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Lab Ops 2–The Lee-Robinson Script
In my last post I mentioned how Marcus Robinson & had adapted PowerShell scripts by Thomas Lee to build a set of VMs to run a course in a reliable and repeatable way. With Marcus’s permission I have put that Setup Script on SkyDrive, however he has a proper day job running his gold partnership...
20 Sep 2013
I have just read Paul Gregory’s guest post for the TechNet Flash , and the two things that caught my eye was to be bi-lingual and to keep your skills up to date. I put these two themes together and came up with the title for this post which essentially means being skilled in more than one technology...
26 Jul 2013
So You want to be an Evangelist
With my job title of Evangelist I often get asked about what my roles, both inside and outside of the Microsoft firewall. In the 2 weeks I have presented to the Leeds VM User Group ( www.vmug.org.uk ), done a careers chat at a Science college, produced and presented at TechDays Online nd attended SQL...
8 May 2013
MCSE for SQL Server
I have to be honest I gave up getting certified before I joined Microsoft mainly because the exams didn’t keep up with the release of SQL Server specifically the Business intelligence exams. I then had the same problem as an evangelist I was working on the next release of the SQL or Windows Server. However...
31 Aug 2012
Windows Server 2012 IT camps
I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps. These camps will all be on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release...
20 Aug 2012
Notes from IT Camp, Leeds 28th Feb
Simon and I did our first IT camp in Leeds on Tuesday, and I would like to say thank you to those that cam along as you were the beta testers for this new kind of event. As you can see we had a much more informal setup of groups of 8 or 9 around tables with a lot more collaboration and interaction...
1 Mar 2012
Data Centre Resource Planning and System Center 2012
Most of us like have the proper tools for the job; trying to undo Phillips screws with a penknife, using your gold card to get the ice off the windscreen or using notepad to write F# is no fun. I would argue that the proper tool for running a modern Data Centre is System Center not just to save money...
24 Feb 2012
Exploiting Orchestrator - Tips to avoid the hidden bear traps
Following on from my last post about getting started with System Center 2012 Orchestrator, I asked a good friend of mine Greg Charman from Kelverion , to share some of his experience. System Center 2012 Orchestrator and its predecessor Opalis 6.3 are a very new subject to many IT Professionals...
13 Feb 2012
Application Platform Knowledge Hub
Albert Einstein once remarked that you don’t need to remember everything, you just needed to remember where to look. When it comes to learning about Microsoft products this can sometimes be harder than it ought to be and what resources there are can be fragmented so you do have to remember where...
7 Feb 2012
Yesterday I spent a great day at the Leeds Virtual Machine User Group, with attendees varying from the IT Professionals from most of the cities law firms, to local universities and colleges where both the IT guys and the students took time out to attend, so a great talking shop and the subject of IT...
12 Oct 2011
Back to Skool
Getting time, and resources to stay current with technology is always hard for IT professionals even when that training applies directly to your role. If you are thinking of cross training because for whatever reason you can’t see a future in doing what you are currently doing then you’re...
11 Aug 2011
How the Private Cloud affects your IT department
My Desktop counterpart Simon May posted a great article on How the public cloud affects your IT department so here’s my corresponding thoughts on the private cloud .. Firstly the Private Cloud definition Microsoft uses is from the National Institute of Science & Technology . For me this about...
3 Jun 2011
Get your own best of the Microsoft Management Summit bits
Many of us couldn’t afford to make it Vegas for the MMS 2011 so in the UK last month the UK TechNet team put together a one day event Best of MMS and we managed to get quite a few of the US speakers over for that. However that day was quickly sold out, and I know many of you couldn’t get to it...
19 May 2011
SQL Azure Update
The annoying thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. The great thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. So if I write post about version x of SQL Server that has some value while that version...
3 May 2011
Event Handling for the IT Professional
My diary is solid for the next few weeks as there seem to be a lot of events on. This is good for me as the best bit of my job is swapping ideas and stories with like minded individuals, not to mention the odd lively debate. I also get the impression that many of you enjoy this too and I often...
11 Apr 2011
Microsoft Virtual Academy
I don’t think data centre management or the private cloud is particularly difficult to learn, but it could be easier to find out where to start. Of course if your focus is virtualisation or you only make tools in this space then your site should make this journey pretty straight forward. ...
24 Mar 2011
The (IT Professional) Apprentice
The old Catch 22 situation of not having experience nor having anyone who is wiling to provide that experience still exists today as it did when I stated work. If I reverse that argument every company in the current economic climate could argue that there is no budget to train staff so we have...
23 Sep 2010
How they know you know
I have just seen this hilarious video showing some fictitious IT job interviews on the Microsoft learning site. What makes it hilarious for me is that I have conducted interviews like this and had some of the bizarre answers this poor IT manager had and worse. At a couple of companies we’d set our own...
27 May 2010
The term master class is often overused but probably not in the case I am about to refer to. Two of the authorities on SQL Server are over in the UK courtesy of SQL Server Magazine to run a SQL server master class on 17th June at the Radisson Edwardian Heathrow. Mentioning two of the authorities...
10 May 2010
I sat watching Dave the other night and there’s a bit in it where Kevin Kline simply states that he wants to give everyone in America a job that wants one. I’m not sure if our the MD of Microsoft, Gordon Frazer has seen this, but he’s just announced that we plan to get to 500,000 people into work...
10 Sep 2009
SQLBits Goes West 19-21 November, Newport
When I am not doing the day job I like to draw and paint to relax so I have combined a bit of business & pleasure for the SQL Bits Goes West conference by doing a few cartoons for them… As you can see the event has grown to three days. While there has always been a deep dive, paid for training...
26 Aug 2009
Free stuff SQL Server Courses & Software
I knew that there were a few course on SQL Server 2008 on the Microsoft training site : Course 2778A : Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact—SQL Course 6231A : Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Course 6232A : Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Course 6234A...
9 Jun 2009
SQL Server 2008 Free Training
The UK SQL Server community have come up with a cunning plan to connect more people who are serious about SQL Server like they are. They are offering free SQL Server 2008 training on any aspect you are interested in return for you setting up open community meetings at your company. By open...
14 Oct 2008
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