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  • Blog Post: Saving money: Coventry University cuts £1m through virtualisation

    Coventry University has cut its computing costs by using Hyper-V to put business critical apps in a private cloud. Most organisations are looking to save money but academic institutions are under particular pressure as they cope with the pressure of trying to do less with more. Universities have...
  • Blog Post: Beyond Server Virtualization: Common Technologies for Your Move to Cloud Computing

    Gartner just released their 2012 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure *, and I am very happy to report that Microsoft is listed as a leader. You can download the full report at the link above, and I hope you read the research in detail. The report reviews Hyper-V in Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation in your school: Installation

    Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). Following on from our recent post in this series - deciding on your hardware for virtualisation , we’ll move on to installation. So you have run your trial, planned your virtualisation setup and decided...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation in your school: deciding on hardware

    Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). We recently published a post about deciding on a virtualisation scenario for your school .  Now we are going to address how you choose your hardware. This means working out how many host servers you...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation in your school: deciding on your technology

    Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). We recently posted about deciding on hardware for a virtualisation scenario in your school . So now you’ve done the planning, answered the key questions, and settled on the structure of your new virtualised...
  • Blog Post: Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money

    Did you miss our Hyper-V webcast? With Microsoft now being considered a virtualisation leader (Gartner  2011), many organisations are starting to consider switching to Hyper-V and saving money. Carmel College have done just that, and discuss in this webcast, the rationale behind their migration...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Johnny Wilkinson 10, both clear winners for Lord Wandsworth College

      As England prepare for their match tomorrow against Ireland in the 6 Nations and, with any luck take on another win, I have spoken to Ron Lafferty, the IT Manager at Johnny Wilkinson’s old school; Lord Wandsworth College . Ron has just led the college through the deployment  of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Best of Microsoft Management Summit UK 2011–Registrations are now open!

    We would like to give you the opportunity to invite your customers to attend The Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2011 on Tuesday 3 May at Microsoft London, Cardinal Place. Best of MMS UK 2011 will provide the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest IT Management products, solutions...
  • 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: System Center for education - webinar recordings from end of November

    At the end of November, Rich Lane the resident techie of the education team ran a couple of webinars. If you want to have a listen in, you can view the recordings below. Secrets of successful desktop virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft ebooks - feed the geek inside you

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook . I'm still working my way through it on my Kindle - I've got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It's been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I'd never understood about...
  • 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: Final Agenda for the FE Briefing on 3rd December

    We are holding our annual Further Education Briefing in two weeks, on Friday 3 rd December 2010 at the Microsoft Campus, in Reading. With the current squeeze on education budgets looking likely to last, there is a clear focus on the ways that the IT systems within Further Education can be used to reduce...
  • 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: The Microsoft Further Education Briefing 2010 - Cost Saving with IT - 3rd December 2010

    We will be holding our annual Further Education Briefing on Friday 3 rd December 2010 at the Microsoft Campus, in Reading. With the current squeeze on education budgets looking likely to last, there is a clear focus on the ways that the IT systems within Further Education can be used to reduce the cost...
  • Blog Post: Webinar on Application Virtualisation - 9th November

    On Tuesday 9th November at 2pm, Remote IT Solutions , one of our education partners, are running a one hour webinar for education establishments on application virtualisation. Given the large numbers of applications that you're supporting, across a wide range of curriculum areas, then this is one route...
  • Blog Post: An Education in ICT Efficiencies - a Dimension Data event on the 3rd November

    Well, it seems that saving money's and cutting costs is on the agenda. But talking about saving money with ICT, and actually doing it, can be two different things. For example, knowing that you should be virtualising your servers to reduce cost is fine, but it would be handy to have somebody explain...
  • Blog Post: The TechNet Springboard Tour - free event in Reading on 1st November

    The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a IT manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for things...
  • Blog Post: Getting started on cost saving–a practical seminar at Microsoft from Dimension Data

    Dimension Data are running an event here at Microsoft HQ on 3rd November, which will provide practical steps to saving money with ICT. So the budget cuts have arrived or are heading our way (goodness knows what happens in next month's budget). There have been various doom-laden forecasts of the impact...
  • Blog Post: Remote IT Solutions webinar - Optimise your desktop–Wed 15th Sept

    Those clever people at Remote IT Solutions , one of our certified partners, are running a webinar on desktop optimisation –  where you can learn about the different components of the solution, and how it can help you to reduce your technical support and management costs for your college infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Kingston University starts virtualising the desktop experience for 25,000 students and staff

    I’ve just been reading a press release from Quest , about Kingston University’s project to to give staff and students virtual access to their university desktop and learning resources from any location, on a wide range of devices, at any time. With 23,000 students, and 2,000 full-time staff to serve...
  • Blog Post: How to manage the risk of Internet Explorer 6

    If you’re still running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) within your campus, instead of being on a later version, then you’re probably doing it for a very good reason – especially as many websites are reducing or removing support for IE6 (for example Google and YouTube both dropped IE6 support this year). And...
  • Blog Post: Freebie time - Desktop Virtualisation for dummies booklet

    Let’s start by getting the jokes out of the way. Yes, the ‘…for Dummies’ books are my kind of books. And, No, that’s not me on the front cover. Now, that’s over with… I’ve got my hands on 30 copies of the ‘Desktop Virtualisation for Dummies’ booklet to give away. And, let’s face it, desktop virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: Saving money - how to get started with server virtualisation

    I’ve been writing quite a bit about examples of education establisments virtualising their servers, especially as it is one way to significantly reduce your college IT and energy spend. We published a case study on Leicester College on their virtualisation project earlier this year. As Paul Chapman,...
  • Blog Post: tech days in London – Virtualisation, Office, Windows and Server

    Our technical team have put together a fantastic week of technical events from 12-16 April in London. Despite hosting them in a cinema, most of them were full within hours of announcing them, but if you’ve got the chance to get to one, I’d recommend adding your name to the Wait List for the events –...
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