What should I study? Which Exam should I take?

In the TechNet UK office we have an open email address for people to ask us all manner of questions and even sometimes complain about us or praise us… but mostly we like it when people tell us what they want from us, that way we know our audience is getting what they want. In…


My Favourite Band….

When I was growing up and enjoying being a spotty teenager I could never settle on one favourite band.I finally compromised with two from completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Dr Feelgood and Blondie             Both these bands gave me several important benefits as a teenager.  First and most important they…


Unlocking the value of System Center.

I have just returned from another series of UK IT Camps, this time at our London Headquarters in Victoria. They were well attended and it was a pleasure to meet so many @TechNetUK Twitter followers as well as some old friends, MVP’s and members of the UK Microsoft Technology Community Council. So far this year we…


Second Shot at Microsoft Certification Exams

Everyone needs a second chance from time to time. There's nothing worse than taking an exam and not passing, then to top it off having to pay for a resit.  With Second Shot, if you don't pass your Microsoft Certification exam on the first try, you get a free retake. This great offer from Microsoft…


Microsoft Azure – Learn it, Love it, Certify in it!

Part of my role as a Technical Evangelist within Microsoft UK is to assist all and sundry to understand and engage with the whole range of Microsoft Solutions. This includes our Cloud offering – Microsoft Azure. What exactly is Azure and what can we do with this service? Well Wikipedia says; Microsoft Azure  (formerly Windows…


New Year’s Resolutions for an IT Pro

            I always struggle with making New Year’s resolutions for myself, so when I was asked to write this post suggesting a list of potential resolutions with which an IT Pro may wish to start 2015, I jumped at the chance. The first has to be Get Certified and if…


UK IT Camps – Enterprise Mobility – Sign up now.

Life during my first year at Microsoft has been almost exactly as I imagined it might be, but as I always do at Christmas I reflected on the year past and particularly this year on my first 9 months as a Microsoft Employee. Whilst doing so I remembered exactly what prompted me to sign up…


Roll up, roll up get your FREE Microsoft Azure BETA Exam code here.

Within the last month, I have taken all three Microsoft Azure Certification Exams, two of them have been BETA tests. Read on and you can get you own code to take a FREE Azure BETA Exam (only 500 codes available – first come – first served) So, I post quite often about certification and testing…


What are the best IT Pro Tools for automation – and why?

Each month here in the @TechnetUk #ITPro office there is a mad scramble (bunfight / race / polite debate) to bid for the best blog topics for the month. Each quarter has a theme, this quarter it is ‘the right tools for the job’. I was lucky enough to see the email early and our…