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  • Blog Post: Microsoft & Security (1 of 3)

    Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS - Surprised? 'Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities. But Symantec, no friend of Microsoft, said in its latest research report that when it comes to widely-used operating systems, Microsoft is doing better...
  • Blog Post: Anyone want to see 'Blade Runner: The Final Cut' (for FREE)?

    What are you doing this Thursday evening? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Blade Runner, TechNet Ireland are running a special COMPLIMENTARY screening of ‘ Blade Runner: The Final Cut’ .  Spectacularly restored and re-mastered from original elements and scanned at...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0

    Looks like Microsoft have been listening to our customers (IIS wasn't planned to be a role on a Core installation): Microsoft Takes Web Hosting to a New Level with Internet Information Services 7.0 Q&A: What Microsoft’s decision to add Internet Information Services 7.0 to the Server Core Installation...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts from the field on Windows Server 2008 – Setup

    Larry Doyle, a local IT Pro, works for Netforce in Dublin (one of our local Certified Partners).  Larry has been attending my Longhorn Academy (deep-dive technical training on Windows Server 2008) for the last six months or so and has been actively testing and evaluating Windows Server 2008. ...
  • Blog Post: O2 and Windows Server 2008 (again)

    I've been working with Michael Maher (a Principal Infrastructure Specialist working for O 2 Ireland) for over a year now.  I figured he must be getting close to deploying Windows Server 2008 by now, so I asked him how he was getting on.  He had this to say: "There are many powerful new...
  • Blog Post: Building my Demo Laptop (Part 3)

    In this post I’ll talk you through how I have created a Hyper-V Failover Cluster on my single laptop. To build a Failover Cluster you need a SAN.  I use the Microsoft iSCSI target software that ships with Windows Storage Server.  Being a Microsoft employee I have access to the bits, so I have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Code Name 'Longhorn' - Beta3, Now What?

    Windows Server Code Name ‘ Longhorn ’ reached the Beta 3 stage in its development on the 25 th April (which means that we’ve finished adding features; we’re feature complete). Longhorn will be given an official name soon (I know it, but cannot tell you – an educated guess would probably be correct)....
  • Blog Post: One of these words is not like the other..

    The 'normal' behavior inside Microsoft is for a product to start with a really cool code name (e.g. Longhorn), that gets replaced with a pretty boring, mundane product name (e.g. Windows Server 2008). Last week all that went out of the Windows (no pun intended) - Viridian, which became Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Local training on Microsoft SoftGrid

    I promised to share this info yesterday: are running a SoftGrid Platform v4.1 Administration course, which is a four-day course providing the necessary skills to plan, install SoftGrid v4, including basic system components, hands on lab environment, an introduction to sequencing, and key new features...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft & Security (2 of 3)

    In my last instalment in this series, I covered off the differences between the perceptions and the reality with regard to Microsoft and Security. As promised, this week's article is a joint effort from both myself and my colleague, Jordi Munoz-Royo (who is our Security Business Development Manager)...
  • Blog Post: My Launch Demos - Failover Clusters

    This short (five and a half minute) Silverlight demo guides you through Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 - from Validating your own hardware (no more Hardware Compatibility Lists just for Clusters), through creating a cluster and a highly available File Server. Click to start, double click...
  • Blog Post: My Launch Demos - Server Manager

    This short (two and a half minute) Silverlight demo guides you through Server Manager (our new "one stop shop" for managing Windows Server 2008). Click to start, double click anywhere to play it in Full Screen or move your mouse over it to get the Player Controls to pop up. Dave
  • Blog Post: Last Friday's Virtualisation talk

    Last Friday I spoke at an event run by MJ Flood (a local partner). The format was something new to me (and something that I really enjoyed). There was around fifty of us in the room and we all got to listen to the main presentation (PowerPoint slides for half an hour or so explaining Microsoft's Core...
  • Blog Post: How is my demo laptop configured? - Part 1

    I’m often asked how come my demo laptop performs so well. I’m often running five or six virtual machines at the same time without any noticeable slow down in performance. Well, it is partly due to having a decent laptop (I have a dual core, 64-bit machine with 4Gb of memory. I also have a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at CES

    Lots of noise about us at the Consumer Electronics Show. Lots of great stuff here . Great video about our newest member of the Windows family - Windows Home Server. Dave.
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn) Academy

    Yesterday Darren Dillon and I presented the first of Microsoft Ireland's 'Longhorn Academy'. The Longhorn Academy is a select group of 120 Irish IT Professionals attend (mostly certified Microsoft professionals in Enterprise/UMM accounts). Here's most of us:
  • Blog Post: Monday night in Dublin

    So, I'm 'home alone' - my wife and kids are all down in Dungarvan for the summer and I'm left at home on my tod. Last night I jumped on the DART, headed into town and attended the Irish Linux Users Group meeting in the HEAnet offices in the IFSC. Last night's talk was from Stephen Hemminger - who I gather...
  • Blog Post: How is my demo laptop configured? - Part 2

    Now you have your demo laptop installed – the next step is to get your demo environment configured. Run VMRCplus and connect to the localhost Say Yes to enabling the VMRC Server (it doesn’t take 2 minutes). It’s worth setting up the defaults before you start ‘playing’ as it will save you...
  • Blog Post: My Launch Demos - NAP

    This short (four minute) Silverlight demo guides you through Network Access Protection (NAP) - a new platform and solution that controls access to network resources based on a client computer’s identity and compliance with corporate governance. Click to start, double click anywhere to play it in Full...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Laptop

    There's been a lot of talk recently about our new "Windows Server 2008 Workstation" (Windows Server 2008 with the Desktop Experience features switched on - plus a bunch of hacks). There's been suggestions that it out-performs Vista - I'm not going to enter that can of worms, but I can see a need to run...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation (3 of 3) - What's Microsoft got to offer?

    I thought I’d start this third and final part with ‘what is Microsoft’s strategy around virtualisation’? Our strategy has been developing in this area and I think we’ve now got a pretty clear position: “A complete set of virtualisation products, from the data center to the desktop. All assets (both virtual...
  • Blog Post: Getting PHP to perform on IIS7

    So I finally have somewhere to post screencasts - http://edge.technet.com Here's my first post: Getting PHP to perform on IIS7 Basically I cover (in six and a half minutes) getting PHP to work on IIS7, improving its performance (lots) and extending it with .NET Enjoy, Dave.
  • Blog Post: Deploying (or about to deploy) Vista and/or Office?

    We have a couple of FREE events coming up to help you. Belfast (Jan 22): Click to register. Dublin (Jan 21): Click to register. The content has been put together by consultants who are doing this work on a daily basis, so it is "real-world" material that you'll see if you attend. Agenda is as follows...
  • Blog Post: CDsoft and Windows Server 2008

    I was chatting to Rob Davies, the Technical Director of CDSoft Limited the other day - he attended some Windows Server 2008 training I ran last year.  Basically, I was seeing how he was getting on with the new OS.  He had this to say: "CDsoft have been using Server 2008 for the last 7...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server - Quick Migration

    I've been doing a lot of talks on Microsoft and Virtualisation recently. The topic that seems to get a lot of interest is how we use Virtual Server and Clustering together to provide high availability. Basically Virtual Server is a 'clusterable resource' - which means that any guest virtual machine can...