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    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: Microsoft Valuable Penguin

    I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first.  In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals really nervous...
  • Blog Post: 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....
  • Blog Post: FireBrand Windows Server 2012 Survey Results

    Last month Firebrand ran a survey to find out what your plans are for using Windows Server 2012 within your network environment.  Take a look at the results of this survey to see what others across the UK are identifying as key decision making factors for adoption Windows Server 2012. by FirebrandTraining...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell convert

    Back in the day I worked with this amazing guy James O’Neill (@jamesone)  who really got into PowerShell and had it doing all sorts of clever things like geo tagging his dive photos based on data form his watch and camera.  On the serious side he developed a PowerShell Configurator (which is...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate This–Storage Migration

    In some smaller organisations virtual machines (VM) often run on local storage DAS – Direct Attached Storage on the hosts whereas in bigger businesses many if not all production VMs are hosted on shared storage (e.g. a SAN) , so the virtual machine executes on a given host but the virtual hard disk and...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for the UK Windows Server 2012 Launch Event

    The details have been finalised and we are all systems go for the UK Launch of Windows Server 2012 on 25th September 2012 in London!  Join us at this exclusive Microsoft event in partnership with UK MVPs, Partners and the Windows Server User Group! You will gain a first look at the coolest new features...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate This – NIC teaming

    In the third in this video series I wanted to show you NIC Teaming.. which is how you can provide a single network interface from multiple interface even if these are from different manufacturers. That's why in the video below I have used some Belkin USB Ethernet adapters combined with the on-board network...