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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

April, 2008

  • Need a friend? It could be worth £1,000!

    Now this isn't my request for more friends!  If you're a Microsoft Partner, and you're used to using the Ask Partner phone line to ask certain questions, you'll know that sometimes it can be a little time consuming if you only have a few quick questions...
  • How Microsoft does IT: Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008

    Another interesting read from the Microsoft IT team, on how they have implemented the new Failover Clustering in WS2008 to ensure high availability, in this case, of File Services. "Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) uses failover clustering...
  • Do you want to test Small Business Server 2008 / Essentials Business Server 2008?

    If you do, you should definitely email the guys who are looking after the betas'. If you are interested, drop an email to preview@microsoft.com , with the name of the beta you want to go onto in the subject line: Small Business Server 2008 Beta Program...
  • TechNet Deployment Event: Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office System – why and how?

    If you have a Microsoft licensing agreement* there are resources you already have to help explain why and how you can effectively deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 in your organisation.  Following on from a successful event last year on this topic...
  • Hyper-V Training - New Date Added...

    I blogged about the Hyper-V training a while back, and it went like hot cakes!  The Partner team are therefore pleased to announce the availability of a new date: Date Course Location Time 27th / 28th May Virtualisation – Implementation and...
  • IBM & Hyper-V - Great Videos

    Andreas, one of the Solution Architect's at IBM, has developed a couple of videos talking about Hyper-V, both from an architectural and business perspective, along with how IBM hardware is well placed to provide a platform for Hyper-V.  The 2nd video...
  • MSPP KickStart

    If you're interested in learning more about the Microsoft Partner Programme, and all the benefits it brings, this is for you!  The KickStart courses have been so popular with partners, we’ve scheduled even more dates to meet the demand. ...
  • Stirling's looking good :-)

    If you haven't heard of Microsoft Forefront, it's a comprehensive set of security technologies, that can help to protect your infrastructure, whether it be with Forefront Client Security for unified malware protection on PC desktops and notebooks, Forefront...
  • ProCurve by HP & Network Access Protection (NAP)

    I showed a video of Forefront and NAP integration a few weeks back, which is a good example of related technologies integrating nicely, but you'd at least hope that Microsoft technologies would integrate pretty well... (insert Can of Worms here) :-) Anyway...
  • Too good not to share... :-)

    If you've never watched 'Who's Line is it Anyway?', you're missing out... This is a classic :-) Enjoy the weekend :-)
  • Virtualisation, on mobile phones?

    Some people think so! http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2008/tc20080421_235517.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_top+stories It's an interesting read, but whether it takes off or not, who knows.  I'd love a Hyper-V enabled...
  • Now the Party Starts...Introducing Virtual Machine Manager 2008...

    I'm so pleased that this is finally released, as, for me, it was the final piece of the puzzle that was needed to really drive adoption of Microsoft's Hyper-V platform. "Microsoft has announced the formal name and beta availability of System Center...
  • SharePoint 2007 & Groove 2007 Training

    The Partner Readiness team is pleased to announce the release of SharePoint for Developers training. We also have some seats available on our Groove technical training delivery next week. 1. Developing with SharePoint Server 2007 This course explores...
  • An Introduction and Overview of Microsoft Licensing

    This session is aimed at providing IT professionals with a complete understanding of Microsoft’s Software Licensing. The course is not in-depth or technical, but will help you evaluate the different licensing options to best suit your business needs...
  • I'm number 1 in the World at Assassin's Creed!

    Well, me and 10,191 other people, but that's not the point :-) See more here, http://profile.mygamercard.net/mattmcspirit and feel free to add me as a friend if you want a game of something!  My current game of choice is Rockstar Table Tennis!
  • Article: Introducing Windows Server 2008 - The Server Unleashed

    I was recently asked by one of our Partners, Softcat , if I'd write an article about Windows Server 2008 and what I thought were the key compelling features in the new OS - obviously I obliged (and to be honest, was pretty flattered at being asked!) so...
  • More Useful Virtualisation Partner Live Meetings

    Virtualisation - Public Sector Hot Topic Series The session on Virtualisation will review the positioning and value proposition of this powerful, performance virtualisation technology with strong management and security features. Hyper-V will help the...