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  • Blog Post: Unlocking the value of System Center.

    I have just returned from another series of UK IT Camps, this time at our London Headquarters in Victoria. They were well attended and it was a pleasure to meet so many @TechNetUK Twitter followers as well as some old friends, MVP’s and members of the UK Microsoft Technology Community Council...
  • Blog Post: Second Shot at Microsoft Certification Exams

    Everyone needs a second chance from time to time. There's nothing worse than taking an exam and not passing, then to top it off having to pay for a resit. With Second Shot , if you don't pass your Microsoft Certification exam on the first try, you get a free retake. This great offer from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure – Learn it, Love it, Certify in it!

    Part of my role as a Technical Evangelist within Microsoft UK is to assist all and sundry to understand and engage with the whole range of Microsoft Solutions. This includes our Cloud offering – Microsoft Azure . What exactly is Azure and what can we do with this service? Well Wikipedia...
  • Blog Post: New Year’s Resolutions for an IT Pro

    I always struggle with making New Year’s resolutions for myself, so when I was asked to write this post suggesting a list of potential resolutions with which an IT Pro may wish to start 2015, I jumped at the chance. The first has to be Get Certified and if you are certified, either renew it...
  • Blog Post: UK IT Camps – Enterprise Mobility – Sign up now.

    Life during my first year at Microsoft has been almost exactly as I imagined it might be, but as I always do at Christmas I reflected on the year past and particularly this year on my first 9 months as a Microsoft Employee. Whilst doing so I remembered exactly what prompted me to sign up to this fun...
  • Blog Post: Roll up, roll up get your FREE Microsoft Azure BETA Exam code here.

    Within the last month, I have taken all three Microsoft Azure Certification Exams, two of them have been BETA tests. Read on and you can get you own code to take a FREE Azure BETA Exam (only 500 codes available – first come – first served) So, I post quite often about certification and...
  • Blog Post: What are the best IT Pro Tools for automation – and why?

    Each month here in the @TechnetUk #ITPro office there is a mad scramble (bunfight / race / polite debate) to bid for the best blog topics for the month. Each quarter has a theme, this quarter it is ‘the right tools for the job’. I was lucky enough to see the email early and our editor Charlotte...
  • Blog Post: Events: Sneak Peak at Windows 10 Enhancements and Azure Training

    Not one to miss! ... Mark Russinovich and other Azure Experts will be running an online event through the MVA in December. Do you want a sneak peek at enhancements in Windows 10? And/or do you want to get some Azure training to help you prepare for the Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Adoption planning for Lync. Learning to love your users.

    The following post was contributed by Ben Lee , a Senior Lync Consultant at Modality Systems. I'm sure you are familiar with the old Victorian adage that children should be "seen and not heard", well sometimes it can be quite easy to forget that this shouldn’t apply to IT departments...
  • Blog Post: Future Decoded – 12th November – Enterprise Mobility

    If you are at all interested in Enterprise Mobility then Wednesday 12th November at Excel in London is the place to be. This FREE event has lots going for it. Enterprise mobility is not all that is on offer. The morning is dedicated to some big-hitting keynote speakers. Including Professor Brian Cox...
  • Blog Post: Planning your Trip to TechEd Europe 2014

    Peter Bryant is a freelance IT Consultant in the UK. Peter will be making his 23 rd appearance at TechEd this year!! He has collected a lot of TechEd memorabilia over the years from hats to suntan lotion. For many TechEd attendees (many more than you might expect) this is the first time. The overwhelming...
  • Blog Post: New release to manage? Top tips on communicating, educating and activating users.

    As IT Professionals, it is all too easy to lose sight of the impact our daily job can have on the poor, unsuspecting species known as the ‘user’. It could be said that having spent the last 20 plus years entirely working in or around the IT industry, I am both long in the tooth and set in...
  • Blog Post: MCSE Update – Beware the path you choose to tread.

    Despite my crossing the professional tracks from Full time MCT to Microsoft Full Time Employee as an evangelist, I am still keen to engage with anyone on a certification journey or those still teaching and training our hard-working IT pro community. As such I feel the need to react to the announcement...
  • Blog Post: MVA Heroes on tour

    The TechNet UK IT pro team have been running a very successful competition over the summer. The aim is to promote the Microsoft Virtual Academy and drive IT Pros to its content in a structured way, with a fun approach to the competition. The MVA Heroes. It is a universal truth that IT Pros love free...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to our MVA Hero winners!

    A few months ago, the UK IT Pro team introduced the MVA Hero competition to the community to encourage all of you IT Pro's to power up your careers and get trained in the latest technology through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA offers valuable technical training available to consume...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – 70-347 Study Guide

    The Study of this exam content is causing me no end of difficulty. Because of this, I have adopted my usual policy of forcing the issue and have booked my exam for Wednesday 30th July at 1130 AM in Seattle. I will be attending the internal TechReady conference and will be sitting in on as many Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – Halfway House

    There are two certification examinations that make up the MCSA Office 365. The background, requirements and details are listed here and are partially shown in the graphic below. In short, to certify you need to pass 70-346 and 70-347 (the 70 simply identifies the retail examination, there are other...
  • Blog Post: Following up on the Self-Training Challenge – MCSA Office 365

    A week or so ago I posted about Self-Training and I thought I would put my money where my mouth is. On December 23rd last year (I remember the date clearly), I sat two Microsoft Office 365 Beta examinations. Beta examinations differ from the normal ones in their numbering and more significantly they...
  • 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: Self-Training – 101: How to get started and keep going.

    Self-training 101: How to find the time and the motivation and what is available for the IT Professional. Everybody has their own learning style, most fit into the three primary styles of Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic (tactile or learning by doing). These simply describe the way in which learning...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Does online training for complex technologies work?

    Hugh Simpson-Wells is the CEO Oxford Computer Group .  Hugh has spent the last thirty years in the IT sector, in technical roles as well as serving at senior management and board levels within public and private companies. He originally started Oxford Computer Group (OCG) in 1983 and in 2002 restarted...
  • Blog Post: Offer: Get 30% discount on Microsoft certification training – including Virtualization Admin in 1 week

    Now’s the time to get Hyper-V certified fast. Or get your hands on one of the brand new MCSA or MCSE certifications. Firebrand is offering 30% discount on all Microsoft courses. Act fast - this offer must end Friday 14 September 2012. Firebrand is an official Microsoft Gold Partner. Get...
  • 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: 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: Guest Post: Managing Office 365 with PowerShell

    By Thomas Lee – PowerShell MVP Thomas is a UK IT Pro, with over 40 years’ experience in the IT field. He’s presently a PowerShell MCP and is very busy doing writing, consulting and training around some of the key Microsoft technologies including PowerShell, Lync and Windows Server...