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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...
13 Oct 2014
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...
23 Sep 2014
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...
9 Apr 2014
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...
24 Jun 2013
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...
12 Jun 2013
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...
1 Jun 2013
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...
15 Apr 2013
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...
10 Jan 2013
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...
2 Nov 2012
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...
24 Oct 2012
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...
7 Sep 2012
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...
17 Jul 2012
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....
2 Jul 2012
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...
11 Jun 2012
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...
11 May 2012
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...
10 Feb 2012
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...
31 Jan 2012
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...
31 Jan 2012
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...
25 Jan 2012
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...
23 Jan 2012
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....
6 Jun 2011
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