Colm Torris's Blog

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Colm Torris's Blog

  • Configuring MOM 2005 to Manage Non-Windows Systems (by Darren Dillon)

    A common misconception many people have about MOM 2005 is that it will only monitor Microsoft environments. This is not the case – and the good news is that it is really easy to configure MOM to monitor systems such as routers, firewalls, Unix...
  • Free Microsoft Webcasts for IT Pros

    I'm just back from a very very relaxing break. So relaxing in fact that I was really 'jet lagged' coming back into the office yesterday morning. That is after getting used to the Christmas timezone (with me that was 1pm starts and 3am finishes) it was...
  • Microsoft Active Directory Event in Dublin (speakers John Craddock and Sally Storey)

    I missed St. Patrick's day in Ireland again this year (5th year running now ... previously due to me living and working in London). I spent last Thursday and Friday with my TechNet colleagues from around Europe in Munich. Though I may have missed the...
  • Microsoft TechNet Event in Cork

    I'm currently here in the Silver Springs hotel in Cork. I traveled down from Dublin yesterday to a great event hosted by IT at Cork all about RSS. Rob Burke (MS) presented just how easy it will be for the end user to use RSS feeds. One example that was...
  • MOM 2005 SP1 support for SQL 2005

    Quite a number of people were asking me after the recent SQL event on March 1st in Dublin whether or not MOM would support SQL 2005 and if so when. Well I've just heard that a knowledge base article has just announced that there is now MOM 2005 SP1 support...
  • Watch the very best of WinHEC on IT???s ShowTime!

    Windows Vista Beta 2, Windows Server platform directions, major trends, innovative technologies and more were shown at WinHEC 2006 in Seattle . Now you can watch a selection of WinHec technical sessions as well as the 3 keynote presentations by Bill...
  • Microsoft Ireland Launches Free TechNet Newsletter for IT Pros

    We've just launched a localised version of the TechNet newsletter for IT Pros in Microsoft Ireland. If you want to stay informed about future Microsoft events, technologies and offers just sign up for free here . It's a fortnightly e-newsletter that...
  • Deep Dive Active Directory Event - Microsoft, Dublin

    I’m currently sitting here in the front row of what I think has to be the most technical event TechNet Ireland has run this year. John and Sally sure have done a great job of engaging with the audience at a 300-400 technical level. Wow I think...
  • Microsoft's Virtual Server is Free and Supports Linux

    I’m glad to see that Microsoft is listening to its customers who have been telling us for some time now that it wasn’t “on” to only support Windows on Virtual Server. Well now (as of Monday April 3 rd ), MS have announced that...
  • Register Now for the Biggest Launch of the Year in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway!

    This is really the start of what's going to be Microsoft's biggest series of releases yet! In November 2005 Microsoft is launching its SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 and the launch tour is coming your way! Just in case you...
  • Microsoft Patch Released for WMF Zero Day Exploit

    The security centre released a security update last night to help protect our customers from exploitations of a vulnerability in the Windows Meta File (WMF) area of code in Windows. For all the details about and downloads relating to this vulnerability...
  • Microsoft Ireland - Activities Galore!

    The last couple of weeks have been so hectic. But hectic in a good way! We launched SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 in Dublin on November 10th to a sell out crowd - standing room only as we had 550 people attend! You can...
  • TechNet Subscriptions - Eval vers of all MS Software, betas, phone support incidents..

    I've been meaning to blog about this for some time now. A couple of weeks ago the price of TechNet subscriptions was reduced to make it accessible to more people. From talking to people in the field I now realise that most IT professionals don't...
  • Rafal Lukawiecki Presents IT Security - Belfast May 18th (Complementary Event)

    Rafal Lukawiecki IT Security Event - Belfast May 18th Yes we have secured Rafal Lukawiecki - a top global IT Security speaker (winner of the #1 presenter at Microsoft's European TechEd and IT Forum conferences for many year running), to present at...
  • Interested in hosting Services? Hear all about it in Dublin on the 16th!

    If you are interested in Hosted Services, come along to the Shared Web Hosting Seminar in Dublin the week after next. Members of the EMEA Microsoft Web Hosting team are coming over to Dublin to deliver a seminar on Hosting that extends a tour they did...
  • Want to migrate on the Cheap to Microsoft SQL 2005

    I've had this in my outlook calander for a few days now (under the heading ... blog abuot this - so here goes). There's a new offer for those of you who are interested in migrating from eligible database vendors (e.g. Oracle, DB2, Informix,and Sybase...
  • Colm Torris: Moving My Blog!

    This will be my last posting on this blog as I have moved my blog to http://blogs.technet.com/ieitpro/ reason for that is that we have just deployed a new server internally that allows for my blog posts to form the basis of the news on the local TechNet...
  • Why the Profiling Questions?

    I've had some people enquire why they are being asked profiling questions when signing up to the Irish TechNet Flash. I just wanted to clarify that it is because over time I plan to tailor the communications to your interests. Meaning the info you get...
  • Microsoft has cut the costs of virtual servers

    There was a flurry of emails in the office over the last few days as the news of a new licensing policy that takes 'virtualisation' in to account, thus reducing the overall cost of server licensing to customers that use virtualisation to consolidate their...
  • An Insiders View of MMS 2006 (Microsoft's Management Summit)

    My colleague Dave Northey is over in San Diego at MMS 2006 all week. He's really blogging up a storm giving us all a great insiders view of what Microsoft are doing now and planning for in the future in the Management space. You can check out his blog...
  • Get a second shot at Microsoft exams (for free)

    You can get a free second shot at any Microsoft exam by registering for the second shot offer before you take any exam. With the offer you’ll receive a promotion code that is good for one free second shot at the same exam in case you don't pass...
  • Top Microsoft Security Event - Belfast

    TechNet Ireland has dug deep and is bringing Rafal Lukawiecki over to present at a security event titled: Identity and Access Management for a Heterogeneous environment. We are bringing this event to Belfast as the last two TechNet events have been...
  • Follow-up to the AD/MOM event

    Time flies when you’re having fun, or so they say. I finally took a couple of days off work and chilled out over a long weekend (well if Christmas Shopping counts as chilling out!). I’m delighted with the feedback that we got from the technical training...
  • Final Beta of New Windows Server Just Released!

    Cracking! We've just released the Windows Server 2003 R2 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The RC1 software is available for evaluation for 180 days and can be download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/R2/trial/default.mspx
  • Microsoft Shares Your Pain - Very Funny!

    Microsoft TechNet UK team has made a video I saw internally a couple of weeks ago, very funny. http://www.microsoft.com/uk/technet/itsshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=9999 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Colm