Cortana in the UK – Get it here!

Having dutifully installed the upgrade to Windows 10, several of my friends and colleagues encountered a small but annoying issue.  Their very own personal assistant was absent without leave. As shown below. This short post is a step by step guide (with lots of pictures and not many words) to getting Cortana up and running,…


Windows Server Technical Preview – My Favourite Features – Part 1

Microsoft released the first Technical Preview of Windows 10 to much acclaim back in October. There have been three releases so far and we currently sit on the ‘last release of the Calendar year’ – Build 9879. The Technical Preview is intended primarily for the enterprise to evaluate the changes and inform the development of…


Office 365 MCSA – Halfway House

There are two certification examinations that make up the MCSA Office 365. The background, requirements and details are listed here and are partially shown in the graphic below. In short, to certify you need to pass 70-346 and 70-347 (the 70 simply identifies the retail examination, there are other codes for Academic and Academy exams-…


Following up on the Self-Training Challenge – MCSA Office 365

A week or so ago I posted about Self-Training and I thought I would put my money where my mouth is. On December 23rd last year (I remember the date clearly), I sat two Microsoft Office 365 Beta examinations. Beta examinations differ from the normal ones in their numbering and more significantly they are often…


PowerShell Version 5.0 Preview

I know, PowerShell Version 4.0 has only just landed with us as part of Windows Management Framework 4 and Windows Server 2012 R2 BUt the preview of WMF 5 and PowerShell 5.0 is here already. So a very quick run through of what is new is in order, I think. Well – since the Future…


Top Tip: SharePoint items recovery made easy with Veeam Explorer

“I accidentally deleted a file from SharePoint and I really need to get it back!” Is this the kind of sentence that generates a wave of panic in your helpdesk team? So far, the process of backup and restoration in the SharePoint world could be a complex proposition requiring very specific skills, a broad set…

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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: 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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Virtual Machine Manager Community Content

Over the past couple weeks we’ve been talking Systems Center and this week we are focusing in on Virtual Machine Manager.  There have been a few articles that I thought would be worth sharing more broadly on this topic. Black Marble Articles on VMM Upgrading our TFS 2012 Lab Management to use SC-VMM 2012 SP1…

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