PHIWUG Presents–Tech Preview

We just did our last technical session for the year 2015!

John Delizo Hosting and a quick demo on Docker and container technologies for deploying applications. And deploying applications to Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview.

Ren Narvaez on Microsoft Infrastructure Datacenter Security Today

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Milo Pacamara on PH Emerging threat landscape and why upgrade

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Felmar Tanada on Windows Server 2016 Preview: Nano Servers

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Thank you for attending this session!

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Thank You SPCBA!

So Me and Faelmar did another talk to a university but this time in Laguna. SPCBA or San Pedro College of Business Administration have invited us to talk about current practice in the industry, what else to talk about but Windows and Windows Server! Mainly because our audience are from the College of Computer Studies’ BS COE or Computer Engineering.

So here are some photos to the event. First of, Me. On RDP, where else. Talking about how to install Windows! How hard can it be, eh?

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And then Faelmar on the Windows 10 and installing it to a USB stick.

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This day is great, great connecting to the past and the future. To a coincidence, I met my college instructor and I met new upcoming professionals.

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And also to the Graduating class of 2015, good luck, and we will see each other in the field!

Thank you Manila Central University!

Our stay is a blast at MCU’s with their graduating students for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology last Feb 27, 2014. We had a lot of fun doing this event – Go Purples!

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So Me and Faelmar Tanada went to Manila’s most central university to talk about I.T. in the field for these graduating students and also to invite them to join to our IT Community.

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Me giving demo on Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and how we “Install” software in an enterprise environment.

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Faelmar’s turn on his Windows 8 ToGo.

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This became more of a session rather than an event, questions were flying left and right!

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So please join us in our Forums and our Facebook Group.

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Compiled album is here:

 

Again, thanks MCU!

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The Story of PHIWUG and The Cloud

The Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) by nature is a non-profit local technology community. By day we are all Server Administrators, Enterprise Administrators, Engineers, Consultants, Etc. With end users and enthusiasts coming every once in a while. We do our events, monthly meetings, meet ups, tech demo sessions, micro-talks and some crazy stuffs.

Everyone in this group is by definition the IT of some company, consultants based in Singapore, a missionary brother manning the IT infrastructure of a major University / Religion here in PH, An IT guy that has two Jobs, Trainers and Technologists. In short, we are all busy and have our own respective jobs.

We still need (and wanted) to keep our infrastructure but no one available in full time to do this. We also wanted to expand our reach and bring back the old forum sites that we have because lets face it, its really hard to search answers let alone archive information in the social media now.

PHIWUG in Modern IT.

To make us more agile and have more agility (and time) to do what we want, we have to move our infrastructure responsibilities to the cloud. We also this to our customers and companies, unless you are in the IT consulting + RND you should think about what IT can help you with but keep in mind the operational overhead and cost of these.

PHIWUG cannot afford to build an expensive datacenter, after all we are a non-profit organization. But we feel we can make a difference, especially in Schools and Universities to give them an idea what the industry looks like now. These talks are all freely done by PHIWUG, we will not and ever will ask for payment for a talk. Ever. Yes we are allotted with some funding for Food and Drinks for our major events, but that’s for the attendees as we do events late at night – after work.

So, we cannot (afford a) setup of an environment with redundant cooling / moisture control system, with redundant and fast internet connection. Not to forget power and fire suppression systems and of course those expensive rack mounted servers etc. etc. But we are all IT professionals, we can figure this out.

In fact, we treated our situation as an example of how IT can directly support the growth and operations of the business (in our case, our non-profit group). We always say to our clients and in our companies, be in the Modern IT. Where IT is used as a strategic move and not be a burden for a company.

We moved everything to the Cloud.

There are a lot of articles on the internet that says about cloud, Where do you start if you want to move everything?

Our first candidate is our Web Presence and Emails. So we decided to transfer to Office 365 thru the sponsorship of Microsoft Technical Communities.

This is one of the major move that we did but to my surprise – it was really straightforward. You sign-up, follow the steps on the DNS migration and that’s it. I just emailed the requirements my domain registrar on pointing our domain PHIWUG.ORG to Office 365. There were even a very well written troubleshooting guide.

Why the major one: It now uses our official domain, in which we became “official”. And its blazing fast!

Our external website is now on SharePoint, easy to manage – no brainer CMS for us. Plus I get to mess around with some themes. Check it out here: http://www.phiwug.org/ 

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Because we now have SharePoint, we are now sharing files thru it. Most of our meeting contents / pictures / etc are going to be migrated here.

Then instead of having to use Skype or other messenger service for some event, we had Lync. We now have the ability to record online sessions, do multiple screen sharing and more.

 

Next candidate is our Forums.

PHIWUG’s drive is to have a more localized site where we Pinoys can talk about anything Windows. We are not thinking of replacing the TechNet and Social forums but there are times that IT Pros here wants to ask in a way that it is more ‘localized’ and that’s one of our targets. We also miss the MSForums type of discussion. We hope to get it back to its former glory, even only on the Windows discussions side.

Our forum has very unique requirements, in fact we needed to custom build it and host it somewhere. Our solution, ASP.NET MVC based forum, hosted on Windows Azure with a SQL Back end. Pretty neat ha!

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We are not leaving Facebook so, this integrates with Facebook Auth (Login using Facebook) and all the bells and whistles of sharing to social media.

Ill blog about how we did this in detail, for now I’d like to first thank http://www.mvcforum.com/ for the codebase and also make sure that you are on “Shared” website mode so that you can use a custom domain like us: http://forums.phiwug.org

 

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As you can see, this is a custom .net code and needed to be source controlled. Enter VisualStudio.com – a TFS instance in the cloud!

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Lastly, so lets integrate Windows Azure with TFS. The old way is to download the source code and then publish it to your hosting provider using FTP or other trivial way. I remember my friend asking me for help because his provider is asking P5000.00 per publish in his site!

To do this, you only have to logon to Azure and  Setup deployment from Source Control:

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Then authorize the connection

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Then it will ask what project you want to deploy, click the check button and you can now publish from TFS Online! By the way, it will automatically configure your Contentious Integration so that any change (Check-In) in Visual Studio will be built and shipped to Azure.

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What’s next?

I posted a poll on reviving the consolidated blog site of all of the members, so that’s one. Then we are now focusing on events this year, TechNet sessions will be back so stay tuned. We will be publishing a public link so that everyone can attend even without going to the venue 🙂

I think I will just use this weekend to run Floppy the dog and you know breathe the fresh air outside. Till next time!

PHIWUG Migrated to Office 365!

Office 365 is now open for registration here in the Philippines and you heard it, PHIWUG Migrated everything! I will blog on how it was done and how my company is doing it for ourselves also then for other customers that are now migrating to awesomeness, but for now lets talk about the “Why” question first.

Some history: the Philippine Windows Users Group has its own domain and website (phiwug.org) before and it is running on some shared-hosting facility locally here. It is there for quite a few reasons but for the most it is it is really cheap there. We used to have emails there and ftp publishing for pages and after some changes, we did not had any control over there. Not to mention the email system is… lets leave that behind and because it is a low-end hosting service, the response time is relatively are slow – reaaaaaaally slow.

Come Office 365 to the rescue!

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So what is Office 365? Its basically SharePoint (Internal and Public Site) + Office 2013 + Office  WebApps + Exchange + Lync.

Office 365 comes with SharePoint 2013 that can be used for your personal page, internal team site and external website.

Personal page:

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Team Site:

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Public Website: From now on, we are using SharePoint as our main web site.

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Office and Office Web Apps: From now on we will be running office in on desktop or in the browser.

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I really cannot see the difference, except for this one is running in my IE.

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Exchange Emails: I really like how exchange has this autodiscover service. Even works on mobile devices, like my Dell Venue pro that runs Windows Phone 7.8.

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I really like being on exchange, they make this little things really easy. Also the compliance management and mail protections!

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No spam, malware and a filter..

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No Client? No problem, use OWA or Outlook Web Access:

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And there there is Lync!

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So there, we migrated and all then we have new tools with stuffs that we will need..

Hey! Everybody left! Wait up!

Let me just finish this post by saying, what are you doing now get yourself a 1 month trial of office 365 and see how it is really to set up this baby. Oh by the way, the mandatory:

 

“Powered by Office 365!”

 

 

Later folks!

PHIWUG is at Microsoft Innovation Universe 2012

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http://www.microsoft.com/philippines/innovationuniverse2012/

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Look beyond Virtualization with Microsoft Philippines’ Server Summit (March 21), Microsoft will be hosting its second annual Server Summit where the company will showcase the latest offerings in its sever family – System Center 2012 and SQL Server 2012, and share how they can help enterprises evolve the data center and transform data into insight. Companies will learn how to manage their own on-premise and cloud infrastructures all in one place, deliver IT as a service, and get the most out of their data infrastructure investments.

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Discover exciting innovations powered by Microsoft technologies in Who Dunn I.T. (March 22) Microsoft invites Filipino IT professionals and skilled developers to participate in this year’s Who Dunn I.T. , an event where 50 local startups, developers and student teams will give participants a first look at their innovative applications running on touch-enabled phones, tablets and web browsers, and cutting-edge applications hosted on the cloud.

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Learn about the brightest innovations from future IT leaders in Imagine Cup (March 23) Interact with the best student teams in the country as Microsoft Philippines hosts Imagine Cup, the world’s premiere student technology competition that gathers the best developers to address problems faced by the world today using the power of information technology.

 

And.. We are there since day 1!

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Yea we are there and we set-up a loading booth that has 2 servers installed with a complete  Windows Deployment Services on the new Windows Server 8 Beta. Super geeky too, setting it up on a projector 🙂

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Terrence, Me, Chris and Jeff was there.

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Chris has setup his giant multi touch projector device!

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Thanks Microsoft for your support and for the booth on the three days of the Innovation Universe!

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Look at who we found, Jojo Ayson and Alvin Gendrano!

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