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  • Blog Post: System Center Client Management Bootcamp for Partners (UK)

    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: Brian Madden on RemoteFX and just what are the minimum specs?

    That rhyme/rap was not intentional.  Even in this day and age, I doubt a song about virtualisation technologies could get in the charts, although you never know… Anyway, back to the real world… Following up from yesterday’s post on the SP1 announcements , the interest in RemoteFX is already growing...
  • Blog Post: RD Virtualisation Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hat-tip to Clive for spotting this one. A few months back, I blogged about the release of a number of RDS related resources, whether it’s the improvements in RDP7 , or sizing guidance for your session hosts , but what about sizing VDI deployments?  How do we accurately capacity plan for the hosts...
  • 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: Remote Desktop Services Sizing Guidance Published

    You just couldn’t write this script!  Yesterday, I blogged about a new whitepaper which discusses the performance improvements of RDP7 over previous versions, and the kinds of factors you can expect to encounter that can impact the user experience using RDP7 and RDS.  In that blog post, I also...
  • 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: An Education in ICT Efficiencies - 3rd November 2010

    So the budget cuts have arrived – and it appears that for the moment, the biggest cuts are in schools’ capital budgets. Firstly we saw the Harnessing Technology Grant cut by £50M, then the BSF programme was cancelled, and on the same day another £50M was cut from the Harnessing Technology Grant – the...
  • Blog Post: Academy Live for Partners - Microsoft Virtualisation: Desktop to Datacenter to Cloud

    Presented by Kenon Owens Monday, March 29th 2010 – 16:00-17:00 GMT As Organizations begin to see the Value of Virtualization and adopt different Virtualization Technologies, they may want to know what’s next? Who can help me realize the benefits of virtualization today, and prepare me to leverage my...
  • Blog Post: More Virtualisation IPD Guides Released

    For those of you not familiar with the IPD Guides, they aim to provide a couple of key benefits: Help to define the technical decision flow through the planning process. List the decisions to be made and the commonly available options to be considered. Relate the decisions and options to the business...
  • Blog Post: Cometh the hour, cometh the virtualised desktop…

    OK, bit more dramatic than it actually is, but never mind!  There’s lots of industry buzz at the moment around ‘VDI’, or, to elaborate, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, yet is it the right solution for everyone?  Well, there are plenty of benefits to virtualising your desktop OS’s, however it...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to 2010 – here’s a Windows Server 2008 R2 Poster to celebrate!

    Firstly, a happy new year to you all!  If you celebrate Xmas, I hope you had a good one, and if not, I hope you had a relaxing time out of the office. It seems like ages since I wrote a blog post!  18th December to be precise, which was my last day before a Christmas and New Year break. ...
  • Blog Post: Momentum building for the Desktop Virtualisation hour…

    Time Updated - See below! :-) You may have noticed there’s a buzz building around the web around this upcoming Desktop Virtualisation hour. What’s going to be announced? Who knows!! I certainly don’t! Virtualization.info think it’s something to do with Calista , whereas SearchVirtualDesktop think...
  • Blog Post: 2 Upcoming Academy Live Sessions: VDI Messaging and Licensing

    If you’ve been reading this blog over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed a continued theme around the Optimised Desktop.  The reason for this, as you can appreciate I’m sure, is that more and more organisations are weighing up their options when it comes to future desktop strategy, with Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Orinoko talk Optimised Desktop and how to ensure licensing compliance…

    I’ve had the pleasure to know the Orinoko chaps for some time now.  Heck, we’ve even chatted virtualisation over Peri-Peri chicken!  One thing I’ve learnt about these guys very quickly, is how well they know the desktop.  Whether it’s upgrading or deploying it, with technologies like System...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Microsoft and Quest – vWorkspace 7.0 Videos

    It’s back, and it’s been a long time in coming!  I’ve been flat out for ages, so producing any videos for virtualboy tv has been a little difficult, but I’ve finally finished the short series on Quest vWorkspace , integrating with a Microsoft infrastructure.  Recorded a few months back, with...
  • Blog Post: Missed the Virtualisation Summit? Want to catch up?

    My to-blog folder is positively brimming with stuff that I want to talk about, but finding the time at the moment is proving mightily difficult!  What with MMS last week (including the awesome demo of SCVMM vNext, long-distance Live Migration, Opalis, Service Manager, Config Manager R3 beta and...
  • Blog Post: UK Partner Training Course (29th June) - Desktop Optimisation: Implementing a VDI Infrastructure with Microsoft & Citrix

    Short notice I know, but a number of places have come available on this VDI course which may be of interest to some of you in the UK. 44CO181 - Desktop Optimisation: Implementing a VDI Infrastructure with Microsoft & Citrix Summary: Join us for this 2 Day VDI Instructor led course with supporting...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization – Done!

    Verdict: Tricky . I’ve just got back from sitting the 70-659 TS exam, on WS 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, and thankfully, I passed! To anyone thinking of sitting the exam, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s really difficult, but it’s the little aspects of the technology, like the features and functionality...
  • Blog Post: 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, 4.6 Release Candidate is available, and over on the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Available

    Hot off the press, the Release Candidate for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 has been released! You can grab the Release Candidate from here , however there are a couple of things you should know about before you steam right ahead! In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualisation Summit 2010

      If you’re around on the 12th April 2010 , and you’re interested in learning a bit about Microsoft Virtualisation technologies, plus, have a chat over a brew with me, then this could be the “Virtualisation Summit for you!” Looking at virtualization but unsure about your options? Thinking about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2010 – Registration Now Open!

    Just a quick heads up – last week I blogged about the upcoming Microsoft Management Summit UK 2010 , which is being held in London, on the 18th May 2010 . If you’re interested in signing up, and places will be limited I reckon, I would register early to avoid disappointment. It’s free, and you can register...
  • Blog Post: Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2

    Earlier today, I was having a brief conversation over email with one of the chaps over at Intel UK, who had a question around Windows Server 2008 R2’s use of Turbo Boost, which is a capability of the Xeon 5500 (Nehalem), that allows those processors to achieve additional performance when it is most useful...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Clustering Limits Increased

    As hardware increases in scale, and new capabilities, such as Dynamic Memory, are introduced into Hyper-V R2 SP1, more and more customers are going to start to encroach on the supported limits of Hyper-V cluster nodes.  As of May 2010, those supported limits stood at 64 VMs per cluster node, up...