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  • Blog Post: IT Camp - Extend your Data Centre with Azure

    I have been on a journey over the last year that some of you may already be embarked on and that is to transition my skills to use cloud services and specifically Azure. For me it’s like going to America, the language is similar, the culture less so and everything over seems to be much bigger such...
  • Blog Post: IT Camps–What are they good for.

    One of the most rewarding yet most difficult part of my job over the last three years has been involved with designing and delivering something called an IT camp. So I thought it might be useful to explain what they are in case an invite lands in your mailbox. What IT Camps are: Technical. it’s designed...
  • Blog Post: How can an IT Pro make a tangible business impact?

    The following post was contributed by Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Business and IT are inextricably linked, there is no denying the fact and if that’s the case then the IT Professional has a big part to play in the success of the business. I am employed...
  • Blog Post: How to convince management training is key... not just for you, but for the business!

    The following post is contributed by Peter Egerton , System Center Consultant at Inframon and WMUG Community Leader. Training – “The action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behaviour” To put this into the context of IT, I think most organisations can disregard...
  • Blog Post: Apprentice v Graduate – Who’s right for your business?

    The following post was contributed by Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Background When I looked at writing this article I garnered some opinions from a lot of different people; educationalists, IT professionals and also the directors of my current company. The surprising...
  • Blog Post: IT Pros Unplugged: Head of IT at a Premiership Football Club

    When we think of our 'dream job', then it’s all about finding something we're good at, we get paid to do and of course we love doing. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Matthew Reynolds, Head of IT at Southampton Football Club, we asked him a few questions on what he does...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2012R2 Templates cubed

    Up until now in my Lab Ops series I have been using bits of PowerShell to create VM’s in a known state, however this requires a certain amount of editing and I would have to write a lot more code to automate it and properly log what is going on. Plus I would probably want a database to store variables...
  • Blog Post: System Center: Use the right tool for the right job

    This post isn’t really about Lab Ops as it’s more theory than Ops, but before I dive in to the world of what you can do with System Center I wanted to stress one important concept: Use the right tool for the right job. That old saying that when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail can harm...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops– 16 System Center setup

    This post isn’t going to tell you how to install System Center screen by screen as there are some 434 of these to do a complete install and configure. That’s a lot of clicking with a lot of opportunity for mistakes and while I realise that not everyone needs to tear down and reset everything surely there...
  • Blog Post: How to find your 'Happy Place'?

    It's January it’s cold wet and windy so lets lift the mood and discuss happiness as this is a peak season for suicide and depression in the UK. My definition of happiness is taken from Robert Heinlein (the guy who wrote Starship Troopers) “Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long...
  • 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: Microsoft System Center and BMC Management Tools Integration and Interaction

    In his second guest post Greg Charman from Kelverion has a look at BMC integration. Many customers have made large investments in both Microsoft System Center and BMC Datacenter Management Tools. Historically integrating these two vendors product sets ...read more
  • Blog Post: Green IT Fatigue

    I recently got asked to do an interview on  for TechWeek Europe about green initiatives in the IT industry. However let’s be honest, computers burn a lot of power, require a lot of power to make and are made of some nasty exotic compounds and chemicals, so they aren’t going to save the planet by...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops - Stop Press Windows Server 2012R2 Evaluation edition released

    I have just got back to my blog after a few days at various events and I see the Evaluation edition of Windows Server 2012R2 has been released.  I need this for my lab ops because I am building and blowing away VMs for er… evaluations and I don’t want to have to muck about with license keys. For...
  • 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: Microsoft is all in – a guest post by Andrew Fryer

    When Steve Ballmer says “We’re all in the cloud”  this should be viewed in the same way as when  Bill Gates talked about “a PC in every home”.  I could quote statistics on the investment Microsoft is making in the cloud or show you some cool pictures of containers in one of the data centres...
  • Blog Post: How to Manage Chaos with an ITIL Framework

    I have to confess I don’t know too much about the detailed mechanics of ITIL, but I couple of months ago I got chatting to an expert, Erin Palmer from Villanova University in the US, and over the Christmas holidays he’s written up a really good post by ...read more
  • 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: Data Centre Resource Planning and System Center 2012

    Most of us like have the proper tools for the job; trying to undo Phillips screws with a penknife, using your gold card to get the ice off the windscreen or using notepad to write F# is no fun. I would argue that the proper tool for running a modern Data ...read more
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 and the private cloud

    Putting up a marketing slide that says SQL Server is a good private cloud citizen is good marketing, but what’s in the box to back the claim up? My top three would be: Windows Server core .  Patching is a major maintenance problem with lots of virtual ...read more
  • 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: Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten

    You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually  there’s a  huge amount of free tools and resource out there and I have had to restrict myself to a top ten across the server and client,  based on what Simon and I have used.  So please feel free to...
  • Blog Post: Managing a hybrid cloud with System Center 2012

    Hybrid cloud is the term applied to the increasingly common scenario where a business runs some of its services in the public cloud but retains some on premise, although it is also possible to use assets from both to provide a service as well.  For ...read more
  • Blog Post: Spruce Up your Data Centre

    The summer holidays can generally be a quiet time for some IT Pros, depending on the industry you work in, so I wondered if this would be a good time for a bit of a tidy up in the data centre.  The easy bit of that is to actually tidy up the physical environment such as cabling left lying around...
  • Blog Post: Zero degrees

    Despite the hype about out sourcing, offshoring and more recently the cloud, the IT Professional population in the UK is largely static at about 970,000. Any population of this size is made up of a wide variety of people from diverse educational backgrounds, and they don’t all have IT degrees or...