Announcing BDD 2007 Beta 1

Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) has changed the face of scaled desktop deployments, providing true end-to-end guidance and automation for all required desktop deployment procedures. The beta of BDD 2007 is now available to enable Lite Touch deployment of Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system Beta 2 desktop images. To download…


Optimise Your Core Infrastructure: Video on IT’s Showtime!

IT’s Showtime is a site that enables you to tune into Microsoft’s best events in DVD quality video format.  Check it out here. I just wanted to highlight this video as I thought you would be interested in it: Optimize Your Core Infrastructure: Manage Complexity, Achieve Agility, Protect Information and Control Access, On IT’s Showtime!…


Microsofts #1 Event in Europe for IT Professionals – In Barcelona

Register for TechEd IT Forum in Barcelona Now! …. and save €300. I wanted to get this news out early!  Previously there was TechEd during the summer (for IT professionals and developers) followed by IT Forum in Barcelona in November (tailored for IT Pros).  However, seeing as we were so happy with Barcelona as a…


UPDATE: Windows Vista Customer Preview Program

The Windows Vista Customer Preview Program will close to new orders on the evening of Friday, June 30th June.  For registered customers who have received a Product Key the download sites will remain open until Friday, July 14. This also includes all TechNet Beta Central registered users who did not yet get a Product Key…


You Could Win a Free Vista Ready Laptop: Just Complete our I.T. Security Survey!

This week you could be in with a chance to win a Windows Vista Capable tablet PC.  All you have to do is to take part in our security survey: Answer 4 simple questions online, provide your contact details and we will enter your name into a draw for the latest Toshiba M400 Tablet PC…


Dublin – Small Business Server User Group Event

The next meeting of the SBS Ireland user group on June 27th. The agenda is being finalised at present but will look at integrating SBS and ISA as well as look at firewalls and data protection from SonicWall. For more detail and registration please visit the SBS website.


Microsoft Webcasts – Live/Archived – Useful resource

Often people contact me as they might have missed an event or are looking for additional content on a particular product or technology.  Usually webcasts form an important past of my follow up with them as they really are great for drilling into things. People can attend live webcasts and ask their specific questions to the…


Rafal Lukawiecki – Identity and Access Management, Presentations

We recently had a great security event in Belfast.  Rafal Lukawiecki, the renouned international speaker presented Identity and Access Management for a hetrogenious environment to a packed house. I’m sure a lot of people who didn’t make it to the event would find the presentations of value so I’ve loaded them onto the security homepage.  You’ll find…


Fastest, easiest way to try out Microsoft products!

(WOW) I’m impressed!  I’ve tried these virtual labs before but often had to go through some config changes etc. to get them working properly.  Now that they launched this new version of these Virtual labs it has worked – first time, no messing about, no configuration changes.  And they perform fine! Next Generation of TechNet Virtual Labs…