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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

January, 2008

  • USMT gets a GUI wrapper

    The User State Migration Tool (USMT) is what you use to move lots of users from one operating system to another.  It moves files and settings from their old PC to their new one with the minimum of fuss and is a great tool to use when implementing...
  • Reading gets Birds Eye View on Virtual Earth and use your Wii remote to control Virtual Earth!

    An historic moment happened over Christmas - Reading got Birds Eye View imagery on Virtual Earth!  Here's the Microsoft UK HQ in Reading - looks like a Friday as the car park is quite empty :-)  Building 5 (bottom left) is looking all shiny...
  • Windows Vista Facts

    It's always nice to have a few throwaway stats about Windows Vista that you can give to someone when you are combating someone who believes that XP is "good enough" for them.  I'd like to share a few with you over the coming weeks and I...
  • Mark Russinovich talks Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V and Windows Vista

    Mark Russinovich is the founder of SysInternals the software company that was acquired by Microsoft recently.  He's been made a Technical Fellow (the highest technical role at Microsoft) and is now working on the Kernel of Windows, so he knows his...
  • Small Businesses are the fastest to adopt Vista

    A new article published by InfoWorld reports that half of businesses are in some phase of upgrading to Windows Vista of which 53% are small businesses.  Other interesting tidbits include: Number of businesses evaluating Vista increased from 29% in...
  • Present like Bill Gates

    Today was probably my best day at Microsoft to date. I got up stupidly early (4.20) to get a cab into London to setup Microsoft Surface at the Royal Lancaster Hotel where the Institute of Directors (IOD) were holding "An audience with Bill Gates"...
  • Virtual Earth UK Partner Day

    The Microsoft Virtual Earth EMEA team are holding an event on 6 th February 2008 at the Great House at Sonning to provide you with all the information you require to integrate VE into your business offering. Never before has it been so easy for your clients...
  • Microsoft Forefront Partner Technical Airlift

    Does your organization design, deploy, customize, or support security solutions for business customers? Are you looking for security technologies that can provide comprehensive protection, simplified administration, and efficient integration with your...
  • MCP Second Shot extended until June 30th 2008!

    Get your Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista skills up to scratch! You can still get a free second chance to pass your Microsoft IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamics certification exam with the "Second Shot" offer from Microsoft...
  • Win a free upgrade

    From the team at the Microsoft Small Business Center : Win a free IT upgrade Tell us how Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 could benefit your small business and you could win some fantastic hardware. Prize package includes 3 notebook PCs, 3 TFT...
  • Partner Training for System Center Mobile Device Manager

    As one might expect, Mr Mobile - aka Jason Langridge has details on upcoming training for System Center Mobile Device Manager.  Worth checking out if you need to easily manage all your mobile devices from one place. Windows Mobile Security and Device...
  • Windows Compare Webcasts

    Ever wondered how Microsoft Windows stacks up against Linux when it comes to reliability, high performance computing and web servers?  We've been running a series of webcasts through late January, early February that aims to tackle exactly those...
  • Windows Vista + Windows Server 2008 = Great IT

    I was perusing the Windows Server 2008 Launch site and came across this list of things that make your IT estate the envy of your peers by using Vista on the desktop and Server 2008 in the back office.  It kicked off by talking about how Vista and...
  • Tough times ahead for Windows Server 2003

    When a new operating system like Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 is launched to much fanfare and attention, the casualties of such activities are rarely noticed.  Casualties like Windows ME, Windows 2000 and now Windows Server 2003 - they just...
  • To Vista or not to Vista? What is your answer?

    Susanne has gone and written a blog post asking what customers are doing regarding their Vista deployments so I thought I would do a quick poll to ask the question about your own Vista plans in your business (or in your customer's businesses if you are...
  • Why Management and Security is important for partners and why Microsoft is about to change the game

    I've been doing a little light reading on my flight to Edinburgh this afternoon.  I'm in Scotland for meetings with Partners over the next couple of days to talk about Core IO and these two whitepapers are very pertinent to those discussions. The...
  • Find it hard to navigate the Partner Portal?

    One of the things I hear regularly from partners is the difficulty with which they find information on the Partner Portal.  It comes down to the sheer volume of information on there - trust me - there's a lot and making it all accessible I think...
  • New Solution Accelerators

    Check these out for tools and guidance on rolling out Microsoft technology in the most efficient and quick ways: New Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Foundation Certification A new MOF Foundation exam and certification is now available through the...
  • Windows Server 2008 Certifications

    Here are some useful links on Windows Server 2008 Certifications! Introducing WS2008 certifications WS2003 to WS008 transition path Frequently asked questions Get exam notification and 40% off Thanks and welcome to Jeremy Palmer - the new Information...
  • HTC Touch - 2 million sold

    The HTC Touch which I had the pleasure to use/touch when it was launched a month or so before the iPhone went to market has just hit the 2 million mark in units sold.  Not bad for a product that receives a fraction of the media attention compared...
  • Top Reasons to upgrade to Windows Server 2008

      Reason Key Feature 1 Protecting your network from viruses and enforcing compliance Network Access Protection - NAP 2 Providing efficient, low – overhead core services with a reduced attack surface Server Core 3 Meeting next generation security...
  • More information on NUMA

    I first heard about NUMA (nonuniform memory access) when watching the Mark Russinovich video I posted about .  I admit I'd not heard about it before but I was interested and so did a little more research into it.  A quick search later using...
  • Problems renewing on the Partner Membership Centre?

    The Partner team are having some performance issues with the Partner Membership Center, particularly around the Customer Reference Submission process.  Please see below for details.  For more information on how to renew and what the renewal...
  • Reach your destination with MCPs

    When you have Microsoft Certified professionals in your organisation, you can achieve the benefits of increased revenues and customer satisfaction. Your team can be more productive and knowledgeable of high-demand technologies. The result can be projects...
  • IMM Core Ontology 1.0

    I've talked about IMM (Interactive Media Manager) before - it's software based on SharePoint that helps you manage your digital assets (think companies like the BBC or Sky for example).  If you are developing software that works with IMM you might...