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Whitepaper: A Guide to the Cloud Career Opportunity for IT Pro’s
Cloud computing has already started to change the way organisations think about their approach to IT. A new paradigm is emerging: one that is flexible, cost-effective and supports tactical and strategic objectives within the business. Cloud computing clears the path for innovation and agility in provision...
12 Jun 2013
Tech Ed Challenge - The results
WOW and when I say WOW I mean WOW! The TechNet team have been overwhelmed by the response to the TechEdChallenge ! We received nearly 500 entries to the competition and had to judge more than 40 Blog article submissions. On behalf of the team I wanted to thank each and ever person that took the...
5 Jun 2013
Whitepaper: Unravelling the Network with SCVMM 2012
With the launch of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Microsoft introduced to the world its solution for Software Defined Networks, enabling System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 as the management platform of choice. In this whitepaper, commissioned by Savision, Microsoft MVP Damian Flynn outlines...
4 Jun 2013
Where's Wally? He will be with WMUG - 21st of June in London
The Windows Management User Group will be hosting Wally Mead as he passes through the UK on his way to TechED Europe. In their words: The Windows Management User Group welcomes Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Product Group back to the UK for a...
28 May 2013
Reminder: The Best of MMS UK 2013
Just in case you missed it, The best of MMS UK event is coming up very soon, the infrastructure track is now full but there are still spaces available devices track. We recently announced the availability of new solutions to help enterprise and SMB customers manage hybrid cloud services and connected...
10 May 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
Fashion Retailer Saves $1.2 Million in First Year with Expanded Virtualized Environment
British fashion designer Paul Smith has a global network of retail outlets managed by 15 IT staff members in two data centers in the United Kingdom. It wanted to expand its virtualized environment and embrace cloud computing to further increase efficiencies and contain costs. It used Windows Server 2012...
1 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
Fancy a pizza? Domino’s Pizza to Switch 10,000 Store Servers to Hyper-V to Increase Reliability, Performance
Domino’s Pizza makes and delivers more than 1 million pizzas a day worldwide. Its store servers are critical to receiving orders, taking payments, scheduling staff, and every other aspect of store operation. The pizza giant plans to switch its 10,000 US store servers to the Hyper-V virtualization...
11 Apr 2013
Guest Post: A Step by Step Guide to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with sp1
Neil Hodgkinson has provided a step by step guide to getting started with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. This is part of a 15 part series which will cover the installation, setup, configuration and usage of Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. To find the additional...
10 Apr 2013
Guest Post: System Center Configuration Manager and Intune: Building your unified device management
By Raphael Perez As mobile devices continue to proliferate, users want to use their own personal devices in a work related environment, the known Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. Having a heterogeneous environment is always a challenge for the IT departments on many organizations. With the release...
9 Apr 2013
Guest Post: How to Configure Alerts in System Center 2012
By Robert Marshall - Consultant at SMSMarshall In this article I will cover key areas of the enhancements to the Alerts feature that come with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 , primarily the ability to send emails when Alerts have been triggered for non-Endpoint Protection Alerts...
8 Apr 2013
Virtual Machine Manager Community Content
Over the past couple weeks we’ve been talking Systems Center and this week we are focusing in on Virtual Machine Manager. There have been a few articles that I thought would be worth sharing more broadly on this topic. Black Marble Articles on VMM Upgrading our TFS 2012 Lab Management to use SC...
27 Mar 2013
Case Study: Unilever Transitions to Private Cloud, Expects to Double in Size without Increasing IT Costs
Unilever has been hugely successful in selling personal care, homecare, and food products to billions of c ustomers throughout the world—so successful that it expects to double in size in 10 years. To ensure that its IT organization could support this growth, Unilever worked with Avanade to...
26 Mar 2013
An Introduction to Virtualisation and Microsoft’s Offering
After my latest round of camps across the UK I noticed that a lot of you are new to System Center 2012 and given the great response to Hyper-V I thought a gentle introduction to the part of System Center that manages virtual machines (VMs), Virtual Machine Manager, (VMM) would be worth a read. Virtual...
25 Mar 2013
Guest Post: Controlling your code is the same as controlling anything, your success is in your approach!
Simon Skinner has been a Microsoft MVP for 3 years as well as a speaker for several Microsoft shows in Europe, Singapore and the US. Training in most parts of Europe, India and Singapore Simon has proved his skills time over. Specialties: System Center, Hosted System Center, System Center Application...
13 Mar 2013
Why use System Center 2012 Operations Manager for X-Platform Monitoring
System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides the monitoring component of the System Center 2012 suite of products for cloud & data centre management, and delivers extremely flexible monitoring of the entire data centre. Operations Manager provides a level of monitoring beyond server health, and...
13 Mar 2013
Guest Post: 10 Top Tips to Make OpsMgr 2012 Rock!
Kevin Greene, (System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP), has been working in IT since 2000. He has held roles such as IT administrator, senior engineer and technical team lead and is now currently working for Ergo based in Ireland, as a Senior Consultant focusing on cloud and datacenter management...
12 Mar 2013
Guest Post: How to configure consistent and predictable applications in System Center 2012
Author Bio: Angela Cataldo is a subject matter expert and Lead Instructor for SQL Server and System Center courses at Firebrand Training . 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...
12 Mar 2013
Bridge the gap between System Center and VMware environments with the new Veeam MP
If you are a System Center user you will probably want it to be at the heart of your IT, ALL of your IT. You don’t want to handle several monitoring tools, have to train your people several times… There are situations when this might not be easy, especially when it comes to your virtual environment...
11 Mar 2013
Guest Post: Orchestrator 2012 SP1
Damian Flynn, (Cloud and Datacenter MVP), has been working in IT since 1993. He has worked as an engineer and administrator for multinational’s in manufacturing and services sectors where he has dealt with large and complex IT infrastructures. With experience spanning from digital data collection networks...
11 Feb 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
Event: The Hybrid IT Roadshow
YOUR EXCLUSIVE INVITATION TO THE MICROSOFT HYBRID IT ROADSHOW Get the latest insights and learn what's new in Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category. It delivers hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning...
15 Jan 2013
Microsoft Hybrid IT UK Roadshow – Registrations Now Open!
We would like to invite you to register and attend the Microsoft Hybrid IT UK Roadshow on 29 th January, 26 th February, 5 th March and 19 th March 2013 in Reading, Manchester, London and Edinburgh respectively. Please register and attend ONE of the FOUR events next year. · 29 th January, Reading (Thames...
20 Dec 2012
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