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  • Blog Post: Lab Ops – Working with Azure VMs

    A couple of months ago I had a very interesting chat with Andy a Data Centre admin at CP Ltd about using PowerShell to manage Azure as Andy is partially sighted, and his team mate Lewis is blind (For more on this please read Andy’s post on the TechNet UK blog ) . I wanted to go into some of the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server certifications are changing; do you know where you stand?

    Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training , a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. The launch of SQL Server 2014 has brought...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Data Science – TechNet Catch up with Quentin Clark

    Surveillance systems, campaign trackers, sales tools, supply chain monitoring, manufacturing lines, it’s hard to think of an area of a modern business isn’t churning out reams of data. This abundance of information presents companies with one of their biggest challenges, and opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for IT Professionals

    The following post is contributed by Chris Webb a trainer and consultant specialising in Power BI and SQL Server Analysis Services . Sooner or later everyone who works in IT will need to build a report. Whether it’s for someone in the business (that guy in finance who wants to see up-to-date...
  • Blog Post: Licensing Logic: Licensing SQL Server, Everything You Need to Know!

    Part of the Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team. Just when you think Microsoft licensing is straightforward and you’ve got a pretty good grasp on it, along comes SQL Server which has historically been the exception to the licensing rules. However with SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Presentations, (IT) Pro’s and Pizza: A Career Evening in Review

    As a wise individual once said, “Don’t change yourself for the job, change the job to suit you”. This is a piece of advice that we’ve taken to heart recently, but don’t read into that, this isn’t a public resignation post. Rather, if you’ve read Andrew’s...
  • Blog Post: Careers Advice for the IT Professional

    I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans. A good example is something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about...
  • Blog Post: Update: neues Windows Azure Training verfügbar

    Hallo @all, im neuen Training Kit zu Windows Azure werden Developer- und ITPro Administratoren-Szenarien vorgestellt. Das Training Kit kann man herunterladen und installieren oder auf GitHub Windows Azure TrainingKit direkt durchschmökern. Für alle DBAs für SQL Server: mit Azure Virutal Maschines ist...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Event für Infrastructure as a Service: Dynamic Infrastructure Day

    Hallo @all, die nächste Roadshow steht in den Startlöchern . Mit dem Dynamic Infrastructure Day finden Sie heraus wo Ihre Einsatzszenarien in der Cloud sind. Erhöhen Sie Ihre Agilität und Flexibilität in IT-Systemen indem sie Dienste für immer oder nur temporär in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Big Data: Hadoop auf der Microsoft Plattform

    Hallo @all, auf der Strata Conference + Hadoop NYC 2012 hat das Microsoft Big Data Team die CTP veröffentlicht: 1. “Hadoop on Azure” trägt künftig den Namen: Windows Azure HDInsight Service 2. “Hadoop on Windows” ist als CTP/Preview verfügbar und trägt...
  • Blog Post: Install SharePoint 2013 on AzureVM–How to

    Hallo, seit 21.1.2013 gibt es eine Guideline wie man SharePoint 2013 & SQL Server in Azure VM einrichtet. In der Beschreibung geht es um die Voraussetzungen und Regel was erlaubt ist und was nicht. Die 56 Seiten sind sehr interessant für SharePoint und SQL Geeks. Ich habe mir mal die Mühe...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Microsoft BI

    PASS collided with TechEd Berlin this year so I only got to see all the Denali announcements, on the video streams. Business intelligence (BI) is once again front and centre and while there are significant improvements to scale and performance, the main effort has been to improve agility and ease of...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence for the Private Cloud part 1

    If you have looked at any of the new components of System Center 2012 you may have noticed that everyone seems to have a bunch of reports, some of them have data marts or data warehouses and some of them have analytics in the form of analysis services cubes.  Apart from the confusion over when to...
  • Blog Post: The week that was 9th - 16th April

    Last week we extended the number of IT Camps that we are running in London, we released the details of the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event and provided details of our IE Migration seminars.  That wasn’t enough for us though!  So we also gave you the value proposition for Microsoft Certification...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our new community licensing specialist....

    One of the things about Twitter that I absolutely love is that it connects you to people that you would never have had the chance to meet. A few weeks ago I out out a blog post about licensing questions, which then got posted onto Twitter...lo and behold a few hours later, someone from one of our Licensing...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Top Tips from QA - Creating business diagrams from within SQL Server without using Visio services or third party tools

    Mark ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald is the principle technologist for business intelligence, covering SQL, PerformancePoint and ProClarity at QA . He is a twenty-year veteran of the IT industry, with experience that ranges from mainframes, help desk and MIS systems. Mark has experience developing business...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is transitioning to Extended Support on 12 April 2011

    Make sure you head over to Andrew's blog to read more about what this actually means and what options are available
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Seven Worlds will collide… High Availability BI is not such a Distant Sun

    Chris Testa-O'Neill is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd, a leading provider of SQL Server Managed Support and Consulting in the UK and Europe. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, sole author of the MCTS SQL Server 2008 Microsoft E-Learning courses and technical reviewer...
  • Blog Post: Free: Guide to Licensing SQL Server 2008 R2

    Grab your copy of this free guide from Directions on Microsoft. Yes, you need to register but it’s worth it. Here’s the blurb: This 44-page report is a definitive guide to licensing SQL Server 2008 R2. Use it to get clarity about the type and quantity of SQL Server licenses your organisation needs and...
  • Blog Post: The Week that was 2nd - 9th April 2012

    Here is a quick summary of all the content that we put up last week on the TechNet UK blog!  Be warned there was a fair bit of content so hopefully this will help you find those items that are of most interest to you! TechEd Insights: Paul Iddon–TechEd Berlin 2010 Call For Speakers: European SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Less than one week until SQL Bits 8

    Get those bucket and spades at the ready: the countdown to SQL Bits 8 has officially begun! Whether you’re involved in development database admin or business intelligence – there’s only one place you want to head to next weekend and that’s sunny Brighton! With three days packed...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: How to use Contained Databases in SQL Server 2012

    Angela Cataldo works for Firebrand Training as a subject matter expert and instructor for SQL Server and System Centre. For over 10 years Angela specialized in SQL Server, delivering training and consultancy services to a number of companies throughout the UK and Europe guiding and mentoring customers...
  • Blog Post: Reach for the Cloud - System Center 2012

    For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff. Some of this is obvious - there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, and there’s even a new product in the line-up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused. Some of the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Catch up on the latest Architecture News

    Running for four years in Yorkshire, this March sees the successful Architecture Forum come south. Black Marble and Microsoft invite you to join us for an unique opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and best practices from luminaries in the field of computing with a focus on Architecture...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Common Criteria Certification

    By SQL Server Team UK In February 2013 Microsoft received the Common Criteria (CC) certificate for SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise Edition (English) x64 (Version 11.0.3000.0) at EAL4+ and compliant with U.S. Government Protection Profile for Database Management Systems, Version 1.3, 24 December 2010....