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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition Azure Virtual Machines

      We recently announced a new version of Visual Studio .What was interesting in the announcement of Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition which would replace the existing Visual Studio Express and Professional and that it would be a free development tool . Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition simply...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp - stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android

    Azure RemoteApp   allows you to stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. RemoteApp simply lets you run the Windows applications you want or need on a Windows Server in Azure, where they're easier to scale and update. Users can access their applications...
  • Blog Post: Technology Primers for Cloud Services

    Cloud Services are just one of Azure’s compute models. Think of a ‘compute model’ as the motor of a vehicle. Every type of powered transportation needs an engine to roll, fly, or sail. In the same way, every Azure app needs an engine to process data and perform tasks. But the motor is specialized to...
  • Blog Post: New SSD based Azure Cloud Services announced perfect for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services

      The new D instances have solid-state disk (SSD)-based local drives and faster processors relative to many of the A-series instances. The D-series instances can be used as VMs, as well as web or worker roles in Cloud Services, and are well suited for applications that demand faster CPU performance...
  • Blog Post: Are you thinking of evaluating or migrating from VMWare to Microsoft Hyper-V?

    Well here is the perfect tool!   Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Oracle on Windows

      Today Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella, and Mark Hurd, President of Oracle Corp., announced a new partnership between the companies . As a result of this partnership, UK universities and enterprise customers now have an have increased choice and flexibility for deploying Oracle workloads onto Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start: Now available on demand

    Windows Azure Jump Start? Is now available on demand on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). This free, expert-led course will help you understand how to use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as virtual machines and virtual networks to migrate, extend, run, manage, and monitor common workloads...
  • Blog Post: Get the latest insights and learn what's new in Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

    Attend one of these free events to get the latest insights and learn what's new in Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category. It delivers hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualisation, networking...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online is back and this time it’s bigger and better than ever before! 24th – 26th April 2013

    Tech.Days online is back and this time it’s bigger and better than ever before. So if your interested in learning about Microsoft latest technology and tools and hearing from experts then you need to book out the the 24th, 25th and 26th April for three, free days of interactive learning; online and direct...
  • Blog Post: Need a Linux, WordPress, Ubuntu or other open source VM for your Azure IaaS implementation? the Answer is easy check out VM Depot

    VM Depot—find, deploy, and share images for Windows Azure VM Depot is a community-driven catalogue of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can easily be deployed on Windows Azure. Find your favourite software and deploy it in minutes, or join the community, build...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 SDK requirements

    What are the system requirements for the SDK? Here are the system requirements for the Windows Phone 8 SDK Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions Hardware: 4 GB of free hard disk space, 4 GB RAM, 64-bit (x64) CPU Windows Phone 8 Emulator: Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: List of SLAT-Capable CPUs for Hosts

    With the announcement that you can run Hyper-V on the Windows 8 client. I have had a lot of  questions regarding this? I did do a post back in August explaining the process of checking your PC estate for SLAT Support see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2012/08/31/if-your-thinking...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 within teaching, learning and research

    Well this week marked another important milestone for Microsoft with the release of Windows Server 2012 , on Tuesday 4th of September, Microsoft made the official announcement of Windows Server 2012 you watch all the content at http://www.windows-server-launch.com What’s new in Server 2012 Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Virtual Labs for exploring our latest technologies

    From my previous post on developing for Windows 8 . I just wanted to make you aware of the many great virtual labs for exploring our latest technologies. MSDN Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Windows Azure - Spring 2012 Update

    The spring 2012 release of Windows Azure has many great new features and capabilities including new services focused on helping customers build or bring their applications to the cloud in their own unique way. These new services include: Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Media Services....
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Spring Release

    Did you hear the latest news about Windows Azure? We have just unveiled the biggest update to Windows Azure since its release, including new Windows Azure services: Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Media Services! We have continued to focus on open source development tools and technologies, even enabling...
  • Blog Post: FreeBSD Support on Hyper-V

    Microsoft and partners NetApp and Citrix announced upcoming native support for FreeBSD support on Windows Server Hyper-V. This move continues Microsoft’s commitment to extend support across platforms to the Windows Server Hyper-V solution, making it easier for more customers to realize the benefits of...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days 2012 IT Pro Camps

    Hands on training for I.T. Professionals This year, Tech.Days events for IT implementers and professionals is changing. The Microsoft UK TechNet team are bringing information, ideas and inspiration to your doorstep with a series of IT camp workshops across the country the first sessions are in Leeds...
  • Blog Post: Educated desktops – Building and maintaining your PC labs

    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of Andrew Fryer and his colleague Simon May company as we spent most the week on the Microsoft Stand at BETT one of the largest education events in the world. Simon and Andrew, task was to field questions from the attendees which include some of the hardest working...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 - Importance of Private Clouds within the Education

    Last week I had a  number of interesting discussions with Universities in relation to the importance of Private Clouds within the Education and the opportunity which public and private cloud offers institutions IT Services and academics. The opportunities presented are specifically in relation to...
  • Blog Post: The technology revolution consumerisation of IT and research opportunities

    Last week the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference in New York took place last, showcasing some of emerging trends and innovation. The feedback from the event really made me start thinking about how are we positioning the consumerisation of IT within your teaching and research?  At the NFT...
  • Blog Post: Enabling your IT Support teams to deploy the right technology to ensure your curricula is appropriate and suitable

    Over the past few weeks we have had a number of interesting meetings with IT Services teams and academic faculties within UK Universities. These discussions have been particular interesting as we have discussed the opportunity of enhancements academics can make to curriculum if they had access to the...
  • Blog Post: What Microsoft application can be virtualised and supported?

    We get lots of questions over what applications can be virtualised and supported by Microsoft… The following web site from the Windows Server teams gives you comprehensive guidance on all Microsoft products and if they can be virtualised and support using products such as HyperV, VMWare, Citrix etc....
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