Community Night – September 2013

Over the last 12 months, I have delivered numerous events throughout South Africa, second to Windows 8 questions from the audiences, Office 365 has been one of the hottest topics discussed informally with attendees. The questions have all centred around a few key concerns that many IT Professionals have, firstly how does O365 work in…

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Community Night – March 2013

The March community night will take place on the 12th of March at the Microsoft Campus in Bryanston. It will be a 15:30 for 16:00 start, to finish at 17:30. This month we will be hosting Veeam to run through their new Backup & Replication Cloud Edition. This will consist of live demonstrations around the product,…

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MVA Series - Service Manager in System Center 2012 SP1

In this two part blog post, we will follow on from the previous post that focused on Configure & Deploy and Monitor & Operate,with some webcasts around System Center Service Manager 2012 SP1 (SCSM) and its role in enabling the delivery of IT-as-a-Service. These Microsoft Virtual Academy modules will assist you to learn how Service…

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Wave of training content following the System Center 2012 SP1 launch - MVA

If you attended any Microsoft event in 2012 that discussed System Center 2012 or Cloud, you no doubt would have seen the following graphic positioning how System Center 2012 enables the delivery of IT-as-a-Service between the Application Owner and the Data Center Administrator. The key talking points were around the provisioning of infrastructure (physical or…

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Your New Office - SkyDrive Pro: The convenience of SkyDrive, the safety of enterprise security

If you like the convenience of SkyDrive but are worried about your corporate information being stored on a consumer platform then you’re going to love SkyDrive Pro! What is SkyDrive Pro? SkyDrive Pro is your professional library—the place to keep your work documents. You can think of SkyDrive Pro as your SkyDrive for business. When…

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The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAPS) v8 Beta is out

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAPS) v8 Beta is out.  The nice thing about this release in our space it that it includes Azure.  It includes assessments on which servers (Unix and Windows) are prime candidates to move to Assure and it will also size the network and storage requirements to cost Azure better….

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You’re running out of excuses to not try Microsoft Windows Azure

This week I would again like to highlight a news article on Windows Azure in order to emphasize the momentum that is building around this solution to ensure you do not miss out on the opportunity.  The article from ZDNet entitled “You’re running out of excuses to not try Microsoft Windows Azure “ can be…

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Community Night – October 2012

The October community night will take place on the 9th of October at the Microsoft Campus in Bryanston. It will be a 15:30 for 16:00 start, to finish at 17:30. This months session will be a follow on from our August community night, where we started the discussion around the legalities of moving data to…

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Running Linux on Windows Azure

I’m quite excited at the Linux love coming from Windows Azure. It’s not only cool, but makes a whole lot of sense in this heterogeneous world we live in: It makes sense that if you’re using a IaaS cloud provider that they offer a diverse set of operating systems to choose from. It’s the right…


Introduction to Windows Azure - Running SQL Server in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine

Again continuing on the series “An introduction to Windo?s Azure” first delivered in this blog, I thought I would further detail leveraging the new Windows Azure Virtual Machines (VM) capabilities.  One of the greatest things about Windows Azure Virtual Machines is that they leverage the capabilities of your storage account, meaning OS and disk drives…

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