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  • Blog Post: Careers Advice for the IT Professional

    I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans. A good example is something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about...
  • Blog Post: Enable and Activate TPM for BitLocker Pre-Provisioning in WinPE

    I have to say this one caught me out. I’m just setting up a task sequence to deploy Windows 8 and pre- provision BitLocker (which is wicked fast by the way!) and got caught with enabling and activating the TPM from WinPE .  The solution I came up with works for me, on a Samsung Series 7 Slate but...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions-002: Sideloading Windows 8 app with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

    In this Deployment Sessions video I take you through deploying a line of business app using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to “side load” a Windows Store app. The app is in the form of an appx package, something that an ISV might give to a customer for them to deploy internally. The Deployment...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions - 004: Deeplinking Windows Store Apps on Windows RT from System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune

    In this video I explain the process of making a Windows Store app available to Windows Intune clients using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to publish the apps through the Windows Intune company portal. This process is known as deeplinking and allows an enterprise to publish apps from the...
  • 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: How many times a day do you use Windows?

    Using Windows is something that most of us do every day, but you probably don’t realise just how much.  A friend sent me this internal video that shows a “day in the life” of an average chap and just how many times he comes across a Windows device ...read more
  • Blog Post: My new book: Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple

    Just realised I hadn’t yet posted about my new book, Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple , is out.  It’s perfect for getting to know Windows 8 on a Tablet, a great gift for Christmas for you mum, sister, husband, wife or dog.  If you review the book ping me an email and I’ll send you a...
  • Blog Post: Error Code1 in Windows Update & 0x80004005 in ccmsetup.log

    Today I’ve been playing with my System Center Configuration Manager SP1 lab and came across a very painful little bug.  A little searching and I came across this thread on the TechNet forums .  Essentially the problem I suddenly started having today, after it was working fine last week, was...
  • Blog Post: Announcing System Center SP1, our UK MVPs

    Last night we announced general availability of System Center 2012 SP1, it’s great, expansive product that is absolutely key to delivering your Private Cloud, Managing your Public cloud and managing the consumerisaiton of IT. You can get the trail VHDs at the bottom of this post or download the installers...
  • Blog Post: Decks to download from UK TechDays Online

    Last week Andrew and I presented a number of sessions at TechDays Online in the UK and we received numerous requests during the day to publish the decks so that people can peruse them at their leisure.  Well those decks are now here available for you to click through and download if you so wish...
  • Blog Post: Power Tip–Use launch PowerShell from File Explorer in one second

    You know how you often need to launch PowerShell from the current location you’re looking at in File Explorer on Windows 8? Well there are a couple of quick ways to do it, you can select File > Open Windows PowerShell then that’s pretty quick but a simpler trick is to hi ALT + D to jump to the address...
  • Blog Post: Ten Top New Years Resolutions for IT Professionals

    At this time of year it’s traditional for everyone to start planning for next year but what are the most important things for an IT Professional to do in the coming year?  Next year is going to be the year when we start to see widespread cloud (both public and private) adoption now that some of...
  • Blog Post: Why Windows 8 is Great for Business–Technically Speaking

    Windows 8 has enhanced security with BitLocker , AppLocker , Windows Store apps, Secure Boot , Measured Boot and much more. It also offers superior seamless, fast and fluid experience for remote or VDI sessions with inbuilt support for technology like mobile broadband in ways you probably hadn’t considered...
  • Blog Post: iOS in the Enterprise

    Active Directory is the source of identity in the enterprise and iOS devices should be identified in and by AD in order to provide access to resources, in this article published on WServer News I explain the process of supporting iOS devices in your AD DS with Windows Server 2012 R2 and the Device Registration...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions–001: Deploying a Windows Store App with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

    This is the first in a new series of videos I’m working on that show how deployment works for modern apps , Windows Store apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows RT apps or Appx packages – whatever you like to call them. There are a few ways that you can deploy these types of apps to Windows 8 and Windows RT devices...