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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: A Technical Christmas Carol

    By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . Eddie Scrooge doesn't like spending money. He has a successful business, but likes to hoard his cash. He doesn't understand why he would need to spend money on the technology he's had for many years which is doing just fine...
  • Blog Post: Competition: 12 Days of Geekmas– Day 11 More great prizes!

    Only a day until the really big competition day… things are hotting up fast and we’re getting really festive but geek style!!! Do you have a video camera, camera phone or camera to the ready… you’re going to need it today!   Terms & Conditions for the 12 Days of Christmas Competition With either...
  • Blog Post: Power Tip–Use launch PowerShell from File Explorer in one second

    You know how you often need to launch PowerShell from the current location you’re looking at in File Explorer on Windows 8? Well there are a couple of quick ways to do it, you can select File > Open Windows PowerShell then that’s pretty quick but a simpler trick is to hi ALT + D to jump to the address...
  • 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: IT Camps: Windows 8 Dates Released!

    Many of you who have attended our Windows Server 2012 events have also been asking if and when we are going to run the Windows 8 Camps… Well here’s the info you’ve been waiting for: The UK IT Pro Team are back on the road delivering IT Camps to venues up and down the UK and we’re are pleased to announce...
  • Blog Post: Seen the new Windows 8 blog?

    The brand new Building Windows 8 blog , launched yesterday, is the place to keep up with the latest news about Windows 8 engineering and, importantly, give your feedback to the Windows team. Suggestions for blog posts are welcome, as are your thoughts and comments as specifics and features are discussed ...
  • Blog Post: After Hours - Canon EOS talking to a Surface Pro over wifi

    Please note This an after hours post, specifically about connecting a Canon EOS 6D to windows 8/8.1.  I have written it for two reasons -  so I can remember how to do it and because this you might need to do something like this for a camera enthusiast that you know who isn’t a networking guy...
  • Blog Post: In the Hot Seat: Stephen Rose

    Who is Stephen Rose? Stephen Rose is the Sr Product Manager for the Windows Commercial team at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Before joining Microsoft, Stephen spent 15 years running his own IT consulting company.  In his current role, he manages the Window technical content on the Springboard...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012? Windows Azure? Windows 8? System Center 2012?

    Tech.Days Online is back! We are extremely proud to announce that Tech.Days online is back!!! An unmissable virtual online experience jam-packed with exciting topics including Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Azure and Systems Center 2012. Following on from this we’ll have discussions on the...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions–006: Sideloading on Windows RT with Windows Intune

    So far in this series we’ve looked at Sideloading and deeplinking apps using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune linked together. In this and the next few videos we’ll take a look at using Windows Intune only, in isolation from Configuration Manager. This will be the preferred...
  • Blog Post: Event: Microsoft Windows 8 & Bing Maps Conference

    Microsoft Bing Maps would like to invite you and your customers to our Windows Store Aps (including Windows 8) & mapping event.  Supporting this event will be experts in their field such as Microsoft specialists and evangelists and business partner speakers who will be presenting the market...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Online 2012 Session Video’s Now Available

    Here are the session video’s for each of the sessions from TechDays Online 2012. Day 1 Session 1 - Introduction to Windows Server 2012 We start by taking a look into the Next Generation File Server that is built into Windows Server 2012. We have lots of features powered by SMB3 which we will also take...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Dev Camps

    The last time I tried to write a program was when I was at university using a program called Delphi.  I knew back then that I wasn’t going to set the world on fire with my jqueries and there was nothing rapid about my application development.   My peers in our software development team...
  • Blog Post: More Dates for Windows 8 Camps Released!

    We have just released information about even more Windows 8, Windows Phone, UX and Windows Azure camps for the period until the end of September! To avoid disappointment register for a camp near you now !  Here’s what to expect with each of the different types of camps. Microsoft Windows 8 DevCamp...
  • Blog Post: May the Force be with you Spock! Free Rental of Star Trek (2009)

    Do you like Sci Fi? Do you own a Windows 8 device? If the answers are both yes then read on....... My colleagues in the Home & Entertainment Division have just made me aware of a free rental: Xbox Video are giving away a free rental of Star Trek (2009) for all UK & Ireland Windows...
  • Blog Post: Event: Join us on launch day for our Windows 8 IT Camp

    Join the Microsoft TechNet team for our first ever session about Windows 8. Learn hands-on alongside our expert evangelists as they introduce Windows 8 for the Enterprise. We’ll introduce the changes that Microsoft have made beyond the Modern UI that will help Enterprise companies. From the new Windows...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions–001: Deploying a Windows Store App with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

    This is the first in a new series of videos I’m working on that show how deployment works for modern apps , Windows Store apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows RT apps or Appx packages – whatever you like to call them. There are a few ways that you can deploy these types of apps to Windows 8 and Windows RT devices...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – What are the licensing implications?

    For those of you who were lucky enough to join is in sunny Southampton for the Windows 8 IT Pro camp last week, you would have had the opportunity to speak to our licensing guru Vicky Lea. The main focus was on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and what are the licensing implications. PCs in organisations...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions-009: Deeplinking a Windows Store app on Windows RT from Windows Intune

    In this deployment sessions video I take a look at the Deeplinking process using Windows Intune to install an app on Windows RT . The deeplinking process essentially lets you place apps from the Windows Store in your own company store, or Company Portal – essentially letting you curate the best Windows...
  • Blog Post: Become an IT transformer: Create a battle plan

    By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . In a busy IT department it can be difficult to think about long-term planning. But there are (rare!) times when you've successfully fought all the fires you need to that day and you’ve freed some time to strategically plan; to really think...
  • Blog Post: Competition: 12 Days of Geekmas – Day 6

    This time next week you’ll be celebrating and off on your festive holidays! There are only 7 days left in the competition season and things are starting to warm up nicely!   Competition To enter today’s competition you need to let us know what your favourite Windows 8 app is and why? Let us know...
  • Blog Post: How does Windows 8 licensing work at home?

    The sun is shining as I sit at home and write this blog entry, and it is giving me cause to think! When it comes to the licensing of Windows 8 we need to think about the flexibility of how we can deliver Windows 8 to a client device and the opportunities it gives us as users to work in different locations...
  • Blog Post: Competition: 12 Days of Geekmas – Day 7

    A week into the 12 Days of Geekmas and we have already given away loads of great prizes! Today is no different!   Competition To enter today’s competition you need share your top tips relating to Windows Server 2012 in the comments on this competition page along with your email address so that...
  • Blog Post: Enable and Activate TPM for BitLocker Pre-Provisioning in WinPE

    I have to say this one caught me out. I’m just setting up a task sequence to deploy Windows 8 and pre- provision BitLocker (which is wicked fast by the way!) and got caught with enabling and activating the TPM from WinPE .  The solution I came up with works for me, on a Samsung Series 7 Slate but...