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    What are the start/finish times for the event? Really want to go, just got to work out if I need to book accomodation as its a 4hr trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    What are the start/finish times for the event? Really want to go, just got to work out if I need to book accomodation as its a 4hr trip.
    If it's anything like last time the start was at 10am (be there for book in at 09:30) and we finished about 4:30 pm. We shall be staying at the Novotel and there is a free shuttle bus service that leaves for TVP from Reading station every 15 mins (imagine a normal bus, but with air con and leather upholstery!). Where are you travelling from? We might have a few tips for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    If it's anything like last time the start was at 10am (be there for book in at 09:30) and we finished about 4:30 pm. We shall be staying at the Novotel and there is a free shuttle bus service that leaves for TVP from Reading station every 15 mins (imagine a normal bus, but with air con and leather upholstery!). Where are you travelling from? We might have a few tips for you.
    Would be coming from Huddersfield, can't decide whether train or drive as they both look to take about the same time. Novotel looks a bit pricey now, unless you know some way to get a cheap deal ;-)

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    Yes please Chris, this has been in my Diary since it was mentioned before xmas/

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Would be coming from Huddersfield, can't decide whether train or drive as they both look to take about the same time. Novotel looks a bit pricey now, unless you know some way to get a cheap deal ;-)
    Probably cheaper to get the train, depending on how kind your car is with regards to Fuel ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Would be coming from Huddersfield, can't decide whether train or drive as they both look to take about the same time. Novotel looks a bit pricey now, unless you know some way to get a cheap deal ;-)
    Unfortunatelyt, these are the kind fo prices you pay in the SE for business class hotels in city centers. Trust me, we have shopped around! We have a 'card' with Novotel and if you do want a room please PM me. No dropping out though as we have to pay in advance. Don't worry, we'll buy you dinner amd a few drinks after

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    Add me in as well

    Office 365... pricing and overview of where MS sees the situation fitting in with existing systems
    Windows Server 2008... VDI and other enhancements coming up (R2 SP1?)
    System Center Products... including SCVMM and DPM 2010
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    There is an Ibis hotel right next door to the Novotel where we are staying if you can't stretch to Novotel rates. It's £44 per night as far as I can gather for one person.
    Also, if you have any suggestions for topic to be covered, keep 'em coming.

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    Expanding on my previous post it seems like there's a bit of a shift back towards MS products for utilities that previously we'd go to other suppliers for, namely...

    AV... Forefront Client Protection might replace our current Kaspersky product
    Backup... DPM 2010 might replace Backup Exec
    Spam Filtering... Forefront most likely will replace Messagelabs

    There's a nice chunk of savings by bringing those back to MS under Campus licensing but I would like to see a demo environment with the whole lot set up and working. Would be great if MS could show a fully functioning environment built on Hyper-V with the whole package above set up and working smoothly to show those of us looking to shift from existing products.

    The main reason I haven't done so already is that I need to be convinced they're stable and match the usability of what we have now and as much as I like setting it all up on my test network I'm a bit pushed for time at the moment so a hands-on demo would be most useful

    Something like this setup...

    • Hyper-V virtualised servers
    • SCVMM managing said servers
    • DPM 2010 doing backups and maybe a demo of bare metal VM recovery \ brick level restore for Exchange and SQL
    • VDI on a Windows 7 client running from Hyper-V with RemoteFX
    • SCCM R3 managing the software etc and also managing...
    • Forefront Client Security on some desktops
    • App-V running virtualised apps e.g. Photoshop
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    Interested!

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    Speaking from a little school's point of view, please can Microsoft be encouraged to talk at our level (primary schools) as well as at the 'big boys' (secondaries). We may not be as exciting in terms of our ambitions and budgets, but we want to benefit too

    We're talking sites with 100 or less PCs and 300 or less users, pupils and staff combined. (In my case 40PCs, 100 students and 35 staff)... quite often with only 1 (2 at most) servers on site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Speaking from a little school's point of view, please can Microsoft be encouraged to talk at our level (primary schools) as well as at the 'big boys' (secondaries). We may not be as exciting in terms of our ambitions and budgets, but we want to benefit too

    We're talking sites with 100 or less PCs and 300 or less users, pupils and staff combined. (In my case 40PCs, 100 students and 35 staff)... quite often with only 1 (2 at most) servers on site.
    You really, really want to talk about the new licensing scheme then!!

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    Definitely Interested now to find out if I can claim a CPD day or if it's going to be a day off work.

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    I'm definitely interested. Just need to confirm I can come, as our new build will be finishing around then so may not be able to. No hotel for me though, I can do it via train in a day.



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