October 21, 2010 PSSBS Meeting

Simplifying High Availability and Virtualization


 


For those in the Seattle area who are not attending SMB Nation this weekend and Third Tier’s Pre-day event in Las Vegas, the Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group October meeting will include a presentation by VM6 Software, a provider of an ‘all in one’ software solution that virtualizes storage, servers and desktops all at the same time, on a single server, without the complexity and costs.


 


By leveraging Microsoft Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and using any x86-64 servers, VM6 VMex creates a completely virtualized IT infrastructure with the simplest high availability solution in less than three hours without requiring the purchase of a complex SAN. It also comes with its own clustering technology and management console.


 


VM6 Software is the perfect solution for IT environments that:


 


       Have less than 50 servers per site


       Have virtualized or have a project to migrate to a virtualized environment


       Require high availability for planned or unplanned downtime


       Have challenges justifying the cost of a SAN


 


Join us for a presentation that will demonstrate how VM6 VMex can:


 


·         Optimize the capacity utilization of your IT infrastructure


·         Simplify and improve IT service availability for small IT environments


·         Eliminate the need for shared storage (SAN)


 


John Cloutier (VM6 Software Technical Evangelist) and Bruce Smith (Microsoft Alliance Manager and Business Development) will be presenting.


VM6 will be providing pizza for the group, and Microsoft will be providing the room and drinks. Will be at our usual location, at Microsoft’s Lincoln Square offices in downtown Bellevue (700 Bellevue Way NE – Lincoln Square, Bellevue, WA 98004).


Park in the Lincoln Square garage and meet at the elevators on the first floor by 6 PM to head up to the meeting (take a ticket when you enter the garage, but parking will be free for the evening).


Meeting will be from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Missing your Microsoft Document Imaging in Office 2010?

If you have been using Microsoft’s Office Document Imaging and are wondering where it went in Office 2010, you’re not alone. Microsoft has dropped it as of Office 2010, but there is a workaround to install it in Office 2010 by using the Office 2007 version of it. KB with the information is at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982760. If you’re still wondering what we’re talking about after checking out the Wikipedia article, here’s a description of MODI from Microsoft’s site.


For those who don’t want to click there, here are the directions from KB982760 to run the 2007 version of MODI (as of the date of this Blog post):


How to use MODI in 2007 Office together with Office 2010


To use MODI in 2007 together with Office 2010, use one of the following methods:


  • If you do not have 2007 Office system installed on a computer that has Office 2010 installed, you can install only MODI from the 2007 Office system setup. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Start the 2007 Office setup process.
    2. Click Customize.
    3. On the Installation Options tab, select Not Available for all items except for the items under Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and then click Install Now.
    4. Click Close.
  • If you perform a standard upgrade to Office 2010 from 2007 Office, MODI will be removed together with 2007 Office. Therefore, to keep MODI you have to keep the 2007 Office installation. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Start the Office 2010 setup process.
    2. Click to select the I accept the terms of this agreement check box, and then click Continue.
    3. Click Customize.
    4. On the Upgrade tab, click the Keep all previous versions option, and then click Install Now.
    5. Click Close.

Microsoft Online Services Health Dashboard

Great news from the Microsoft BPOS Team, especially for those of us in North America who have seemed to end up with the bulk of the “growing pains” of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Suite. There is now a “health” dashboard (must have a BPOS account to login and view it) available at the following URLs that will give you a current day and past week’s status of all BPOS services. If you click on the links, it gives you some status details.


Americas (NOAM)
 https://health.noam.microsoftonline.com/
 
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
 https://health.emea.microsoftonline.com/
 
Asia-Pacific (APAC)
 https://health.apac.microsoftonline.com/



 


This new tool is in addition to the RSS feeds also provided by the BPOS team: https://rss.microsoftonline.com/