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  • Blog Post: Windows Server Technical Preview – My Favourite Features – Part 1

    Microsoft released the first Technical Preview of Windows 10 to much acclaim back in October. There have been three releases so far and we currently sit on the ‘last release of the Calendar year’ – Build 9879. The Technical Preview is intended primarily for the enterprise to evaluate...
  • 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: Migrating 2008 R2 Hyper-V VMs to 2012

    The following article is contributed by Andrew Hancock. He is the Managing Director of Cyrus Computer Consultants Ltd , and is a Virtualisation Consultant and Virtualisation Specialist for the Department of Computer Science at The University of Hull . In this article we will show you How To : Migrate...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Adoption from an Enterprise Architect’s Point of View

    Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server professional services company, and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master. His role is to guide and lead organisations through data platform transformation and cloud adoption programmes. In an ideal world, IT leadership...
  • Blog Post: Right time, right place; breaking down the migration barriers

    The following post is from Ian Masters of Vision solutions I work for one of Microsoft's go to market partners for migrating customers to Hyper-V and Azure. I want to tell the story of how that came about, what problem we solved and how it all worked. Let's start at the beginning. I was fortunate...
  • Blog Post: Become an MVA Hero

    Sign up to MVA Hero today and get your free hero costume (t-shirt) and earn some great prizes! I am still surprised at how many IT Professionals and developers haven’t made use of the Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn about Microsoft technologies and stay up do date as new versions are released...
  • 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: Why upgrading your skillset and software improves business productivity.

    By Steve Smith, Owner of Combined Knowledge and SharePoint MVP since 2006 Hi everyone, I'm Steve Smith, I have been working with Microsoft Technology since the early 90’s, I specialize in Infrastructure. Over the last 12 years I’ve been working a lot with the various SharePoint products...
  • Blog Post: What I wish I’d known in 2013, is how much improved Hyper-V would be!

    The winning story from our coveted Geekmas day one competition, David has shed some light on what he wished he’d known leading into this year and as a result has bagged himself loads of TechNet goodies inc. an MSDN subscription. His story focuses on the age old server virtualisation battle, see...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Management of Open Source Software in System Center Using Standards

    This post is a part of the nine-part “ What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2 ” series that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog. Today’s blog post covers standards-based management of open source software with System Center and how it applies...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes CentOS Linux onto virtualised Windows

    Microsoft is supporting free Linux CentOS on Windows Server via Hyper-V and offering technical support for service providers. Read the full article over on The Register .  
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online is Back! 24th/25th/26th April

    New years resolution: must blog more! It's only taken me to the end of January to start my resolution but I'm going to try one blog article per month. We're bringing back Tech.Days Online on the 24th/25th & 26th of April. This time with more days and more topics. Simon and Andrew will be back...
  • Blog Post: PDC10 for the IT Professional – the view from #ukpdc10

    Thanks to Simon May for writing this post and being as bouncy as ever the morning after UKPDC10, when the rest of us are just about managing to operate at all. You can also read this post on Simon’s blog . I love it when we put on a good show, geeks, streams, quizzes, phones and most importantly TECH...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation and the small business

    At this time of year our team is heavily into planning meetings. One debate I got into in one of these sessions was the importance of virtualisation to smaller businesses. The general reaction was that this is a technology more relevant to large organisations with large data centres or to hosters and...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Managing Hyper-V with PowerShell Version 3

    Thomas Lee is a UK IT Pro, with over 40 year’s experience in the IT field. He’s presently a PowerShell MCP and is very busy doing writing, consulting and training around some of the key Microsoft technologies including PowerShell, Lync and Windows Server/client. In his spare time, he lives in a small...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper: Why Hyper-V…

    With Hyper-V, it is now easier than ever for organisations to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualisation, and make the optimum use of server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines that are running on a single physical machine.   Use...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days Online - 24th April - 26th April - Speaker Announcements Part 1

    With just over a week until Tech Days Online , we thought it was about time we started to let you know who was going to be presenting. When the team sat down to pull the agenda together, we wanted an agenda that had Microsoft technical experts as well as technical experts with more of a "real-world...
  • 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: Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th

    Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp . The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged. The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background. The first of...
  • Blog Post: A database is only as good as the operating system it runs on

    Simon and the rest of my division regularly rag me about how I go on about databases all the time so when Sarah asked me for a post on virtualisation I decided to ignore her and talk about SQL Server instead! Databases are one of the last things to be virtualised especially the larger ones and this is...
  • 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: Microsoft Server Virtualisation

    By Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Overview All businesses are constantly looking at ways to save more or become more efficient and one of the largest drains on funds is normally the IT department, a necessary evil really in most businesses eyes. Without...
  • 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...
  • 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...