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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

December, 2006

  • Vista even makes me laugh...

    Now, as you'll probably have guessed, I love Vista, and it genuinely has changed the way I work, for the better, but every so often it does something which makes me laugh, and although this happened to a colleague of mine, and not me, I thought I'd share...
  • Office 2007 - Random Filler Text

    Ok, so slightly random, but useful all the same. Hat's off to Susanne for pinging this over to me :-) It's taken from ' The New Paperclip ' which is a great resource for tips and tricks around Office 2007 and this particular tip focuses on inserting random...
  • Small Business Technology Assessment Toolkit

    That was a mouthful! This is a great tool for small businesses, and I'm sure many of you out there will already know about this, but, if you don't, it's your lucky day! Essentially, the Small Business Technology Assessment Toolkit is a step-by-step...
  • Vista: Shadow Copies

    Whenever I demo Vista to Partners and Customers, one of the areas I talk about is around Shadow Copies, or in other words, Previous Versions, and one of the common questions I get back is 'How much space does this consume on my machine??' Well, let me...
  • Halo 3 - TV Ad - Are you ready to Finish the Fight?

    If you haven't heard of Halo by now, where have you been? I mean, come on, Halo 2 took $125 million at retail in it's first 24 hours! OK, I suppose not everyone will have heard of it, but let me tell you, when Halo 3 launches for Xbox 360, you will hear...
  • Upcoming Microsoft Events - Register Now!

    There are a whole host of TechNet events coming over the next couple of months, covering a variety of different topics. These events are free and are not meant to be sales-focused: they are technical 'how-to' sessions. One thing I will say around TechNet...
  • Take a VHD for a test drive...

    A what? A Virtual Hard Disk! Earlier in November, we announced the VHD Test Drive Program (link), that essentially enables you as Microsoft Partners, and your customers, to confidently evaluate mainstream enterprise software from Microsoft and Partners...
  • MS Partner? Security Competency? Can you crack 'The Vault'?

    Are you a Microsoft Partner? If so, do you have the Security Competency? If you do, this is your lucky day! Over the next 8 months, Microsoft will be giving you the opportunity to win one of hundreds of fantastic prizes from within The Vault , ranging...
  • Yo Microsoft Partner - Need MCP's? It's your lucky day!

    Passing MCP's isn't the easiest thing in the world now is it? Especially 70-293 and 70-291, which are complete pains in the... Anyway, achieving your Microsoft certificate just got easier. Microsoft Certified Learning Solutions Partners are exclusively...
  • VXplore Roadshow 2007

    Now a couple of months back, I was asked to attend, as a keynote speaker, a VXplore Roadshow event, being held in Jersey. The event was aimed at bringing together a number of companies from various Virtualisation spaces, whether it be application virtualisation...
  • A real gem for Small Business - Office Live

    I blogged about this a few weeks back, but now that it has been released, I thought I would talk about it again, and hopefully you will gain an idea of how much value this could bring to a small business. In our last team meeting, my gaffer, Steve...
  • The Vista Boys hit the NxtGenUG...

    The Small Business Server (SBS) User Group and NxtGenUG team up to bring you an evening of Vista! Myself and James Senior have been invited along to the event which is to being held at: iCentrum Birmingham 9 Holt Court Aston Science Park Jennens Road...
  • Exchange, Vista and Office Certifications

    My partner-in-crime, James Senior (of Vista RTM Sounds fame...) blogged about this a while back, so no doubt 2/3's of the world's Internet using population have read it, but hopefully this will prove useful to those who may not have seen his blog. ...
  • Presenting....The Windows Vista Security Guide

    That's right folks, the final version is here, for you to download and peruse at your leisure . The security guide provides best practices and predefined security configurations to further harden Windows Vista against real-world security threats such...