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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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Updated Virtualisation Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides…

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated virtualisation guides: Windows Server Virtualisation (Hyper-V) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: Nearly 80% of business PCs ill-equipped for Vista upgrade?

    James forwarded this article on to me a few weeks back, and it's been sat gathering a bit of dust in my inbox, but now is the time to respond. The article was found on the AppleInsider website (what were you doing on there James...?) and opens with " Four out of five computers within the workplace are...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Tool

    Now this is a great tool for both Partners, and customers. Why? Well I'm going to tell you. So, what is it, does it have a website, and more importantly, does it have an acronym? Well, yes it has a website , yes it has an acronym, WVHA (rolls off the tongue right?) and essentially, WVHA is a network...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for IBM

    For those of you ‘not in the know’, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit is a free tool that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This agentless and scalable toolkit has the ability...
  • Blog Post: Cool Tool - Offline Servicing of Virtual Machines in SCVMM

    Think about this scenario.  You're embracing virtualisation.  More specifically, using Virtual Machine Manager.  Your running VMs are happily up to date, healthy and compliant and stay that way, thanks to a constant connection to Windows Update on the web, or a connection to WSUS/System...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides – More added!

    I had an email drop into my inbox a few days back, detailing a couple of new additions to the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides that have been available for a while.  Before I introduce the new additions, it’s worth understanding what the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides are all...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008 R2

    In support of the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 campaign, the Solution Accelerators Team has updated the following guides in the Infrastructure Planning and Design series to reflect new features and capabilities available in Windows Server 2008 R2: Active Directory Domain Services Internet Information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Solution Accelerator v3.1

    Do you know some of the key IT Migration Challenges?  Heard these? Can my existing client machines run Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office? Can my existing servers migrate to Windows Server 2008? What is the portion of physical servers that can be consolidated with Hyper-V? Managed by SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Solution Accelerator 4.0 Now Available

    Just under a month ago, I blogged about the beta release of the MAP tool , which, for those not familiar, is is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Operations Framework – Reliability Workbooks (Beta)

    Some of you may already be aware of this, but for those of you interested in keeping technologies like AD, System Center Operations Manager, and Hyper-V running smoothly, the first in a series of MOF Reliability Workbooks may be of use. If you’re not au-fait with MOF (a bit like me!)… Microsoft...
  • 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: Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard - Now Available

    A couple of weeks back, I blogged about a number of dashboards that have been released, or were due for release soon.  These dashboards focused on providing a more visual reporting experience for products such as System Center Operations Manager, App-V, and System Center Configuration Manager. ...
  • Blog Post: New Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide (Beta) – DirectAccess

    For those of you who aren’t aware of DirectAccess, it’s a pretty darn cool technology in my opinion.  What better way to explain it, than to show you how it makes my working life that little bit easier. I’m currently writing this post from home, on my home network, with no VPN connected: As you...
  • Blog Post: Thriving with Technology

    Are you in IT?  Thinking about getting into IT?  Where do you start?  How do you develop in the future?  If you’re already in IT, how do you build on your investments so far? These are just some of the questions that are answered at ‘ Thrive ’; a new website from Microsoft, designed...
  • Blog Post: WDS and SCOM Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Released…

    For those of you who have been baffled by my title acronyms, WDS is Windows Deployment Services, which is a role of Windows Server, that enables network based deployment scenrios, and acts as a platform for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and System Center Configuration Manager.  SCOM on the other...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Deployment Planning Services Readiness (BDD v3) Workshop for Microsoft UK Partners

    Are you a Microsoft Partner? Deploying Vista and Office 2007? These classes could be very useful to you indeed. I'd also say it's pretty important if you are thinking of migrating over to Windows Server 2008 too, as essentially, it shares the same deployment technologies and methodologies as Vista. There...
  • Blog Post: New IPD Guide Published (well, almost) – Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1

    Hot off the press, and hot on the heels of the last IPD Update I wrote , the IPD team have done it again, this time, for Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1.  Firstly, in time honoured tradition, what is an IPD? The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualisation – UK Online Sales Training

    A couple of months back, Mike and I sat down and recorded a series of 6 short videos showcasing the Microsoft Virtualisation Sales Opportunity.  Introduction (2:25) Virtualisation Overview (37:35) Analysis Tools (11:39) Microsoft Virtualisation Solutions Overview (37:40) Licensing (16:25) Resources...
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.6 launches with a plethora of resources!

    It’s hard to believe I’ve used the word ‘plethora’ in the title of a post 3 times in the last 3 months!  I need to start broadening my vocabulary! Anyway, I blogged about the RC release of App-V 4.6 way back in November, and have been using it in my demos since then, however as of yesterday, the...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Optimisation – Which technologies, for which users?

    I mentioned in my previous post , there are a number of choices available to customers around their desktop strategy going forward, but where do you start?  Well, here’s a few resources to get you going on the journey.  Now, admittedly, these are cut and pasted from various Microsoft websites...
  • Blog Post: Even more Infrastructure and Planning Design Guides added!

    I blogged about the IPD guides back in June , and a number of new guides have just been added.  As a refresher: The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes...