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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: 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: 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: SharePoint 2007 & Groove 2007 Training

    The Partner Readiness team is pleased to announce the release of SharePoint for Developers training. We also have some seats available on our Groove technical training delivery next week. 1. Developing with SharePoint Server 2007 This course explores the development opportunities with Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Partners: Become a Data Protection Manager Hero

    DPM is one of those technologies that not enough people know about.  Those that do know about it, and understand how it works, along with how it’s licensed, quickly see the benefits of the technology, particularly when customers have infrastructures that include Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, and more...
  • 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: Microsoft UK Partners - Changes to the Action Pack

    I wanted to bring to your attention that the subscription/renewal process for Microsoft Action Pack (MAPs) is about to undergo some major changes. From November 30th 2007, we'll be unveiling a new renewal process and launch two supplemental Special Editions so that a Microsoft Action Pack subscription...
  • Blog Post: Partner Live Meeting – What’s new in Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1

    Short notice, but it will be recorded so you can watch it later! WNS80PAL: What is New in Service Pack 1 for Data Protection Manager 2007 Presented by Jason Buffington Friday, December 12, 2008 - 16:00-17:00pm GMT It has been a year since System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 was released, and while...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1 IPD Guide Now Published

    As a follow up to my post back on the 10th December , where I discussed the beta of the Infrastructure and Planning Design Guide for DPM 2007 SP1, I can now confirm that the final release of that guide has been published, and is available in the usual place .  As a quick recap: “Considering a data...
  • 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: New virtualboy.tv video: Hyper-V and Pass-Through Disks

    Video #9 in the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V series, is this video focussed on the use of Pass Through Disks with Hyper-V.  All the videos so far have used the .vhd file format for the virtual machines, of which there are 2 types; dynamic, and fixed.  A dynamic VHD is something you specify to...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading your Windows Server 2003 Certifications to Windows Server 2008

    There's a lot of great readiness and information on the Windows Server 2008 Learning Portal , however if you want specifics on how to go from an MCSE or MCSA up to a MCTS ((Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, which replaces MCSA/MCTS) on Windows Server 2008, you need these links: Learn how to...
  • 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: 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: Free Microsoft eBooks all over the place!

    Love reading?  Love technology?  Like money? If the answer to those questions is Yes, then these eBook links are for you.  Covering a wide spectrum of technologies, from Office through to Virtualisation, and Windows Phone through to Visual Studio, this array of free eBooks should keep...
  • 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: Don't adjust your sets...Licensing gets that little bit easier...

    I'm going to start with a statement that will probably resonate with a lot of you out there; Licensing is confusing sometimes.  I say sometimes, because it isn't always confusing - not when there are cool tools to help, such as the Virtualisation Calculator we released a few months back , for those...
  • 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: Partner Live Meetings: Virtualisation

    A couple more Partner Live Meetings to add to your diaries: WVC20AL: Client Virtualization - Presented by Fei Lu Friday, November 14, 2008  - 17:30-18:30 GMT Client Virtualisation is becoming a really hot topic in the last 6-9 months.  Many customers have been sold on the value of VDI and moving...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualisation: Partner Webcasts’ Landing Page

    For those Microsoft Partners among you who are interested in learning more about the Microsoft Virtualisation stack of technologies, and the opportunity around them, we’ve consolidated a number of the webcasts that have been produced over recent months and placed them in one easy to find place – on the...
  • 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...
  • 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: Microsoft Virtualisation Learning – Free eLearning Collection

    There’s loads of information out there on the web around Microsoft Virtualisation , with the launches of Hyper-V a few months back, App-V 4.5 and Hyper-V Server 2008 a week or so ago, and obviously, Terminal Services which shipped as part of Windows Server 2008 back in February.  However, what if...