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An evening with ...
Well me actually ... I'm presenting on Let’s take a look at Windows Vista At Microsoft in Reading on the evening of Tuesday May 9th... Registration is only a couple of clicks away... go on, you know you want to.
24 Apr 2006
PowerShell event in Newcastle – oh and another thing
The VB user group are running an event for IT Pros in Newcastle on 24th March : PowerShell 0-60 in One Evening . Jonathan Noble is presenting, which means it should be a good event. The other thing … After nearly a fortnight away on leave, no sooner do I come back and make a couple of posts, than I’m...
12 Mar 2009
Active Directory User Group, first meeting with John Craddock and Sally Storey
We now have a UK AD user group ( ADUG ) And they have their first meeting set for October 23rd at Microsoft’s offices in London, from 6 till 9 in the evening. They’ve managed to secure John and Sally – probably the best established AD double-act in Europe (their tech-ed sessions are always among the...
24 Sep 2008
Virtualization road show
Earlier in the week we took the virtualization tour over the Irish Sea. Tuesday was Belfast – and with the snow, getting there was quite a challenge. I felt ill all day and didn’t think I’d delivered the content as well as I should have, but the feedback forms were really positive, better than I thought...
6 Feb 2009
Hello Girls !
I remember, four years or so ago commenting that a colleague had a new, and better hairstyle. She replied thanks, and since she'd thought long and hard about the change, it would have been nice if other people said so. And off we went into a conversation about how men and women in the work place have...
26 Oct 2006
A day out with Divers
I spent yesterday at the DIVERSE – the South Eastern area conference for BSAC (the British Sub Aqua Club) : officially I was there to speak about why Windows Vista (and 7) are so good at handling pictures. Unofficially as a diver (though not a BSAC member) any valid excuse to hang out with diving folk...
16 Mar 2009
I mentioned that one of the negatives of my trip to Barcelona was not getting to sessions and the positives were all around the people I met. I was minding my own business in the speaker room when Eileen got into a Powershell conversation with a man in a most distinctive tie. She had a suggestion for...
21 Nov 2006
Panel discussion: So, you want to be an MVP ?
Since I just mentioned Andy Malone, one of our MVPs , I should also say that he got a session together in Berlin to talk about our “Most Valued Professional” program and asked me to to join the panel, which had two MVPs, an would-be MVP, an Ex-MVP working for Microsoft Greece, and two other Microsoft...
26 Nov 2009
Powershell in Birmingham
For those in the audience, the files needed for this demo are in my skydrive folder (link on the left of this blog in the "NEWS" box or use this link ). Unfortunately having run through the demo for the last time I moved 3 files from my desktop (instead of copying) when I made the ZIP...
19 Mar 2008
You're not a professional without ...
I'm quite hardcore about Technet, having had it since 1993 myself I guess that's not really surprising. My sound bite is I expect a plumber to have a set of spanners. I expect a Doctor to have a stethoscope. I expect an IT professional to have access to technet. Seriously. If you work with Microsoft...
23 May 2008
I’ve had a couple of requests for the slides and related information from the”Unplugged” tour My Keynote slides My Hyper-v Cluster setup and Jose Barreto's blog post on getting Storage server for iSCSI Matt’s slides on Management and SCVMM (these are in a Password protected zip, the Password is...
20 Nov 2008
In lieu of a cartoon of my own ...
I'm prone to "writer's block" -or as I call it the "tyranny of the blank sheet of paper". Starting a document or presentation, creating a photograph (as opposed to recording an event) or drawing a cartoon can impossible (I blogged about mind mapping which is can be a great help for these). I want to...
25 Aug 2006
Interesting Citrix event, London, September
Chatting to my opposite number at Citrix today I found that they have a Virtualization event coming up. Entitled Unlock the Power of Virtualisation it's taking place at Old-County Hall in London on 17th September, and the details are registration link are available via http://www.citrix.com/virtualisation...
9 Aug 2008
Top travel tip. Use the calendar. Properly
One of the things that we noticed on the roadshow was the *much* better system for getting us feedback (see here and here oh and here ) and - always looking for ways to improve our processes - a couple of us noted that there's a big document mailed out with the event information for the presenters, but...
24 May 2008
Feeling stupid Part II
I like the advice given by the conductor Sir Thomas Beacham about "Try everything once, except incest and country dancing", so Eileen didn't have to do much to persuade me to join her at the next Girl Geek Dinner in London . I'm not sure what to expect: the guest speaker is Abigail Sellen from Microsoft...
21 Aug 2006
Today's "Get virtual now event" - official information published
The link to this story is now on the press pass home page Today more than 20 partners announce plans for Microsoft virtualization solutions; Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 available within 30 days. BELLEVUE, Wash...
8 Sep 2008
Webcasts on Certification - and 40% off !
With all the new products which we're seeing this year, the question does bubble up "How does this impact certification ?" . The people who run the MC* programmes have put together a set of web casts. These have already happened (click to see more and watch the web cast) 2007 Office System Certifications...
9 May 2007
PowerShell in Sweden... Get-Audience -location Stockholm
Richard, who runs the UK PowerShell user group is on our "Most Valuable Professional" programme as one of those all round good guys who other new user groups talk to for advice. He's had a hand in launching other PowerShell groups and this morning he sent me this September 16th brings a PowerShell...
25 Aug 2008
The nights are drawing in, stoke up the fire and listen to some senior Microsoft Execs
My colleague Graham Watson has a secured a number of senior folk based in Redmond to do some on-line chats – which we’ve styled as fireside chats. Although the map on the side of this blog tells me I have readers in the Southern Hemisphere, but here in Britain and in Redmond this is the season for such...
30 Nov 2009
Desktop Virtualization Hour
I had a mail earlier telling me about desktop virtualization hour , planned for 4PM (GMT) on March 18th. (That’s 9AM Seattle time, 5PM CET … you can work out the others I’m sure). More information and a downloadable meeting request are Here . Some effort seems to be going into this one, which makes me...
16 Feb 2010
New year, New user group … Newcastle.
Thankfully the snow is beginning to recede, and looking at the last blog post I made makes me realise just how much it has disrupted my schedule. Next week I’m off to Newcastle. Jonathan and Andrew got in touch to say the were launching a new user group North East Bytes We are pleased to announce a new...
14 Jan 2010
Virtual Machine clustering in London, how we did it.
Wednesday's event in London was fun, and we managed not to talk too much about VMware's mishap: I joked at one point that once the VMware folks would be making T-Shirts in a few months with "I Survived August 12th, 2008" . (Buried in the back of my mind was an Old post of KC's about the a "...
15 Aug 2008
Two more HPC events.
NetEffect presents: iWARP Enabled Ethernet and Windows HPC Server 2008 Deliver Super Computer Performance Where and When: Live Webcast December 3, 2008, 9:00am PDT / 5:00 GMT through Live Meeting Here ! (yes, today ! ) but On-demand recording will be available for download and viewing after the...
3 Dec 2008
What else did I miss ?
So I said that we'd done a lot while I was away , other gems now sifted from my inbox include. As well as all the other Server "SKUs" I mentioned before , we've announced HPC Server 2008; (formerly called Compute Cluster Server - CCS) the beta is downloadable now. Staying with servers, Home...
15 Nov 2007
Feeling that you might be certifiable ?
In the Microsoft Certified professional sense that is. I've taken over 40 of the exams since 1993, and I haven't failed one yet so I'm a bit nervous of doing an exam that might spoil that record. More normal people worry about doing taking the exam too early and then having to pay to take it a second...
13 Sep 2007
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