Reflecting on Ignite

Chris Rhodes is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and awardee of the MVP award in Windows IT Pro. He is one of the co-founders of the Windows User Group who give talks on hot Windows topics around the country. Catch him on Twitter or at one of the WUG events. Last week saw Microsoft host the…


The Ultimate Mobile Dev/Test Datacentre?

Colin Chaplin is a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure. Like many of you, I’m incredibly mobile and other than my home office, don’t actually have a fixed base. My work also encompasses a vast variety of technology, sometimes unexpectedly and sometimes tech that I’ve not touched for a few years…


Migrating 2008 R2 Hyper-V VMs to 2012

The following article is contributed by Andrew Hancock. He is the Managing Director of Cyrus Computer Consultants Ltd, and is a Virtualisation Consultant and Virtualisation Specialist for the Department of Computer Science at The University of Hull. In this article we will show you How To: Migrate a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Virtual Machine…


Are you ready to migrate? Windows Server 2003 'End of Life' is coming July 14th 2015

The following post was contributed by Steve Brennan, Microsoft Business Development Manager at QA Has it really been over a decade since Windows Server 2003 hit the market?Technology has come a long way in 10 years. Today’s servers run increased workloads for big data, mobile application hosting, social collaboration platforms, streaming video and web hosting. One…


SAP to support its Enterprise Software in Microsoft Azure

I guess it all started to come together with the public cloud and the Enterprise back in June last year when Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership. I remember a few months later being at IPEXPO 2013 in London and introducing myself to a guy on the Oracle stand as a “friend”. He was a…

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Lab Ops Redux setting up Hyper-V in a hurry

I am at Manchester United as I write this and one of the delegates wanted to quickly try out Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012R2.  I thought I had an all up post on that but it turns out I don’t, so Nicholas Agbaji this is just for you! You’ll need a latptop/desktop running Windows 7/Windows…

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Become an MVA Hero

Sign up to MVA Hero today and get your free hero costume (t-shirt) and earn some great prizes! I am still surprised at how many IT Professionals and developers haven’t made use of the Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn about Microsoft technologies and stay up do date as new versions are released. Each module has…

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Why you should take a closer look at MVP Cloud OS Online!

    By Claire Smyth, MVP Lead for UK and Ireland.   The rapid rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services has provided an ever-increasing array of opportunities in IT: datacenter transformation, new data insights, people-centric IT and more modern business applications. To help IT professionals learn how to drive more efficiency…


F1 for help

Join us for two days of IT Camps for the Enterprise 8-9th April @ Lotus F1® HQ If there is one thing I have learnt from my time at Microsoft it is that we are all different. One area where this is obvious is that we all have different approaches to learning.  Some people like to…

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Lab Ops part 8 –Tidying up

If you have been to one of our IT camps you’ll know it’s all live and unstructured which  can mean things can go wrong, typically because we didn’t tidy up properly after the previous event. The problems of repeatedly creating VMs are that: The VM still exists in Hyper-V The files making up the VM…

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