Windows Server 2012 Editions

Windows Server 2012 comes in four editions Windows Server 2012 Datacenter and Standard are technically identical – there is absolutely no difference between them with regard technical capabilities. The only difference is the virtualisation rights included with the license (two VMs for Standard and as many as you like for Datacenter).  So if you’re virtualising…

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FREE Online Training for IT Professionals

Microsoft Jump Start Series: Virtualisation, Hyper-V & Intune. These events run from 8:00am – 5:00pm PST (16:00 – 01:00 GMT). January 24, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm PST Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey This is the first of a three course series and is designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization…


Hyper-V Comparison – Windows Server 2008 R2 vs Windows Server 2012

Feature by feature comparisons of Hyper-V in both Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 I just went looking for a decent comparison of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.  I obviously found this excellent document on download.microsoft.com – but couldn’t find these high-level bullets anywhere. Hence this post: Processor and Memory…


Why I Love Microsoft Publisher – Guest post by Paul Boland

I have truly fallen in love with Microsoft Publisher.  It allows my creativity to flow freely from my mind to the screen to print   The Microsoft Office suite offers up a powerhouse of tools to users in all fields.  Word is there for the casual letter writer or the professional novelist.  Excel can track,…

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Sad day for Irish Technical Community

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of David Houston. Dave was the first person I made contact with in Dublin when I made the decision to move over from Canada. We had a link in our support of SBS and that lead to a mutual respect. I ran…

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Windows Upgrade Offer – Windows 8 Pro for €14.99

Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for € 14.99. The Windows Upgrade Offer went live on Saturday 2nd June. Here’s how it works: Purchase a Windows 7 PC Register for the Windows Upgrade Offer on www.windowsupgradeoffer.com and receive a registration confirmation email Upon the release of Windows 8 (GA), customers will…

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Win an Xbox 360 Elite: Fill in a survey and enter to win an Xbox

Win an Xbox 360 Elite. We, the TechNet team in Ireland would like to know how they’re doing and what we should be doing differently.  Please, answer our online survey and be put in a draw to win an Xbox 360 Elite!   Only one catch – you must live in Ireland (North or South)….


Virtualisation Licensing; VMware vs. Microsoft (Apples vs. Oranges)

If you’re a big fan of VMware, I apologise (but this really has to be shared – you’d be a fool not to look into these price comparisons).   Microsoft’s Private Cloud Licensing   unlimited Windows unlimited VM  unlimited System Center 2012 Datacenter Edition which includes Operations Manager Configuration Manager Data Protection Manager Service Manager…

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Application Virtualisation (App-V) – Guest Post by Rory Monaghan

Five short videos explaining and demonstrating Microsoft’s App-V Rory Monaghan is a Galwegian who has been working in application virtualization and the desktop space for over 5 years. He has put together this series of short video tutorials guiding you through what it is and how to set it up through to troubleshooting it when…

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