Simon May

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  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions-003: How to Connect Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to Windows Intune to Enable Mobile Device Management Including Windows RT devices

    System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 can be connected to Windows Intune to enable mobile device management of Windows RT, Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices. This is a great solution because these types of devices expect an “always on” connection to the Internet and Windows Intune provides...
  • Blog Post: What Kind of Cloud are You? Huh? Hey? Yeah you.

    I like this, tickles my funny bone in a way that only stuff for us by us stuff can.  We’ve got a new way of working out what type of cloud solution you need by completing a fun quiz that takes all of one minute.  Includes answers like: “If my company’s not in danger, we’re not having fun!”...
  • Blog Post: The future of IT for MSPs

    Today I presentated to a group of about a thousand managed service providers about Microsoft’s cloud and what it means for the future of IT.  I though I’d throw up this post to provide some extra resources like the deck embedded below that I used for the presentation.  I’d like to thank my...
  • Blog Post: 3 new heroes in next generation IT Departments

    I’ve already highlighted how IT departments are going to change over the next few years a few times and what some people in those departments are going to be doing as their roles inevitably change but there are going to be some new roles that appear too. These roles will start to shape how the...
  • Blog Post: War on Cost: Private Cloud

    A few weeks ago @ deepfat and I ventured to the underground lair that is Churchills war rooms and listened to the story ouselves direct from a partner, Inframon.  Well the videos are now online and I especially like this one about our private cloud vision.  Take a look, enjoy, it’s just like...
  • Blog Post: How will my career evolve with the cloud

    When you read all the wonderful marketing hyperbole around the cost savings that cloud can help your CIO make, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were one of those cost savings. With a little thought, however, you’ll see that this technology change isn’t going to make you a pointless...
  • Blog Post: Managing from the cloud with Windows Intune

    Securing and managing the devices that users take for granted when accessing the cloud is top of mind for IT Professionals everywhere and there are lots of solutions to make things more secure. What about desktops PCs? Everyone in the desktop world is accustomed to managing, patching, remote controlling...
  • Blog Post: Why trust your data in the cloud?

    One of the top cloud questions I get asked when I’m out and about is “how secure is my data in the cloud”.  It’s a simple question with a complex answer that spans dimensions, physical security, data redundancy, data protection, service levels and an underlying reliance on everything being trusted...
  • Blog Post: Me, talking cloud, in the Telegraph

    A few weeks ago I was in a Telegraph supplement talking about cloud .  Here’s the online version of the article on the Telegraph (UK national newspaper) website .
  • Blog Post: Privacy in the Cloud

    An interesting paper crossed by virtual desk today;  Privacy in the Cloud: A Microsoft Perspective.  It does exactly what it says on the tin and spells out our approach to privacy with regard to cloud applications.  It’s one of the most detailed papers I’ve seen that we’ve produced yet...
  • Blog Post: A tour of Microsoft’s Datacentres

    A few weeks ago now we made the following video tour of our Datacentres available for all to see on the GFS website and also on YouTube.  At the time I forgot to post it but having just happened across it I thought it worth sharing.  I constantly get asked about the size and scale of our DCs...
  • Blog Post: Is your organisation storing more than ever before? Dedup might be the answer.

    We all want to store more information. Be it our ever growing email archive, our collection of family photos, or our customer invoices the information that we and our businesses need to store is an ever increasing volume. The amount of storage available to you or your organisation may of course not quite...
  • Blog Post: Connecting the Private and Public cloud

    I’ve just hopped down off stage from presenting about the above at Data Centre World and I wanted to share my deck so the people in the audience who didn’t fall asleep can get hold of it quickly.  I got loads of questions about Identity and less about Hyper-V than I expected.  Any who there...
  • Blog Post: Resources for IT Apprentices

    Today I went to talk to a group of IT Apprentices at QA’s centre in Birmingham, thanks for a good day guys and especially to Lorette who organised the day.  If you aren’t sure what apprentices are then you should find out more about IT Apprenticeships , however this is probably mostly being read...
  • Blog Post: IT Professionals and the cloud infographic

    We’ve just released the results of a study of 1,979 IT Professionals and their opinion about the cloud and I decided to take the numbers and turn them into an infographic, you can get the full report and more here but the number of organisations using IaaS (48%) jumped right out at me.
  • Blog Post: How the public cloud affects your IT Department

    No one can fail to see how much impact the ideas of cloud are having on our organisations and as IT Professionals the most direct impact we feel is on us, on those we work with, on our IT Department.  It doesn’t matter whether your “IT”, “IS”, “ICT”, “Information Management”, “IM” or whatever 2...
  • Blog Post: Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2

    One of the questions I get asked constantly is about the safety of placing your data into particular environments, so I was quite pleased when I noticed that we’d released the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 which helps you to do one of the basic tasks you’ll have to undertake...
  • Blog Post: You should connect your Active Directory to the cloud

    Sound scary?  Well it’s not, but it’s critically important in spurring cloud adoption in your organisation and therefore a set of key skills for IT Professionals.  We have a technology toolset called Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS 2.0) that uses a set of secure protocols like SSL...
  • Blog Post: Breaking: IT Pros have a future with the cloud

    Ok it might not be breaking news but it sometimes feels like it.  The cloud is here to stay and yet I know it scares some people.  It’s kinda like moving from DOS to Windows, some people back then thought that all these GUIs would make it easier for people to use PCs and they wouldn’t need...
  • Blog Post: What does Microsoft have to offer in the cloud?

    There is a simple way to answer that, Microsoft has “lots” to offer in the cloud, arguably a more complete and coherent set of products than anyone else but then I would say that I’m an employee.  From a product viewpoint there are a myriad of offerings like Windows Azure , SQL Azure , Office 365...
  • Blog Post: Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October 2013

    The best infrastructure reads of the past week, including Windows Azure Pack, Virtualization, Supported OSes on Hyper-V, The Azure NOC, PowerShell to gather pref data, Windows Azure for IT Pro, MDT for servers and failover clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2. The post Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the cloud to Windows Management Gurus

    Last night I had the opportunity to present at the Windows Management User Group an event organised by our excellent System Center MVP Cliff Hobbs.  Cliff asked me to present on “Microsoft’s cloud strategy” something that’s tricky not because it’s something we don’t have, far from it, but because...