Commands, Architecture, Providers and Options.

If you are planning to attend the Microsoft Community TechDays (CTD), Do register here..!

Community TechDaysAttend deep technology sessions for developers and IT professionals, as some of the best-known names come to your city to share their insights in topics ranging from .Net, Visual studio, Silverlight, to Windows and SQL Server.

Also, build connections with Microsoft experts and community members and gain the inspiration and skills needed to maximize your impact on your organization while enhancing your career.

You can find more information on Speakers and the Agenda on the Community TechDays website.

Feb 13 – Day 1:  Agenda

Microsoft Community TechDays (CTD), Bangalore - Feb 13 - Day 1 Agenda

Feb 14 – Day 2:  Agenda

Microsoft Community TechDays (CTD), Bangalore - Feb 13 - Day 2 Agenda


Learn. Network. Experience Open Source | Register now for a Virtual Event

Need a way to keep up with what’s happening in Red Hat and open source that works with your busy schedule? Travel costs and budget constraints keeping you from attending industry gatherings? Bring the conference to your desktop with the Red Hat Virtual Experience.

Take advantage of this online event. Join the executives, key developers, and your business peers for a few hours or stay all day. Whether you’re a developer, enterprise architect, or senior IT manager, this complimentary event will show you how Red Hat can help you scale to meet demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

I’ve just signed up for the Red Hat Virtual Experience. Why don’t you register, too?

Register and join the event online on February 4, 2010 for this complimentary virtual event focused on open source technologies and Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions for virtualization and cloud computing. Listen to a wide range of comprehensive sessions. Chat live with open source leaders, top executives, key developers, customers, and strategic partners.

  • Keynote speakers.
  • Two tracks: business and technical.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Virtual trade show floor.

This is the one-stop event that will help you scale to meet new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications. Lower costs without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Register now for the complimentary Red Hat Virtual Experience. It’s free!

Events General Microsoft

Webinar – Unleash the power of Project and Portfolio Management

All of us recognize the need for sharing information across departments in projects today. Yet managing work requests in an IT organisation like yours requires constant collaboration between developers and project managers.

Project Portfolio Management and Application Lifecycle Management are often seen as being disconnected from each other with project manages being concerned with resource allocation, deadlines and budgets while developers ask for frameworks, components and the right tools.

See how we can connect these two worlds with an easy-to-use automatic framework which is beneficial for both. Attend the Webcast conducted by Shobha B H, Product Marketing Manager from Microsoft to find out how you can help:

  1. Align IT projects with business strategy
  2. Maximize productivity across the organisation
  3. Executing projects efficiently
  4. Enhancing teamwork across your project and developer teams

Register for the Webinar Here

January 8, 2009, 3 PM to 5 PM IST

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a first-hand experience of using Project and Porftolio Management in your IT work environment.

Events Google

Google Apps Deployment Planning Steps and Use-Case Scenarios

Each day, thousands of companies are going Google by switching to Google Apps – a web-based suite of messaging and collaboration applications. It’s all hosted by Google, and designed with security and reliability in mind, saving your company the frustrations and hassles of managing traditional IT solutions yourself.

The Google Apps Deployment team has assisted hundreds of organizations — large and small — make the switch to Google Apps. To ensure that your implementation is a success, they have developed step-by-step tools to guide you through the process, and best practices to make your transition as smooth and easy as possible. Here are some of the resources you can explore when going Google.

Sign up for a Deployment Training Webinar. In this live session, a deployment specialist will walk you through the deployment planning steps and use-cases.

Sesssion 1 – Planning your Google Apps Deployment

Session 2 –  Getting Started on Google Apps

Session 3 –  Technical Overview – Google Apps Directory Sync 

Register for the Deployment Trainings here!!!

Deployment guides, which include creative examples and templates For enterprises, For small/medium businesses and For schools.

The Google Team has also launched two learning sites to jump start your transition to Google Apps: the customizable Google Enterprise Launch Site for large enterprises and the Apps Learning Center for small businesses. You can find out more about these Google site templates in the Enterprise Deployment Site.

To find answers to your technical questions about Google Apps, visit the Administrator Help Center. We also provide overviews and videos for integration and migration tools, including Microsoft Outlook Sync, Google Blackberry Enterprise Server Connector and Lotus Notes Migration.

Visit to get more information about the benefits of going Google. If you want to Go Google (Apply for a Google Apps Account) for your company – Click here

Find out how others have switched from Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes to Google Apps.

Want a quick summary on Google Apps? Check out these factsheets: Messaging Features [pdf] and Collaboration Features [pdf] .

Courtesy: Official Google Blog

Events Microsoft

Slidedeck – What’s new in Windows 7 and what to expect!

Today, I had my session on Windows 7 at office. This was my last Win 7 session for this year. Feels good for have given around 15 Win 7 sessions so far! The coming days in this year is just gonna’ be fun, music, work, blog and family..!

Well, speaking about the session., I was addressing a mixed crowd of developers and IT Pros. Few of them were power users of Linux and I was mentally prepared to face all the taunts. Some literally call me an MS employee (Quite evident from my talks and the Shirts I wear ) he he..! . I even had a crazy disclaimer as well, when I started my session.

Trust me., all the fear just disappeared when I started the talk. It was a funntasstic session. People felt that, it was worth to attend. Had loads of positive comments and also some not-so-good comments (a little tech glitches in covering the Kernel Enhancements). 

I did follow my habit of giving un-ethical examples, and let the people to come up with their own ethical uses of the UX features. (One of them being a scenario, where you are watching a “share market website” in a background and suddenly your boss passesby; you need to hide everything else, other than the window which you are working – Share and Bake(Aero Shake) feature )

They were sooper thrilled on different features., and also liked some improvements which are made with regard to the Kernel, Fast boot, XP Mode and Triggered Services. The last session of this year was funntasstic.! I can still remember the first Windows 7 session (7 on 7th) which Vic and I had given.,  Amazing..! The Xcitement level has not come down at all. Xcellent product and it deserves all this attention.!

View more presentations from Vijay Raj.
Events General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

VirtualBox Live Show – December : What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1

vbox_logo2_gradientVirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Join the Sun Team for the December edition of the VirtualBox Live Show to learn and ask questions about:

  • News
  • What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1?
    • Teleportation
    • Speedups
    • Snapshots 2.0
  • Live demo

Date:        December 16, 2009

Time:        8:00 am PST / 11:00 am EST / 15:00 GMT

Presented by: Andy Hall, VirtualBox Product Manager and Dr. Ulrich Möller, Senior VirtualBox Engineer

You can register for the Webcast here!!!

If you want to save time, money and frustration, you’ll want to join this webinar on the world’s most popular open source virtualization software.

If you have not used the product VirtualBox, its worth to try it once. Check this article for more information!!

Events Microsoft

Webinar: Best Practices for Windows 7 Application Compatibility

Are your business-critical applications compatible with Windows® 7?

Join Microsoft’s “App Compat Guy” Chris Jackson for expert tips on how IT can avoid costly Windows 7 migration delays.

Webinar: Best Practices for Windows 7 Application Compatibility
Date: Thursday, December 17
Time: 12pm EST (9am PST, 5pm GMT)

For many IT teams, migrating to Windows 7 is the most important project of 2010. But to minimize risk and ensure a smoother move to Windows 7, you need strategies for resolving application compatibility issues, especially with your business-critical apps.

This webinar will provide IT with best practices for resolving Windows 7 application compatibility issues. Join AdminStudio® application packaging experts and Microsoft’s “App Compat Guy” Chris Jackson to learn about their experiences with early Windows 7 adopters.

Find out about:

  1. The most common application compatibility issues and their causes
  2. Best practices for avoiding Windows 7 application compatibility issues
  3. Essential elements to a successful Windows 7 migration plan

You can register for this Webinar here!!!

Also learn how AdminStudio enables users to accelerate Windows 7 and application virtualization migrations with a single application readiness toolset, minimizing risk, time, and cost of migrations.

Plus get answers to your Windows 7 application compatibility questions during the live QA!!

Events Microsoft

Kick Start your Windows 7 Migration!

Windows 7 brings a host of enhanced functionality and capability to global organisations. It also brings a level of uncertainty to those responsible for its deployment, such as; ease of migration, the time it takes to migrate and most significantly the real cost of migration on both the budget and resources.

ChangeBASE and Juriba, the market leaders in application and asset compatibility, remove this uncertainty making your migration seamless, cost effective and quick. During this FREE 1 hour webinar, technology experts from ChangeBASE and Juriba will be;

  1. Discussing the challenges faced by global organisations planning their Windows 7 migration
  2. Looking at the approaches global organisations are taking
  3. Highlighting the top 7 reasons why OS migrations can fail and how they can be avoided
  4. Offering top 5 best practice tips to ensure a faster Windows 7 deployment

They will also demonstrate ChangeBASE AOK technology and Juriba Dashworks to illustrate how you can kick start your Windows 7 migration and remove the challenges to ensure a quicker, easier and more cost effective deployment.

Join on Thursday 3rd December at 3.00pm GMT. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar!!

Thu, Dec 3, 2009 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM IST

You can register for the event here!!!

Events General

Free Registrations to Novell Hidden Gems Tour – Register Now!

There are considerable facilities supplied in the box with Novell and SUSE products that many people simply do not know about! The Novell Hidden Gems Tour is a must-attend for those who want to get full value from their investment in Novell and SUSE products. With this tour the Novell team aim to help users get more from the products they already have or wish to acquire.

Event Dates

Hong Kong – November 27th
Kuala Lumpur – December 1st
Singapore – December 4th
Bangalore – December 8th
Mumbai – December 15th

To register please click here!!!


The technical topics to be covered focus on SLES/OES2 as today’s operating system platform of choice. Particular solutions to be discussed include but are not limited:

  1. protecting a Linux system from external repetitive attacks
  2. distributing patches and updates for SLES and SLED on a local basis without the need for users to refer to the Novell Customer Center
  3. backing up OES2/Linux (POSIX and NSS volumes, with iFolder and GW) at no additional cost
  4. showing the value of connecting a section of the NSS Filesystem into either NSS or POSIX whlist retaining full access rights
  5. quickfinder, a powerful identity aware search engine, in the box
  6. choosing Linux file systems and partitioning for servers
  7. methods of using eDir for almost all authentication pathways, from telnet through web serving
  8. the features of Novell’s Domain Services for Windows (DSFW) and how it operates within a server
  9. the tools and and useful tips on the migration of NetWare servers to OES2/Linux
  10. three sponsors have brief 30 minute technical presentations on their products, which will be conducted via interactive webcasts during the day

The tour will be managed by MindWorks Inc Ltd . The events will run from 9am to 4.30pm and the main speaker will be Professor Joe Doupnik who is currently based at the University of Oxford in the UK.


Attendance is free of charge, but the Novell team does ask you to please register so that they know who is going to attend from a catering and follow-up point of view.

For any questions concerning booking or the event in general please email Peter Atkins

Courtesy: Novell, Making IT Work As One Communications