This week we took the difficult decision to cancel our event. It's not something that we like to do, and we'd tried to give this one more of a chance by delaying it by three weeks to enable Microsoft to do some more promotion on it. We never want to cancel events, and we especially didn't want to in this case because we felt we were already messing about the few people who signed up for the first date.
In this case it seems that the topic just isn't popular, and a number of the other events around the country were also cancelled. While it would be nice to think that most people weren't interested because their Server 2003 migrations are already under control, industry research would suggest that isn't the case. A lot of the organisations who haven't yet made any effort to move on from Server 2003 either aren't prioritising resources to do it, or they feel like they're stuck with it because of some application, or they don't perceive it as broken, so they don't intend to fix it. We had hoped that we'd be able to assist in reducing some of those barriers.
We do feel bad about this, especially towards the pro-active guys who were going to come along to try to move their organisations forward, so in lieu of an event we're going to do this: In the coming days, we're going to take the content that we were putting together for the event and put it together into a collection of content here on nebytes.net. This should cover the main points that you would have taken away from the evening event, and may also help some extra people further afield. We hope that you all find it useful.
[UPDATE 2] Unfortunately it seem that this event is no longer viable, so we've had to take the difficult decision to cancel it. :-(
[UPDATE] Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to postpone this event until September 24th. The time is still the same, but we are now able to host the event in the normal NEBytes venue (Room 1.02, Claremont Tower, Newcastle University). Very sorry about that, but if you weren't able to attend before, hopefully this new date will be better for you...
This September, we're very happy to bring you a special event in conjunction with Microsoft.
MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow.
In early September 2014, MVPs and Community Leaders will be sharing their expertise to help you understand the technical and business impact of the end support for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 and Small Business Server 2003. A lot has changed since 2003 and so have the Microsoft product offerings, giving you greater functionality and flexibility. The evening will cover the following:
· What does End of Support mean?
Learn about what end of support means for your business and the implications of running unsupported technology.
· Why Windows Server 2012 and Azure?
Times have changed since 2003 and so have Microsoft’s product offerings. Learn about the increased functionality in Windows Server 2012 and Azure and how they can help your business needs.
· How do you move to Windows Server 2012?
Where to start can often be a daunting task when it comes to server migrations. This session will outline the methodology you should apply when thinking of migrating, and more importantly, how to migrate shown through hands on demos.
· Application compatibility
Application compatibility presents a potential barrier to upgrading. See first hand tools, hints and tips for upgrading your applications to Windows Server 2012 or to Azure.
On Monday 25th November, St James' Park in Newcastle is the venue for three free events for IT professionals covering a range of Microsoft technologies.
During the day, the MVP Cloud OS Relay and SQL Relay 2012R2 have great line-ups of MVPs and other experts in Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Office 365, Azure, SQL and Business Intelligence.
In the evening, the Windows User Group takes over with an event covering Windows 8.1, deployment, MDOP and Office 2013.
The schedule for the Cloud OS event is at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/Newcastle and free sign-up is at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mvp-cloud-os-infrastructure-relay-newcastle-tickets-8456426399
The SQL Relay event has sold out, but if you're desperately interested in any of the sessions at http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/events/2013r2/Newcastle.html you can register for the Cloud OS event and switch tracks throughout the day if there's capacity in the room.
Sign up for the evening event is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/windows-and-office-tour-tickets-9107714419
Hopefully I'll see you there!
Over the coming months, Microsoft are running events for IT professionals across the length and breadth of the UK, including a return to the North East. I went to the Microsoft Campus last week and had a taste of the new format, which is unlike the TechNet presentations of the past. These events are smaller and very interactive - there's a real opportunity for attendees to shape the topics covered throughout the day.
As I said, these are smaller events, so you need to get registered fast! Here are all the details from Microsoft:
Event:Consumerisation of IT/ Manage consumer devices on a corporate network
Date:27th March 2012
Location:Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
This year the UK Tech.Days team have changed the format of our traditional Tech.Days theatre events into a series of ‘Boot Camp’ style seminars. The aim of these is to allow IT Professionals to have more discussion time with evangelists like Andrew Fryer, and each other to share common problems and solutions – and we’re looking for your help to share these with your users.
The Newcastle Event will host approx. 70 people with a mixture of discussions and practical demonstration. Although there will be a loose agenda, it will be PowerPoint-free event, allowing the hosts to focus on the questions that our guests ask.
For the event in Newcastle, we will be focusing on the Consumerisation of IT:
· How key Microsoft technologies such as System Center 2012, SharePoint 2010, Windows Server 2008R2, Exchange 2010 or Office 365 and Windows 7 come together to help you deliver flexibility and support for devices and desktops.
· How to use the latest tools to manage your estate, deliver applications flexibly, manage devices such as iOS and Android as well as Windows, implement IP Sec, reduce anti-malware costs, implement Direct Access and secure remote access.
· We'll also help you think about what you need to build into a "Bring your own device" or BYOD policy.
Registrations are now open and can be found here
For those who want to re-live the fun, and those who are curious about what they missed, here are my slides from last night's NEBytes presentation:
What’s New in PowerShell v3 and Introducing Script Explorer
At the end there was a discussion about books to help you get started with PowerShell. There are some really good books out there, but to reduce the cost of entry, I'd suggest you start with some free ebooks. You can check out this post
on my blog which links to some resources, and you may also find PowerShell cheat sheets
useful (I did when I was getting used to the syntax). Also, look out for announcements around the public availability of the Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell.
I also asked whether anyone would be interested in a North East PowerShell Script Club? I want to discuss with those who might want to take part about how they'd like it to work for them, but one idea is to meet for half an hour before the normal NEBytes meetings so that we can share challenges we've faced or successes we've had, with the aim that we all get better through sharing our experiences. If that's of interest to you, drop me an email to jonathan at nebytes.net or @jonoble
For this month’s event on Wednesday 18th, we’ve got C# MVP Gary Short coming to talk about “technical debt” – the cost of not following good practice in development. I’m not a developer personally, by I’ve still inherited code and had to further develop on stuff that has been basically a mess, and putting it right is certainly costly in terms of time and stress levels! Gary’s presentation will cover how to put a financial cost on this and cover some measures to identify problem areas in a code base.
In the other half of the evening, we’re doing something that we’ve planned since forming NEBytes – opening up the floor to the attendees. This month we’ve got four short talks planned, covering Windows Phone 7, Cloud Computing, Open Source .Net and ASP.Net MVC.
More details are available on the events page, or head straight over to Eventbrite to register.
Following our successful launch event, we’re hoping to keep up the momentum by diving a bit deeper into a couple of subjects on Wednesday 17th February. Oliver Sturm and Dr Dan Oliver have both been here before to speak at VBUG Newcastle and we’re glad to have them back to present at the 2nd NEBytes meeting. We’re also glad to welcome Conrad Sidey who is teaming up with Dan to cover Direct Access after Oliver has shared some new dynamic features of C# 4.0.
See all the details on the Events page or just head over to Eventbrite and register now.
Incidentally, if you were at the launch with your camera, or feel like bringing one along to future events, you can add your photos to the NEBytes Flickr Group.