Monday, 4 May 2009

Windows 7 RC1 - Coming soon ... to a computer near you?

One more day to wait until everyone can get their hands on a copy of the latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7.  Microsoft has posted on the Windows 7 website that the download will be publicly available until July. That should allow all an ample amount of time to get their hands on RC1 and run it through their loops.

Advertised heavily as being "faster [and], more reliable", there is a significant amount of interest in this major upgrade to the Windows platform. As many blogs and news sites continue to publish very impressive stats, the anxious early adopters leverage the Torrent sites that are already thrashing with various releases.

This has to be a big WIN for Microsoft, especially in the desktop OS arena since Vista was/is so unpopular in the enterprise IT market as well as the home user groups.  Vista has left a bitter taste in the mouths of IT Managers, and professionals alike. While this is looking like a very promising platform, I doubt you will see it showing up on your corporate PC any time soon, once released.

As a recent Mac convert, I do not see myself changing stripes again but I will certainly be downloading a copy of Windows 7 tomorrow, firing up VMWare Fusion, and taking it for a spin. Let's hope Microsoft learned from the Beta release of Windows 7 that brought the farm to a stand still and scaled up/out their infrastructure in anticipation of another massive surge in traffic.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Sync your LDAP with Google Enterprise Apps

Yes, it has been a *long* time since my last post. What can I say? I have been busy.

Anyhow, as I was plowing through slews of blog posts through Google Reader, I came across an exciting (for some) post on the Official Google Enterprise Blog. Today, Google announced that wrapped into their   Google Apps Premier, Education and Partner Edition solutions lives Google Apps Directory Sync.

What does this mean? You will be able to automatically provision users and groups based on the user data in your LDAP server, such as Microsoft Active Directory or Lotus Domino. Google Apps Directory Sync connects to your Google Apps account and adds/deletes user accounts to match your existing organizational schema.

I'm pretty excited to try that out! Check out the full blog post here.