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  • Blog Post: Are you ready to migrate? Windows Server 2003 'End of Life' is coming July 14th 2015

    The following post was contributed by Steve Brennan , Microsoft Business Development Manager at QA Has it really been over a decade since Windows Server 2003 hit the market? Technology has come a long way in 10 years. Today’s servers run increased workloads for big data, mobile application hosting...
  • Blog Post: SAP to support its Enterprise Software in Microsoft Azure

    I guess it all started to come together with the public cloud and the Enterprise back in June last year when Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership . I remember a few months later being at IPEXPO 2013 in London and introducing myself to a guy on the Oracle stand as a “friend”. He was a bit confused...
  • 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: Become an MVA Hero

    Sign up to MVA Hero today and get your free hero costume (t-shirt) and earn some great prizes! I am still surprised at how many IT Professionals and developers haven’t made use of the Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn about Microsoft technologies and stay up do date as new versions are released...
  • Blog Post: Why you should take a closer look at MVP Cloud OS Online!

    By Claire Smyth , MVP Lead for UK and Ireland. The rapid rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services has provided an ever-increasing array of opportunities in IT: datacenter transformation, new data insights, people-centric IT and more modern business applications. To help IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: F1 for help

    Join us for two days of IT Camps for the Enterprise 8-9th April @ Lotus F1 ® HQ If there is one thing I have learnt from my time at Microsoft it is that we are all different. One area where this is obvious is that we all have different approaches to learning. Some people like to read the manual...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Event für Infrastructure as a Service: Dynamic Infrastructure Day

    Hallo @all, die nächste Roadshow steht in den Startlöchern . Mit dem Dynamic Infrastructure Day finden Sie heraus wo Ihre Einsatzszenarien in der Cloud sind. Erhöhen Sie Ihre Agilität und Flexibilität in IT-Systemen indem sie Dienste für immer oder nur temporär in...
  • Blog Post: Wer steuert die Cloud?

    Hallo @all, täglich entstehen mehr Clouddienst und jeder Cloud-Anbieter von Clouddiensten hat sein eigenes Management Portal. Warum kann man nicht alles von einer Stelle verwalten? Geht nicht, gibs nicht. Mit System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 kann man unterschiedliche Cloud’s verwalten...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT camps

    I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps.  These camps will all be  on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release...
  • Blog Post: Server 4024 part 1 – Virtualisation

    A database is only as good as the operating system it resides on. SQL Server only runs on Windows and given that Windows Server 2012 (WS2012) is a huge change from what there was in Server 2008 R2 what does this new OS mean for the DBA.  The reference to Server 4012 is because that would be WS2012...
  • Blog Post: MCSE for SQL Server

    I have to be honest I gave up getting certified before I joined Microsoft mainly because the exams didn’t keep up with the release of SQL Server specifically the Business intelligence exams. I then had the same problem as an evangelist I was working on the next release of the SQL or Windows Server. However...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate This – Multi-server management

    My favourite feature in Windows Server 2012 is it’s ability to manage and be managed.  For those of you that aren’t yet PowerShell fans, then this means Server Manager and that's the main thing I am using in this screencast..   In a small business you could get away with just using server manager...
  • Blog Post: WS2012 Designed for the cloud - real benefits for Physical Embedded Servers

    Several key goals of the WS2012 Server rewrite were to accommodate requirements of the cloud business. Datacenters which provide cloud capability are generally massive and have unique requirements which are normally a superset of those found in a smaller environment. These requirements include uptime...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 are almost here!

    The Windows team have just announced that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have both been released to Manufacturing!  The wait is almost over! Windows Server 2012 RTM For those of you interested in Windows Server 2012 get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4 . That’s when Windows...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops – part 1 Introduction

    For some people building demo setups is a part of the job,  for example Trainers pre-sales Technical roles and evangelists like me.  Everything shifts as these evolve for example a beta product comes out and we need to show new concepts that the technology introduces, for example software defined...
  • Blog Post: Useful tools for Windows Server 2012!

    Simplify Windows Server 2012 deployments with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1! MDT 2012 Update 1 is now available! This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012 Configuration...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Online 2012

    Simon and I are doing so many events that frankly our blogs are nearly dying of neglect so I am not even sure if anyone is out there reading this!   I am not apologising because it’s great to be out there meeting people at IT Camps, launch events etc. However not everyone can get to one of those...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: How to use Fine-Grained Passwords in Windows Server 2012

    This post is brought to you by Ed Baker, Windows Server Instructor at Firebrand Training Prior to Windows Server 2008, to allow different groups of users to have different password requirements or lockout policies, the user would have to implement multiple domains or password filters. Both of which...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camps Dates & Locations Announced

    The UK IT Pro Team will be back on the road as of September delivering IT Camps to venues up and down the UK. After a brief break during the summer the team are back to deliver technical content in an IT Camp format. We are pleased to announce the first set of dates to coincide with the launch of...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 RTM and GA Dates Announced

    In case you weren’t following yesterday’s Worldwide Partner Conference announcements over in Toronto yesterday here’s what was announced. Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) during the first week of August.  This will be made available to hardware partners at...
  • Blog Post: A database is only as good as the operating system it runs on

    Simon and the rest of my division regularly rag me about how I go on about databases all the time so when Sarah asked me for a post on virtualisation I decided to ignore her and talk about SQL Server instead! Databases are one of the last things to be virtualised especially the larger ones and this is...
  • Blog Post: The Week that Was 2nd - 9th July

    Having had a week at TechEd Europe it is no surprise that last week was a busy one full of exciting new content as well as the latest updates from the event. Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data TechEd Europe: A Video Diary Free E-Book: Inside Windows Server 2012 Consumerization and SharePoint Security...
  • Blog Post: More IT Camps Dates Released!

    If you haven’t yet registered for one of our IT Camps now is the time to take a look at the content and register for one that is of interest to you.  The first set of camps filled up really fast and have been full to the brim with jolly excited people!  The key discussion topic for the camps...
  • Blog Post: Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October 2013

    The best infrastructure reads of the past week, including Windows Azure Pack, Virtualization, Supported OSes on Hyper-V, The Azure NOC, PowerShell to gather pref data, Windows Azure for IT Pro, MDT for servers and failover clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2. The post Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October...