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  • Blog Post: Creating a leading edge ICT platform to support teaching and learning

    Charteris Microsoft technologies case study The Edinburgh Academy may be nearly 200 years old, but its use of technology is completely up-to-date. With support from Charteris, this prestigious independent school for boys and girls has implemented the latest Microsoft desktop and server operating systems...
  • Blog Post: Building School Networks for the Future – Deployment of the Remote Desktop

    This is the fourth instalment from the Building Networks for the Future series, written by Stuart Wilkie at Plymouth Academy. Stuart takes you through the stages of the deployment of the new laptops and the route he took to bring consistency for all users to have the same specification experience throughout...
  • Blog Post: Help your organization using Microsoft Hyper-V

    Dave Coleman from SharePointEduTech Ltd ,user and ‘guru’ of Microsoft Hyper-V Microsoft Hyper-V and virtulization, has written a guest blog post on the benefits and commonly asked questions in regards to moving your old servers to virtual servers.   I always think that it is a good idea to look...
  • Blog Post: Carmel College Virtualises Servers and Saves Thousands of Pounds to Reinvest in IT

    Carmel College wanted to reduce IT overheads through virtualisation. After finding VMware expensive and difficult to integrate, it decided to virtualise its servers with Hyper-V technology—part of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system—to reduce power, cooling, licensing, and maintenance costs....
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation with Microsoft®Hyper-V (New eBook)

    We’re conditioned to assume, especially in education, that a cost-saving measure will threaten the quality of what we’re able to offer. That being so, the news is more than welcome that in many schools, colleges and universities, information technology professionals are turning that assumption on its...
  • Blog Post: Building School Networks for the Future - with System Centre and Hyper-V

    One of our (many) friends over at EduGeek has recently done some work with Marine Academy Plymouth taking over their systems in May 2011. We have now a series which charts the process of systems modernisation from analysis, to planning, then implementation before finally evaluation. This first article...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Webcast on Hyper-V 8th November recording

    For those of you who were not able to attend the Microsoft Education Webcast on Hyper-V last week, as promised, here are the links to all the slides and presentations. Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money The slides are now available here - Mark Doyle' Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Hyper-V Cloud Roadshow - Invite Your Customers TODAY!

    Your Invitation To The Hyper-V Cloud Roadshow! For a growing number of businesses, the journey to cloud computing starts with a private cloud architecture. A private cloud pools and dynamically allocates your IT resources across business units, so that services can be deployed quickly and scaled out...
  • Blog Post: Halving the cost of servers at Leicester College with virtualisation

    As we talk about cost saving we keep coming back to server virtualisation. I don’t feel the need to make any excuse for that, because as so many colleges have discovered not only does it provide substantial cost savings – and we all know how important that is – but it can also provide a better and more...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualisation Hub on TechNet - getting the right planning information

    The TechNet team create useful technical content for IT Managers, and their latest project is absolutely perfect for college IT managers who are considering their next step with virtualisation projects ,or are wondering if they should be considering virtualisation projects. Predicting resource requirements...
  • Blog Post: Your complete guide to virtualisation

    Let me make it absolutely clear - I am not a virtualisation expert. But I have heard enough network managers in schools, colleges and universities talking about their virtualisation projects to know that it's very important to their ICT infrastructure - whether that's reducing cost, cutting carbon emissions...
  • Blog Post: Free one day Virtualisation conference in London

    “Explore how to make IT more cost-effective in uncertain times. Microsoft and partners invite you to this invitation-only event.” Dan sent me details of our “Virtualisation and Management Conference” on 10th March. Overall it makes good agenda, but I do take issue with the phrase “ …in these uncertain...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation on Tour – November to January

    Between November and January, we’re running a free “Virtualisation Unplugged” roadshow – 9 events, 7 cities, 420 PowerPoint slides ( only joking…I think) Virtualisation is a buzzword today, because of both the technical flexibility it can give and especially because of the potential energy & cost...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation Unplugged at the Royal Academy of Music, London

    Virtualisation is all the rage, and as a result it is gaining attention across the whole public sector, including education. Originally focused on consolidating resources in the data centre, virtualisation now has applications across the spectrum: driving down costs, improving responsiveness and reducing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Launch Invitation

    The launch team have just released the link to be able to sign up for the Windows Server 2008 launch event (actually, it's also the Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 launch too). This is going to be held on the 19th March, at the ICC in Birmingham . The event is going to feature both Microsoft and...
  • Blog Post: IT FORUM: Windows Server 2008 in education

    I'm at the IT Forum event this week - it's a week long tech-fest about current and future technologies from Microsoft. This year's event has 5,200 delegates and we're all sitting in a conference centre on the shores of Mediterranean in Barcelona ( not quite as wonderful as it sounds - it was 10-degrees...
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