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  • Blog Post: Future Decoded – 12th November – Enterprise Mobility

    If you are at all interested in Enterprise Mobility then Wednesday 12th November at Excel in London is the place to be. This FREE event has lots going for it. Enterprise mobility is not all that is on offer. The morning is dedicated to some big-hitting keynote speakers. Including Professor Brian Cox...
  • Blog Post: Is the cloud the right tool for your business & how do you know?

    Alan Richards has been working in IT for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. He has led teams that have been among the first to roll out Windows, Exchange and SharePoint. Alan is currently Senior Consultant with Foundation SP, a SharePoint services and delivery company...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp Part 2 – More RemoteAppyness from Azure

    Having published a post on Azure RemoteApp recently, I have been absolutely inundated with requests (well three people have asked me) for information on how to use Azure RemoteApp with an application that is not published by default and that I DON’T want to run on my own premises. So here...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Adoption from an Enterprise Architect’s Point of View

    Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server professional services company, and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master. His role is to guide and lead organisations through data platform transformation and cloud adoption programmes. In an ideal world, IT leadership...
  • Blog Post: How to keep company data secure, in a ‘mobile first, cloud first’ environment

    It’s a Brave new world, a mobile first, cloud first world of technology. In that world there are many new ways of consuming data, on many new devices. Data security is of paramount importance to any user, IT Pro, Small Business or Enterprise, it is a universal requirement of making that data available...
  • Blog Post: Aligning Skills with Real World Business Benefits

    This post is contributed by Steve Smith , SharePoint MVP, owner of Combined Knowledge and Co-Founder of the UK SharePoint User Group . This article deals with the subject of ‘ Aligning skills with real world business benefits’ and why continued investment in technology skillsets is even...
  • Blog Post: IPAM – Part 3

    IPAM Part 3 focuses on the integration of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 R2 into the IPAM managed environment. What exactly does this mean? IPAM covers the entire Microsoft DHCP and DNS environment and monitors, manages and audits the deployment. Prior to Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Self-Training – 101: How to get started and keep going.

    Self-training 101: How to find the time and the motivation and what is available for the IT Professional. Everybody has their own learning style, most fit into the three primary styles of Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic (tactile or learning by doing). These simply describe the way in which learning...
  • Blog Post: IPAM – Part 2

    So, what IS new in IPAM in Windows Server 2012 R2? There is quite a long list here. One of the big additions is that IPAM now supports RBAC – Role Based Access Control, this now enables you to customise access and operations permissions for users and groups of users with granular control of IPAM...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Version 5.0 Preview

    I know, PowerShell Version 4.0 has only just landed with us as part of Windows Management Framework 4 and Windows Server 2012 R2 BUt the preview of WMF 5 and PowerShell 5.0 is here already. So a very quick run through of what is new is in order, I think. Well – since the Future IS PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Server Market in Decline - 6 potential reasons why.

    I saw an article a few weeks ago in Information Week discussing the slow down in server purchasing. It was then going on to decry the lack of innovation, but actually this trend could be down to any of these factors: Consolidation is up – the number of VMs running on a given server is higher...
  • Blog Post: Modernizing Your Datacenter with Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

    Last week there was a flurry of information and activity around TechEd North America. So many announcements and sessions , so little time. Several of the product groups posted information on what they have been working on, and we wanted to make sure and bring your attention to “ Transforming your...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Windows Server 2012–Good News & Great News

    The new product milestones are coming thick and fast, and the Windows Server team reached another one last week. In a post on the Windows Server blog, Jeffrey Snover announced the availability of the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate! That’s the good news, the great news is that there are a limited...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Challenge - The results

    WOW and when I say WOW I mean WOW! The TechNet team have been overwhelmed by the response to the TechEdChallenge ! We received nearly 500 entries to the competition and had to judge more than 40 Blog article submissions. On behalf of the team I wanted to thank each and ever person that took the...
  • Blog Post: Common Uses & Examples of Automation

    By David Allen , Microsoft System Center MVP. IT process automation is the ability to orchestrate and integrate tools, people and processes through a workflow. Automation benefits include, reduced human errors, faster response to problems and more efficient allocation of resources. By...
  • 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: 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: Announcing the Windows Server 2012 UK Technical Launch Event & Competition

    We have just got the initial details of the Windows Server 2012 technical launch event that is due to happen here in the UK. Get into your diaries and save the date! 25th September 2012!!! Trust me you NEED to be there! I’m still twisting arms to get the details of where this event will be but...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: UK Windows Server 2012 Launch in Review

    This post was brought to you by Anthony Sutcliffe, an independent consultant – Anthony is an all round technologist with an active interest in security, strategy & planning, BC / DR, SharePoint (which he thinks is a massively under-utilised product), Exchange, SQL, DPM (which according to Anthony...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Community Road show Events: London & Edinburgh

    Learn What’s Hot and New in Windows Server 2012! The Windows Server 2012 Community Road show is coming to over 20 countries—and a location near you! What’s hot and new in Windows Server 2012? Microsoft MVPs bring you all you need to know about Windows Server 2012. Sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, HP, and...
  • 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: 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: Build a Pioneering Cloud with Microsoft Hybrid Datacentre Technologies

    Fresh from The Register's Windows Azure webcast and our trip aboard the pioneering Concorde to take your Cloud questions at twice the speed of sound, we're back with more free CloudOS events and chat on the 14th November. This time around the subject matter is Microsoft hybrid datacentre technologies...