April, 2009

  • Oh Yeah, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate is released today too!

    With all the hype over the release of Windows 7 Release Candidate today, one of the things that is getting over looked is the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 RC (man that is a mouth full!) got release as well. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 will be...
  • Windows 7 Release Candidate is now available!

    Gentlemen (and ladies), start your downloads: Windows 7 RC is now available on MSDN and TechNet. (Remember how I keep telling you the reasons why you want that subscription!). Here is the public announcement from Microsoft Ireland. What I like about this...
  • Win an Xbox 360 Elite: Fill in a survey and enter to win an Xbox

    Win an Xbox 360 Elite. We, the TechNet team in Ireland would like to know how they’re doing and what we should be doing differently.  Please, answer our online survey and be put in a draw to win an Xbox 360 Elite!   Only one catch – you must...
  • It is Service Pack Season

    And you thought you were busy!  Imagine being in the software distribution division at Microsoft this week! Yesterday Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 was released and today Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 was completed! And...
  • Talking about Windows

    , you heard of it? Unless you live under a rock or don’t work in IT (in which case why are you reading this blog) you should by now have figured out that Microsoft has a new desktop OS coming soon. So if you are an ITPro and you have a new OS, then...
  • Windows 7 Release Candidate and Windows XP Mode

    There has been many rumours in the past few weeks around the release date for Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate). Last night the Windows Team made an announcement on their blog that should be good news to everyone who has been testing Windows 7 . “I...
  • Windows 7 Security Enhancements

    You may have heard that Windows 7 includes new features and enhancements to help improve security. But what are they specifically and how will they make your Windows clients safer? TechNet Magazine ’s An Introduction to Security in Windows 7 provides...
  • Happy Earth Day

    Earth day is a very big deal in my house. We have long been supporters of environmental causes at home and work, and regardless of political views this is an important issue if only from a pocketbook perspective. You have no doubt heard either myself...
  • Great book on Hyper-V

  • Windows XP Support

    One of the conversations I most commonly have with customers and Partners alike is around Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. The conversation tends to be around when is Windows 7 coming out and what will the support be for those still on Windows...
  • Exchange 2010 Beta Released

    Are you ready for Beta testing season? Microsoft are about to release a flurry of new product releases in the next 12 months (Exchange, Office, SharePoint, etc) and that means Beta testing. You have hopefully been testing Windows 7 Beta and are ready...
  • Server Quest – The IT Pro Online Game

    Are you an IT Pro who likes to game a little? Me too, especially retro games from my early days growing up with Pong, Atari 2600 and Intelliviion (I just dated myself there).  Well just when you thought your eyes had finally healed from years of...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 04/14/2009

    It is another Patch Tuesday and I just got an email from Rick Claus from Microsoft Canada’s IT Pro Evangelist team telling me about a new way to get the message out. In a very Canadian (and Irish) way, 3 guys got together over a pint or two and came up...
  • SBS 2008 Books To Take Note Of

    Everyone likes something for FREE! Here is a chance to get another in the Free Microsoft E-Book offers. Small Business Server is a very big product here in the Irish market given the size of organizations that exist here. This is a book that should be...
  • Hyper-V Security Guide

    I received an email over the weekend as a subscriber to TechNet indicating that a Hyper-V™ Security Guide had been published. As I indicated in previous posts , I think every IT Pro should have a subscription to TechNet to effectively do their job. Nothing...
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation and BPOS Released

    People dealing with SMB customers within Ireland will be happy with the new Windows Server product and services released this week. Irish computer consultants have long been relying on Small Business Server as an entry step for organizations to start...
  • Sizing and Configuration Tool for Microsoft Hyper-V anyone?

    I’ve just been catching up on email this morning and was pointed to HP’s Microsoft Hyper-V Server Virtualization page by and old colleague of mine (Ian Burgess from HP).  On it I found what we’ve all been looking for: A sizing and configuration tool...
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer now Free!

    There have been lots of great announcements from Microsoft in the last number of months. Anytime we make announcement of a free product offering, people should take note….we all like free! As of today, Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer is now a freely...