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

September, 2008

  • How is System Center Licensed?

    This is a question that often gets asked, and sometimes the answers are as clear as mud! So, I'm going to try and answer the question and you can tell me if it's clear or not! Firstly, my usual disclaimers on licensing related matters - This blog post...
  • 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...
  • Update Impact Analyzer / Update Compatibility Evaluator (UCE)

    I end up talking about this technology in pretty much every meeting I do. Just in case we've not met... do you want a tool that will tell you whether one of your applications will be 'impacted' or affected my a patch you want to deploy? Sounds like magic...
  • Virtualization Launch Day - Summary

    [Update - this post seemed to get lost so I'm posting again - apologies if you get it twice!] I thought that I would try to summarise what we launched this week, pull together the case studies, 3rd party analysis, etc. The launch has been well blogged...
  • The Optimised Desktop - What and how?

    You will have probably heard Microsoft talking about our Dynamic IT vision, especially if you've seen anything of the Virtualisation launch this week . An essential ingredient of this is the Optimised Desktop, and this is something that I often discuss...
  • Important Desktop Virtualisation Announcements

    Hi Folks, I can do no better than point you at This blog post from the MDOP product team. But if you need further encouragement, besides covering the new Windows Virtualization 4.5 (latest Softgrid release) in some detail they also announce new really...
  • Branch Office Optimisation using Windows Server 2008

    Here is a link to another excellent TechCenter on Technet and this one is all about Branch Office Solutions . There are a whole pile of improvements within Windows Server 2008 to assist around branch office. So many that there is a downloadable guide...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How MSIT Uses Terminal Services as a Scalable Remote Access Solution

    I'm doing a lot of answering questions from previous customer meetings today - hence the number of blog postings! Here's a link that I wish I had found a few minutes ago to send to a customer (hopefully they will read my blog!). This is an article on...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Businesses warned not to skip Vista - from CIO.com

    For some reason this post never got published and was sitting in my 'drafts' folder in Live Writer . Oh well, it's still more than a current topic of conversation. Hope this helps... This  article has just been brought to my attention - Businesses...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Virtualization Launch and Demo's R Here!

    This is as much about testing embedding Silverlight Videos as it is actually presenting this video here!! The actual link is here as previously posted.
  • Windows Server 2008 Branch Office deployment

    Just noticed this video of an interview with UK partner Risual on there deployment of Windows Server 2008 to Branch office. They are discussing RODC and Bitlocker amongst other things. Worth a watch...
  • 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...
  • Google Chrome - one weak of vulnerabilities?

    I was just talking to a colleague who had been asked by a customer about Chrome. It's interesting the amount of publicity that this beta release managed to create. Indeed, just look at this converge from the fiercely independent BBC . What I didn't see...
  • Want to see "Live Migration" in Hyper-V Demo?

    Hi, Well the Virtualization and Windows Hyper-V launch events have been well covered all over the place. BUT, have you noticed that in the press release it offers "Microsoft executives will further outline virtualization solutions for customers and...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 released!!

    As confirmed here SCCM 2007 R2 has just gone RTM. This is a long awaited released (by me at least!) as it delivers significant functionality lifts in two key areas: 1) Integration of Microsoft Application Virtualization (aka Softgrid) so that you can...
  • 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 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...