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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

November, 2009

  • New Case Study: Virtualisation and Dynamics NAV

    Here’s a question for you…what’s the link between tuna, and Hyper-V? Before anyone jumps in with a fishy-joke, the connection is MWBrands, who own, among other things, the John West tuna brand.  MWBrands is an organisation of 5000+ employees, and...
  • Academy Live for Partners: Appliance Test Drive

    Following on from yesterday’s post on the Appliance Test Drive, for those of you interested in learning more, there’s a webcast scheduled that should give you all the information you need.  Here are the details: MGT49PAL: VHD Test Drive Program allows...
  • Introducing the Appliance Test Drive…

    One thing that you can’t take away from VMware, is their ecosystem of Virtual Appliances that people can download.  Not quite up to the level of the iPhone/iPod just yet, where ‘there’s an app for that’, but still, a quick scout around on the Virtual...
  • The Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack: Video Overviews

    Following on from yesterday’s post on App-V , I thought I’d take the chance to provide you with some quick overview videos on some of the other technologies that make up the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack, or for the acronym-fans, MDOP. For those...
  • Recipes for Success: App-V 4.6 Release Candidate and Office 2010 Integration

    I blogged about App-V 4.6 a while back , around the beta release timeframe, and also recorded (but didn’t get round to editing!) a screencast using App-V 4.6 beta.  Obviously that’s now obsolete, so I’ll have to record it again, but, nonetheless...
  • More proactive guidance from HP around Hyper-V and Exchange 2010

    Patrick, from the MVUG blog , has fired across a couple of other useful titbits of information that the guys at HP have been working on around both Hyper-V, and Exchange 2010, from both a server, and storage perspective. From blog post #1 : HP has released...
  • Desktop upgrades, the easy way…

    Upgrading a desktop OS isn’t always easy(!).  Typically, users have the OS, intertwined with lots of applications, favourites, files, folders and other profile-related goodness.  With all this interlinked deeply, it makes replacing one part...
  • HP BladeSystem Reference Architecture for Hyper-V R2

    For me, blogging on a Sunday is unheard of – the other/better half ensures it doesn’t happen, however, today is a travelling day (and she’s not here!) – I’m off to Athens to attend NetApp Insight 2009 (More on Microsoft and NetApp in another post) so...
  • Upcoming November Academy Live Sessions for Partners - Virtualisation

    A couple of useful upcoming Academy Live sessions, specifically aimed at Microsoft Partners, and particularly of use to those Partners in the SMB space: WES27PAL : Virtualization:  Defined.  Building your Virtualization Practice and Solution...
  • System Center Essentials 2010 Beta – Video Overview

    Picked this little beauty up via the Virtualization Planet blog , and it leads on nicely from the introductory post I wrote a month or so ago around SCE2010 .  For those not familiar with System Center Essentials 2010, it’s Microsoft’s IT management...
  • Essentials for Hyper-V: Site Recovery Academy Live Webcast

    Earlier today, I wrote the first in a series of posts about the different options for Site Recovery around Hyper-V.  One thing I completely forgot to include was information about an upcoming webcast!  Doh!  You should know this bit already...
  • Site Recovery for Hyper-V #1 – Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V

    I’m going to try to make this a feature that rolls on and on in the future, as it’s an area I’m getting more and more questions about, and there are a number of options out there for Partners and Customers, so trying to centralise the info into one place...
  • Final IPD Guide for DirectAccess Now Available

    After a short holiday break, here’s a quick post to ease back into the blogging :-) A couple of months back, I chatted about the beta release of the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for DirectAccess and gave a brief explanation of the user experience...