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Free Hyper-V training, back by popular demand
You are exclusively invited to our free professional online training on Windows Server 2012 Hyper V, delivered in partnership with TheRegister.co.uk and QA Training. It’s the second training session of the series – back by popular demand. In our first event , we covered Virtual Machine Movement in Windows...
3 Jun 2013
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...
7 May 2013
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...
15 Apr 2013
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...
5 Feb 2013
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...
30 Jan 2013
TechDays Online 2012 Session Video’s Now Available
Here are the session video’s for each of the sessions from TechDays Online 2012. Day 1 Session 1 - Introduction to Windows Server 2012 We start by taking a look into the Next Generation File Server that is built into Windows Server 2012. We have lots of features powered by SMB3 which we will also take...
8 Nov 2012
Guest Post: Supercharging private cloud efficiencies by Andy Hawkins
by Andy Hawkins , Product Manager at 1E Organizations are continuing to face challenges in the data center. It’s true that virtualization has succeeded in addressing power and space concerns, but at most, it has only reduced spend marginally. Indeed, many companies are finding it hard to recognize ROI...
12 Sep 2012
Case Study: Skipton Building Society U.K. Building Society Increases Business Agility with Private Cloud Solution
Skipton Building Society needed a self-service portal for development environments for its mortgage services division HML. Its IT Shared Service Centre was tasked with finding a solution that would allow HML to provision virtual machines to keep pace with its agile development requirement. By deploying...
29 Aug 2012
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...
28 Aug 2012
Guest Post: Window 8 and Hyper-V
Matthew Hughes is an Independent SharePoint Consultant and the Director or SP365 Ltd. He runs various SharePoint related websites such as sp365.co.uk and is the founder of the Office 365 UK User Group who hold their first physical meeting in London on the 4 th September 2012. He is a MCTS, MCITP, MOS...
28 Aug 2012
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...
27 Aug 2012
Guest Post: Essential Tools to assist SMB adoption of Virtualisation
Guest Post by Julie Caulfield who works for Veeam who won the 2012 Partner of the Year for Management and Virtualisation. I was lucky enough to attend Microsoft Tech-Ed this year in Amsterdam and was very impressed with the new functionality Microsoft has managed to cram into its new release of...
27 Aug 2012
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...
24 Aug 2012
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...
10 Apr 2012
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...
4 Apr 2012
Event: Free Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V Bootcamp
This is a complimentary Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V - Virtual Exam Cram (70-659 ) designed to help experienced Microsoft Server Virtualisation professionals prepare for exam 70-659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualisation. Delivered in two days via 4 x 2.5 hour training sessions from 17th ...
26 Mar 2012
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...
21 Feb 2012
Error: Hyper-v launch aborted due to auto-launch being disabled in the registry
Wow this one blindsided me this evening. I’ve just replaced the tiny 500gb drive in my main demo laptop with a shiny new 1TB one (I have a lot of VMs you know) and got hit with this error. Basically what I did to replace the drive was use ...read more
15 Feb 2012
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...
1 Feb 2012
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...
31 Jan 2012
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...
30 Jan 2012
The Definitive List of Hyper-V Tools?
I’ve been digging around on the TechNet Wiki and came across this recently updated article on Hyper-V Tools . It contains a whole host of resources, both Microsoft and Third-party, many of which are free. Take a look and let us know your thoughts! Are there any tools that you think are missing? Don’t...
6 Oct 2011
Back to Basics
Any profession has core technical skills needed to do the job, but what are they for the IT Professional? Whatever you are doing in IT there is probably an element of scripting and in the Microsoft world the universal scripting language is PowerShell. PowerShell is reminiscent of the Unix shells I...
29 Sep 2011
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...
1 Sep 2011
Free download – Black Book of Core Infrastructure References
Featuring a wide range of customer references, covering Server Virtualization (Hyper-V), Datacenter Management (System Center), Identity & Security (Forefront), DirectAccess/BranchCache (Windows Server 2008 R2) and Desktop Virtualization (VDI), the Black Book of Core Infrastructure References is...
23 Aug 2011
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