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  • Blog Post: F1 for help

    Join us for two days of IT Camps for the Enterprise 8-9th April @ Lotus F1 ® HQ If there is one thing I have learnt from my time at Microsoft it is that we are all different. One area where this is obvious is that we all have different approaches to learning. Some people like to read the manual...
  • 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: 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: Case Study: Zaha Hadid Architects Helps Ensure Business Continuity with Virtual Infrastructure Refresh

    This is the second of two case studies around Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. The case study focuses on virtual infrastructure and business continuity and is worth spending a little time reading if you are looking to use these technologies. BUSINESS CHALLENGE The London-based practice...
  • 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: Case Study: Isle of Man Government Cuts Operating Costs by 15% with Virtualisation

    This is the first of two Hyper-V and System Center case studies that will provide some interesting insights into ways of making the most of Microsoft Technologies. BUSINESS CHALLENGE The Isle of Man Government wanted to save money and boost services by moving its infrastructure—including...
  • Blog Post: What was talked about at TechEd Europe today?

    Hyper-V Cloud Hyper-V Cloud is IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) for your own private use, you own and manage the hardware and the software.  Furthermore we’ve announced partners who’ve produced hardware reference architectures (Fast Track) which you can buy direct from them to accelerate the process...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Council Expands Shared Services and Makes Significant Savings Through Virtualisation

    BUSINESS CHALLENGE Staffordshire County Council wanted to reduce costs through virtualisation—improving manageability and resilience by moving its infrastructure to the private cloud. It also looked to support shared services. SOLUTION Staffordshire County Council worked with Microsoft Gold Partner Risual...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 sp1

    As I type this I am working hard with Simon to prepare for our next wave of IT Camps specifically the new camps on System Center 2012 sp1.  Having just completed the five exams of MCSE Private Cloud I am now having to readjust to how much is different as a result of this service pack coming out...
  • Blog Post: Your top rated posts - free Windows 7 eBook, Hyper-V Cloud, Windows Phone

    Some posts stand the test of time and stay top of the popularity heap – here’s a small handful you might have missed over the past few months: Download the Windows 7 Power Users Guide eBook FREE! Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud: helping you deploy private and public clouds What do you know about Microsoft desktop...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Special: Free Stuff From Microsoft

    Christmas comes but once a year, which is similar to the frequency in which I blog. I thought as it’s the season of good will, I would write a blog that details some of the free stuff we have to offer. Free Training - Microsoft Virtual Academy We know budgets for training are not what they...
  • Blog Post: Event: Don’t forget the free UK Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro, 27th Sept.

      This camp is aimed at the IT Pro. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Additional Dates added for London IT Camps

    Due to the popularity of our IT Camps in London we have added 2 new dates to our schedule:   Enterprise Consumerisation of IT :  Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:30 AM The current pace of technology offers IT Professionals with a dilemma: deploying the devices that staff need to effectively do their...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days online talks ‘What is Hyper-V Cloud?’ today at 2pm

    It’s Tuesday again and that means Tech.Days online is live again at 2pm. Today’s session is What is Hyper-V Cloud? Hyper-V cloud is an alliance of Microsoft with the leading hardware vendors to provide reference architectures for creating services inside your organisation. This builds on...
  • Blog Post: “I don’t get the private cloud”, “We’re already virtual so we have a cloud”

    The title of this article is two made up quotes attributable to no one but that are common reactions I get when I talk to IT Professionals about cloud . Sometimes I think them a strange reaction from technology professionals but really they are both based around a simple misunderstanding; what a cloud...
  • Blog Post: Reach for the Cloud - System Center 2012

    For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff. Some of this is obvious - there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, and there’s even a new product in the line-up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused. Some of the cloud...
  • Blog Post: What is Hyper- V Cloud? Tech.Days online webcast now available on demand

    Our What is Hyper-V Cloud webcast took place yesterday – if you missed anything you can view the on demand content here . Coming up next on 8 March at 2pm is Practical Deployment, which will cover deploying Windows 7, Office 2010, Internet Explorer with MDT 2010 and application compatibility. Sign up...
  • Blog Post: Newsletter: Virtualise Your Way to the Cloud with Hyper-V

    The latest Flash newsletter is all about Hyper-V and virtualisation. This particular newsletter contains lots of learning opportunities from the series of IT Pro Camps that we are running through to the latest MVA courses and useful downloads and content to get you started. Our feature article is all...
  • Blog Post: Just a Minute

    I am a big Radio 4 fan and Just a Minute is one of its treasured institutions. I thought it would be fun to apply its rules to your data centre. If you aren’t familiar with the game you have a minute to talk on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation and I think these are great...
  • Blog Post: The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...