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    If you are developing applications for the next generation of Server software, namely, Windows Server 2008, I'd strongly advise you to take a look at http://microsoft.mrmpslc.com/InnovateOnWindowsServer/Default.aspx . By taking part in the Innovate on Windows Server program, not only does it give your...
  • Blog Post: System Center Service Manager Public Beta (2) – Now Available

    A couple of weeks back (seems like ages now, but I’ve been moving house so I have an excuse!!) I blogged about Service Manager , and how it could be the next big thing in automating IT processes, workflows, and more, within an IT environment.  At the time, All I provided was a video and a link to...
  • 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: Weighing the Pros/Cons of VDI – Network World Article

    Hat tip to Mr Overton for forwarding this article over.  If you’re thinking about Virtual Desktops, and the business justifications for, and against, then you may find this Network World article useful. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/061809-desktop-virtualization.html While server virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Client Now Available on MSDN/TechNet!

    It’s come round pretty fast I have to say, but Microsoft have announced availability, through MSDN and TechNet (non-MSDN/TechNet subscribers can download them from Friday 9th January ), of the beta’s of Windows 7 client, and better still, Windows Server 2008 R2.   I’ve been using Windows 7 Client...
  • Blog Post: Beta Alert: Zinger a.k.a DPM v3 a.k.a Data Protection Manager 2010 beta now available!

    I’ve pinched this straight from the release documentation, so apologies for that.  I’ll weigh in with my opinions once I’ve pulled it down and played with it, which, up to now, I haven’t had the chance to do.  Key thing for me in this release is that it provides backup capability for Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Virtualise your business card?

    Are you a Microsoft Certified Professional?  If so, not only do you have access to the same great Hyper-V and virtualisation goodness that everyone else has access to, but you can also go one step further, and virtualise your business card!  Before you say, ‘what is he talking about (again...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 Component Architecture Poster

    For those of you want to learn a little bit more about some of the nitty gritty details around Hyper-V, like what actually happens when the Hyper-V role is enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2, or what happens when a snapshot is deleted, this Hyper-V R2 component architecture poster could be of use to you...
  • 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: 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: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: Making Highly Available VMs

    Watched the first R2 clustering video yet ?  It’s a little bit of a pre-req for this one, but, if you haven’t seen it, you should still be able to take value from part 2 in this mini series on clustering in Hyper-V R2.  In this video, we start the creation process on top of our freshly built...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Partner? Introducing the Partner Dashboard...

    As a Microsoft Partner, are you making the most of the benefits that are available to you? Things like documents, presentations, webcasts, demo's etc? If not, what if your competitor is? Do you think they have an advantage over you? I'd say they do. If you do make use of the benefits, are there even...
  • 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: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: Dynamic Storage

    The second in the R2 video wave, focuses on a new capability in R2, namely, Dynamic Storage.  This is a capability which allows an administrator to add or remove a virtual hard disk (VHD) or pass through disk, to a running virtual machine, without incurring any downtime for that virtual machine...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: The Power to Manage...

    Would you say, that in your organisation, you've got an effective management strategy?  By management strategy, I mean from an IT perspective.  Can you ensure your machines are operating effectively?  How are they patched and updated?  Is it a very manual process?  Wouldn't that...
  • 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...