Free download – Black Book of Core Infrastructure References

Featuring a wide range of customer references, covering Server Virtualization (Hyper-V), Datacenter Management (System Center), Identity & Security (Forefront), DirectAccess/BranchCache (Windows Server 2008 R2) and Desktop Virtualization (VDI), the Black Book of Core Infrastructure References is free to download. Among the contents you’ll find customer stories from: · Welsh Rugby Union (Server Virtualization) · Strathclyde…


Reach for the Cloud – System Center 2012

For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff.  Some of this is obvious – there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)  2012, and there’s even a new product in the line-up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused. Some of the cloud enablement is, however, more subtle…


Case study – fire service solves bandwidth limitations at nine area headquarters with virtualisation

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service in Scotland needed to reduce operating costs and reinforce its green credentials by virtualising servers. Bandwidth limitations at nine remote sites had reduced the potential for centralising support services. Using Hyper-V virtualisation technology, the fire service is consolidating physical servers by a ratio of 10:1 and reducing the amount of…


“I don’t get the private cloud”, “We’re already virtual so we have a cloud”

The title of this article is two made up quotes attributable to no one but that are common reactions I get when I talk to IT Professionals about cloud.  Sometimes I think them a strange reaction from technology professionals but really they are both based around a simple misunderstanding; what a cloud and specifically what…


Just a Minute

I am a big Radio 4 fan and Just a Minute is one of its treasured institutions. I thought it would be fun to apply its rules to your data centre.  If you aren’t familiar with the game you have a minute to talk on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation and I…


A brief overview of the Microsoft Management Summit 2011

Last week was probably one of the few times when I wished I was in Vegas, as it played host to a sold out Microsoft Management Summit (MMS).  The easiest way to describe the many announcements made was that the entire System Center suite will be upgraded this year and the product team also announced…


Interesting report into Hyper-V

I’ve just got done reading an interesting tear down of Hyper-V by ESG group that compares Hyper-V to physical hardware and goes into very tiny detail about performance and characteristics.  It’s worth a read and worth forcing your CIO to read if he’s interested in saving some money – to make it easy for anyone…


Free training event – "Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals", 29-31 March

Just one week after the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 in the US, Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day online Jump Start class specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft virtualization IT Professionals from 29th-31St March. The event is being run over in America so it takes place over the 3 days from 6pm-Midnight GMT….


Tech.Days 2011 – registration now open

Tech.Days Live 2011 is now open for registration – ten events for IT pros and developers (and counting), two locations, one week. The main attraction will be three one-day events at the London Vue Cinema, Fulham Broadway, South West London. In addition, there will be an all day event and evening activities at Microsoft’s offices in…