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  • Blog Post: Managing Your Virtual World

    In the previous post “ Managing your Microsoft world ” the focus was on management of Windows Servers and the applications that run on them regardless of if they are physical machines or virtual machines. This post focuses more on the virtualization infrastructure and primarily looking at Hyper-V and...
  • Blog Post: Building Windows 7 Images

    In the previous post we looked at the key information and first steps required to perform a successful deployment of Windows 7, and we looked in some detail at one of the main concerns organizations have when deploying a new OS; application compatibility. In this post we’ll look at the resources available...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Path to Windows 7

    A successful deployment of a desktop operating system begins long before the first client machines are touched. The collection of information about your client machines forms the basis for creating a successful deployment plan. In this first of three posts we’ll cover the first steps and the tools available...
  • Blog Post: Head in the Clouds. Microsoft’s Cloud World Explained Part 1

    In this first post on Cloud Computing, I’ll cover Microsoft’s Cloud offerings; I’ll also discuss some of the cloud computing terms you may have heard about, as well as cover briefly what good cloud apps are. In the following two posts I’ll cover the Windows Azure Platform in more detail, and round off...
  • Blog Post: From Servers to Services. The Role for the IT Pro in the Cloud.

    The looming question for IT Pro’s regarding the cloud is “What is the future for my role?” Simply put, no one can say for sure. There are many factors to consider when answering that question. The cloud offerings are not identical, which affects the answer. There will be changes in roles. That’s not...
  • Blog Post: The Self-Service Identity Management Door is Now Open

    In the previous post we started our look at how Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM), a component of Microsoft’s Identity & Access Management solution, enables IT Administrators to centrally manage identity and access. The post specifically covered how FIM allows the IT Administrator to...
  • Blog Post: PowerPivot to the People

    The two most important assets in an organization are its people and its information. Organizations that can connect the two seamlessly empower their employees to make the best decisions. IT Departments are challenged with the task of making this connection. At the backend, products like SQL Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Sharing Information with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

    Office 2010 has a large number of new features, making it a very rich application suite. The next step in the product evolution was to enable that richness beyond the client installation and enable users to take advantage of features online. In this post I’ll cover some of those features that enable...
  • Blog Post: Managing your Entire World

    In the previous two posts the focus was on management of Microsoft Windows based products , either in a physical or virtual configuration, by using the System Center products. However, the modern datacentre is not all Windows based servers and contains a variety of different hosts that all require management...
  • Blog Post: Unleashing the Power of your Information

    In an ideal world, when you get a request to answer a question like, “How did the blue version of our product perform in these regions over this period?” you can just open Excel, drag a few items onto a blank sheet and get the answer. If you are in a small business you probably can do this today, and...
  • Blog Post: Empowering your teams with SharePoint 2010

    In the previous post we looked at how SharePoint can help improve collaboration within an organization. In this post we will look with more detail at the capabilities in SharePoint that make it more than just a web front end to a file share. As discussed before, each department could have its own site...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7

    In the previous posts we discussed the path to deploying Windows 7 , including application compatibility and image creation. In this post we’ll discuss the methods for deploying Windows 7 to clients. First, let me explain the terms and tools you may have heard about. In the previous posts and other articles...
  • Blog Post: Bring Business Ready Security to life.

      When we talk to customers about security one thing we hear is that they would like to be able to get all their security products from one vendor. Over the last year Microsoft has released a range of security products. Some new additions to the portfolio and some are updates. The aim was providing...
  • Blog Post: Why Do I have So Many Boxes?

    Do you find yourself looking at your machine room and wondering “Why are there so many machines in there?” Often it’s just a question of having to run legacy applications or applications that are just too time consuming and expensive to consolidate onto other machines. One possible solution to this is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform. Inside the Cloud. Microsoft's Cloud World Explained Part 2.

    In this post we will explore the Windows Azure Platform in more detail. After reading it you'll have an understanding of the components that make up the platform, what functions they perform as well as an idea of what applications are good candidates to run on Windows Azure Platform and the considerations...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Software-based Communication

    Today, the means for communicating with one another anytime, anywhere, and from a variety of devices has become limitless with the use of Instant Messaging, VoIP, webcams, text, and email. Could an Enterprise provide these communication tools to its employees and benefit from this culture change? Unified...
  • Blog Post: Want to Reduce Desktop Costs? (Part 1 or 3)

    Is the cost of ownership of your Microsoft client systems rising? Are you looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with deploying Windows and managing it thereafter? There are two solutions available to help combat these costs. In this 3 part post I’ll cover these two solutions, provide links...
  • Blog Post: Managing your Microsoft World

    The old adage “A watched pot never boils” could be applied to your servers. “A watched server never goes wrong”, that server always decides to doing something right before those critical moments, just as you are leaving for the day, just before the game starts, just as your food arrives, it never does...
  • Blog Post: Want to Reduce Desktop Costs? (Part 2 or 3)

    The question posed in part 1 was Is the cost of ownership of your Microsoft client systems rising? Are you looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with deploying Windows and managing it thereafter? There are two solutions available to help combat these costs. The first post covered deploying...
  • Blog Post: Cross Organization Single Sign-on made real with ADFS

    One of the biggest challenges an IT Department can face comes when identities need to cross company boundaries. When your organization enters a relationship with another organization and anyone from one sides need access to resources on the other side, you need a way to establish a secure trusted relationship...
  • Blog Post: Don’t lose control of your Organizations Identity, manage it with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010

    All organizations need to manage identities, credentials, and resources. Some lucky organizations only have to deal with one directory, but most have to deal with multiple directory trees and application-specific identity sources. The IT department in those organizations are expected to deliver this...