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  • Blog Post: Lab Ops Redux setting up Hyper-V in a hurry

    I am at Manchester United as I write this and one of the delegates wanted to quickly try out Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012R2. I thought I had an all up post on that but it turns out I don’t, so Nicholas Agbaji this is just for you! You’ll need a latptop/desktop running Windows 7/Windows 2008R2 or later...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP vs Windows 8.1 - Snap!

    This video highlights the benefits associated with moving to a secure and modern operating system. Microsoft Windows 8 MVP Mike Halsey, kicks off our TechNet WindowUG video series which shows the advantages of moving to modern operating system. This month’s focus is on Snap! 'Many...
  • Blog Post: New: step by step Windows optimised desktop deployment

    Nine steps to optimised desktop deployment now live Wondering what Windows 7 and Windows Optimised Desktop can do for you?  We’ve just launched a new programme that gives you step-by-step information and all the resources you need to understand how Windows 7 and Windows Optimised Desktop can significantly...
  • 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: Coming soon: nine steps to optimising your desktop

    Wondering what Windows 7 and Windows Optimised Desktop can do for you?  We’re launching a new programme at the end of January that gives you step-by-step information and all the resources you need to understand how Windows 7 and Windows Optimised Desktop can significantly streamline your workflows...
  • Blog Post: Download Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1

    Here’s the blurb: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7 or...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC

    Hot off the TechNet press, so to speak, you can now download the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate . Here’s the blurb: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows 7 Deployment Backwards

    What was the last operating system you deployed?…I’ll bet it was Windows XP and I bet you needed a bunch of 3rd party tools and experienced tons of pain to get to the end point.   With the right (free) tools it’s really easy to deploy Windows 7 though and you can self select just how much control...
  • Blog Post: Practical Desktop Deployment Tech.Days Online webcast now available on demand

    This week’s Tech.Days online webcast covered Practical Desktop Deployment and if you missed it we have recorded it for you here. Coming up next on 15 March is Creating your own Private Cloud. This technical session will show how the new self-service portal in System Center Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Technology to Support Consumerisation: IPSec

    A technology that’s been around for quite some time is IPSec, it helps to ensure security of communications between two network devices.  With IPSec in place two devices need to establish a peer-to-peer trust before communication can take place, it’s kind of like having a secret handshake. If your...
  • Blog Post: Win a new Intel Core i3 Laptop – Just Submit your Tips!

    Those were great tips on Deployment, the board were impressed! Now the board want to know, if they deploy Windows 7, how can they manage it day-to-day? Here’s the story so far: Sam is an IT Project Manager who has purchased a large batch of Windows 7 Enterprise licenses without consulting...
  • Blog Post: Some beyond-basic free tools for IT Pros

    Andrew and I often get asked questions about some of the more basic elements of the job and a question that comes up time and time again is what are the best tools to use for doing X. For me I often get asked how you start to plan a migration, to understand what’s out there in your environment...
  • Blog Post: Register for our online conference ‘Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How’, 25 October

    Update 08/11 - You can view on demand recordings of all the sessions here . Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How Join us on 25 October for the ‘Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How?’ online conference, a one-stop guide to why Windows 7 makes sense for your organisation and how...
  • Blog Post: Listen On Demand to How and Why you Should Deploy Windows 7

    Not that long ago we held an online conference on the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’ of deploying Windows 7, featuring a brilliant ‘Real-World Migration’ slot from Paul Cooke and Tom Unwin. They gave us the low-down on how and why Plymouth City Council are deploying Windows...
  • Blog Post: 77 tips for Windows 7

    While raiding the archives of TechNet magazine I found this nice long list of 77 Windows 7 tips .  Ranging from making Windows 7 run faster to the best shortcuts, there’s bound to be something new in the list for you. If you know of any more, pop them in the comments box below.
  • Blog Post: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable - Migrating from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7

    Make time to tune into this Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable on 30 September at 5pm for a virtual, interactive roundtable discussion on migration strategies, standards, and support for organisations moving from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8. Tune in live or catch the on-demand session...
  • Blog Post: Save Sam Video Link - Win a Full HD TV & Blu-ray Goodies

    We're a week into the entry period for Sam's latest question on Windows 7 compatibility, so it's high time that we gave you the link to the video to which you need to post your response. So without further ado, here it is ! Post your video as a response to this one by Monday 17 October to get your hands...
  • Blog Post: T-900 Days Until Support for Windows XP Ends

    The 20th October 2011 was another milestone as we look towards End of Support (EoS) for Windows XP. Checking my countdown gadget tells me that we’re now at only 894 days until the XP support switch is flicked to off, and no support means Windows XP becomes a significant risk for your business....
  • Blog Post: Deployment Learning Portal offer of a free Windows 7 Resource kit finishes at the end of March – get them quick!

    The offer to get a free Windows 7 Resource Kit RRP: £54.99 expires on the 31 st March so get in quick to get your copy. This portal is designed to help you identify the strengths and gaps in your knowledge around Windows 7 deployment and provide some targeted learning to help you reach the top...
  • 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: How to Move to Windows 7 Webinar with Microsoft & The Register – Tuesday 8th March, 11am

    If you are knee deep in a Windows 7 roll out, or you're about to be, hopefully this webinar will be able to help you out. On the 8th of March at 11am, we've got a rack of UK experts talking through the implications of a Windows 7 roll out project. The host is the Register's Tim Phillips who will...
  • Blog Post: The week that was on the UK TechNet blog - 24-28 January

    That’s all for another week, folks. Here’s what the TechNet team’s been gassing about over the last five days: Microsoft Business Intelligence Seminar 2011 A Day in the Life of David Lynch, Microsoft Senior Support Engineer Win with the Windows 7 deployment learning portal Tech.Days online – live webinars...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Postal Agency Reduces Costs by 20% with Automated Deployments and Private Cloud

    Country or Region: United Kingdom Industry: Government—Postal agencies Royal Mail Group is responsible for universal mail collection and delivery in the United Kingdom. It delivers more than 62 million items to 28.8 million addresses every working day. The organization was preparing to upgrade to the...
  • Blog Post: Nine Steps to deploying an Optimised Desktop – now available as single download

    Our nine step guide providing you all the learning resources, technical guidance, and hands-on know how so you need to plan, deploy, and manage Optimised Desktop has now been made available to download all in one go. Thank you for your feedback on this and we really do appreciate any further feedback...