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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: 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: 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: TechNet Radio

    Stuck in traffic on your commute everyday? I spend a full day on the M50 every week going nowhere fast. There's only so much radio you can listen to! I've tried learning chinese - I've even listened to Wikinomics on audio book. I had a great idea then that if only we could produce technical audio casts...
  • 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: 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: 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: Some Great New Security Resources Available

    Just found these (they're designed for a "Midsize Business" - but that's a good description of pretty much every business in Ireland). How to Support Smart Card Logon for Remote Access VPN Connections Protecting a Network from Unmanaged Clients Security Monitoring and Attack Detection Secure...
  • Blog Post: Try SQL Server 2005 (180 days) with some powerful migration tools!

    Try SQL Server 2005 Free for 180 Days Find out why the world's largest businesses are turning to SQL Server 2005 for mission-critical tasks. SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access Automates database migration from Access to SQL Server 2005. SQL Server Migration Assistant for Sybase ASE...
  • 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: 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: 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: November issue of the TechNet Magazine available now.

    This months issue focuses on Windows Vista . How's this for a list of feature articles? 10 Things You Need to Know about Deploying Windows Vista From more flexible image handling to a new boot loader, Windows Vista introduces some important changes for desktop deployment. Here’s a look at 10 ways...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Briefing Event 2008

    We are hosting a really GREAT Mobility Event on February 21st. Business right across Ireland are demanding more manageable integrated mobility solutions. To date, mobile devices have often been rolled out in a haphazard fashion and the management of those devices has often been achieved in a non...
  • 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...