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  • Blog Post: Fancy some Beta's?

    Well, if you do fancy getting your hands on some nifty new technology, then here are a few Beta's that have recently been made available, for your downloading pleasure: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Now Available for Evaluation Make your evaluation period as efficient as possible: Downloading...
  • Blog Post: Academy Live for Partners – Upcoming (Important!) System Center Webcasts

    I know, I could have just posted all of the upcoming Academy Live Webcasts in one post, but I wanted to logically group them together to make it easier for people to find and filter those that they are specifically interested in.  The first batch were all Windows Server 2008 R2 related, and these...
  • 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: 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: 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: Launch, Launch, Launch! Ready for a new day?

    It's here! Today is the day. 30th November 2006. $20Billion of research and development is here, and it really will herald the new world of work by simplifying how people work together, find information, improve business insight, protect and manage content, and ultimately, reduce IT costs whilst increasing...
  • Blog Post: Joint Microsoft & NetApp Webcast – Virtualise SharePoint and SQL

    There’s been a lot in the press just recently around Microsoft and HP working together on joint initiatives, and trust me, it’s great news.  If you’ve not seen all the announcements, there’s a simplified version of the announcement here . Jump back a few weeks though, 8th December to be precise...
  • Blog Post: Useful Beta Updates...

    Windows Vista Readiness Assessment There is a great beta programme available to help partners, and their customers quickly assess hardware and device compatibility for Windows Vista upgrades from a single networked machine. The tool is also completely agent-less. Be the first to test the tool, and sign...
  • Blog Post: What would your 'Dream Office' look like?

    Anything like the one above?  Mine sure would, although the Xbox would be a little closer to the PC, and the wireless controller would obviously be next to me as I worked.  Also, where's the home cinema system?  :-) Anyway, the idea is to explore the virtual office, which is packed with...
  • Blog Post: Demo Showcase 2008 Preview

    If you're a Microsoft Partner, and you're talking about Microsoft technologies to your customers, Demo Showcase is a fantastic tool to have in your kitbag.  Demo Showcase enables you, as a Partner, to carry round a number of ready built demo's, to show some really cool technologies, either using...
  • Blog Post: 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 "HP recommended configuration for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Exchange, Vista and Office Certifications

    My partner-in-crime, James Senior (of Vista RTM Sounds fame...) blogged about this a while back, so no doubt 2/3's of the world's Internet using population have read it, but hopefully this will prove useful to those who may not have seen his blog. You've heard of MCP's right? Microsoft Certified Professional...
  • Blog Post: ZDNet Australia Review DPM 2010 Beta

    For those of you interested in backup, and in particular, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, the guys over at ZDNet Australia have written an interesting review of the beta release (Release Candidate coming soon!). The review focuses on a few key areas, such as general usability improvements...
  • Blog Post: For Partners: Exchange 2010 3-Part Live Meeting Overview

    Microsoft Partner?  Interested in Exchange 2010?  Julian Datta , a.k.a the Silent Assassin, and Tony Cocks, of Stuff-o-Rama fame, are part of the Unified Communications Team here at Microsoft UK, and are delivering a 3-part Live Meeting Overview on Exchange 2010, specifically aimed at Partners...
  • Blog Post: New Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    Anyone who’s seen my present Microsoft’s Virtualisation & Management story, will know I spend quite a bit of time focussing on System Center Operations Manager.  For me, I think it’s the mission control of the System Center Suite, where, typically, IT Admins’ would spend the majority of their...
  • Blog Post: UK Partners – Are you a System Integrator?

    If you are, read on :-) As you know, one of my passions right now is providing video content that showcases Microsoft technologies in an accurate and fair way (no mythbusting :-)) through my Virtualboy TV site.  So far, this has gone down really well with Partners and Customers alike, and is being...