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  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about System Center 2012 and more

    System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Complete Edition) I stumbled upon this the other day – it literally is everything you ever wanted to know about System Center 2012 and more. It would take you the best part of a year to consume all the content – but it’s a fantastic resource for you to bookmark.
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 with Michael Köster

    FREE in-person event - Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 Software powers the world – without software, our life would be very different! And right now is a very exciting time to be involved in software development. Microsoft and Storm Technology will be in Dublin and Belfast with this...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 – Why Upgrade

    FREE half day events in Cork, Galway, Belfast & Dublin 57% of all Windows Servers are running Windows Server 2003, an operating system that will no longer have support after July 14th, 2015.  Come to this session to learn why & how to upgrade to Windows Server 2012.  Presented by Dave...
  • Blog Post: Altaro giving all Hyper-V admins 50 free licenses of their desktop backup solution – End December 24th

    Altaro, developers of Altaro Hyper-V Backup, are giving something back this holiday season and are giving every Microsoft Hyper-V admin 50 licenses of their desktop backup software, that’s up to $2,000 worth of software.   There’s no catch! All you need to do is send them a screenshot of Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: FREE Hyper-V Training.

    Introduction to Hyper-V Microsoft Virtualisation for VMware Professionals Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration & Migration The Microsoft Virtual Academy ( www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com ) training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content...
  • Blog Post: FREE, Non-Technical Pre-Sales and Licensing Advisory Services on Microsoft Products & Solutions

    If you’re based in Ireland (North or South) – write this down! Licensing is always called out as one of the most “negative” attributes of Microsoft during our Satisfaction Surveys. And we’ve had a solution to it for ages!  So this turns out to be one of Microsoft Ireland’s best kept secrets: The...
  • 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: Go on then, who wants one of these for free?

    8GB USB Memory stick Before you all say “Me” – there’s a catch or two: Firstly you have to have an Irish (North or South) postal address – for me to send it to you. Secondly you have to be willing to spend ten minutes of your time doing something for me. I do have a finite number (more than these six...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Immersion–FREE Training on the latest version of Hyper-V

    Hyper-V Immersion More and more customers are turning to Hyper-V as their first choice for virtualisation. Come along and find out why; Hyper-V has grown up a lot over the last three years and now includes the core functionality you need to meet your business and technical requirements. This session...
  • Blog Post: FREE Online Training for IT Professionals

    Microsoft Jump Start Series: Virtualisation, Hyper-V & Intune. These events run from 8:00am – 5:00pm PST (16:00 – 01:00 GMT). January 24, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm PST Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey This is the first of a three course series and is designed...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Comparison – Windows Server 2008 R2 vs Windows Server 2012

    Feature by feature comparisons of Hyper-V in both Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 I just went looking for a decent comparison of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.  I obviously found this excellent document on download.microsoft.com – but couldn’t find these high-level bullets...
  • 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: Prizes for learning – this week’s MVA challenge is..

    If you live in Ireland you can win prizes just for learning Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Virtual Academy a while ago.  It’s a one stop shop for online training, with more and more content coming on line all the time.  It offers you short exams/tests to let you demonstrate to yourself...
  • Blog Post: A week of System Centre Configuration Manager 2012 – the sequel

    Microsoft Technology User Groups Ireland – System Centre Special Interest Group This week we hosted four online meetings, each covering a different aspect of System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM). Paul Keely, our local System Centre MVP, gave us four hours of his experience and knowledge. And we...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Online 2013 – Suggest Topics, Speakers & Content

    Save the Date: 23rd – 26th April 2013 and fill out the poll below. This April we are joining up with Microsoft UK and taking part in their online version of TechDays . Details are still in the making, but we’ve been asked to get our asks in. If you’re interested in attending a fantastic, online event...
  • Blog Post: A week of System Centre Configuration Manager 2012

    Microsoft Technology User Groups Ireland – Four presentations from the System Centre User Group Paul Keely from Infront Consulting, a local MVP is kicking off the Irish System Centre User Group (a Special Interest Group under the overall Microsoft Technology User Groups Ireland). So it’s not a week ...
  • Blog Post: A week of System Centre Operations Manager

    Microsoft Technology User Groups Ireland – Four presentations from the System Centre User Group With our week of System Centre Configuration Manager 2012 not even started, we’re already planning a week of Operations Manager 2012. So it’s still not a week (it’s four days) and they’re not days (they’re...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Deep Dive

    FREE Training on Windows Server 2012 in Dublin – April 22nd & 23rd A two day session (not for the feint hearted) – in Microsoft Ireland, Dublin (22nd & 23rd April). More details and registration here . See you next week?
  • 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: SharePoint User Group Ireland – November meeting

    Microsoft Technology User Groups Ireland (MTUG.ie) – SharePoint meeting in Dublin Wednesday 28th November @ 18:00 – 21:00 in the Gresham Hotel, 22-23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Real World Large Scale SharePoint Deployments This session will discuss the large scale deployment of the document management...
  • Blog Post: FREE Training on Windows Server 2012

    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) & Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Alex Juschin (Microsoft RDS MVP) will be delivering a day of free training on Windows Server 2012 RDS & VDI in Microsoft’s Leopardstown offices on Tuesday 26th March. Places are limited, so register early. Details of the event...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows Server 2012 training in Belfast

    BT Training in Partnership with Andy Malone - Microsoft MVP - Present 4 Half Day Innovation Sessions On Windows Server 2012 On the 17th and 18th December @ BT Tower Belfast Event is Free to attend and light refreshments will be provided With a prestigious international career spanning 17 years, He is...
  • 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: 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...