Insufficient data from Andrew Fryer
The place where I page to when my brain is full up of stuff about the Microsoft platform
Application Lifecycle Management
Data Protection Manager
Essential Business Server
Full Text Search
Microsoft Security Essentials
Performance Point Server
Read Only Domain Controller
Remote DeskTop Services
Slowly Changing Dimensions
Software + Services
SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 R2
SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2014
SQL Server Express
TechNet Road Show
windows phone 7
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 r2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012R2
Browse by Tags
Insufficient data from Andrew Fryer
Tagged Content List
Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th
Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp . The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged. The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background...
1 Feb 2012
Simon and I have spent most of last week on stand duty at BETT one of the largest education events in the world. We were there to field questions from teachers and some of the hardest working IT Professionals, those supporting the IT in schools. Agility is essential to cope with the new influx...
16 Jan 2012
BCDBoot–one of my new best friends
I am getting ready for a series of interactive events next month and one of the things I wanted to show was a hyper-V cluster. No doubt Simon and could have blagged some kit, but we decided to use what we had lying around in the office. This meant I had to muck about with my shiny Orange...
29 Nov 2011
The 7P’s of projects
Proper Preparation & Planning Prevents Pathetically Poor Performance I mention this because the process of working out how to make changes to your data centre can and should take longer than doing the actual work. For example if you are going to dive into virtualisation or do more with it,...
6 Jun 2011
Direct access to DirectAccess
My favourite thing Windows 7 working together with Windows Server 2008 R2 is DirectAcess , not because of how cool the technology is nor because its just built in, but because it gets me out of jail on so many occasions. If you aren’t aware of it, it’s the power of a VPN without all ...
24 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...
10 Apr 2011
Normal Service has been resumed
I’ve just got back from 5 weeks off in NZ to celebrate my 50th lap of the sun, hence the guest posts on here recently. Just before I went away the UK TechNet team setup Tech Days Online .. based on a chat Simon and I had about what 2011 holds for the IT Professional which you can watch here...
17 Feb 2011
Beta to release upgrade paths for Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1
I see loads and loads of threads tweets and forum questions which run along the lines of “What is the upgrade path from [insert any Microsoft Product here] RC to RTM?” To which the answer is always “There isn’t one – you have to uninstall RC and install RTM”. First let me translate the acronyms: The...
7 Dec 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory–ADAC
TIn the last in my “What’s new in active directory in Windows Server 2008 R2” mini series I wanted to introduce the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC). This is a simple deployable client to enable users who have limited experience of active directory to carry out routine tasks like adding...
20 Nov 2010
Desktop Security - one size doesn’t fit all
If you follow this blog you’ll realise that every couple of weeks I mention TechNet ON . This one stop portal changes its focus every couple of weeks and this time the focus is on desktop security. I am not going to try and rework any of the resources as they are all pretty obvious and well written...
14 Oct 2010
Content is King?
Many of us in the technical world seem to get caught up in the devices we use rather than what we use them for and how often. for example it doesn’t really matter which ebook reader you use what matters is what books you read. Repeat that for the films you watch with your home cinema setup...
28 Sep 2010
Windows 7 for friends and family
It’s not always Microsoft’s fault… For the last month or so, my mum’s Asus Revo mini desktop PC thing kept starting windows repair intermittently on boot and her local tech support man (I couldn’t get down to her) thought Windows updates were the problem. Also when it did power up it was taking...
6 Sep 2010
Windows 7 the Presenter’s friend
I think it takes a lot of effort and courage to stand up in front of an audience and give a presentation. Adding a demo into this mix only makes this worse, and so the SQLBIts organisers setup a speaker training day at our offices yesterday ran by Guy Smith-Ferrier . Part of this was...
27 Aug 2010
The curious case of the Trusted Protection Module
I am keen on insurance and I am more interested in the claims process when things do go wrong, than in the cost of the premium. In IT the same thing should apply , the level of protection should be driving force in any decision on how to look after your your data rather than the cost of the solution...
19 Aug 2010
.VHD, one of my favourite file formats
Virtual Hard Disks or VHD’s are not just the format used to hold a hard disk for use with they also have at least three other uses I know of: They are the format used for windows backup so making a virtual machine from a physical one (aka P2V) is simply a matter of making a backup, creaing a new hyper...
26 Jul 2010
Contrary to popular belief Microsoft staff are humans who have often led varied and interesting lives before being absorbed into what slashdot describes as the collective. A lot of people actually want to work for Microsoft and so we have recently seen a new batch interns and graduates who have had to...
16 Jul 2010
Building a Demo sandbox using Hyper-V part 4
As part of a random series of posts on my demos, I have now stopped using my shuttle, and I am now using an upgraded laptop (Lenovo T61p): 8Gb RAM 160Gb SSD in the primary drive bay 500gb 7200 rpm hard disk in the secondary bay in place of the on board DVD drive The thing I have lost in the process...
12 Jul 2010
Is the Tablet PC dead?
I have the luxury of 2 laptops one for infrastructure demos and one for the day to day stuff most of us need to do. I have added luxury on top of that becuase my day to day machine is a multi-touch tablet (Dell XT2). Before I get the iPad comparison comments at the end of this post about...
9 Jul 2010
Windows 7 is the Business for the User
My post Windows 7 x64 is fun might seem to echo quite a few comments on various forms and posts, but I do have a different view on how useful it is for business, based on about 18 months usage. rather than regurgitate an endless feature list let me tell you what is really useful too me. To do that...
24 Feb 2010
It’s official, 64 bit Windows is fun
Although I have an Xbox, I still find flying and adventures are often better on the PC and I am not alone. I am also not alone in that I use 64 bit windows 7 at home for gaming according to this steam hardware survey … What I am seeing here is that windows 7 is seen as a high performance platform...
10 Feb 2010
Windows RC sell by date
I am not sure if Mrs Fryer is trying to cash in on the life insurance or hasn’t quite got the hang of supply chain management. The thing is I keep seeing stuff in the fridge with “sell by October 2009”, and the odd bit of furry cheese. Of course software doesn’t normally expire in the way...
1 Feb 2010
Education education education at BETT 2010
I have spent the last four days on the Microsoft stand at a huge education show (BETT 2010) to field technical questions on Windows 7 and Office 2010. I take my hat off to the IT Pro’s working in schools as they have to cope with all kinds of applications and hardware and usually there are only one or...
18 Jan 2010
Windows 7 Security – don’t panic
On the MSNBC RedTape site there’s an article, 12 Things Computer Should Fear in 2010 and coming in at number 10 is Windows 7 (not sure if the list is on order). One of the comments is that because Microsoft has worked so hard on compatibility then 8 of 10 windows viruses will still work. ...
23 Dec 2009
Green IT is about saving power in offices and data centres, so my definition of brown IT is about making the best use of the existing kit you have. This is good for two reasons, it saves you money as you don’t have to buy new hardware, and it saves vital resources. You will see loads of stuff telling...
8 Dec 2009
Windows 7 Press
I love reading real books and I love radio 4, but I don’t do newspapers or television, this is isn’t baby boomer bias, I am big into social media or you wouldn’t be reading this. If you saw windows on the BBC last week the journalist couldn’t wait to show you something else and the Metro and Telegraph...
26 Oct 2009
Page 1 of 2 (42 items)
© 2013 Microsoft Corporation.
Privacy & Cookies
See all products »
Curah! curation service
Microsoft Tech Companion App
Microsoft Technical Communities
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Server and Tools Blogs
TechNet Flash Newsletter
Cloud and Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2
System Center 2012 R2
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1
Windows 8.1 Enterprise
See all trials »
Microsoft Download Center
TechNet Evaluation Center
Compatability & Converters
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Free Windows Server 2012 courses
Free Windows 8 courses
SQL Server training
MCSA: Windows 8
Windows Server Certification (MCSE)
Private Cloud Certification (MCSE)
SQL Server Certification (MCSE)
Second shot for certification
Born To Learn blog
Find technical communities in your area
Support by product
Forefront Edge Security
Forefront Server Security
Other support links
Microsoft Premier Online
Microsoft Fix It Center
Security Bulletins & Advisories
International support solutions
Log a support ticket
Look up event IDs and error codes
Not an IT pro?
Microsoft Customer Support
Microsoft Community Forums