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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: IT Camps: Windows 8 Dates Released!

    Many of you who have attended our Windows Server 2012 events have also been asking if and when we are going to run the Windows 8 Camps… Well here’s the info you’ve been waiting for: The UK IT Pro Team are back on the road delivering IT Camps to venues up and down the UK and we’re are pleased to announce...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate This – NIC teaming

    In the third in this video series I wanted to show you NIC Teaming.. which is how you can provide a single network interface from multiple interface even if these are from different manufacturers. That's why in the video below I have used some Belkin USB Ethernet adapters combined with the on-board network...
  • Blog Post: The Exit Interview with Alex Guy!

    Over the last week or so we’ve been collecting questions from those of you who follow us on Twitter and Facebook for Alex.  Alex has been interning here at Microsoft on the DPE team for the last 12 months.  The video below gives some great insights into his time here and highlights some of...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Cookery class

    Cooks would rather not wash up, and the best chefs have someone else do the shopping prepare the vegetables etc. and often end up planning and managing the menus and kitchens. In our IT professional world I would rather not worry about patching, I hate doing all the repetitive boring stuff and would...
  • Blog Post: Moving to Hyper-V

    I am being asked more and more often about how to move virtual machines onto Hyper-V and so I wanted to do a definitive post on the tools and techniques to do this.  Whatever your reasons for doing this you’ll want to ensure your users have a good experience post migration and the secret to this...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops 7 – Setting up a pooled VDI collection in Windows Server 2012 R2

    In Windows Server you can create two kinds of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), personal or pooled.  A personal collection is a bit like a company car scheme where everyone chooses their own car. This means there needs to be car for everyone even if they are on leave or sick etc. and each car...
  • Blog Post: Vote for where the next IT Pro Camps are run!

    We are currently planning the next set of IT Pro Camps and are looking for your input. What cities would you like to see the camps run in.  We’ve posted the poll on our Facebook Page . Get your voice heard and vote now ! 
  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager IT Camp - An evaluation from TechED Europe 2012

    The IT Pro Team are either on holiday or at IT Camps at the moment so I’m left holding the fort. I thought I would use this as an opportunity to let you know about an event we are running on the 2 nd of July with Wally Mead from Microsoft HQ, Seattle We know that not everyone is able to attend...
  • Blog Post: Working anywhere isn’t working

    I was invited to attend the EMEA Dell Partner Direct conference in Madrid last week, specifically to represent Microsoft, alongside Vmware at a discussion about consumerisation, hosted by Dell Wyse. There has been much written about this, the decline of laptop sales as other form factors such as phones...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops 2–The Lee-Robinson Script

    In my last post I mentioned how Marcus Robinson & had adapted PowerShell scripts by Thomas Lee to build a set of VMs to run a course in a reliable and repeatable way.  With Marcus’s permission I have put that Setup Script on SkyDrive, however he has a proper day job running his gold partnership...
  • 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: Notes from IT Camp, Leeds 28th Feb

    Simon and I did our first IT camp in Leeds on Tuesday, and I would like to say thank you to those that cam along as you were the beta testers for this new kind of event.  As you can see we had a much more informal setup of groups of 8 or 9 around ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT camps

    I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps.  These camps will all be  on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release...
  • Blog Post: Events: IT Camps for the start of 2013 - Register Now

    A few of you have been asking what IT Camps still have spaces, here’s the list of Windows 8 Camps that have spaces. We don’t have any spaces on the Windows Server 2012 Camps at the moment or the Windows Azure IT Pro Camps. 12th Feb 2013 - Windows 8 IT Pro Camp - Glasgow 14th Feb 2013...
  • 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: Evaluate this - Deduplication

    Deduplication is the business of compressing data without loss and this is now built into Windows Server 2012 as a role service.  The official marketing from us states that you will save somewhere between 20-70% of the space on your file servers if you implement this. If that’s sounds interesting...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Open Registration for UK IT Camps

    Are you being asked to take a look at Hyper-V by your boss but short on time and not sure where to look? Are you unsure what features are being added with Windows Server 2012 R2? This could be the best post you've read all day then! In just a couple of weeks Andrew Fryer and I will be grabbing our favourite...
  • 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: 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: Hyper-V security

    Curiously one of the topics we hardly ever get asked about at our IT Camps is security in Hyper-V.  Perhaps it’s because you all have total confidence in our approach security, or you already have the facts to hand, but more likely is that you forgot to ask about because it’s not top of your agenda...
  • Blog Post: Installing SQL Server in a Virtual World

    I do get occasional feedback that SQL Server is hard to install, all those screens all those checkboxes etc. etc.  This is simply a reflection that there is so much in SQL Server aside form the database engine, however if you know what you want and you are doing this regularly then script it, if...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camps Dates & Locations Announced

    The UK IT Pro Team will be back on the road as of September delivering IT Camps to venues up and down the UK. After a brief break during the summer the team are back to deliver technical content in an IT Camp format. We are pleased to announce the first set of dates to coincide with the launch of...