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  • 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: 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: Data Protection Manager 2007 – Now supports Server 2008, SQL 2008

    Good news – an update has been released for Data Protection Manager 2007 (I don’t just mean the new logo) that enables you to successfully (and in a supported fashion :)) backup Windows Server 2008 machines.  I’ll be honest, I was a little worried that this functionality wasn’t going to be available...
  • 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: Stirling's looking good :-)

    If you haven't heard of Microsoft Forefront, it's a comprehensive set of security technologies, that can help to protect your infrastructure, whether it be with Forefront Client Security for unified malware protection on PC desktops and notebooks, Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Forefront...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2010 – 18th May, London

    Hot on the heels of the Virtualisation Summit , comes the all-important Management Summit.  Now, before you get too excited and start booking your flights, this isn’t the MMS that’s held annually in Las Vegas, so put those chips away.  This is the UK’s very own MMS, taking the best bits of...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Release Candidate Sneaks Out

    I knew it was due round about now, but didn’t have a firm date, but now it’s here, and ready for you to download from the Microsoft Connect site. What’s new in the Release Candidate? I blogged about the key features a few weeks back, but one feature that’s been mentioned on a few blogs around the...
  • 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: Partner Guide: System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010

    If you’re a Microsoft Partner, and you currently sell/deploy, or are thinking about selling/deploying either System Center Essentials 2010, or Data Protection Manager 2010 into mid-size businesses, then Redmond Channel Partner Magazine have published a very useful 8-page document that may just be up...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Virtualisation Briefing for Partners – Re-run! (23rd September)

    This is another opportunity for Microsoft Partners to get involved in one of the biggest ever opportunities around Microsoft technologies.  Virtualisation isn’t about products , it’s about solutions .  Solutions that you, as Microsoft Partners, can provide to your customers, to better suit...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM - the worlds longest acronym?

    Nope, Adcomsubordcomphibspac is the longest English one (apparently, and it's a Navy term, standing for Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command) but SCVMM comes pretty close. Needless to say, it's a mouthful. System Center Virtual Machine Manager is one of the latest...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2010 - Management Pack for Operations Manager Released

    Hat tip to Jonathan Almquist for this one – it’s something I’ll be installing ASAP! For those of you who have rolled out, or are planning to roll out, a combination of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, this free Management Pack could be of use to...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 2010 Beta – Video Overview

    Picked this little beauty up via the Virtualization Planet blog , and it leads on nicely from the introductory post I wrote a month or so ago around SCE2010 .  For those not familiar with System Center Essentials 2010, it’s Microsoft’s IT management solution specifically designed for midsized businesses...