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    Are you from the UK?  Can you get to Reading?  If so you may want to attend this event Register NOW! Abstract: This event will take you through our latest management and Virtualisation technologies. We’ll start the day with a thought provoking keynote explaining how to use System Center to...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization E-Learning Collection Available

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  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Does IT – Deploying Virtual Machines using Hyper-V

    Again another great set of materials showing how we do Virtualisation and the potential value of this technology.  Microsoft IT virtually deploys more than 80% of new servers using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. To ensure optimal performance, Microsoft IT has developed configuration best practices...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Optimizing Desktop Management with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization (Level 300)

    So with Christmas around the Corner it might be worth sitting back with a drink...... some nibbles.........and watching a darn good webcast before going to your Christmas party at work! When I was compiling my section of the Technical Rollup ( http://blogs.technet.com/trm ) I came across a really nice...
  • Blog Post: Beta SCCM R2 - Virtual Application Server

    In SCCM R2 we have the option to stream from a distribution point! At that moment you think great...... You go straight into the SCCM Management Console > Site Database > Site Code > Site Settings > Site Systems > Server > Distribution Point There you will find this lovely new tab "Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Beta 4.5 and Beta SCCM R2 - How to get a Quick Test Lab for SCCM R2

    This is not going to be a depth post... but just a post to say how to get yourself rapidly into a good place with SCCM R2. I have been asked a number of times how to gain access to or even build an SCCM R2 environment. As much fun as it is..... and it is fun! It does take a considerable amount of time...
  • Blog Post: So as we get towards the end of the month I look up

    So as we get towards the end of the month I look up and realise "zarbie you have been lazy". its been an interesting year ....... few facts I have not spent a full week in the uk :o) lots of travel I turned 7 years old!!! leap year baby and will let you figure out the maths I proposed to my long term...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machines Software Updates

    This is a great white paper! If your a SCCM and a SCVMM user and have an active library of offline images than you have just got to get started with this! Automating Software Updates for Offline Virtual Machines Using Virtual Machine Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2007 “This white paper provides...
  • Blog Post: SCCM SP1 R2 Release Candidate is out!!!

    The System Center Configuration Manager team would like to announce that the following has been released and available for download: R2 Release Candidate build 6335 Get on http://connect.microsoft.com and download it today (All the lovely App-V 4.5 RC integration is there!!! HTTP streaming come on!!...
  • Blog Post: SCCM with SoftGrid 4.5

    I am currently getting ready for a well deserved holiday (actually that statement varies from person to person!!) and handing the reigns over to Andrew Bennett to keep blogging on my fortnight away. However before this I really wanted to get some information up that excited me around the integration...
  • Blog Post: Beta 4.5 and SCCM R2 - The requested software cannot be located

    So I wrote a little bit on SCCM R2 and SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.5 integration . It was a really nice quick way to build your test lab and get you to speed! Well if you download your SCCM VM and changed the IP address to give your self access to the updates, than installed R2 you may have...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Application Management with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2

    Steve pinged me earlier today to let me know that a new white paper that he had been working on was up. The white paper was around SCCM 2007 R2 and App-V 4.5 management. The Virtual Application Management with App-V 4.5 and SCCM R2 whitepaper is now available for download from the following site: http...
  • Blog Post: Tech-Ed Keynote Highlights 'Dynamic IT' and Virtualisation

    In case you have not heard, virtualisation is big! When I mean big I mean important to both Microsoft and the IT industry.  To demonstrate this Bob Muglia keynoted at Tech-Ed 2008.  Where our very own report Mr Zarb is currently.  What did he talk about? well the inside story is here. ...
  • Blog Post: How to deploy SoftGrid MSI's under Limited User context

    This was a nice little post that Ment van der Plas wrote. Its funny cos it helped in a discussion that I was having Matheesha who works in another team but does a similar job! The discussion was around delegating permissions to allow application installations virtualized and non-virtualizaed. ---...
  • Blog Post: UK Architect Insight Conference 2008

    All, so I know I am late with this post.  However I was speaking at the Insight Conference this year on you have guessed it "Virtualization"  More of a briefing on the Microsoft Strategy for Virtualization.  From Data center to desktop, and of course a focus on application Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: IT Management Community Hub is Live on TechNet

    The new Microsoft TechNet IT Management Community Hub is ready for you to participate. Connect, find resources, and get the information you need. Check out webcasts and podcasts from industry leaders, blogs by subject matter experts, community forums and more. And that’s just the beginning.
  • Blog Post: TechNet Presents: MCS Talks Enterprise Architecture Session 10 – Application Virtualisation

    I feel like I am talking about all sorts of great events these days. And today is no different…. A few months ago I was asked to assist MCS in some Architecture Sessions. Mark Aslett and Adam Shepherd called on a number of the team. Adam Shepherd and I will be delivering the MCS Talks Enterprise Architecture...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Futures and the MSI Utility

    There was a healthy discussion on the techcentre around the MSI utility http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2179187&SiteID=17 which Chad helped by answering a few valid questions and points around the next release of SoftGrid. With aspects such as the Lightweight Streaming...