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Quest Connect is a big online conference put together by Quest, Microsoft, , Dell, NetApp, Vizioncore, Scriptlogic, Techrepublic, Oracle Magazine, Redmond Magazine, and The Code Project. The agenda is packed with a lot of useful material on Windows Server 2008 R2, AD, Identity Management, Exchange 2010, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, SharePoint, SQL, Oracle – see full agenda here – and they include some sessions specifically on cloud computing and Microsoft Online Services.

Here are a few:

Here or Way Out There? Should Your Active Directory Management Be In Cloud?

Available the whole day on-demand

Dmitry Sotnikov, New Project Research Manager, Quest Software

Spend a few minutes learning how to leverage the Cloud Computing Craze in your environment. During this session, Dmitry Sotnikov will demonstrate provisioning for cloud directories and review Quest’s soon-to-be-released SaaS solution for AD backup and recovery. You can even sign up for the beta!

Exchange 2010 and the Cloud – Migration and Management Best Practices

Live: 12:00 pm BST/7:00 am EDT/ 4:00 am PDT – then recorded on-demand
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Keith Ridings, Product Manager, Exchange Migration; and Rob Sargent, Product Manager, Exchange Management – Quest Software

Exchange 2010 and the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) are designed to help organizations achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. But adopting these innovative Microsoft technologies can be one of the most complex, labor-intensive projects an organization can undertake. However, it does not have to be. With the proper planning and execution, you can successfully migrate to and proactively manage Exchange 2010 and BPOS and minimize the impact on your users and your help desk. Join Quest product managers Keith Ridings and Rob Sargent as they share best practices for maximizing the value of your next-generation Exchange investment.

Reach for the Cloud: Seamlessly Migrate to Microsoft BPOS

6:00pm BST/1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT – then recorded on-demand
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Keith Ridings, Product Manager, Notes and GroupWise Migration – Quest Software
Matt Fangman, Director, Unified Communications – Microsoft

In a time of diminishing IT budgets and headcounts, hosted e-mail and collaboration services are an increasingly attractive alternative to on-premises platforms, offering reduced costs, increased protection from outside threats, and enhanced operational efficiency. Many organizations are choosing Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS): a set of hosted messaging and collaboration solutions including Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Office Communications Online. In this webcast, experts from Microsoft and Quest will discuss how to ensure a fast and seamless migration from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

A Complete Notes-to-Microsoft Migration

2:00am BST/9:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm PDT – then recorded on-demand
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Tim Fountain, Systems Consultant, Notes Migration Solutions – Quest Software

For organizations looking to migrate from the IBM Lotus platform, Quest offers the industry’s most complete set of transition solutions for seamless, cost-effective migrations of Notes mailboxes to Microsoft Exchange/Exchange Online, application content to SharePoint/SharePoint Online, and Sametime users to Office Communication Server. Learn from experts at Quest and Microsoft the best ways to analyze the Lotus environment, rapidly rebuild complex applications and allow the Notes and Microsoft environments to coexist throughout the migration.

Speed and Simplify Your Notes Migration to Exchange Online

Pete Caldecourt, Solutions Architect, Quest Software

There is also quite a few sessions related to Private Clouds: virtual datacenter management, VDI, end-user experience monitoring and so on.

In-between the sessions you can hang out in the conference lobby or booth area and discuss the topics with other attendees.

See live session list here and on-demand list here.

This online show is a great learning alternative if you cannot make it to TechEd and other face-to-face conferences this year. Register for the event here. Virtually see you tomorrow!

Windows-from-the-cloudPundits talking about how Windows 7 is all about Microsoft competing against Apple, recovering with Vista consumer adoption disaster, or getting people off of XP, are missing one other – extremely important – part of the Windows 7 story. Windows 7 and its server counterpart – Windows Server 2008 R2 – are actually the first real step in Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Story. Before Windows 7 Microsoft could offer some services (such as Exchange Online) from the cloud – but could not provide full enterprise directory, security and so on – now they can.

Microsoft has always called their SaaS plan Software + Services, emphasizing that they can enable rich Windows and application experience over the internet. The reality however has been that in most cases these have been limited to a few web-enabled (e.g. Outlook) or pure web (e.g. SharePoint) applications. Most Microsoft systems and their whole enterprise security model rely on Active Directory and intranet network connectivity – neither of which work should the directory be located in Microsoft’s datacenter.

Now Microsoft has actually quietly added a few key features enabling this scenario:

  • Offline Domain Join – customers can now have add their computers to Active Directory without ever having them in the same network (by importing special security key they get from whoever is running their domain.)
  • DirectAccess – end users can log into their domain and access any services (including even file servers) without having to VPN into the network and there is a way to automatically enforce their patch and antivirus level using Network Access Protection (NAP – the feature they added in Vista which now really shines when added to DirectAccess).
  • Active Directory Management over Web Services – even administrative tools: both graphical and command-line – got revamped to work over web services instead of traditional direct connectivity.
  • To say nothing about much improved Remote Desktop Services, application streaming, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and so on. There’s definitely some pattern here!

With these technologies, Microsoft will actually be able to run your entire environment in their datacenter, yet let users securely connect to that environment from their own Windows machines.

This is a pretty important step in fighting the Web 2.0 approach of Google and the like which are suggesting that all your applications are going to be replaces with in-browser web counterparts like Google Apps. And obviously Microsoft’s approach has the potential of providing a much more familiar and evolutionary way of outsourcing your IT than radical “we’ll find everything on the web” way.

It is also fascinating to see that Microsoft is not yet positioning these technologies as hosting enablers. Their documentation lists them as advances for enterprise own administration. Yet, administrators find them quite hard to discover and set up. My guess is that this is because, as I mentioned above, these feature are not really for customers but are for hosters – most importantly Microsoft – and Microsoft is simply not ready yet to publicly announce their next generation services which make use of the features.

My gut feeling is that we will hear about them pretty soon. Time will tell.

Quest-CloudIt’s probably about time for me to provide a quick overview of what we at Quest Software are doing in the cloud computing area.

There are two main “cloud” directions for us:

  • Using the cloud for our own offerings.
  • Enabling public and private clouds.

1. Using Clouds

Using Cloud means providing our products as a service. Most of these efforts are not public yet, but you can get some of the information on what is coming if you see the recording of my TechEd session.

Also, Quest has one of the best virtual desktop (VDI) solutions in the market – vWorkspace. And a growing number of service providers are signing up to provide a virtual desktop service built on that system.

2. Enabling Clouds

Enabling Clouds means helping customers get to the cloud infrastructure and managing their regular and cloud environments efficiently.

For public clouds we have currently have a set of products for Microsoft’s online offerings- BPOS, including solutions for:

  • Migrating from Lotus Notes and Novell GroupWise to Exchange Online
  • Migrating from Lotus Notes, SharePoint, file shares, and Exchange public folders to SharePoint Online
  • Migrating from Lotus Sametime to Office Communications Online (coming soon)

For private clouds (in a sense of cloud-like dynamic virtualized datacenters within companies) we have our Vizioncore product set the most important from cloud perspective are probably:

  • vControl – self-service provisioning, multi-VM control and task-based automation, and
  • vFoglight – solution to manage performance, measure capacity and perform chargeback for virtual and physical infrastructures.

I hope this provides a good quick overview/disclosure of why I am here and what is it that we are doing in the space.

There’s a lot more coming and I’ll keep our cloud news appearing in this blog.

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Technet Edge posted the interview David Tesar made with me while at TechEd last month. Check it out here.

Edge-Cloud-InterviewDmitry Sotnikov of Quest Software, gives us his perspective on services in the cloud and answers some of the frequently asked questions in his sessions such as:

– When is the right time to move to the cloud?
– What roles/services are not good to think about moving to the cloud
– What types of things you need to be thinking about when moving your services to the cloud
– How is portability a concern on where you want to host your applications?
– Where he sees benefits with Azure and BPOS over the competition

Recording from my TEC session on IT professional view on identity management and AD-integration for Exchange Online and Windows Azure has just got posted:

Enjoy!

You can find other session recordings from TEC (including keynote!) here.

Also, if you are based in Europe – TEC Europe in coming to Berlin in September and early bird discounts are still available – see the conference site for details.

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