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    Admittedly, a little late notice, but it’s only just landed in my inbox! The Client Management Bootcamp is a 4-day technical Instructor Led Training designed to enable System Center, Windows Client, MDOP, and Desktop Deployment SI partners to deliver successful POCs based on top customer scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Windows Optimised Desktop Scenarios

    This landed in my inbox this morning courtesy of the TechNet Flash Newsletter so I thought I’d share it, as there’s a bit of virtualisation in there! As we move closer to the launch of Windows 7, a number of organisations are starting to think about their next desktop.  What hardware will I use...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: Customising the Welcome Center

    Do you build systems? Once you have shipped the machine out of the door, do you have any contact with that customer again? Do they have any knowledge of how you may be able to help them in the future? Are they aware of any of the other services you offer? If not, you could be losing potential business...
  • Blog Post: Videos: Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 using MDT 2010

    If you’re thinking about how best to upgrade machines within your environment from Windows XP to Windows 7, you’d be hard pressed to find a better solution than the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.  MDT 2010 allows you to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and is the recommended process...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual Lab – XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V R2

    A couple of weeks back, I blogged about the launch of App-V 4.6 , and the large amount of resources that were made available to coincide with that launch.  From documents, through to downloads, there was a huge amount of information, but one particular resource that many have found useful was the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool 5.0 hits Beta 1

    Way back in December, I blogged about the MAPs 5.0 Community Preview , and what was new to assist you on your infrastructure optimisation journeys.  Fast forward to March 2010, and Beta 1 is now available.  So, for those of you who need a recap… MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed...
  • Blog Post: Nearly 80% of business PCs ill-equipped for Vista upgrade?

    James forwarded this article on to me a few weeks back, and it's been sat gathering a bit of dust in my inbox, but now is the time to respond. The article was found on the AppleInsider website (what were you doing on there James...?) and opens with " Four out of five computers within the workplace are...
  • Blog Post: 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 of it that bit more difficult.  With that in...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008 R2

    In support of the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 campaign, the Solution Accelerators Team has updated the following guides in the Infrastructure Planning and Design series to reflect new features and capabilities available in Windows Server 2008 R2: Active Directory Domain Services Internet Information...
  • Blog Post: Plethora of Virtualisation-related goodness

    Sticking with the ‘plethora’ theme of the last post , I was having a chat a few weeks back over email, with Paul from Xtravirt .  If you’ve not heard of these guys, they are a bunch of guys who know there stuff, and I blogged about them ages ago , when they released a whitepaper on how to run VMware...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows Vista

    We had the first of our 'Ask the Expert' sessions this morning (you can still register for the others, here !) and there were a load of great questions - some even had us stumped! One of the questions that we were asked was around upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista Business, but on different...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Solution Accelerator v3.1

    Do you know some of the key IT Migration Challenges?  Heard these? Can my existing client machines run Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office? Can my existing servers migrate to Windows Server 2008? What is the portion of physical servers that can be consolidated with Hyper-V? Managed by SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Office Live on the Partner Portal

    Just a quick post to let you know that there is now a section on the UK Partner Portal dedicated to Office Live. It details the following information: • When to offer Office Live on it's own • When to offer Small Business Server on it's own • When to Start with Microsoft Office Live and Set the Stage...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Solution Accelerator 4.0 Now Available

    Just under a month ago, I blogged about the beta release of the MAP tool , which, for those not familiar, is is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Operations Framework – Reliability Workbooks (Beta)

    Some of you may already be aware of this, but for those of you interested in keeping technologies like AD, System Center Operations Manager, and Hyper-V running smoothly, the first in a series of MOF Reliability Workbooks may be of use. If you’re not au-fait with MOF (a bit like me!)… Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: More Guidance from NetApp around Microsoft Virtualisation and Server Technologies

    Had a few cracking documents sent across to me from Steve Winfield, NetApp Consulting Systems Engineer in the UK, (and member of the Curry Council )   which are particularly useful if you’re scoping out a Hyper-V & NetApp combo, and also if you’re planning on running Exchange, SQL and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Announcing virtualboy.tv!

    For the last few weeks, in any spare moment I’ve had, I’ve been working away on a little side project to help enable our Partners and Customers to better understand our Virtualisation technologies.  Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of virtualboy.tv. Found over at http://virtualboytv.blip...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator 3.2 Released

    Baldwin and his team have done it again.  Release after release they are adding great features into the free MAPs tool, making it even more of a must-use tool in planning and analysing for an infrastructure change.  So, as a recap for those who are new to my blog, or who haven’t heard of the...
  • Blog Post: XP SP3 in the public domain

    XP SP3 has been released into the public domain after a short delay.  Get all the info, and the updates themselves, by following this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsxp/0a5b9b10-17e3-40d9-8d3c-0077c953a761.aspx There's also an interesting whitepaper available, entitled Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard - Now Available

    A couple of weeks back, I blogged about a number of dashboards that have been released, or were due for release soon.  These dashboards focused on providing a more visual reporting experience for products such as System Center Operations Manager, App-V, and System Center Configuration Manager. ...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your WIM from your BDD?

    Deployment is something both James and I have been chatting about lots recently, and with good reason. According to the latest market analysis and forecasts from Gartner Group, and others, the worldwide PC market will see a significant migration to Vista over the next 12-36 months. Driving deeper adoption...
  • Blog Post: Cool Tool Alert: Core Configurator 2.0 Ships…

    Anyone who’s deployed Windows Server 2008 (Pre-R2) with the Server Core deployment option will know it requires a slight behavioural change from what most Windows guys will have been used to.  For those of you who need a refresher, the Server Core interface, in all it’s glory, looked like Exhibit...
  • Blog Post: Cool Tools: VHDCopy, VHDCopEE and VMProv

    If I said there was a tool that could accelerate fixed-sized VHD copies by 10 times, would you be interested?  If I said you could instantly provision and boot a new VM from a currently copying VHD file, would you be interested?  Well, if the answer is yes, to either of those questions, then...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 2010: Review, Case Study, and VMware Compete Video!

    System Center Essentials 2010 isn’t even out of beta yet, and already it’s starting to grow in popularity. I’m currently sitting through an installation of it inside a Hyper-V R2 VM as we speak, but whilst it’s working away, I thought I’d give you a couple of useful resources to mull over… Firstly...
  • Blog Post: UK Desktop Deployment Event - 18th September, TVP

    I know it's short notice, but some of you may still be able to make it! Microsoft UK and a number of UK Partners, are running a Desktop Deployment day, here at Microsoft Campus in Thames Valley, with the aim to provide a look in to the latest deployment processes and the opportunities these open up for...