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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...
10 Oct 2013
Installing SQL Server in a Virtual World
I do get occasional feedback that SQL Server is hard to install, all those screens all those checkboxes etc. etc. This is simply a reflection that there is so much in SQL Server aside form the database engine, however if you know what you want and you are doing this regularly then script it, if...
29 Jul 2013
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...
30 Jan 2013
Hyper-V Snapshots in Production
It’s sometimes quite difficult to talk and think at the same time, and at our camps last week I think we may have caused some confusion around snapshots for virtual machines (VM) that are in production so I wanted to write this up from first principles so that I have somewhere to refer to in future....
22 Jun 2012
Curiously one of the topics we hardly ever get asked about at our IT Camps is security in Hyper-V. Perhaps it’s because you all have total confidence in our approach security, or you already have the facts to hand, but more likely is that you forgot to ask about because it’s not top of your agenda...
11 May 2012
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...
26 Apr 2012
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 ...
26 Mar 2012
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
7 Mar 2012
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
1 Mar 2012
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...
15 Feb 2012
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, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background. The first of...
1 Feb 2012
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
29 Nov 2011
Anti-Virus and Hyper-V, Yes or No?
The parent operating system in Hyper-V is windows server and it’s a relatively simple matter to install your standard anti-malware tools on it, but is this a good idea? You can in fact install all sorts of applications and roles in the parent/physical ...read more
9 Nov 2011
SQL Server 2012 and the private cloud
Putting up a marketing slide that says SQL Server is a good private cloud citizen is good marketing, but what’s in the box to back the claim up? My top three would be: Windows Server core . Patching is a major maintenance problem with lots of virtual ...read more
1 Nov 2011
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...
14 Sep 2011
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...
23 Aug 2011
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...
6 Jul 2011
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...
9 Jun 2011
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...
4 Mar 2011
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...
3 Mar 2011
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...
25 Feb 2011
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...
10 Feb 2011
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...
27 Oct 2010
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...
27 Oct 2010
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...
4 Aug 2010
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