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  • Blog Post: The Cloud and our Business

    Colin Chaplin is a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure. Tailspin Toys is a fictional medium enterprise. It has outsourced its IT function, completed a Windows 7 migration, virtualised its server estate and migrated to Exchange 2010...
  • Blog Post: 2012 to 2014: Rise of the Bootkits

    By Lesley Kipling, Forensic Security expert, Microsoft Global Business Support. What is a bootkit I hear you ask? Simply a bootkit is a rootkit that infects the boot process of a computer to load malicious drivers before any security software can load, and which therefore will bypass any of the operating...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows 10

    Yesterday our US colleagues announced the next version of Windows – Windows 10. In his Windows blog, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems group (OSG) talked about how Windows 10 “unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. It’ll run across...
  • Blog Post: Add a Dell Equallogic SAN to SCVMM 2012 SP1 (as a SMP Provider)

    The following article is contributed by Andrew Hancock. He is the Managing Director of Cyrus Computer Consultants Ltd , and is a Virtualisation Consultant and Virtualisation Specialist for the Department of Computer Science at The University of Hull . In this article, we will show you HOW TO: Add...
  • Blog Post: Hybrid Cloud Pizzas and Work Folders. Can you do better for a free trip to TechEd Europe in Barcelona?

    The UK IT Pro team are giving away four trips to this year's TechEd Europe - Andrew and Ed show us just how easy it is to win! Two of our favourite Technical Evangelists, Andrew Fryer and Ed Baker, have both whipped up a super-quick video showing us how they take a simple scenario and turn this...
  • Blog Post: Business Security Update: Pass The Hash Attacks!

    By Lesley Kipling, Forensic Security expert, Microsoft Global Business Support Hi, Lesley here from the customer facing Security Incident Response team at Microsoft. We wanted to take some time out to discuss the prevalent Pass-the-Hash (PtH) attacks we’re seeing and to highlight all of the...
  • Blog Post: XP End of Support: The World Reacts

    This Tuesday April 8th 2014 was a notable day in the history of Microsoft, and indeed the IT industry. It was the day that Microsoft officially ceased supporting Windows XP, first announced several years ago. As a final farewell to the trusty old OS, we take a look at its last day in tweets, including...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP End of Support Notifications

    The clock’s been ticking down to the end of Windows XP support for a couple of years now, and as the 8 th of April moves ever closer we’re continuing to focus on ensuring everyone is aware of the deadline and their options to remain secure and supported. To this end, with a month to go...
  • Blog Post: Careers Advice for the IT Professional

    I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans. A good example is something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about...
  • Blog Post: Three Windows Azure UK Events to Start 2013

    You’re back to work and ready to learn the latest new technologies in 2013.  If Windows Azure and cloud services are your thing then these 3 events that are coming up in January should definitely be added to your calendar! LIDNUG presents Scott Guthrie's 15th Open Q&A, 15th January - Online...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: WEDM in real life scenarios

    By Thomas Frahler , Acting Windows Embedded BG Lead Northern Europe This video shows how you can manage industry devices, such as POS, Digital Signage and Thin Clients with Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011.   Watch the video to find out how WEDM 2011 is used in a real life scenario. About the...
  • 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: Windows newsroom - a first look at ‘Windows 8’

    Head over to the Microsoft News Centre to find out more.
  • Blog Post: In the hot seat: Jason Zander

    Who is Jason Zander I'm the corporate vice president for the development team of Windows Azure in the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft.  I've worked on lots of products in twenty years at Microsoft with the unifying theme of building platforms and tools for developers to do great work. ...
  • Blog Post: Take advantage of the future of Windows at BUILD

    Anaheim, USA 13-16 September – BUILD BUILD is the event that shows you how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Get insight on creating touch-centric user experiences, fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more...
  • Blog Post: Some beyond-basic free tools for IT Pros

    Andrew and I often get asked questions about some of the more basic elements of the job and a question that comes up time and time again is what are the best tools to use for doing X. For me I often get asked how you start to plan a migration, to understand what’s out there in your environment...
  • Blog Post: Preserving the English Language

    Today is International Mother Language Day and surprisingly we here at Microsoft in the UK have something to celebrate! Finally we are getting our very own display language for Windows! Yes you read that right… EN-UK is coming to Windows… No more z’s in customise!!! No more funny...
  • Blog Post: 9 step optimised desktop deployment programme step 1: get the most from your desktop

    Step one of our nine step optimised desktop deployment programme gives an overview of how the optimised desktop will help your organisation implement a more streamlined, robust and flexible infrastructure. Learn how to apply technologies and best practices to your specific worker scenarios, including...
  • Blog Post: T-900 Days Until Support for Windows XP Ends

    The 20th October 2011 was another milestone as we look towards End of Support (EoS) for Windows XP. Checking my countdown gadget tells me that we’re now at only 894 days until the XP support switch is flicked to off, and no support means Windows XP becomes a significant risk for your business....
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Server Virtualisation

    By Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Overview All businesses are constantly looking at ways to save more or become more efficient and one of the largest drains on funds is normally the IT department, a necessary evil really in most businesses eyes. Without...
  • Blog Post: Want to Jump Start your Windows 8 at Work Experience?

    Take advantage of free, online, fast-paced training courses designed specifically for experienced IT professionals with jobs that demand that they know how to best leverage the emerging features and technologies in Windows 8. Module 1: Tips and Tricks for IT Pros See what's new in Windows 8 for the IT...
  • Blog Post: New Features for Business in Windows 8.1

    By Mike Halsey , Microsoft MVP Microsoft's first major update to Windows 8 is now in the wild and offering more new and enhanced features than any previous update to a Windows version before it. With this update Microsoft have put a great deal of focus on business productivity, and in this article...