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  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine - Free Downloadable HTML Version

    Thanks to Rob Atkinson's blog @ KnowledgeByte I found out that you can now download the TechNet Magazine for free from the following website . These magazines really are a powerful resource for any technical people who work on Microsoft platforms. The articles and the best practices presented could...
  • Blog Post: Five Reasons Why Skipping Windows Vista Could Backfire

    Though it's tempting, skipping a Microsoft Vista migration and jumping right to Windows 7 could be disastrous for your enterprise, Gartner advises. Here's five points to consider before writing off Vista for its successor. http://www.cio.com/article/455911/Five_Reasons_Why_Skipping_Windows_Vista_Could_Backfire
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals

    I've heard from my TechNet colleagues that these Vista Guides have been very popular with IT Pros across Europe so I wanted to make them available to you here in Ireland. All the guides available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Standard Level Definitions (100 to 400)

    To manage expectations as per the technical level of the events that I host for IT Professionals around Ireland I use the Microsoft's standard level definitions. To ensure that there is no confusion out there I wanted to clarify what each level means ... So here goes: Level 100 Description: ...
  • Blog Post: Great Vista Tips on the Winsupersite.com

    Some interesting tips on the winsupersite.com site for those still getting to grips with Vista: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_it_tips.asp http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_more_tips.asp http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_tips3.asp http://www.winsupersite...
  • Blog Post: VHD Test Drive Program

    Dave blogged about this earlier today and I wanted to put it up on the TechNet website. You can now download pre-configured, 30 day evaluation copies of Microsoft (and Partner) software from www.microsoft.com/vhd You can now download: • Windows Server 2003 R2 • Windows Vista • Exchange Server 2007...
  • Blog Post: Fastest, easiest way to try out Microsoft products!

    (WOW) I'm impressed! I've tried these virtual labs before but often had to go through some config changes etc. to get them working properly. Now that they launched this new version of these Virtual labs it has worked - first time, no messing about, no configuration changes. And they perform fine!...
  • Blog Post: Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 (Ops Mgr 2007)

    Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 team have jusst lunched a new website. On it you can download the latest available version of the product Ops Mgr 2007 RC1 . While at the sametime you can see demos of the product in action as well as learn lots more about it in the webcasts and white papers...
  • Blog Post: Get SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 - Here!

    Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2005 has just been released - Get it Here !
  • Blog Post: It's Official - Windows VISTA RC1 is Ready!

    Dave Northey and a couple of the technical team in the Irish office downloaded what we believed to be Windows Vista RC1 from an internal site at lunch time on Friday. It was build 5600 and we were 98% sure that it was RC1. However, seeing as it hadn't been made official yet I was reluctant to blog about...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 Beta 2

    Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 Beta 2 that enable administrators to more easily manage and deploy updates across their organisation has just been released. The new version has improved filtering and reporting, performance and reliability, branch office optimisations and reporting rollup as...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint User Group Kick-off in Dublin: a forum for IT Professionals interested in SharePoint

    Wahoooo!... Last night saw the inaugural meeting of the SharePoint User Group in Ireland and it got off to a flying start! The meeting took place in Sandyford in Dublin and the introdcutory topic was 'Setting up a MOSS Farm'. Stephen Cummins (local SharePoint User Group Lead and SharePoint MVP) presented...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Estimated Retail Pricing for All Windows Vista Editions

    With Windows XP, customers often had to make tradeoffs in features and functionality as the Windows XP editions were aligned with specific hardware types. With Windows Vista, customers now have the ability to make choices between editions based on the valuable features they desire, which are now available...
  • Blog Post: Free and easy way to get your users up to speed with Office 2007

    I'll have to admit when I first started using Office 2007 I did find it difficult to deal with the new ribbon task bars and find the functionality that I had downpat with Office 2003. If you've just deployed Office 2007 and you're getting some resistance from your internal customers to the changes -...
  • Blog Post: Register to Be Notified of Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta Availability

    Register to Be Notified of Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta Availability Windows Server "Longhorn" beta is coming soon. To receive an e-mail notifying you about the availability of a beta version, pre-register now .
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechNet Webcast Calendar - October 2006

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 Technical Overview (Level 200) Monday, October 02, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032309138&Culture=en-US TechNet Webcast: Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista a Paradigm Shift: Key Features Exposed on It's ShowTime!

    I've been playing around with Vista a lot as well as doing a lot of reading about it. More and more I've come to realise that beyond any of the hype Windows Vista really represents a paradigm shift in the OS space. It's similar to what Windows WinNT was to 3.x or DOS and Windows 3.x was to OS/2 Warp...
  • Blog Post: Antigen is now: Forefront - Microsoft's Security Product Line

    Forefront is Microsoft's line of security products for the client, edge and server. For more detail check out the Forefront Overview . You can download and try out the Client, Server and Edge beta products from the Forefront website. Or watch the video showing Microsoft Forefront in action! It...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualisation Event: NIMTUG Belfast

    Microsoft Virtualisation Event: NIMTUG Belfast - May 24th 19:30 - 21:30 For more detail and registration: http://nimtug.org/events/33/default.aspx Microsoft’s Virtualisation Strategy Microsoft’s Virtualisation Products: Today Virtual PC Virtual Server SoftGrid Clustering, Terminal Services,...
  • Blog Post: Unlimited Virtualisation Rights with Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition

    As of October 1, the new Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition licenses will include unlimited virtualisation rights, meaning that customers will have rights to run an unlimited number of Windows Servers in virtual machines without purchasing additional...
  • Blog Post: Which Microsoft Patches Am I Missing?

    Finally I have an answer to a question that I get quite regularly. That is: "How can I find out which are the patches that I'm missing" ... now there is a Security Bulletin Search Engine on TechNet that will answer that question and will show you exactly what patches you need to ensure that your systems...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Wishes - From TechNet Ireland!

    Hi, Since I know a lot of you are finishing up today or tomorrow I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas from TechNet Ireland! I really hope you have a very nice Christmas and a happy new year. I'll be back in 2007 with a host of technical events and resources. Take care, Colm Torris
  • Blog Post: Windows Reference Architecture Website: Detailed best practice design for IT Services

    The Windows Server System Reference Architecture Website is a very powerful resource providing you with detailed best practice design for you Device Services, Core Services, Security Services and Supplementary Services of your IT Infrastructure. As an example here's what you have under Security Services...
  • Blog Post: A Sneak Peak at Windows Server Code Name ‘Longhorn’

    This year was the year of Vista but next year will be the year of Longhorn Server! Check out this resource site to learn how Windows Server code name "Longhorn" operating system helps IT professionals maximise control over their infrastructure while providing unprecedented availability and management...
  • Blog Post: 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 announcement is some of the Partners I am responsible...