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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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
Windows plays Wembley 6th October
I am part of a small team preparing for the launch of Windows 7, its big brother Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 on 6th October at Wembley stadium. I volunteered to be the producer as I am not presenting, and this essentially means that I’ll get the blame if you don’t have a great event...
28 Aug 2009
Pimp your Laptop/Netbook
A simple top tip I got form James O’Neill to get a bit more oomph out of your laptop is to ram in a an SD Card for ready boost when you’re not loading up your photographs. This feature came in with Vista and is still there in Windows 7, and is a caching technology to service random disk reads....
24 Aug 2009
A lot of teenagers are on work experience at the moment, and as I don’t have any of my own children I got to be cool uncle for a week and took my nephew Harry to spend a week inside Microsoft. We run a full week course of lectures and practical exercises along the lines of the apprentice, to teach...
14 Jul 2009
SQL Server 2008 on Windows 7 / Windows server 2008 r2
I haven’t had many problems myself when installing SQL Server 2008 on either Windows 7 or Windows server 2008 r2 but there are a few things to watch out for which I have shamelessly lifted from KB955725 : You should install SQL Server 2008 sp1 as this is the supported verion on htese new operating systems...
8 Jul 2009
TechNet Virtual Conference, Thanks for watching
Our first effort at running a TechNet type road show as a virtual event worked pretty well but this platform did have a few niggles which I hope didn’t ruin your day too much. This was mainly around the moderated chat which we couldn’t get into ourselves for most of the day. However judging by...
19 Jun 2009
Windows 7 rumours and facts
The latest rumours around Windows 7 can be found on this Reuters article citing a public release in October and I’ll leave you to judge the voracity of that. However for those of you that haven’t tried it then it might be just as important to know why you should bother. My good friends James O...
3 Jun 2009
TechNet Virtual Conference 19th June
Normally at this time of the year the evangelists would be wandering the UK with the TechNet road shows. However this year TechNet has gone virtual as it’s become very apparent that you are finding it even more difficult to justify a day out of the office not to mention getting approval for travel...
22 May 2009
Missing Snipping Tool in Windows 7
I live my little snipping tool to capture bits of screen to share tips and stuff on this blog and in my decks, but since I moved to in Windows 7 it’s gone aaarrghh! Annoyingly all my mates (both of them) have got it on their machines so where did it go? Apparently it’s part of the tablet specific optional...
17 Apr 2009
Microsoft Security Intelligence Report vol 6
Every 6 months Microsoft publishes a freely available Security Intelligence Report (SIR) , looking at what’s happening to threaten the security of our personal and corporate computing. Mostly it‘s written in English and if you can’t find the time to read it all I would at least recommend the summary...
9 Apr 2009
Windows 7 Beta, it’s atomic
I got my first look at Windows 7 just after TechEd EMEA last November, however it wasn’t until I saw it on an atom powered sub notebook that I got excited as these things (e.g. the Asus Eee, Dell Mini X, Samsung NC10 etc.) are selling in spades despite or because of the current economic climate. So what...
8 Jan 2009
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