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August, 2007

  • Brilliant Out of Office Messages

    I just saw these and thought I would share them - do you have any better ones? 1. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. I may be a little moody so be prepared. 2. You are receiving this...
  • Microsoft Product Roadmap for the next year

    Huge thanks to Matt for this great bit of information. It always amazes me how many products Microsoft releases - it seems that System Center alone is releasign about 195 products this year, but I just thought the the picture below gives a nice overview...
  • Announcing new TechNet Events

    I am soo pleased to be able to share these now - here is a shiny new list of events coming up: “TechNet on the Road” In this new series, we will be stepping away from PPT and concentrating on a demo-packed full day. We will be visiting 5 locations...
  • TechNet Plus Subscription - to be or not to be. That is the question!

    You may or may not be aware that TechNet Plus has been in circulation for over ten years and in that time we’ve distributed in excess of 100,000 DVD and online subscriptions , however, you guys are telling us that even though it’s now available online...
  • Web Administration Tour (IIS 7.0, Windows Server 2008) now available on demand

    Back in May, the Corp team ran a Web Administration Summit tour across Europe. These events covered IIS 7.0 Web Platform, as part of Windows Server 2008, and the sessions are now available to everyone: Microsoft’s Next Generation Web Server: What’s...
  • Announcing the new Exchange Unplugged UK Tour - Exchange Server and OCS are coming to a town near you

    It has been a long time in the planning, but I am please to announce the new series of Exchange Unplugged events. We ran these asbout 18 months ago and they had some of the best feedback I have ever seen. You get pretty much all of the UK Microsoft Exchange...
  • What do you get when you cross Silverlight with Live Search? Tafiti (of course)

    Microsoft has announced an application that combines the new Silverlight technology with Live Search and it is code-named "Tafiti" which is "to search" in Swahili. It integrates the various types of Live Search, and allows users to store and share search...
  • The house of Windows

    Oh, I just saw this on Steve Clayton's blog and had to share it with you all. Not sure if this is tragic or cool but worth sharing :)
  • Error messages that make you smile

    I have just seen this on an internal email alias and it made me laugh so I thought I would share the best error messages people have seen and ask you your personal favourites 1) 2) LAN Manager: “Stop! More information is available” with an OK button that...
  • System Center Family

    First of all, I really want to spell centre the UK way but I can't!!!! Anyway, the TechNet website and newsletter have included System Centre a lot lately and how it must be confusing because of all the sepearte products under the "System Centre" unbrella...
  • BioShock TV Advert

    I saw the advert for this game this morning and was surprised to hear the music was Frank Sinatra. It reminded me of the Gears of war adverts and I wondered if anyone has done any mashups of the BioShock ad yet?
  • Choo Choo - Train times on your desktop

    Thanks to Steve who pointed this out. The National Rail have a Vista Gadget available that gives you the power to look up train times and they have them displayed on your desktop. It seems to have got really positive feedback about it's simplicity, usefulness...
  • Windows Vista SP1

    We announced the availability of Windows Vista SP1 this week. You can find out more about it on the Windows Vista Team Blog There is a detailed white paper available that takes you through the beta, but thanks to the Windows Vista Team Blog, here are...
  • 10 Things You Need to Know when Deploying Windows Vista

    I have just spotted this on the US TechNet Magazine site and thought it would be great to share...... So here are 10 deployment differences between Windows ® XP and Windows Vista™ that you'll be glad you discovered when it's time to make the move. 1....
  • How many Microsoft people does it take to paint a room?

    Yesterday was one of the most rewarding days I have had for a long time. A group of 8 of us headed to Herefordshire to Coddington Court School, who were the winners of the 2006 DesignIT competition. We went there "Nick Knowles" stylee to give the room...
  • Why is OCS and Communciator 2007 better than Windows Live Messenger

    I just saw a really great blog post by Darren Strange on this subject. They raise some really good points about why you would use one over the other in a business scenario. They break their comments down to a few areas: - Integration with AD, Exchange...
  • Men and their wallets

    No, this is not going to comment on whether men put their hands in their pockets and buy us ladies a drink and a nice meal, but rather men choosing which wallet to purchase. I have just sparked off a debate in the office here and was surprised at the...
  • Vista After Hours - back by popular demand! MIMO

    James has done a fab summary of the "Vista After Hours" events taking place again next month. We ran 2 of these back in May and the feedback was incredible. These events really are for thre technology enthusiast and they are delivered by the best double...
  • Introducing 2 new members of my family

    Nope, I am not pregnant with twins! A while ago some of you may have read that I lost my beloved Murphy. Well the house just seemed too quiet with the lonesome Sid, so I have got him some company. Introducing Harry (black & white) and Libby (black...
  • Deployment, Deployment, Deployment

    We often get feedback that IT professionals want us to provide more guidance and resources on deployment, so we are trialling 2 special deployment events delivered by experts here in the UK. I strongly recommend you check them out: • ...
  • I want your comments: Security event in the UK

    We are thinking about putting on a special security event in the UK presented by Ronald Beekalaar, who got top scores at TechEd, Orlando recently. The outline of the event is below. I wanted to ask 2 questions: 1) Would this be of interest to you? and...
  • Evaluate on VHDs

    I was searching on thre US site earlier today and came across a whole host of Virtual Hard Disks available to download, including Windows Server 2008, WIndows Vista Enterprise Edition and BizTalk Server 2006. These are great as through the power of...
  • Windows Vista Hardware Assesment 2.1

    Speed Up Your Windows Vista Deployment Projects with the new Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.1 Windows Vista Hardware Assessment is a free downloadable tool designed to help customers and partners quickly determine the readiness of their existing...
  • Survival Guide of Windows Server 2008 Documentation

    If you're in the process of evaluating the upcoming Windows Server 2008 and looking for a one-stop location for information on planning, deploying, maintaining, or supporting the new environment, bookmarking the Documentation Survival Guide is a great...
  • Steve's "How to secure a wireless network" blogcast series

    I heard yesterday that Steve has done these and that they had gone down very well, so thought I would share them. Steve recorded 5 sessions: How to secure a wireless network: Part 1 of 5 - Enabling WPA on a wireless router How to secure a wireless...