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Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten
You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually there’s a huge amount of free tools and resource out there and I have had to restrict myself to a top ten across the server and client, based on what Simon and I have used. So please feel free to...
22 May 2013
Reminder: The Best of MMS UK 2013
Just in case you missed it, The best of MMS UK event is coming up very soon, the infrastructure track is now full but there are still spaces available devices track. We recently announced the availability of new solutions to help enterprise and SMB customers manage hybrid cloud services and connected...
10 May 2013
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...
7 May 2013
Fashion Retailer Saves $1.2 Million in First Year with Expanded Virtualized Environment
British fashion designer Paul Smith has a global network of retail outlets managed by 15 IT staff members in two data centers in the United Kingdom. It wanted to expand its virtualized environment and embrace cloud computing to further increase efficiencies and contain costs. It used Windows Server 2012...
1 May 2013
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...
23 Apr 2013
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...
15 Apr 2013
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...
11 Apr 2013
Case Study: Cloud Provider Expands Business Model, Improves Services with Server Upgrade
Outsourcery To help change its business model from a traditional web hosting company to a cloud services provider, Outsourcery is taking advantage of the latest improvements in the Windows Server 2012 operating system and Hyper-V virtualization technology. No longer hampered by a four-core-per-virtual...
3 Apr 2013
Evaluate This – Hyper-V Server 2012
Hyper-V Server is a free operating system specifically designed to just run Hyper-V so basically a cut down core installation of a paid for edition of Windows Server. The cut down bit refers to the fact that only the roles and features needed to run Hyper-V are there. However Hyper-V itself is...
3 Apr 2013
Case Study: Unilever Transitions to Private Cloud, Expects to Double in Size without Increasing IT Costs
Unilever has been hugely successful in selling personal care, homecare, and food products to billions of c ustomers throughout the world—so successful that it expects to double in size in 10 years. To ensure that its IT organization could support this growth, Unilever worked with Avanade to...
26 Mar 2013
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center . , So extending this approach...
22 Mar 2013
Evaluate This–File Classification
In my last post & screen cast I showed how Dynamic Access Control (DAC) worked; the business of matching a users claims to the properties of a file (Resource Property in DAC), however the problem then becomes how do I correctly tag my files so that DAC works. You shouldn’t necessarily be doing...
19 Mar 2013
Evaluate This – Dynamic Access Control
Managing users access to the right files is a pain on any OS, the best that’s going ot happen is that no one will complain about not having access to a file while none of your sensitive company data gets into the wrong hands. In a traditional hierarchical business life was pretty easy you had a...
14 Mar 2013
Windows Server 2012 Licensing – Made Simple
With Windows Server 2012, organisations receive the capabilities they need to meet today's ever changing IT requirements through a fundamental shift toward cloud computing. The Windows Server 2012 licensing MVA course covers how to license Windows Server 2012, and will assist you in understanding which...
28 Feb 2013
Why Windows 8 is Great for Business–Technically Speaking
Windows 8 has enhanced security with BitLocker , AppLocker , Windows Store apps, Secure Boot , Measured Boot and much more. It also offers superior seamless, fast and fluid experience for remote or VDI sessions with inbuilt support for technology like mobile broadband in ways you probably hadn’t considered...
25 Feb 2013
Evaluate this - Deduplication
Deduplication is the business of compressing data without loss and this is now built into Windows Server 2012 as a role service. The official marketing from us states that you will save somewhere between 20-70% of the space on your file servers if you implement this. If that’s sounds interesting...
10 Feb 2013
Evaluate This – Storage Spaces
So far in this series I have used the new storage features of Windows Server 2012 as a place to run VMs from, but there’s more to it than that. Shared storage used to mean presenting SAN storage inside a cluster, and you relied on your SAN experts to provision the storage you needed. ...
6 Feb 2013
System Center 2012 sp1
As I type this I am working hard with Simon to prepare for our next wave of IT Camps specifically the new camps on System Center 2012 sp1. Having just completed the five exams of MCSE Private Cloud I am now having to readjust to how much is different as a result of this service pack coming out...
5 Feb 2013
Evaluate This–Remote Desktop Services
In my last post I showed how easy it is to create virtual desktops in Windows Server 2012, and while that’s now a core part of providing remote desktops to your users there is still the good old fashioned terminal services, or to give its modern name Remote Desktop Services (RDS). RDS also changes quite...
31 Jan 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
Microsoft is serious about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and the first sign of this in Windows server is when you try and add a role or feature.. If you opt for install Remote Desktop Services Installation and select Virtual Desktops as in my short screencast you can see that a lot of work has...
28 Jan 2013
Evaluate This – Hyper-V Replica
In many of the screencast in this series I have moved a VM around my demo setup, however there has only been the one copy of it whether it was on a scale-out file server, in a cluster or both. In any production environment you would want to augment this with additional disaster recovery techniques including...
20 Jan 2013
Evaluate This–Collapsed Cluster
In my last post I used two clusters; one to host a high availability (HA) file server where I stored a virtual machine and another cluster to run the virtual machine. The file server cluster was built from two virtual machines (VMs) and is commonly known as a guest cluster. However to enable HA...
16 Jan 2013
Event: The Hybrid IT Roadshow
YOUR EXCLUSIVE INVITATION TO THE MICROSOFT HYBRID IT ROADSHOW Get the latest insights and learn what's new in Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category. It delivers hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning...
15 Jan 2013
Evaluate This–High Availability Virtual Machines
Server virtualisation is all about decoupling the operating system form the hardware it’s running on, and one of the benefits of doing this is to ensure that a virtual machine (VM) can be made resilient to any underlying hardware failure. In the world of Hyper-V this is achieved by building a Windows...
13 Jan 2013
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