Malcolm Bullock - Unified Communications

Malcolm Bullock is a Partner Technology Advisor focused upon Unified Communications in the UK. This blog will bring you news, views and How-To's on Microsoft Exchange and Lync, together with UC partner specific info. My personal blog at http://mbullock

Malcolm Bullock - Unified Communications

  • Application Virtualization 4.5 Documentation

    There has been a host of documentation and announcements around Application Virtualisation recently. I would suggest that you read the App-V team blog here . Of note though are several whitepapers that have been produced to help you evaluate, and deploy...
  • Do you want a demo of Virtual Machine Manager?

    Virtual Machine Manager is a member of the System Center family of Management tools and is responsible for managing Virtualised Server environments, such as Hyper-V, Virtual Server and now VMWare... Watch a demo here...
  • Concerned by Sinowal?

    Like me you may have read on the BBC's web site today about a ' Trojan virus steals banking info ' ....now I normally pass these articles by knowing the truth BUT I'm aware that to some they will take this as 'read' and worry. So here's the background...
  • New Infrastructure Planning & Design guides issued

    SOLUTION ACCELERATORS - Act faster . Go further .   Infrastructure Planning & Design Release Announcement www.microsoft.com/IPD   I repeatedly forget to mention these in my talks - and that's bad because these documents are excellent.  ...
  • Save money - Decommission your RAS architecture!

    Ok, so I'm exaggerating but I have been using a Microsoft implementation of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services a *lot* recently. It's effectively meant that I don't need to remote into the Microsoft Corporate network when working away from the office...
  • Out of Band Security Bulletin released

    Folks, just in case you've not picked this up elsewhere you should know that we have released an out of band security update . As you know this isn't usual and therefore you should carefully review the information here . It's worth noting that for Windows...
  • Watch This: Windows Vista Performance…under the hood

    Vista performance is something that I often discuss with customers that I meet. Therefore, let me recommend good use of one hour and suggest that you watch this webcast from the Springboard series of Vista Resources. Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable...
  • Technet Magazine for November is published online

    As reported HERE Novembers Technet magazine is available. And as you can see below there’s quit a few interesting articles to read. FEATURE ARTICLES                                                                 ...
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 RTW – Download Now

    As Keith writes - Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 is a stand-alone product that provides a simplified, reliable, cost-effective and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. It allows organizations...
  • WebCast: Securing Branch Office User Accounts

    I came across this webcast recently and thought that it might be useful to you. The Webcast is basically a 12 minute demonstration of technologies such as Read only domain controller, BitLocker and fine Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2008...
  • Core Infrastructure Optimisation – Introduction and Overview

    [Supporting materials for this post can be found here ]   In the spirit of writing in this blog about subjects that I often get asked about, an overview of Core IO is well overdue! Infrastructure Optimisation is a maturity model based upon some work...
  • Technet Webcast – Protect SQL Server 2008 with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

    I’ve spoken to many of you about Data Protection Manager (DPM) but normally at a high level. This technet webcast will give you a detailed look at protecting SQL Server specifically. The webcast happened live last week but if you follow the ‘registration...
  • Free Gartner reports on Vista and MDOP

    The reports will be here until 12th March 2009 Quantifying the Value of Microsoft's Desktop Optimization Pack http://mediaproducts.gartner.com/reprints/microsoft/vol4/article6/article6.html How to Quantify the Value of Software Assurance for Windows Client...
  • Internet at 120mph!

    I’m on the train to London this morning for a customer meeting. I got onto the train at 06.20 in Warrington, Cheshire and by 08.40 (and it’s rarely late) I’ll be in London Euston. Nothing special there – but what’s great is that when I got onto the train...
  • Technet Magazine – Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualisation

    As you’ll know if you read my blog – I love Application Virtualisation. It solves so many problems with the packaging, deployment, and management of desktop and server based applications. Technet magazine has published a great introduction to Application...
  • Be loud and proud – I’m a PC!!

    so the ad campaign has really started now. As reported yesterday the New York Times has some good quality analysis on the campaign – and I’ve read some low quality analysis…. But this is the trust of it – I’m a PC, there’s a BILLION others like me, and...
  • Roll-up, come get your Microsoft Ads…

    So Steve has the scoop here , and apparently (I’m offline right now) the New York Times has the scoop. I’m at a Microsoft internal conference in Florida this week and at lunchtime we had a preview of some Windows 7 Enterprise features (cool :) ), and...
  • Independent research firm recognizes Microsoft NAP as a leader in Network Access Control

    Picked this up from the Windows Server teams blog here . Seems like NAP has been highly recognised by Forrester. I think that NAP is something that interests almost every company that I talk to. And I think the real key to NAP is the management solutions...
  • Vista Security Saves me….

    OK so I knew that this was Malware – AND I executed it on purpose to see which security system on my machine would pick it up, or I knew I faced a rebuild! Look what happened – I opened the e-mail just like my mother might do, double clicked on the attachment...
  • Windows Live - Wave 3 Beta Available

    Courtesy of a post on Liveside you can now download the beta installer for Live Wave 3. There's a couple of new apps as you can see in the sceenshot below installing onto my machine. Family safety beta and the Outlook connector are interesting additions...
  • vmware costs way too much .com

    This is amusing. Announced on the Virtualization teams blog and in the spirit of 'friendly competition' the Virtualisation product group have created this web site - www.VMwareCostsWayTooMuch.com .   Check this out - and ask yourself whether you...
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Coming...

    I tend to discuss the MAP tool fairly frequently in meetings with customers as it's a great - FREE - tool for helping you with planning for migrations and deployments. In a posting from last Friday the MAP team announced an upcoming open beta of the next...
  • Cray Supercomputer runs Windows....

    Well I guess that a few years ago you would not have expected to read that title - a CRAY, running Windows! Well I noticed this post on the Windows Product Groups blog announcing... "For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and...
  • PptPlex changing the way you present

    Eileen has blogged on PPtPlex that has come out of MSR. As she mentions I heard about it first from a customer who presented at our UK company conference last week. He certainly made good use of it. I've not had must time to use it, other than just install...
  • Latest Seinfeld/Gates ad - Now that's funny!

    So you may not have thought the first instalment of the Microsoft Gates/Seinfeld ads was funny. But I just laughed out loud at the second one!   Go to Windows to see it in full fidelity via Silverlight . It's called 'New Family', I LOL at about 3...