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  • Blog Post: Announcement: Changes to Microsoft’s certification programme

    Robert Chapman is CEO and co-founder of Firebrand Training . The fastest way to learn since 2001. Microsoft has announced a fundamental change to its certification program, heralding a ‘return’ for the MCSE, MCSA and MCSD certifications. New certifications Microsoft has introduced a set of ‘new’ certifications...
  • Blog Post: Application Platform Knowledge Hub

    Albert Einstein once remarked that you don’t need to remember everything, you just needed to remember where to look.  When it comes to learning about Microsoft products this can sometimes be harder than it ought to be and what resources there are ...read more
  • Blog Post: Exclusive official Microsoft eLearning offers

    These eLearning offers are only available until 31 December, so get in fast. To help you deploy Windows 7 and gain your MCTS certifications, C.B.Learning are offering a buy one, get one free deal on Windows 7 70-680 and 70-686 online training courses – that’s a saving of £199.99. You can also save £250...
  • Blog Post: Event: A New Era in Enterprise Data Management: Discover why the Co-operative Group chooses SQL Server for Business-Critical Applications

    On the 17th April in London you have the opportunity to hear why customers such as the Co-operative Group have chosen SQL Server as their enterprise data and business intelligence platform.  They use this platform to manage the loyalty data for their seven million members and you can find out more...
  • Blog Post: Dream of a future where children code and the future sparkles

    We’ve decided to take things a little off topic this afternoon and all in the name of education and children.  Many of you reading TechNet UK are parents and may of you may not have heard of the Microsoft initiative called DreamSpark.  Microsoft are very much into getting children and students...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for TechEd Europe! 26–29 June, Amsterdam

    TechEd is one of the biggest Microsoft conferences of the year in Europe and plays host to some of the brightest IT Professionals in the industry.  The event is abuzz with exciting technologies, announcements and the big names in Microsoft Technology.  The event is made for technology professionals...
  • Blog Post: The Week that Was 24th Sept - 1st Oct

    Last week was a week full of useful articles, hints and tips as well as insights into learning and training.  You will find content from both our MVP’s, Microsoft Training Partners and the IT Professional community. Skills Development Roadmap - Choose your path to success Interview with Paul Sanders...
  • Blog Post: So You want to be an Evangelist

    With my job title of Evangelist I often get asked about what my roles, both inside and outside of the Microsoft firewall. In the 2 weeks I have presented to the Leeds VM User Group ( www.vmug.org.uk ), done a careers chat at a Science college, produced and presented at TechDays Online nd attended SQL...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Paul Sanders - the UK’s very first Private Cloud MCSE

    Paul Sanders was the very first person in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region to pass his Private Cloud MCSE and we thought it would be good to track him down and find out a bit about how he prepared for the exams and the work environment that supported him in his learning and certification...
  • 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: TechEd Europe Sessions Live!

    The initial wave of sessions have just gone live for TechEd Europe .  Whilst this isn’t the final list of sessions it should give some idea of who’s going to be there and what sessions are available.  Keep checking the TechEd Europe website for regular updates and additional speakers as they...
  • Blog Post: Offer: Try CloudRooms for free and learn about Office 2010 or Office 365

    CloudRooms ™ is an online classroom environment with live instructors and interactive labs, allowing you to access the learning resources via a PC. It’s modular learning method has been proved to help learners retain more information while the online delivery removes unnecessary time and expense associated...
  • 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: Guest Post: Microsoft Office Specialist – SharePoint Importance

    Sustained User Adoption is vital to ensure people using SharePoint remain productive and proactive. Pro-activity is key, since the reliance on SharePoint support will grow based – success breeds success; on solving user queries, meeting and solving business information and collaborative challenges using...
  • 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: MCSE for SQL Server

    I have to be honest I gave up getting certified before I joined Microsoft mainly because the exams didn’t keep up with the release of SQL Server specifically the Business intelligence exams. I then had the same problem as an evangelist I was working on the next release of the SQL or Windows Server. However...
  • Blog Post: Offer: Last Chance for TechEd Europe Discount Tickets! #TEE12

    The early bird discount offer for TechEd Europe tickets is close to an end.  In fact we stop the early bird offer this Saturday (31st March 2012) so if you are still trying to convince your boss or haven’t yet decided if you are going to come along then now is a good time to make that decision....
  • Blog Post: Innovation as a Strategy for Growth

    The UK government generate an innovation report every year and I thought now would be a great time to share some insights from 2010 report.  Along side the insights I’ve also put together some simple steps to help kick start your innovation strategy. Innovation drives economic growth - it has accounted...
  • Blog Post: Get Trained and Certified in SQL Server 2012

    The data explosion is happening at every level of the business: across devices, applications, and individual roles. Become certified on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and prove your knowledge and skills in designing, building, and maintaining the next wave of cloud-ready database and information solutions...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: SharePoint Training – the Whys and Wheres!

    Geoff Evelyn is a SharePoint MVP, and likes to be known as a “Hands on” Technical Evangelist and works as a SharePoint Solutions Architect. He has published many articles, guides and books about SharePoint. With over 25 years of experience in information systems, he is a Fellow of the Institute...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: How to use Fine-Grained Passwords in Windows Server 2012

    This post is brought to you by Ed Baker, Windows Server Instructor at Firebrand Training Prior to Windows Server 2008, to allow different groups of users to have different password requirements or lockout policies, the user would have to implement multiple domains or password filters. Both of which...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V Bootcamp

    This is a complimentary Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V - Virtual Exam Cram (70-659 ) designed to help experienced Microsoft Server Virtualisation professionals prepare for exam 70-659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualisation. Delivered in two days via 4 x 2.5 hour training sessions from 17th ...
  • Blog Post: Want to Jump Start your Windows 8 at Work Experience?

    Take advantage of free, online, fast-paced training courses designed specifically for experienced IT professionals with jobs that demand that they know how to best leverage the emerging features and technologies in Windows 8. Module 1: Tips and Tricks for IT Pros See what's new in Windows 8 for the IT...
  • Blog Post: How To: Become a “Cloud Ninja”–Skills to become a Master of the Cloud

    Become a ‘Cloud Ninja’ and help lead your IT organisation to the cloud, by obtaining Microsoft’s new flagship certification, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). These certifications recognise those IT professionals who have broad and deep skill sets across whole Microsoft solutions. The...
  • Blog Post: Exploiting Orchestrator - Tips to avoid the hidden bear traps

    Following on from my last post about getting started with System Center 2012 Orchestrator, I asked a good friend of mine Greg Charman from Kelverion , to share some of his experience.   System Center 2012 Orchestrator and its predecessor Opalis 6 ...read more