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  • Blog Post: If there was ever a useful Live Meeting for Partners…

    This would be it: WNS37AAL:  Understanding Microsoft’s Licensing in Virtualised Environments Presented by Gordon Gazaway and Michael Cooper Tuesday, July 31, 2008 8:00 – 9:00 AM Pacific Time or 15:00 – 16:00 GMT Level 100 PLC Registration Link – Register using this link (You’ll need to be signed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Partners - 26th June - A Virtualisation Briefing for YOU.

    Microsoft UK Partners - If you have an interest in Virtualisation, regardless of whether it's Microsoft Virtualisation or not, I'd strongly advise you to take the opportunity to come along to our Virtualisation Partner day that we're running at TVP in Reading: "We all know Virtualisation is the...
  • Blog Post: Best way to learn about Microsoft Virtualisation? Get Unplugged…

    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or if you’ve seen me present before, you’ll have seen me go on about this ‘Datacenter to the Desktop’ approach to Microsoft Virtualisation , and how we have pretty much all the components you’d need to build a very comprehensive virtualised infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Partner Academy Live Sessions

    Firstly, apologies for the short notice on some of these sessions – the email with their details literally landed in my inbox this morning!  Here’s everything you need in terms of information, and don’t forget, if you can’t make the session, register anyway, and you’ll be made aware of when the...
  • Blog Post: 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 sector reduce costs, increase agility and system...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2010 – 18th May, London

    Hot on the heels of the Virtualisation Summit , comes the all-important Management Summit.  Now, before you get too excited and start booking your flights, this isn’t the MMS that’s held annually in Las Vegas, so put those chips away.  This is the UK’s very own MMS, taking the best bits of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: After Hours - Update

    Just a quick update, tickets are going fast for the Vista: After Hours events, but you still have a chance to get hold of them! We had some brilliant feedback to our last After Hours events , back in May, and these promise to be even cooler, with even more cool technology! These After Hours events are...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server "Longhorn" Training and Certification (Worldwide)

    This is something that I'm incredibly interested in, and the sooner it comes along, the better! Well, here's the info on the certifications... For MCPs only - Preview of Windows Server "Longhorn" certification plans and roadmap to help your certification planning. Log in to the MCP site . Free E-Learning...
  • Blog Post: DesignIT: An innovative way to make a difference...

    Have you seen this? DesignIT is a competition that we started last year, that aims to bring out the very best in the IT community, with the grand prize being a £15,000 donation from Microsoft, to Charity. In a nutshell, the DesignIT competition is about you using your expertise in technology to help...
  • 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: Virtualisation Briefing for Partners – Re-run! (23rd September)

    This is another opportunity for Microsoft Partners to get involved in one of the biggest ever opportunities around Microsoft technologies.  Virtualisation isn’t about products , it’s about solutions .  Solutions that you, as Microsoft Partners, can provide to your customers, to better suit...
  • 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: Upcoming Windows 7 Sessions with Global Knowledge

    If you’re interested in Windows 7, and you’re in the Berkshire area on the 7th or 8th May, then these could be the sessions for you.  Run by one of our key training Partners, Global Knowledge, along with Andy Malone , one of our MVP’s, these events aim to give you all you need to see the benefits...
  • Blog Post: TechNet on the Road: It's back...

    That's right, the TechNet team are back on the road - it doesn't seem 2 minutes since they were WOWing audiences across the UK with a new style of TechNet event - a demo-driven, slide-lite, very real, very cool scenario's on Microsoft's new wave of technology, namely Server 2008, Virtualisation and System...
  • Blog Post: 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, storage virtualisation, server virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: Explore the Future of Virtualisation…

      Are you free (and in the London area) on the 20th March?  If so, one of our Partner’s, VirtualizeIT, along with a host of household names (well, in the virtualisation world anyway!) such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Falconstor, IBM and more, are delivering a customer-focused seminar that...
  • Blog Post: System Management Suite Enterprise – System Center 3-day Partner Technical Training

    Are you familiar with the SMSe?  What about the eSML?  Well, to cut a long story short, the eSML (Enterprise Server Management License) is now the SMSe (Server Management Suite Enterprise) and basically, it’s a single license for all 4 of the core System Center technologies: - Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: WinHEC: Future Hyper-V features showcased for the first time…

    The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference isn’t far away now, and if you’re lucky enough to be going, and have an interest in Virtualisation, I’d strongly suggest you take note, as this is the first time many of you will have heard about these features.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK – Sales and Licensing Induction for Partners – 13th November 2008

    We’ve just announced a day for all you Microsoft UK Partners out there, who want to understand, from a sales and licensing perspective, some of the Microsoft technologies that are currently available. This session is aimed to equip new starter sales people with the knowledge and skills that will enable...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta: Going…Going…G…

    That’s right folks – you’ve only a few more days to grab the beta of Windows 7 – if you don’t get it soon ( before 10th February! ), you’ll have to wait for the Release Candidate I think, unless of course, you’re an MSDn / TechNet subscriber, in which case you’ll have continued access throughout the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet UK Virtual Conference – 19th June 2009

    We’re pleased to announce the launch of the very first TechNet Virtual Conference taking place on 19 June 2009. You told us that time and budget pressures make attending in person events difficult – so to help both you and the environment we decided to take the TechNet Conference virtual. Now you and...
  • Blog Post: Webcasts and Virtual Labs - Update!

    These may be useful to some of you out there :-) Webcast Series Windows Vista: Build More Secure Applications Find out how Windows Vista makes it easier than ever to build applications that are more secure, reliable and manageable. Tune in to see how you can create user-experience breakthroughs that...
  • Blog Post: Events, Events, Events!

    Firstly, an apology - it's been a while, and I know you think the Internet is a lonely place without my ramblings ;-), so I'm back on the blogging as of today, and have a huge amount to talk about, so here goes! Those boys over at TechNet are gonna be busy over the next few months - they are running...
  • 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: Infrastructure Optimisation: Resources and Courses

    If you aren't aware of what Infrastructure Optimisation is, or what it's all about, chances are, you could be missing a trick - a trick that really could boost sales for your business. At a high level, it's about ensuring a business is moving from a very static, basic infrastructure, through to a proactive...