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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 Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 RTM now available

    Keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level with Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Now available through Windows Update, or the Microsoft Download Center, SP1 provides ongoing improvements to the Windows operating system including previous updates delivered over...
  • Blog Post: Virtual machine density in your data centre

    I can only run 11 server based  Virtual machines on my laptop, but all bar three of them are running SQL Server: 3 x VMs running SQL Server 2012 beta and the new AlwaysOn Cluster. Note one of these is running SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server Core ...read more
  • Blog Post: Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th

    Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp .  The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged.  The presenters ...read more
  • Blog Post: Educated desktops

    Simon and I have spent most of last week on stand duty at BETT one of the largest education events in the world. We were there to field questions from teachers and some of the hardest working IT Professionals, those supporting the IT in schools.  ...read more
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

    Ok, deep breath – long sentence coming up… This free, yes, free 400+ page ebook Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions: From the Desktop to the Datacenter, 2nd Edition is the book for IT professionals who want to learn more about the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta

    If you haven't already spied it on TechNet , take a look at the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta . Helping to keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, the SP1 Beta provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates...
  • Blog Post: Free training event - "Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals", 29-31 March

    Just one week after the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 in the US, Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day online Jump Start class specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft virtualization IT Professionals from 29 th -31 St March. The event is being run over in America so it takes...
  • Blog Post: Case Study & Videos: TechNet Readers help save £494,000 with Windows 7 Upgrade

    Regular readers of the TechNet Blog may remember that back in September Paul Cooke from Plymouth City Council won a competition we were running to come along and present alongside Andrew and Simon at the ‘ Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How ’ online conference. We were so impressed by Plymouth’s deployment...
  • Blog Post: System Center Advisor– now live

    I remember hearing about a Project Houston about a year ago, a cunning plan to allow Microsoft to check the heath of your SQL Server databases and the operating system it sits on. It is now live and it’s called System Center Advisor . It works by using ...read more
  • Blog Post: Free download – Black Book of Core Infrastructure References

    Featuring a wide range of customer references, covering Server Virtualization (Hyper-V), Datacenter Management (System Center), Identity & Security (Forefront), DirectAccess/BranchCache (Windows Server 2008 R2) and Desktop Virtualization (VDI), the Black Book of Core Infrastructure References is...
  • Blog Post: The Dynamic Duo

    Simon and I are the IT Pro Technical evangelists in the UK and although we are a dynamic duo you won’t find us wearing our underpants outside our trousers. Simon is passionate about the value of the optimised desktop while I like my optimisation in the data centre and that means windows server...
  • Blog Post: BUILD - Windows Server 8

    If you don’t know about the BUILD Conference taking place this week in Anaheim, where have you been?! There’s been a whole host of exciting things happening, including the introduction of the next release of Windows Server, codenamed Windows Server 8. Head over to the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform...
  • 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: Book of the Fortnight – Windows Internals Part 1, 6th Edition

    This week’s book of the fortnight is Windows Internals Part 1, and thanks to our friends at Microsoft Press TechNet Readers can get it with a special 40% discount ! For more information, check out the Microsoft Press Shop’s TechNet Book page , or order an electronic copy using the code ‘Technetuk’ at...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days 2011 - registration now open

    Tech.Days Live 2011 is now open for registration - ten events for IT pros and developers (and counting), two locations, one week. The main attraction will be three one-day events at the London Vue Cinema, Fulham Broadway, South West London. In addition, there will be an all day event and evening activities...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server User Group, 6th April 2011 at Microsoft's London Offices (Cardinal Place)

    The Windows Server User Group are pleased to announce that on the evening of the 6th April 2011 at Microsoft's London Offices (Cardinal Place), they will be hosting two sessions: 1) Active Directory - Rights Management Services (AD-RMS) and how it can integrate with the cloud. AD-RMS can help...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM availability

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 were released-to-manufacturing (RTM) on 9 February and will be made generally available on 22 February . Windows Server 2008 R2 will be taking advantage of this release to accelerate delivery of new features, mainly desktop virtualisation capabilities meeting...
  • Blog Post: BCDBoot–one of my new best friends

    I am getting ready for a series of interactive events next month and one of the things I wanted to show was a hyper-V cluster.  No doubt Simon and  could have blagged some kit, but we decided to use what we had lying around in the office.  ...read more
  • 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: Reach for the Cloud - System Center 2012

    For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff. Some of this is obvious - there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, and there’s even a new product in the line-up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused. Some of the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops 5 - Access Rights in PowerShell

    In my last post I had a section in my script to create access right to a share I had just created and as promised I wanted to dissect that a bit more. To recap what I wanted to do was to create a share with sufficient privileges to use that share for storing VMs as part of my VDI demo. In order to understand...
  • 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: 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...