Daily Archives: October 5, 2005

Geek Dinner in London – for Girls

Sarah is organising a Geek dinner – for girls in London next Tuesday evening.  You don’t have to be a geek to attend though  (actually you don’t even need to be a girl either) – it’s just a great opportunity to network with other women in Technology who may or may not be a bit geeky.  I wonder, on a scale of 1-10 how geeky am I?  I’d tend to put myself at about a 5 but everyone else i’ve asked today reckoned I’m about an 8 or 9.  Little do they know about my non geeky home life and my continual refusal to learn how to program the dishwasher.  Damn thing!

So if you know any girls who want to go and chat to other women in the technology industry, or  come if you’re a bit of a geek yourself, or even if you want to know what a gaggle of female geeks look like, then add your name to the wiki, and come over and say hi to me on Tuesday 11th October.

It would be good to have a chat and a glass of wine (or 2) with you…


Blogcast: Creating the trust between Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2003

Upgrading from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003

This is the second in the blogcast series for upgrading your Exchange Organisation.  The blogcast runs for 5 minutes and 34 seconds and talks about creating a trust between the NT 4 domain and Active Directory.  View it here

Other blogcasts in this series:

1: Reviewing the Exchange Organistion

System Center Reporting Manager – available

So I’ve noticed that you can now get the beta software for System Center Reporting Manager.  just register on betaplace to get the download.  You can read the overview here

1. Go to the Microsoft Betaplace Site and sign in with your Microsoft .Net Passport ID. If you don’t have a Passport account, you will need to first complete a Passport registration.
2. Enter the Guest ID “SCGUEST” (this ID is case-sensitive).
3. Click on the Systems Center Reporting Manager 2005 link.
4. Click on the Nomination link on the left side of the page.
5. Fill out and submit the nomination form and expect that in 24 hours you will have access to the beta build.

So what do you get with the SC RepMon beta?

• Provides a single, centralized, and simplified query and report authoring experience across MOM and SMS historical data, as well as business context data, to enable reporting scenarios that are not possible with the current SMS and MOM reports.
• Includes a rich decision support solution for MOM and multiple SMS operational databases into a single data warehouse to enable better decision making more quickly using “Better Together” reports.
• Offloads expensive decision support operations from the SMS Central Site server and improves performance of key queries and reports for SMS administrators.
• Delivers clear value for “SMS only” customers using new reports and enabling new analytical scenarios for SMS administrators (such as deployment status by cost center).
• Delivers clear value for “MOM only” customers by providing about 150 centralized reports across multiple MOM 2005 management groups and delivering new enterprise reports.
• Provides a Web-based reporting front end from any desktop using SQL Reporting Services without requiring client-side software to be installed.
• Additional reports and queries can be created and shared using a community driven process.
• Enables a broader audience to leverage systems and operations management data by delivering a new set of predefined reports that are designed for IT managers and business executives.
The reports produced:
• Locate underutilized servers and target them for elimination by comparing performance data in a server platform consolidation scenario.
• Support load balancing decisions by providing information on server performance across specific workloads and identifying any excess capacity.
• Determine if hardware changes or software updates are responsible for causing an increased volume of server alerts.
• Compare server performance statistics over time in the context of specific software changes.