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  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode Release Candidate

    As you should now be aware, Windows 7 RTM is available to download for TechNet Plus subscribers , but what does that mean for Windows Virtual PC, and Windows XP Mode?  If you think back, when Windows 7 hit Release Candidate, Virtual PC and XP Mode were in beta , so are these same versions applicable...
  • 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: Seeing Core Parking in action

    One of the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 7, is Core Parking. As we move closer to the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, and combine this with the innovation in CPU technologies that Intel and AMD are producing, it’s clear that CPU’s are getting more powerful, more capable...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs - Exchange, Vista and Office...

    So, you've heard about this three-headed beast on the horizon, which really is going to change the way we work, but you haven't had the chance to install it, don't have any spare hardware to test it on, or, you just don't want to install it yet. What can you do? Well, how about having a play around,...
  • 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: PTS-TV - Mike Dixon on Windows Vista

    Mike Dixon, part of the Windows Client team, having just delivered a killer demo of Vista at a Partner Community Event, takes us through some of the ways to get customers excited about Vista. Mike also talks about the three C's, Confident, Clear and Connected and what those can mean to a business. ...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Partners: Windows 7 Online Readiness

    Windows 7 is coming fast.  The beta has been available for a few weeks now, and there are newsgroups, forums and blogs popping up all over the place, talking about features, functionality, and providing feedback. What about Partners? Readiness has already started to appear on the Partner Portal...
  • 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 7 RTM now available to TechNet Plus Subscribers!

    For all your TechNet Plus subscribers out there, the wait for RTM is over!  Windows Server 2008 R2 can’t be too far away now! If you’re a subscriber, get on over to the TechNet site !  If you’re not, then you’ve got a few more days to wait, but I'll tell you this much – RTM rocks!
  • Blog Post: Fancy some Vista 5728 action?

    Well, it's your lucky day - you can now download it , and you don't even have to be on MSDN, CPP, TAP or any of the other programs! It's yours! Take it ! Before you go zooming off to download this little beauty, it's important that you read the following: "This build (5728) has a number of improvements...
  • 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: 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: Fancy a date with Vista? - 30th November 2006...

    Well, we've been waiting along time (5 years, 3 months and 5 days to be precise), but, Windows Vista is about to become a reality, for corporate customers anyway. I'm going to get straight to the point here. It's available on the 30th November. 2006. Put it in your diary's, circle it on your calendar...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: After Hours - Update

    Just a quick update, tickets are going fast for the Vista: After Hours events, but you still have a chance to get hold of them! We had some brilliant feedback to our last After Hours events , back in May, and these promise to be even cooler, with even more cool technology! These After Hours events are...
  • 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: Fancy some Beta's?

    Well, if you do fancy getting your hands on some nifty new technology, then here are a few Beta's that have recently been made available, for your downloading pleasure: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Now Available for Evaluation Make your evaluation period as efficient as possible: Downloading...