IT Camp - Extend your Data Centre with Azure

I have been on a journey over the last year that some of you may already be embarked on and that is to transition my skills to use cloud services and specifically Azure.  For me it’s like going to America, the language is similar, the culture less so and everything over seems to be much…

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IT Camps–What are they good for.

One of the most rewarding yet most difficult part of my job over the last three years has been involved with designing and delivering something called an IT camp.  So I thought it might be useful to explain what they are in case an invite lands in your mailbox. What IT Camps are: Technical. it’s…

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How can an IT Pro make a tangible business impact?

The following post was contributed by Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Business and IT are inextricably linked, there is no denying the fact and if that’s the case then the IT Professional has a big part to play in the success of the business. I am employed as Senior Consultant…


How to convince management training is key... not just for you, but for the business!

The following post is contributed by Peter Egerton, System Center Consultant at Inframon and WMUG Community Leader. Training – “The action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behaviour”To put this into the context of IT, I think most organisations can disregard the animal training, although I have known a few businesses…


Apprentice v Graduate – Who’s right for your business?

The following post was contributed by Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Background When I looked at writing this article I garnered some opinions from a lot of different people; educationalists, IT professionals and also the directors of my current company. The surprising bit about gathering all of this opinion was…


IT Pros Unplugged: Head of IT at a Premiership Football Club

When we think of our 'dream job', then it’s all about finding something we're good at, we get paid to do and of course we love doing. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Matthew Reynolds, Head of IT at Southampton Football Club, we asked him a few questions on what he does, as well as how he got there. As you’ll see…


Virtual Machine Manager 2012R2 Templates cubed

Up until now in my Lab Ops series I have been using bits of PowerShell to create VM’s in a known state, however this requires a certain amount of editing and I would have to write a lot more code to automate it and properly log what is going on. Plus I would probably want…

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System Center: Use the right tool for the right job

This post isn’t really about Lab Ops as it’s more theory than Ops, but before I dive in to the world of what you can do with System Center I wanted to stress one important concept: Use the right tool for the right job.  That old saying that when you have a hammer everything looks…

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Lab Ops– 16 System Center setup

This post isn’t going to tell you how to install System Center screen by screen as there are some 434 of these to do a complete install and configure.  That’s a lot of clicking with a lot of opportunity for mistakes and while I realise that not everyone needs to tear down and reset everything…

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How to find your 'Happy Place'?

It’s January it’s cold wet and windy so lets lift the mood and discuss happiness as this is a peak season for suicide and depression in the UK. My definition of happiness is taken from Robert Heinlein (the guy who wrote Starship Troopers) “Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in…

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