Evangelism Bag–Size L

So it seems pretty popular to share the contents of your gadget bag again.  Mine however is more of an Evangelism bag than gadget bag so what does your average IT Pro evangelist carry with him on day to day adventures?  To find out I’ve created a deepzoom of my bag contents thrown around the…


You BETT ya! (or why I went to an education fair to meet IT Pros)

I spent much of last week at the crazy busy BETT education fair at Olympia showing people Office 365 and meeting some very interesting techies working in schools, collages and universities all over the country.  I had a lot of misconceptions about the type of IT Professionals working in education before I got there, most…


Connecting Office 365 and FOPE

Office 365 Beta gives you automatic access to Forefront Online Protection for Exchange to protect the mail flow into your Office 365 environment.  We recently released a guidance document that includes some of the known issues and some of the scenarios for more advanced mail flows.  The document discusses the following scenarios in depth but…


Windows 7 licensing and virtual machines clarified

Licensing is a complex subject and to be honest it’s not one that I talk about much because it’s a complex discipline in and of it’s own and there’s too much fun stuff to talk about in the client and cloud world.  This document, Licensing Windows 7 for Use with Virtual Machine Technologies tells you…

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70-680 Self Paced Training Kit Review

Over Christmas I decided to have a really good read so I got hold of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Microsoft Windows 7 by Ian McLean and Orin Thomas.  Over the years I’ve read a ton of self paced study guides and I find them to be a really good way to learn,…


I’m now a MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

Being a bit of a fan of exams (!) on Friday went to a lovely little training centre in Wokingham and sat a couple of hours worth of exams, 070-680 and 070-685.  Thankfully I passed both and I can now report back on them, just like I did with the MTA exams.  The first thing…


Privacy in the Cloud

An interesting paper crossed by virtual desk today;  Privacy in the Cloud: A Microsoft Perspective.  It does exactly what it says on the tin and spells out our approach to privacy with regard to cloud applications.  It’s one of the most detailed papers I’ve seen that we’ve produced yet and it’s a must read for…


How Microsoft deployed Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010

Rooting around in the details of things that we’ve published recently and I found this interesting guide for how Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) was deployed to thousands of clients within Microsoft.  The deployment has delivered a reduced SLA for policy enforcement from more than 1 day to just 4 hours and provides an holistic…