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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: 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: VirtualboyTV.com: Microsoft VDI Part III: Client Side Experiences

    Microsoft VDI Part III: Client Side Experiences In this video, it's time to step into the shoes of a user and see what kind of experience they can expect using Microsoft VDI.  We'll look at the effects Custom RDP settings can have, and look at the different ways we can access the Virtual Desktops...
  • 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: Upcoming Partner Academy Live Session – Licensing Microsoft VDI and RDS

    This could be an interesting one for all of you interested in licensing Microsoft VDI and Remote Desktop Services in R2.  Having delivered a session yesterday, which, for part of it, discussed licensing around VDI, it’s still clear that due to the sheer volume of information to understand around...
  • 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: 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: 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: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX Video Demos…

    Hot on the heels of the announcements around the beta of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 , 2 new videos have been published to TechNet Edge, showcasing firstly, the upcoming Dynamic Memory, and secondly, RemoteFX. And the second video… Looking forward to getting my hands on the beta! ...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Part 2

    RDS Web Portal - Installation & Configuration In this video, we build on part 1 , by introducing an alternative way to access the different RDS applications and sessions using the Web Portal.  We'll also take a look at some of the new functionality introduced in 2008 R2 such as User Assignment...
  • Blog Post: App-V Hidden Gem

    I was browsing around t’internet last night, looking for some App-V related information for a Partner (Paul S, this is you!), and stumbled on this non-Microsoft, App-V dedicated site, and having spent a good while on there, thought it was definitely worth a recommendation… The App-V.in website, which...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (Beta) available by end of July…

    Straight from the keynote at TechEd North America (I’m not there!) comes this press release… http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/jun10/06-07TechEd2010PR.mspx “Public beta of service pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 coming by end of July. The new virtualization tools in...
  • 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: Microsoft UK Partners: Sales Schools for Virtualisation and Management

    Couple of useful courses coming up for those of you based in the UK: Selling Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Solutions Date: 08 October 2009 Time: 09:30 - 12:30 Audience: Account Managers Course Code: 44SE035 Location: Thames Valley Park, Reading Agenda: Introduction Understanding what’s happening...
  • 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: VirtualboyTV.com: Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Part 1

    I’ve been desperate to get these videos out for weeks now, but the editing seems to have taken forever!  Oh, and there was other work to do too, obviously! That said, all 5 parts of the Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Series are online now, over at TechNet Edge, and on Virtualboy...