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    I attended the Microsoft Certified Master : Exchange 2007,  rotation 2; prior to attending I had the good fortune to be able to talk to previous Ranger/MCM candidates within Microsoft, who helped prepare me for the program. I thought it would be a good idea to consolidate this information, along...
  • Blog Post: November MMMUG in London

    This event will be held in London at the MSFT offices in Cardinal Place near Victoria. This month we have a topical session led by Clive Watson, Brett Johnson and Julius Davies from Microsoft. We will be discussing the new support statements surround the issue of virtualising your Exchange environment...
  • Blog Post: Software plus Services Guide & Business Advisor Podcast

    Not something I would normally blog about but will be interesting to any of our partners who operate in this space. Guide to Opportunity: Software-plus-Services https://partner.microsoft.com/UK/productssolutions/40099765 This 16-page guide explains how partners can exploit our Software-plus-Services...
  • Blog Post: MCS Talks...

    UK consultants are currently presenting a series of webcasts on Technet.  For details of how to register to listen in go to the 'MCS Talks' blog at; http://blogs.technet.com/mcstalks/default.aspx   The following is taken from the blog : "The aim of each presentation is to share our real...
  • Blog Post: The MS UK UC Community Blog is now open for business...

    Welcome to the Microsoft UK Unified Communications Community Blog.  This blog will include content from a variety of sources within Microsoft in the UK... MCS: Microsoft Consulting Services - architecture & design for messaging and UC. PFE: Premier Field Engineering - Onsite proactive support...
  • Blog Post: MCM Exchange Server 2007

    At last funding and time permitted me to attend the Microsoft Certified Master program last month in Redmond.  Fantastic and intense 3 weeks.  Certainly recommend anyone who has the opportunity to get there to do so…  It’s a big investment in time and money but for anyone working regularly...
  • Blog Post: Updated : Exchange version powershell script

    Further to my blog post on April 30th , I have updated the powershell script to output in a more usable manner and also detect more information about your exchange servers… ServerName TransportVer CASver StoreVer SERVER1 08.01.0336.000 08.01.0336.000 Not Installed SERVER2 08.01.0336.000 08.01.0336.000...
  • Blog Post: July ‘Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group’ meeting…

    MMMUG are getting physical meetings going again. To kick off their first meeting after re-launch, they’re going to have an evening discussing Exchange 2010 SP1 on Thursday July 15th 2010 . The event will take place at the BSG Offices at BSG House, 226-236 City Road, London, EC1V 2TT. As some of you will...
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    A very quick summary of Office 365 blogs, wiki’s and articles… Exchange Online – the first place to start (includes some useful screenshots)… Office 365 Beta BLOG and WIKI …  An RSS feed off the blog is a useful source of Office 365 news. ( Take a look at the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog...
  • Blog Post: To my fellow bloggers..

    Quick list of the blog articles that have helped me and might help you…   10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer 21 Ways to Make Your Blog or Website Sticky 20 Types of Pages that Every Blogger Should Consider How to Write With Confidence   7 types of blog posts which always seem to get links...
  • Blog Post: Offline defrag a replica database…

    Let’s leave the “ why would you? ” to one side for the moment but is it actually possible or supported to defrag a continuous replication target database?  Well not surprisingly er ‘No’.  An offline defrag creates a new database with a new signature (“When defragmentation is complete, the original...
  • Blog Post: MCSTalks Today - Security and PKI

    Don't forget to attend the next in the UK MCSTalks series.  Today's topic is 'Security and PKI'.. For details of how to register to listen in go to the 'MCS Talks' blog at; http://blogs.technet.com/mcstalks/default.aspx   This is a list of the sessions: 6th August 2008 Infrastructure Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Next year’s got to be better…

    So it’s been a poor second half of the year as far as blogging goes….  First half wasn’t too bad though.  Must endeavour to do better next year.  I’ll think about it over Christmas. Happy Christmas to all…...( read more )
  • Blog Post: September MMMUG in London

    Don't forget next weeks meeting of the UK ' Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group ' . A little bit about the event... "The event will be held in London at the MSFT offices in Cardinal Place near Victoria. This month we have a exciting session led by John Stewart-Murray from Dialogic. John...
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  • Blog Post: Is your E2K7 project in danger of being scrapped?

    I’m guessing that over the next few months IT managers are going to be pushing their staff really hard to justify any spend.  ..and projects to upgrade to Exchange Server 2007 are not going to be immune. Clearly to have any chance of getting the go ahead for your deployment of Exchange Server 2007...
  • Blog Post: I used to do it this way…

    Just found some useful stuff on a colleagues blog - Gerod Serafin ; a field engineer in the US. It’s a series of blogs showing the difference in administering Exchange Server 2007 from Exchange Server 2003… Part 1 - I used to do it this way… Now how do I do it? Administering Exchange 2003 vs. Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Want to work for Microsoft UK?

    Microsoft Services in the UK are actively recruiting.. “ You have unique experiences, skills and passions—and we believe you can bring them all to Microsoft for a rich, rewarding career and lifestyle that will surprise you with its breadth and potential. Just imagine the excitement and satisfaction of...
  • Blog Post: Want more Virtualisation?

    Go to VirtualizationFeed.com and get the latest on virtualisation in Microsoft and in the wider world. Also worth keeping track of what’s happening in the #virtualization community on Twitter at the same place ....( read more )