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  • Blog Post: Create a virtual machine and adding a VHD file using powershell

    Or: How you can use Powershell to create virtual machines! With a few keystroke you can create a virtual machine and attach an existing VHD(X) file to it! I usually look for the fastest and easiest way to get things done. Always manually rebuilding my lab was tiresome and demotivating so I started...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Deep Dive – Two Days of free training

    Is now all available online I will tidy this up (one day), but just to get the content out there, here it is: Day 1 (1) Dave Northey - Introduction and Fundamentals - 25 mins (2) Dave Northey – Manage and Maintain Availability - 25 mins (3) Dave Northey - Deploy and Manage Your Applications - 3 mins...
  • Blog Post: Jumpstart Your Cloud Application Development–Windows Azure Platform

    The local Microsoft Developer & Platform Group are offering ‘Jumpstart’ workshops on the Windows Azure Platform, to help developers ‘jumpstart’ their cloud application development. Delivered through workshop style presentations and interactive tuition, the workshop will focus...
  • Blog Post: New Office 2013 SKUs (editions)

    What are the new Office 2013 editions, who are they targeted at and what do you get? Lots of great detail on the new Office line-up here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-ie/ This is a great overview: I suggest you all try Office 365 Home Premium for a month (for free).
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy – This week’s challenge

    I’m still offering the chance to win weekly prizes simply for learning A quick call out to last week’s winners.  Congratulations to Paraic Nolan, Anthony McCarville and DJ Wilson all of whom have won a prize of their choosing (either an Umbrella, a Rain Jacket, a Mini-Toolkit or a 32BG USB memory...
  • Blog Post: You’re running out of excuses to not try Microsoft Windows Azure

    So attend the Windows Azure Conf - A Windows Azure Community Event On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This special event will be streamed live from Microsoft Redmond Campus Channel 9 Studios on November 14, 2012, and will feature...
  • Blog Post: Extending your Datacentre into Azure

    Requirements for connecting your network to Azure You can link your Windows Azure Virtual Network to an on-premises network via site-to-site VPN connection, as illustrated above. All you need is a VPN device on your home network and a direct connection to the internet. The list of (currently) supported...
  • Blog Post: Just launched! The new SkyDrive preview app for Windows Desktop (and updated SkyDrive app for Phone)

    SkyDrive now becomes an integral part of Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista (and Mac OS X)! Read on…. · SkyDrive for the Windows desktop - View and manage SkyDrive files & folder directly from Windows Explorer with this new preview app. Drag-and-drop to/ from SkyDrive using Windows Explorer...
  • Blog Post: “VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite is really more of a marketing term” – did he really say that?

    VMware’s CTO, Dr. Stephen Herrod says “ a lot of individual products that don’t work well enough together yet ” And it’s on a YouTube video! scroll to the YouTube video at 3:12 “VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite is really more of a marketing term. Those of you know our products deeply know that they...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Computing Academy – virtualisation seminars in 2011

    I wanted to give you a heads-up on what’s lined up for Private Cloud Computing Academy in 2011. Register now and block off time in your diary before you get distracted with Christmas mayhem! Microsoft has been working towards a Dynamic Datacentre vision for the last 8 years and now our story...
  • Blog Post: Evaluating Windows Server 2012 for free

    By using a 90 day trial on Windows Azure If you need to evaluate Windows Server 2012 (or any other OS for that matter), using the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) role in Windows Azure is probably the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to go. Start by visiting the Windows Azure website . If you don...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 launch events in Ireland

    “Nothing from Microsoft, and I mean literally nothing, has ever been this ambitious” —Jason Perlow, ZDNet Windows Sever 2012 is a game changer! It is designed to help organisations of all sizes embrace private and hybrid cloud computing in order to move faster, save money and compete more effectively...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Centre 2012 Jump Start

    Great online training if you can’t sleep! Microsoft Learning, IT Pro Evangelism & Server & Cloud Product Marketing recently delivered a 2-day virtual training event to help the world learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012...
  • Blog Post: Presentations from TechNet Live Tour (Cloud for IT Pros)

    Thank you to those of you that attended the TechNet Live Tour last week. We really enjoyed bringing this event series around the island and we were delighted with the response we received to our ‘Cloud for IT Pros’ overview. The slides are now available for download on Skydrive and the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy – Your Challenge for this week

    Win Prizes just for learning! A quick call out to last week’s winners.  Congratulations to John Healy, Eoin Bailey and John Freeney, all of whom have won a prize of their choosing (either an Umbrella, a Rain Jacket, a Mini-Toolkit or a 32BG USB memory stick). This week, we’re going to learn all...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure BootCamp : Belfast

    FREE training on Windows Azure This one day deep dive class will get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep real world experience with Windows Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned. Awesome . How much does it cost...