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Guest Post: SharePoint on Low Bandwidth Connections
Several customers that we have been working recently have been wanting to use SharePoint globally, often with offices in remote parts of the world where internet bandwidth is limited. How well does SharePoint work in these scenarios? What are the options available to someone looking to deploy SharePoint...
8 May 2013
Guest Post: Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013
Introduction A thronging SharePoint 2013 site can generate a lot of new content. The improved social features in SharePoint 2013 can generate dramatic amounts of new, frequently changing content in a large organisation. When you couple this with the ubiquity of this content in SharePoint, this could...
7 May 2013
Guest Post: Analysing Twitter Data with Hadoop and Power View
By Jen Stirrup In the first part of this blog series , we looked at how social media data is a big driver for Big Data technologies such as HDInsight. However, once it is in HDInsight, how is it possible for business users to access the data using familiar tools such as Excel? Large datasets can become...
23 Apr 2013
Guest Post: The allure of Azure - IaaS goes live
By Dan Scarfe, CEO of Dot Net Solutions I remember the day clearly. It was February 25 th 2009 and I was sitting in the Platform Adoption centre in Redmond at a Software Design Review for Windows Azure . I recall us having a debate about IaaS and PaaS. Coming from a development background myself, a number...
16 Apr 2013
Guest Post: A Step by Step Guide to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with sp1
Neil Hodgkinson has provided a step by step guide to getting started with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. This is part of a 15 part series which will cover the installation, setup, configuration and usage of Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. To find the additional...
10 Apr 2013
Guest Post: System Center Configuration Manager and Intune: Building your unified device management
By Raphael Perez As mobile devices continue to proliferate, users want to use their own personal devices in a work related environment, the known Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. Having a heterogeneous environment is always a challenge for the IT departments on many organizations. With the release...
9 Apr 2013
Guest Post: How to Configure Alerts in System Center 2012
By Robert Marshall - Consultant at SMSMarshall In this article I will cover key areas of the enhancements to the Alerts feature that come with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 , primarily the ability to send emails when Alerts have been triggered for non-Endpoint Protection Alerts...
8 Apr 2013
A SQL Server DBA walks into a Parallel Universe
By Michael Sullivan, SQL Product Manager, Microsoft UK We all know some pretty bad SQL jokes (the language that is). Well I do anyway. Like, a DBA walks up to two tables in a bar and says 'may I join you'? Enough. But imagine that same DBA walking into a restaurant and finding no tables or chairs...
28 Mar 2013
Guest Post: Controlling your code is the same as controlling anything, your success is in your approach!
Simon Skinner has been a Microsoft MVP for 3 years as well as a speaker for several Microsoft shows in Europe, Singapore and the US. Training in most parts of Europe, India and Singapore Simon has proved his skills time over. Specialties: System Center, Hosted System Center, System Center Application...
13 Mar 2013
Why use System Center 2012 Operations Manager for X-Platform Monitoring
System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides the monitoring component of the System Center 2012 suite of products for cloud & data centre management, and delivers extremely flexible monitoring of the entire data centre. Operations Manager provides a level of monitoring beyond server health, and...
13 Mar 2013
Guest Post: 10 Top Tips to Make OpsMgr 2012 Rock!
Kevin Greene, (System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP), has been working in IT since 2000. He has held roles such as IT administrator, senior engineer and technical team lead and is now currently working for Ergo based in Ireland, as a Senior Consultant focusing on cloud and datacenter management...
12 Mar 2013
Guest Post: How to configure consistent and predictable applications in System Center 2012
Author Bio: Angela Cataldo is a subject matter expert and Lead Instructor for SQL Server and System Center courses at Firebrand Training . For over 10 years Angela specialized in SQL Server, delivering training and consultancy services to a number of companies throughout the UK and Europe guiding and...
12 Mar 2013
Guest Post: The Top 15 Windows 8 Apps to Boost Business Productivity
The top 15 Windows 8 apps to boost business productivity Author Bio: Marcus Austin works for Firebrand Training as a Technical Author. Marcus has over 25 years’ experience in the technology and business sector. His recent work includes constructing a mobile strategy for the Guardian Media Group, together...
22 Feb 2013
Guest Post: Orchestrator 2012 SP1
Damian Flynn, (Cloud and Datacenter MVP), has been working in IT since 1993. He has worked as an engineer and administrator for multinational’s in manufacturing and services sectors where he has dealt with large and complex IT infrastructures. With experience spanning from digital data collection networks...
11 Feb 2013
Guest Post: Power to the people – AppStores for the enterprise
By Dave Harding, product manager at 1E The consumerisation of IT has undoubtedly been one of the industry’s favourite topics in 2012. While the majority of organisations will associate the term with the explosion of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon (and the associated task of tirelessly...
6 Dec 2012
Guest Post: Consumerization and SharePoint security challenges
By Geoff Evelyn I was a guest speaker on a general SharePoint Security Webcast today, which was great fun. On the agenda was security of SharePoint relating to mobile devices. Unfortunately, the session did not manage to get into that topic, and I was so keen to talk about it. To counter, I’ve provided...
3 Dec 2012
Guest Post: System Center Operations Manager 2012 – Tuning Noise
Paul Gregory is one of QA’s principal technologists – specialising in delivering training around Microsoft Server operating systems, virtualisation and systems management. During a 29-year career within IT, Paul has helped many international organisations develop infrastructure solutions based on Microsoft...
20 Nov 2012
Guest Post: System Center Configuration Manager Application Catalogue
By Paul Gregory System Center configuration Manager introduced many new features. One of the features revolving around the new User Centric element of the product is the Application Catalogue which allows users to select software they would like to install and if required have it Approved by an Administrator...
20 Nov 2012
Guest Post: Top Tips on System Center 2012 from 1E
1E Consultants took a deep dive into System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and here are their top tips for success. Application model – ConfigMgr 2012 introduces a completely new alternative approach to software distribution – the Application Model. With the Application Model, an Application has a...
19 Nov 2012
Guest Post: Top Tips from QA - Creating business diagrams from within SQL Server without using Visio services or third party tools
Mark ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald is the principle technologist for business intelligence, covering SQL, PerformancePoint and ProClarity at QA . He is a twenty-year veteran of the IT industry, with experience that ranges from mainframes, help desk and MIS systems. Mark has experience developing business...
12 Nov 2012
Guest Post: UK Windows Server 2012 Launch in Review
This post was brought to you by Anthony Sutcliffe, an independent consultant – Anthony is an all round technologist with an active interest in security, strategy & planning, BC / DR, SharePoint (which he thinks is a massively under-utilised product), Exchange, SQL, DPM (which according to Anthony...
10 Oct 2012
Guest Post: Does online training for complex technologies work?
Hugh Simpson-Wells is the CEO Oxford Computer Group . Hugh has spent the last thirty years in the IT sector, in technical roles as well as serving at senior management and board levels within public and private companies. He originally started Oxford Computer Group (OCG) in 1983 and in 2002 restarted...
25 Sep 2012
Guest Post: Something So Strong – Completing the High Availability BI Infrastructure
Chris Testa-O'Neill is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd, a leading provider of SQL Server Managed Support and Consulting in the UK and Europe. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, sole author of the MCTS SQL Server 2008 Microsoft E-Learning courses and technical reviewer...
24 Sep 2012
Guest Post: Microsoft Word Research - Providing SharePoint Search features
Geoff is a SharePoint MVP, and likes to be known as a “Hands on” Technical Evangelist and works as a SharePoint Solutions Architect. He has published many articles, guides and books about SharePoint. With over 25 years of experience in information systems, he is a Fellow of the Institute of the Analysts...
15 Aug 2012
Guest Post: Windows Azure SQL Databases In Action
Gareth Hewitt is the Product Director for WhiteSky Studio , a configurable Platform as a Service that allows business users to rapidly and easily create their own applications. Gareth founded WhiteSky Studio in June 2011 and is now focused on growing the product through allowing partners to create, market...
1 Aug 2012
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