Webcast – Office 2010 Launch May 12, 2010

image Are you ready for the next version of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010? Tune in tomorrow to watch the webcast to see what’s new.

Date: Wednesday May 12, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Title: Announcing the Future of Productivity!
Keynote: Stephen Elop, President, Microsoft Business Division
URL: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010launch

Meet businesses already benefitting from the future of productivity and view on-demand sessions that focus on Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2010, as well as Exchange 2010, Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and SQL Server 2008 R2. Watch the keynote, join the virtual launch conversation, and participate in on-demand sessions where you’ll learn more about how Microsoft products can solve the unique productivity challenges you’re facing as you look to the future.

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Free Event – Trend Micro in Cincinnati May 22, 2010

image Bill Kam of Trend Micro is coming to Cincinnati to give a FREE live in-person training on Trend’s Worry Free products – best practices for install/configure and how to protect from things like “fakeav”, and new tools for the partner/IT Pro to use as well.  He may cover some of the Worry Free 7 info shown recently in Taipei.  There are some PPT’s comparing Trend with the competition on a level playing field showing memory and CPU utilization that he will go over.  Bill will talk about all the features in Worry Free (some that many probably are not aware of). 

After the class, you can go online and take a “Certification” test (FREE) and with passing, you can get some benefits like showing up in a search on their site for a reseller in the area, website badges and marketing materials (think SBSC program).  Good stuff!

Lunch is included for this event!

Event: Cincinnati SBS SIG – Trend Micro Live Training
Date: Saturday May 22, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Venue: Max Technical Training
4900 Parkway Drive, #160
Mason, OH 45040
Registration URL: http://cinpa20100522.eventbrite.com/

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Book – Windows Home Server Unleashed 2nd Edition

Windows Home Server Unleashed (2nd Edition)The new book “Windows Home Server Unleashed (2nd Edition)” by author Paul McFedries is in stores now. This is the third book I’ve worked on for SAMS Publishing, this time as a Technical Editor instead of a co-author. 

The “Unleashed” series of books strives to provide unparalleled technical depth and accuracy, and this book is no exception. The second edition has been updated to include information about Power Pack 3, Windows 7, and other improvements. Paul is an author of over 60 books and has an excellent knowledge of networking, Office, Windows, Macs and the web. He’s even got a book on the iPad!

Title: Windows Home Server Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams Publishing; 2 edition
Published: April 15, 2010
ISBN-10: 0672331063
Paperback: 792 pages
Language: English
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Buy.com | InformIT / Sams

If you’ve never installed WHS before, or even if you’ve been using it for quite a while, this book has something for everyone; from beginning setup instructions to advanced topics like connecting Linux, Macs, wireless photo frames, setting up SharePoint, and even scripting. I had an absolute blast editing it, and at one point I had 12 machines running at the same time testing out different scenarios and configurations. I really hope you enjoy this book! 🙂

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You’re Terminated

Get to da choppa! One of the not-so-fun jobs as an IT Pro is handling the issue of employee turnover at client sites. It’s one of those facts of life. Whether the employee exit is friendly and planned or angst-ridden and a bombshell, there are a lot of things that have to be done. And, as with most things in life, having a checklist helps make sure nothing is missed.

As an outsourced IT provider you should have a standard operating procedure to help your client get through this process as quickly and easily as possible. Below is a sample “Employee Termination Checklist” you can use. The top half contains things the company personnel need to handle, and the bottom half are responsibilities that fall under the IT Department (probably you).

Click link below to download the Employee Termination Checklist

File name: Employee_Termination_Checklist.doc (28 KB)

Depending on the size of the client, there are things you may need to add or remove, but this document should be a good starting point. If there’s something that you feel is blatantly missing, please feel free to add it to the comments below.

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