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    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...
  • Blog Post: Visit Microsoft @ Infosec Europe 2008, 22-24 April, London

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  • Blog Post: Register now for the TechNet 2008 Launch Roadshow

    Following the 2008 Launch event in Birmingham on 19 th March, TechNet will be going out on the road. The roadshow will be heavy on demos and light on PowerPoint. We'll look at various scenarios, such as managing Windows Server 2008 and how Windows Server 2008 works alongside Windows Vista. You'll have...
  • Blog Post: End of the Road.....well until November!

    Here is half the TechNet IT pro team busy at work (above), while James and Steve (below) are even busier presenting the Creating and Managing a Virtual Environment for the 5th and final time (this time in our new Microsoft Office in London) We have been busy behind the scenes getting ready for round...
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  • Blog Post: 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...
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    Sorry that it seems as though I dropped off the planet…my world has been all things Virtualisation for the last week. Here is what’s been going on: 1) TechNet Changing Technologies event Steve Ballmer came over to present at a TechNet event for IT managers yesterday in London and announced Hyper-V Server...
  • Blog Post: Recorded event: Understanding Microsoft’s Server Product Licensing in a Virtual Environment

    Whenever we can, we record events that take place so that those that cannot attend benefit also. This event was a popular one in attendance but I have also had a lot of questions about it after it took place. It was delivered by someone whose job I don’t envy but who always does it with a smile on her...
  • Blog Post: Easing the Path to Virtualization

    There was a great intro to the US newsletter that I wanted to share: Microsoft recently updated its software licensing terms for 41 server applications, and updated its technical support policy for 31 server applications so that customers can receive technical support when deploying those applications...
  • Blog Post: Brand new TechNet events for September/October

    21 August 2008, Liverpool: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies 2 September 2008, Reading : TechNet: the Microsoft Vision for Unified Communications 9 September 2008, Reading: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies 10 September 2008, Reading: SQL Server 2008 Unleashed 10...
  • Blog Post: GreenIT and Virtualisation

    Watch this short Silverlight video to find out how virtualisation compliments green IT practices that can lead to more-efficient energy use and cost savings.
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    I have stumbled across this and thought I would share. James wrote a great article in the TechNet Newsletter recently that explained Virtualization and what we mean by it. A lot is being made of the Virtualization element of Windows Server 2008, but our offering goes much further than that: Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: virtualization.info Adoption Survey 2008

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Digital By Choice and Virtualisation

    This was an awesome post from Emma , our resident Licensing Guru. It’s an obvious choice to give to customers so I am really pleased to share this…… 1) All Volume licensing customers have the option to download products via VLSC, for most of you, this is so much faster than waiting for a disk kit 2)...
  • Blog Post: Gartner’s Top 10 strategic technology trends for the next year

    Not much of a surprise of what is included in this list, but I would have expected Green IT to appear higher. I would also have expected social networking/enterprise mash-ups to still be in early days of adoption and exploration, rather than in the top 10 1 - Virtualisation 2 - Cloud computing 3 - Servers...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Server Consolidation: Hyper-V RC now available

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 RTM Released

    he Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 makes it easier to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in your IT environment. MAP also provides specific and actionable IT proposals and reports to help get the most value out of Microsoft products and infrastructure...
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    From the Exchange Team Blog : Today Microsoft announced some significant changes to its licensing and support policies for applications in hardware virtualization environments. There are two key parts of the announcement worth highlighting for Exchange customers: Microsoft now supports Exchange Server...