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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...
14 Apr 2014
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...
14 Mar 2014
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...
26 Feb 2014
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...
20 Jan 2014
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...
24 Jul 2013
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 .
20 May 2011
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
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...
29 Oct 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
29 Aug 2012
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...
5 Apr 2011
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...
18 Jul 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
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...
31 Dec 2010
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
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
Case study - fire service solves bandwidth limitations at nine area headquarters with virtualisation
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service in Scotland needed to reduce operating costs and reinforce its green credentials by virtualising servers. Bandwidth limitations at nine remote sites had reduced the potential for centralising support services. Using Hyper-V virtualisation technology, the fire service...
9 Jun 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
Interesting report into Hyper-V
I’ve just got done reading an interesting tear down of Hyper-V by ESG group that compares Hyper-V to physical hardware and goes into very tiny detail about performance and characteristics. It’s worth a read and worth forcing your CIO to read if he’s interested in saving some money – to make it...
9 Mar 2011
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