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  • Blog Post: Teach yourself windows server 2008 in 24 hours

    A bold quote, and one I have to say I can’t claim it as mine.   This comes from Sams Publishing , it relates to their new publication of the same name and I have to say, the book does do exactly what it says on the cover (the back cover that is) “In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you will...
  • Blog Post: Download your free e-book of Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

    Available today is the recently released Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 e-book. Download your free copy today.
  • Blog Post: Dive deep with Windows Server 2008 Unleashed from SAMS

    In a previous entry I review the Windows Server 2008 Inside Out publication from MS Press. In my view the Microsoft publication is ideal for those coming to Windows Server 2008 new or with a general working knowledge of the "legacy" versions of Windows. The "Unleashed" series is a little more indepth...
  • Blog Post: Can you handle 24 hours of Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008?

    By now I hope you've read the blog entries on this site relating to these 24hrs webcast series. If not, have a look at these two sites below and of course sign up for one or two or 24 :), and also the blog entried by Kevin Remede. SQL Server 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetsqlserver2008...
  • Blog Post: How Definitive A Guide to Windows Server 2008 does O’Reilly Deliver?

    You choice of reference book for Windows Server 2008 is increasing rapidly. With this variety comes the difficult decision of which one to purchase. So let me tell you my views of O’Reilly’s Definitive Guide to Windows Server 2008. I have to say that when this book turned up I was slightly surprised...
  • Blog Post: Be a Hero in Poland at the Heroes { Community } Launch Conference in Wrocław

    Following on from an entry I wrote last month, if you happened to be in Poland on June 2nd 2008 , then why no sign up and attend this great launch event. Taking place in Wrocław, which is the capital city of lower Silesia, it’s also one of the oldest and most beautiful city in Poland located by the...
  • Blog Post: Cure your post Windows Server 2008 launch video blues!

    Suffering from post launch video blues? Exhausted the library on the Virtual Launch Experience and now looking for MORE Windows Server 2008 content? Well we've compiled the best Windows Server 2008 content from TechNet Spotlight on to one page. We've gathered an impressive line up of presenters including...
  • Blog Post: 20-Part Webcast Series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

    A team of IT Pro Evangelists from the US including:  Kevin Remde , Matt Hester , Chris Avis , Chris Henley , and Yung Chou is delivering a 20-part webcast series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions starting January 14, 2009. The objectives of this series is not only to help you develop technical...
  • Blog Post: Missed TechEd in Orlando? Join Myself and TechNet Spotlight as we captured a selection of sessions for you.

    Not everyone can make it to TechEd each year and not everyone can go to the North America show. This year it was held in Orlando, Florida from June 10-13, 2008. I was fortunate to be there and I took the TechNet Spotlight camera crew with me to record a selection of sessions. Hope you enjoy them…. [Promotion...
  • Blog Post: See how Windows Server 2008 was launched in Dallas

    The Dallas event celebrated the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. The event brought together IT Pros and Developers to get an in-depth, up-close look at the new products and gave attendees an opportunity to meet with Microsoft Partners as well as members of the development...
  • 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: YOUR WINDOWS SERVER 2008 ADMINISTRATORS COMPANION IS IN THE HOUSE

    For me the Microsoft Press book I’ve been waiting a while to see was the full Administrators companion. I will admit to being a fan of this series, both the full Companion and it’s pocket sized sister. I think I might have the complete sets of both in my bookcases somewhere, most are good, some are a...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Solution Accelerator is now available

    Microsoft® Deployment Toolkit 2008 now available. MDT 2008 extends existing functionality to deploy Windows Vista® SP1 and Windows Server® 2008 for both Lite Touch and Zero Touch deployments using Systems Management Server 2003* and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. This release...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Inside Out delivers the details

    MS Press US Site: http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/11448.aspx MS Press UK Site: http://www.microsoft-press.co.uk/scripts/product.asp?ref=855937 At over 1400 pages there is certainly no shortage of information in the latest version of the Inside Out series. The back cover describes the...
  • Blog Post: Heroes {Community} Launch - Events with a difference

    The Heroes {Community} Launch events are now kicking off around the world. By attending a Community Launch event in your area, you’ll be one of the first to receive technical demos & training, product readiness resources, and the chance to receive NFR DVDs from all three products ! Ask your local...
  • Blog Post: Getting to Grips with Group Policy

    Group Policy is one of the most powerful features of Windows Server 2008 and to fully understand it requires a good resource. The good news is that since the first publications on Policy settings in Windows NT came out, the resources have gotten better. The latest addition to this family...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization e-book offer from Microsoft Press

    Written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams, Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions.  The technologies...