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Top IT Professional Licensing FAQs – February 09
Q) Can I downgrade Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Ultimate purchased pre-installed on a new PC? A) As an end user you have the right to downgrade as set out in your Software Licence Terms. Example: You’re buying a new computer system and it needs to run the same operating system as your existing...
23 Feb 2009
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Release for Beta
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this latest version, MAP has expanded its assessment capabilities to include SQL Server 2008, Security Assessment Proposal, Forefront...
15 Oct 2008
New TechNet events added for September and October
Now we are over the joys of end of year and the beginnings of a new financial year, we are now in a position to get the events engine going Here are the events that I added to the website today and another set will follow in a week or so, including Small Business Server 2008 and an in-depth licensing...
28 Jul 2008
Rafal Lukawiecki- Data Mining and Business Intelligence for Enteprises on TechNet Spotlight
In Data Mining and Business Intelligence for Enterprises, Rafal Lukawiecki aims to show IT Professionals how data mining can be used in IT infrastructure to support real business scenarios demystifying the perception that Data Mining is complex, untested or only for specialists. This has become possible...
4 Jun 2008
IT Pro Top FAQs –April 08
Q) I’d like to know who qualifies for education pricing discounts from Microsoft. A) Please visit this web site for a guide to who qualifies for Microsoft academic discounts. Q) Can I keep my licences at the end of my Volume Licensing agreement? A) It depends on the type of agreement that you...
3 Jun 2008
SQL is fast...in fact OCC fast
I think it was the crazy time that I woke up on Saturday night to watch the Calzaghe fight (3am) but as predicted, I couldn't get straight back to sleep and found myself back watching the OCC...not the cheesey teen drama but the Teutul family and their quest to build AMAZING individual chopper bikes...
22 Apr 2008
2008 Launch Wave event is over but it Virtually lives on
Yesterday was an awesome day for me. It was an incredible sight to see about 3000 IT professionals and developers in the ICC at Birmingham. This was the most ambitious launch we have ever tried to pull off, including: 4 tracks, hands-on-labs, sponsor area, ask the expert area, TechNet VIP lounge, Community...
20 Mar 2008
Launch T-2 days. The Virtual Launch Experience is nearly ready for launch
This is one crazy week!! The main event on Wednesday which will be catering for over 3000 IT pros and devs has been keeping a lot of people very busy, but I have something else which is related and goes live on the same day...the Virtual Launch Experience I have spoken about it before and it is 98% complete...
17 Mar 2008
The latest and most popular server downloads
Free Trial of Microsoft Dynamics Business Solutions Everyone gets Microsoft Dynamics because it works like and with software your people already use. Get a trial today and see. Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 delivers updates to corporate environments...
14 Mar 2008
The latest Windows, Office, Server Applications, Driver and System Management Tool downloads
Here are the latest free downloads and download-related services from Microsoft. Register now if you are not already receiving the weekly email informing you of these. To find more downloads, visit the Microsoft Download Center. For support with downloads, visit the Help and Support site. Automated...
6 Mar 2008
MIX 08 - IE8 & Silverlight
Key announcements: First public beta of Internet Explorer 8. To download Internet Explorer 8 beta 1, developers can visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/ie8/default.mspx . Silverlight 2 beta available for download; support for mobile devices. Microsoft Silverlight answers...
6 Mar 2008
Heroes Happen Here: Comics, Master Chief and fancy dress
I blogged a few weeks ago about the theme of the upcoming launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 as "Heroes Happen Here (HHH)". Whilst the actual theory may have a high cheese rating, I really believe in the essence of what it means. HHH is all about recognising the great...
1 Feb 2008
Registration now open for the UK Launch event for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008
On 19 March, the ICC in Birmingham will see us launch three ground-breaking products: Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. We'll feature real-world IT heroes delivering solutions for the Microsoft platform, and showcase some of the latest technologies. We'll have breakout sessions...
24 Jan 2008
Superheros, comics and the brand new first-ever Microsoft UK Virtual event. This can only mean one thing....Launch baby!
I have worked on a few launches at Microsoft now and I have to say that I am really impressed with the thinking they have put behind the creative ideas for the launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 & Visual Studio 2008. One top thing is the Heroes Happen Here online comic. Imagine a daily...
18 Jan 2008
SqlBits Community Conference- the SQL!!!!!!!! 1st March 2008, Birmingham
I was going to apologise for posting about yet another event, but this one needs no apologies. Last time this was run in Reading on a saturday and over 300 people turned up! It is always brings it home to me when people will give up their own time because they have genuinely have a passion for a technology...
4 Jan 2008
How to keep up to date on the launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008
Just before the new year, we launched the UK Heroes Happen Here website , which is where you can keep up to date on the latest launch events and go there to register. We expect registration for the launch event to go live in about a week so keep your eyes peeled The website gives you the theme of...
3 Jan 2008
Announcement: Date of official UK launch event for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 is.........
.........19th March 2008, and will be held at the Birmingham ICC The full information is yet to be released, and yes I did tell you to save the 18th & 19th March in a previous post but you will now only need the 19th for the event (and can treat yourself to a day off on the 18th seeing as you...
18 Dec 2007
SQL Server 2008 CTP
Andrew writes that the next beta of SQL Server 2008 is now available to download This SQL Server 2008 (CTP5) beta which has about 75% of the functionality of the final release and is now available on the connect site to download. Other information is here: SQL Server 2008 White Papers ...
26 Nov 2007
TechNet on the Road..........we're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack :)
For those of you that didn't get or read (shame on you you!) the TechNet newsletter this week, we have now announced the next series of the "TechNet on the Road" events. I can almost hear the presenters sigh as they are still getting over the last round, but I promise these will be filled with as much...
12 Oct 2007
Download the SQL Server 2008 CTP
Do you have passion for technology? Do you want to make a difference? Then try out a SQL Server 2008 Community Technology Preview (CTP). The SQL Server development team uses your feedback from CTPs to help refine and enhance product features. For more information on SQL Server 2008, check out the SQL...
11 Sep 2007
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