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  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – 70-347 Study Guide

    The Study of this exam content is causing me no end of difficulty. Because of this, I have adopted my usual policy of forcing the issue and have booked my exam for Wednesday 30th July at 1130 AM in Seattle. I will be attending the internal TechReady conference and will be sitting in on as many Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – Halfway House

    There are two certification examinations that make up the MCSA Office 365. The background, requirements and details are listed here and are partially shown in the graphic below. In short, to certify you need to pass 70-346 and 70-347 (the 70 simply identifies the retail examination, there are other...
  • Blog Post: Following up on the Self-Training Challenge – MCSA Office 365

    A week or so ago I posted about Self-Training and I thought I would put my money where my mouth is. On December 23rd last year (I remember the date clearly), I sat two Microsoft Office 365 Beta examinations. Beta examinations differ from the normal ones in their numbering and more significantly they...
  • Blog Post: IPAM – Part 3

    IPAM Part 3 focuses on the integration of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 R2 into the IPAM managed environment. What exactly does this mean? IPAM covers the entire Microsoft DHCP and DNS environment and monitors, manages and audits the deployment. Prior to Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Convert all your VMWare VMs to Hyper-V – FREE

    You could be forgiven for thinking that the 8 th April 2014 is only really going to be remembered for the End of Support for Windows XP after almost 15 years of service. Time will tell, but I would venture that a large number of Virtualisation IT Pros are still rubbing their hands with glee at the release...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Windows Server 2012R2 Tips For The Smaller Business

    If we are to believe the marketing from any of the cloud services providers, we don’t really need any in house infrastructure to run a modern business, as our e-mail, collaboration and line of business systems can all be hosted for us. However in the UK there are several challenges not least the...
  • Blog Post: Crisis averted! Lotus F1 Team moves their website to Windows Azure

    By Steve Plank , Microsoft Technical Evangelist “Although I was in an important planning meeting, I knew something was afoot when I saw my colleague, Dan Pilling’s, name pop up on my phone from an incoming call. He should have been boarding a plane to Seattle! A concerned voice from...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events.

    Microsoft official and Community tech events coming your way this July and beyond Which event are you going to? Let us know via @TechNetUK. One to watch : Be sure to check out our Official Microsoft Cloud day event w/ Mark Russinovich online. Upcoming Events 3 rd July, Birmingham: SQL Midlands UK - Featuring...
  • Blog Post: New Enhancements to Windows Intune!

    ‘It is critical that organizations think holistically about their approach to consumerization and BYOD. The new world of work is more than ever about people – enabling people to get access to their applications and their data on the devices they choose. This increases satisfaction and productivity...
  • 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: Server Market in Decline - 6 potential reasons why.

    I saw an article a few weeks ago in Information Week discussing the slow down in server purchasing. It was then going on to decry the lack of innovation, but actually this trend could be down to any of these factors: Consolidation is up – the number of VMs running on a given server is higher...
  • Blog Post: Start-up Stories: European start-up with $bn global ambitions shelves server farm in favour of the Cloud.

    What if you decided to sell off all of your servers and move to the Cloud? Sounds like a big step but that’s exactly what Cloudpage did, and they’ve not looked back since. We spoke to Ian Collins and Ekin Caglar to find out why… Their story started in 2010. Like a modern day...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Next: Välkommen till Microsofts huvudkontor 27-28 november

    Den 27-28 november bjuder vi in dig till vår hemmaplan med tvådagarskonferensen Microsoft Next . Ny teknik förändrar hur vi jobbar och utmanar våra tankesätt. Vilken roll får kontoret när vi inte längre behöver vara där? Vad kommer morgondagens...
  • Blog Post: A brief overview of the Microsoft Management Summit 2011

    Last week was probably one of the few times when I wished I was in Vegas, as it played host to a sold out Microsoft Management Summit (MMS). The easiest way to describe the many announcements made was that the entire System Center suite will be upgraded this year and the product team also announced a...
  • Blog Post: 7 Minutes with Steve Plank: Business Agility and the Cloud

    We put Steve Plank in a room full of video equipment, computers and a whiteboard. Here’s what happened… He got really into explaining cloud computing and how to keep your business agile by explaining the advantages of scale through using cloud based architectures. Anybody can achieve...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure notes & queries as at August 2011

    One of the best things about cloud services is that every few months a new version comes out and users can instantly use all its new features. One of the worst things about cloud services is that every few months a new version comes out and users are able to instantly use it and all its new features...
  • Blog Post: Register to attend "Harnessing the Power of Cloud Productivity" event, featuring Microsoft's COO, Kevin Turner on 11th March, London

    This has been a top secret event up to now, so although it is a little late notice, I am really pleased to be able to share details with you so those interested can register. The event is focussed for technical decision makers and looks into Cloud Productivity, covering both Microsoft Dynamics CRM...
  • Blog Post: Protecting your legacy data in the great migration to the cloud

    By Dana Simberkoff, Vice President, Risk Management & Compliance, AvePoint . For most organisations worldwide, it’s no longer a matter of “if” they will move to the cloud but rather “what” they will put in the cloud. Keeping everything on-premises within the...
  • Blog Post: How the Private Cloud affects your IT department

    Before I get into this post I know the term Private Cloud is a dirty word for many IT Professionals, partly because it is seen as marketing fluff and partly because each vendor seems to have their own definition. The Private Cloud definition Microsoft uses is from the National Institute of Science &...
  • Blog Post: Azure Data and Databases - When to use what

    I have been asked to do a post on Windows Azure SQL Databases (formerly known as SQL Azure), but I think it might be more useful to discuss some of the wider issues so I put together a few FAQs that I often get asked. Why use a public cloud service like Azure to store data? Probably not to save...
  • 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 . ...read more
  • Blog Post: Event: Cloud Career Day, March 12th

    As the cloud transforms IT, the need for qualified IT professionals has never been more urgent, and certification has never been more valuable. Registration is now open for Certified Career Day, an interactive LIVE event for IT professionals. Attendees will join a Live Industry Panel Broadcast comprised...
  • Blog Post: WS2012 Designed for the cloud - real benefits for Physical Embedded Servers

    Several key goals of the WS2012 Server rewrite were to accommodate requirements of the cloud business. Datacenters which provide cloud capability are generally massive and have unique requirements which are normally a superset of those found in a smaller environment. These requirements include uptime...
  • Blog Post: New whitepaper – The Economics of the Cloud

    This new Microsoft whitepaper assesses the economics of the cloud by using in-depth modelling to better understand the long-term IT landscape. That’s a long way of saying we discuss whether and also how the cloud will gain wider adoption, then talk about the necessary considerations for IT folks.  ...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 RC Announcement and Resources

    A short while ago in Satya Nadella, Microsoft Server & Tools Business president and Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division hosted a live webcast, “ Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud ,” for enterprise IT leaders. In this webcast they...