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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Editions

    Windows Server 2012 comes in four editions Windows Server 2012 Datacenter and Standard are technically identical – there is absolutely no difference between them with regard technical capabilities. The only difference is the virtualisation rights included with the license (two VMs for Standard and as...
  • 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: SQL Server, SQL Server, SQL Server

    SQL Saturday, SQL Saturday Precon and more.. My friends at Prodata have some great SQL Server content coming your way:   Kevin Kline presents “Productivity & Leadership skills for the IT Professional” , June 21 st , Microsoft Building 2, Dublin Skilled technologists often peak in their career...
  • 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: 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: 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: Super-scaling SQL Server (1 day)

    With Thomas Kejser, November 23 rd 2012, Dublin Cost - €799 or €599 for registrations received on or before October 5 th 2012 Registration: http://www.prodata.ie/events/2012/SQL-super-scaling.aspx This course is not for the faint-hearted…. In fact you could describe it as performance tuning on steroids...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone – Irish Apps Update

    100,000 Windows Phone Apps and counting! Irish Apps Update At the Windows Phone Summit recently, Microsoft announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace officially hit 100,000 apps and games—a milestone we reached faster than Android, and a testament to the thousands of talented developers around the...
  • 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: Application Virtualisation (App-V) 5.0

    Everything you ever wanted to know about App-V 5.0 Guest post by Rory Monaghan An Introduction to App-V 5.0 This video is a good introduction to App-V 5.0 for somebody who has never used App-V before. It covers the topics of what it is, why you should use it, where you can get it and leads into how to...
  • 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: 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: SQL Server Performance Tuning & Trouble Shooting Workshop (3 days)

    with Klaus Aschenbrenner , November 14 th – 16 th 2012, Dublin Cost – €1,799 or €1,500 for registrations received on or before October 5 th 2012. Registration: http://www.prodata.ie/events/2012/SQL-Performance_tuning_workshop.aspx We all know the situation only too well, Friday evening and the weekend...
  • 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: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide

    Two Irish Microsoft MVPs have just released their latest book for Hyper-V Big shout out to Aidan Finn and Damian Flynn . Go-to guide for using Microsoft's updated Hyper-V as a virtualization solution Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers greater scalability, new components, and more options than...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    Dave Northey explains why Hyper-V is a “no-brainer” for virtualisation   If you’re planning on virtualising Windows Servers, then regardless of who’s hypervisor you’re thinking of, you’ll more than likely end up buying the Datacentre or Enterprise licenses for Windows Server 2008 R2 (as that’s the...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about Installing and Configuring Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

    Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide Occasionally I’m asked if there are books that I’d recommend to help you learn Hyper-V Well, Aidan Finn gave me a copy of his one the other day.  It is currently being used as a paper weight I’m afraid (sorry Aidan)!  But I did...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SME Events & Training – free training, events & webinars

    Events & Training Microsoft wants to help you to get more out of the technology you already have and learn about new technology that you don’t. Below is a list of free webinars and events we are running to help you do just that! Work Smart Webinars The Power of Pivot Tables - 29th November. Click...