Microsoft VDA and Windows Embedded – A game changer for VDI?

If you are following me on Twitter then you may have noticed that a few of my friends are reviewing a book I am writing on VDI for PackT.  I wanted to write this up as a one shop stop on all you needed to know about implementing Microsoft based VDI using the various Remote…

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Guest Post: SharePoint on Low Bandwidth Connections

Several customers that we have been working recently have been wanting to use SharePoint globally, often with offices in remote parts of the world where internet bandwidth is limited. How well does SharePoint work in these scenarios? What are the options available to someone looking to deploy SharePoint and make it accessible across a low…

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Guest Post: Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013

Introduction A thronging SharePoint 2013 site can generate a lot of new content. The improved social features in SharePoint 2013 can generate dramatic amounts of new, frequently changing content in a large organisation. When you couple this with the ubiquity of this content in SharePoint, this could cause an awful lot more database access and…

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Guest Post: Analysing Twitter Data with Hadoop and Power View

By Jen Stirrup In the first part of this blog series, we looked at how social media data is a big driver for Big Data technologies such as HDInsight. However, once it is in HDInsight, how is it possible for business users to access the data using familiar tools such as Excel? Large datasets can…

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Guest Post: The allure of Azure - IaaS goes live

By Dan Scarfe, CEO of Dot Net Solutions I remember the day clearly. It was February 25th 2009 and I was sitting in the Platform Adoption centre in Redmond at a Software Design Review for Windows Azure. I recall us having a debate about IaaS and PaaS. Coming from a development background myself, a number…

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Guest Post: A Step by Step Guide to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with sp1

Neil Hodgkinson has provided a step by step guide to getting started with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  This is part of a 15 part series which will cover the installation, setup, configuration and usage of Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  To find the additional articles in the series please take a look at…

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Guest Post: System Center Configuration Manager and Intune: Building your unified device management

By Raphael Perez As mobile devices continue to proliferate, users want to use their own personal devices in a work related environment, the known Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. Having a heterogeneous environment is always a challenge for the IT departments on many organizations. With the release of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, Microsoft introduces…

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Guest Post: How to Configure Alerts in System Center 2012

By Robert Marshall – Consultant at SMSMarshall In this article I will cover key areas of the enhancements to the Alerts feature that come with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 , primarily the ability to send emails when Alerts have been triggered for non-Endpoint Protection Alerts. We will accomplish this in a…

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A SQL Server DBA walks into a Parallel Universe

By Michael Sullivan,  SQL Product Manager, Microsoft UK We all know some pretty bad SQL jokes (the language that is). Well I do anyway. Like, a DBA walks up to two tables in a bar and says ‘may I join you’? Enough. But imagine that same DBA walking into a restaurant and finding no tables…

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Guest Post: Controlling your code is the same as controlling anything, your success is in your approach!

Simon Skinner has been a Microsoft MVP for 3 years as well as a speaker for several Microsoft shows in Europe, Singapore and the US. Training in most parts of Europe, India and Singapore Simon has proved his skills time over. Specialties: System Center, Hosted System Center, System Center Application Monitoring, Web Site and .Net…

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