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  • Blog Post: Why the new Microsoft Azure Specialist certifications are career changers

    Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training , a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. Having been part of a team that has launched...
  • Blog Post: Future Decoded – 12th November – Enterprise Mobility

    If you are at all interested in Enterprise Mobility then Wednesday 12th November at Excel in London is the place to be. This FREE event has lots going for it. Enterprise mobility is not all that is on offer. The morning is dedicated to some big-hitting keynote speakers. Including Professor Brian Cox...
  • Blog Post: Is the cloud the right tool for your business & how do you know?

    Alan Richards has been working in IT for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. He has led teams that have been among the first to roll out Windows, Exchange and SharePoint. Alan is currently Senior Consultant with Foundation SP, a SharePoint services and delivery company...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud and our Business

    Colin Chaplin is a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure. Tailspin Toys is a fictional medium enterprise. It has outsourced its IT function, completed a Windows 7 migration, virtualised its server estate and migrated to Exchange 2010...
  • Blog Post: What to Ask Cloud Providers Before Picking One

    Rick Delgado feels blessed to have had a successful career in the tech industry and has recently taken a step back to pursue his passion of writing. He's started doing freelance writing where he occasionally works with tech companies like Dell Computers . He enjoys writing about new technologies...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp Part 2 – More RemoteAppyness from Azure

    Having published a post on Azure RemoteApp recently, I have been absolutely inundated with requests (well three people have asked me) for information on how to use Azure RemoteApp with an application that is not published by default and that I DON’T want to run on my own premises. So here...
  • Blog Post: Bumph or brilliance? Finding the place for Cloud in your business

    It comes as news to nobody that the IT industry is rocketing through a massive transformation, with every Marketing Exec and his dog bouncing around phrases like ‘Cloud Computing’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘Internet of Things’ as if they’re going out of fashion. However...
  • Blog Post: MCSE Update – Beware the path you choose to tread.

    Despite my crossing the professional tracks from Full time MCT to Microsoft Full Time Employee as an evangelist, I am still keen to engage with anyone on a certification journey or those still teaching and training our hard-working IT pro community. As such I feel the need to react to the announcement...
  • Blog Post: Just how important is ‘The Cloud’ in a world of connected devices?

    The importance of ‘The Cloud’ in a world of connected devices. It doesn’t really matter if you are a consumer or an enterprise user. The number of devices you are likely to be using has increased from 0 or 1 to around 4 or 5 already. This is likely to increase as we consider the...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp – Why it is such a killer solution?

    So imagine you are the CTO / CIO of a business (any size, it doesn’t matter from 10 people to 10,000) your clever team of developers have just implemented a top-notch line of business application (LOB) using the latest tools, on the Windows platform. The application becomes the de-facto tool for...
  • Blog Post: How to keep company data secure, in a ‘mobile first, cloud first’ environment

    It’s a Brave new world, a mobile first, cloud first world of technology. In that world there are many new ways of consuming data, on many new devices. Data security is of paramount importance to any user, IT Pro, Small Business or Enterprise, it is a universal requirement of making that data available...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Data Science – TechNet Catch up with Quentin Clark

    Surveillance systems, campaign trackers, sales tools, supply chain monitoring, manufacturing lines, it’s hard to think of an area of a modern business isn’t churning out reams of data. This abundance of information presents companies with one of their biggest challenges, and opportunities...
  • 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 August and beyond. Which event are you going to? Let us know via @TechNetUK. Featured Event MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow. In early September 2014, MVPs and Community Leaders will be sharing their expertise to...
  • 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...