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Webinar: Setting up a Virtual Environment: The Right Way, the Right Tools

The popularity of virtualization is increasing rapidly, and organizations of all sizes are utilizing various forms of virtualization to maximize hardware investments, reduce energy costs and increase configuration flexibility. Still, the options and application of virtualization are varied. There are many ways the technology can be implemented, and IT professionals are often unsure of where to begin, if they’re on the right virtualization plan, or what tools to use to complement their virtual environment.

If you are an IT administrator looking to improve or setup your virtual infrastructure and want to make sure that you’re on the right path, then join Dell KACE and VMware experts for this live hour long program and demonstration, where you’ll learn how to:

  • Create and execute a virtualization strategy
  • Implement virtualization in a sequence and pace that’s consistent with organizational needs
  • Determine what tools will best complement your virtual infrastructure

Make sure that your virtual infrastructure plan doesn’t go off track with poor setup or tools that don’t function as needed. Dell KACE and VMware work seamlessly together, allowing IT admins to streamline their virtual infrastructures and get up and running quickly.

Join them on Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m. PT, 12 p.m. CT, to learn more click here.

Source: Dell KACE Notifiers

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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

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Webinar: Expanding Agile Practices to Software Installation Development

Commercial and enterprise developers face the challenge of developing and deploying new applications with agility. An important part of agile methodologies is the ability to quickly add and test new features, and deploy those features for immediate business use. Watch this Webinar from Visual Studio Magazine to learn how to build software installations according to agile best practices.

Webinar: Expanding Agile Practices to Software Installation Development
Date: Available to view now

In this on-demand Webinar from Visual Studio Magazine, learn about the challenges that agile teams face in building and deploying applications rapidly and how best practices in installation development strategy and technology are key to the success of any agile development team.

Learn how:

  • Agile methodologies are designed to support rapid application building and deployment at any time
  • Application installation development has moved from an individual to a team effort
  • Best practices can accelerate application building and deployment while also ensuring a high-quality installation experience
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Webinar – IT Leader’s Blueprint for the IT-as-a-Service Transformation

rPath, the service factory for on-demand IT, is sponsoring an upcoming webinar and in-depth discussion of the new blueprint for delivering IT as a service. This timely webinar will detail how IT organizations must transform and automate their processes to look like today’s industrial factories to accelerate and scale in the age of on-demand IT.

IT organizations are under pressure to transform—to replace bottlenecks and bureaucracy with on-demand IT service delivery models. But this transformation to IT-as-a-Service requires new thinking about old processes. The reality is that today’s manual and ad hoc IT provisioning and change processes will collapse under the weight of self-service, cloud and other on-demand IT models. Particularly vulnerable are today’s practices for constructing and changing system images.

  • What:     “How Manufacturing Practices Inform the Future of IT: The IT Leader’s Blueprint for the IT-as-a-Service Transformation” webinar
  • Who:      Brett Adam, vice president of engineering, rPath, Bernd Harzog, principal analyst, The Virtualization Practice
  • When:    Thursday, January 20, 2011; 2:00 p.m. Eastern time (11:00 a.m. Pacific time)
  • How:      Register for this free event here.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Break the dependence on brittle, unmanageable and rapidly proliferating system images in favor of version-controlled system blueprints
  • Identify process bottlenecks and vulnerabilities across the IT service chain
  • Adopt best manufacturing practices of standardization, automation, mass customization and just-in-time delivery as the foundation for on-demand IT
  • Leverage infrastructure investments in VMware, Red Hat, Microsoft and others as the foundation for a next-generation IT delivery model

You would also be interested in hearing to this conversation of mine with Jake on the Cloud Predictions in 2011.

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I am Speaking in TechNet Webcasts – Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy

Microsoft conducts a series of TechNet webcasts for IT Professionals for the benefit of the community. These are 90-minute interactive sessions with experts on various technologies ranging from Windows 7, Windows Server, SQL Server, Virtualization, Visio and SharePoint. You might want to attend these sessions to have a better understanding of the capabilities that these technologies offer and learn how they can help you efficiently manage day-to-day IT operations.

TechNet Webcasts – Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy

As a part of this program, I will be doing a session today on Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy. Register for this webcast here.

The desktop is more than just the operating system: The desktop includes the applications that make your business run, the data with which you make critical business decisions, the settings that help your employees personalize their PCs and make them more productive, and the hardware your users need to access the entire computing environment. When making client computing decisions, it is essential to have a complete desktop strategy that considers the whole desktop — User Settings, Data, Applications, browser, and the operating system. Attend this session to understand how to plan for a broader desktop strategy for your organization and users.

I will be focusing on these below areas –

For your reference., I will post the slide-deck once the webcast completes!

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Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable: Migrating from Internet Explorer 6 to IE8

Join the Springboard Series Team live at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, September 30, 2010 for a virtual, interactive roundtable discussion on migration strategies, standards, and support for organizations moving from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8.

As organizations deploy Windows 7, many still depend on web applications that were designed for Internet Explorer 6. Will they still work, and what can you do when they don’t? Join a panel of IT Professionals, Microsoft specialists and technical experts to discuss best practices to simplify and accelerate the migration to Internet Explorer 8. Topics will include an explanation of the causes of and solutions for application compatibility issues (including policy, code, and virtualization solutions), an introduction to tools, and a review of best practices.

Ask your questions live during the event with the online tool – or submit your questions in advance to

Find answers to your Windows client OS deployment and management questions with resources, tools, and tested guidance from the Springboard Series on TechNet.

Missed a previous Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable? Watch them on demand.

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First Steps to Windows 7 Migration: Application Inventory and Remediation – Webinar

App-DNA and Scalable Software are doing this educational webinar which will introduce the implementation lifecycle for migrating your enterprise estate to Windows 7.

Topics covered in this webinar include,

  • Identifying and prioritizing candidate applications, machines and users
  • Assessing application and environment compatibility
  • Remediation and migration options
  • Zero-touch migration

Registration is free and is available here

Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

App-DNA and Scalable have many years experience in the planning, assesement and execution of application migration to newer Operating Systems. Their skills and tooling have been used on many occassions to effect successful migration; on-time and and within budget. This webinar represents an opportunity to benefit from some of lessons which they have learned from many customer engagements!

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Webinar: In-depth demonstration of AOK Browse-it Tool

With the launch of Windows 7 and IE8 as the embedded browser, compatibility for web-based applications and websites is crucial to ensure a smooth and cost-efficient migration. In 2010 web applications now outnumber native installed applications by a ratio of 1.2 to 1. This trend towards adoption of web-based applications makes it critical for organisations to be able to ensure compatibility.

ChangeBASE’s latest Plug-in for browsers, AOK Browse-It, enables organisations to speed-up their migrations to IE8 by overcoming this last compatibility hurdle.

Join the AOK Team on Monday 23rd  August, 2010 (4pm BST/ 11am EST / 8am PST / 5pm CET) for an one hour webinar with Chief Technology Architect, Greg Lambert to find out the below.

The categories of compatibility challenges facing organisations migrating to IE8 including:

  • Compatibility of web-based applications that need to integrate with the browser to enable functionality
  • Rendering issues where a website, rather than an application, may not render or display correctly or certain buttons or links may not work

How AOK Browse-It can address these concerns and enable a smooth and easy migration

In-depth demonstration of AOK Browse-it including enhanced granular reporting

Courtesy: Changebase Communication emails

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Moving Applications to Windows 7 and App-V | Flexera Software Webinar

Join Flexera Software™, the leading provider in Windows® 7 application readiness solutions, for a discussion of how you can automate and standardize OS migration and application virtualization projects to ensure a fast and successful application deployment. This Webinar will explore an end-to-end process for Windows 7 and App-V application migration projects, strategies to reduce the cost and complexity and also, how a continuous application readiness process creates a repeatable and reliable standard for your next migration project.

In this Webinar you learn the “6 Steps to Faster Windows 7 Application Migration” and how to:

  • Drive down the cost and complexity of preparing for a Windows 7 software deployment
  • Speed conversion of MSI packages to App-V and other virtualized formats
  • Shift from reactive to proactive application management
  • Better understand your application estate
  • Make sure your applications are ready to move when you are
  • Reduce manual migration to save time and resources

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, Time: 9:00 PT / 11:00 CT / 12:00 EST

Register for the Webinar here

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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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