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  • Blog Post: How Microsoft uses the Windows Server 2008 R2 features to enhance our own security

    The Microsoft IT team publish case studies of how we've used our own products within our own infrastructure - sharing their real-life experiences. This month there's a case study about the way that we've implemented the security features in Windows Server 2008 R2, along with Windows 7 on the desktop...
  • Blog Post: November webinars for HE

    VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When is it the right solution … and when not? Given the challenges nowadays – making the right choices is even more critical than ever. In this Microsoft Education live meeting, Quest will discuss the future trends for the desktop, the options...
  • Blog Post: Cost saving with Microsoft System Center

    I've just heard about another free event, on Friday 5th November, focused on cost saving with ICT. Although it isn't specifically education focused, I think that there will be a lot of readers that would appreciate a whole day full of network management tools ( oh, and a lot who could imagine nothing...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meetings - System Center in Education

    After the success of the last few Live Meetings, with over 100 attendees at each, the ' System Center in Education ' series Continues with a closer look at each of the products and what they mean to Education Customers. They have been scheduled as a series in advance, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings...
  • Blog Post: Find out more about Microsoft System Center for Education - an upcoming Live Meeting webinar

    Richard Lane, who is the UK education team's resident techie is getting the bit between his teeth and running an increasing number of Live Meetings. As soon as we're sure there's enough demand, then we'll start to schedule a specific day and time each month, so that you can put them in your diary, and...
  • Blog Post: Do cloud-based datacentres run as fast as your onsite ones

    The Bits blog from the New York Times ran an interesting article a couple of weeks ago called ‘ How Fast Can a Cloud Run? ’ (y ou’re right, I’m still catching up with my reading! ). It talks about a service called CloudSleuth , which measures the speed of response of various cloud services. Our Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Understanding how Windows 7 improves secure remote access for staff

    With all of the changes in the way that ICT is being used in learning, there’s an increasing demand for staff to have remote access to university systems, from home or other times when they are away from your campus. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to limited parts of your system, but it...
  • Blog Post: Planning migration to Office 2010

    This year, we’re on schedule to launch almost one new product every week. Of course, if you like discovering new technology, then that’s a good thing. But if you’re managing a big network of computers for other people – which is most of you reading this blog – then it also comes with challenges! But...
  • Blog Post: 18th May - Manage the Future - Desktop to Cloud: The best of the Microsoft Management Summit

    The chances of persuading your senior management team to let you fly over to Vegas for the annual Microsoft Management Summit is pretty slim. So last week’s event went ahead without many UK delegates. Fortunately, the UK team have put together a “Best Of…” event, where you can get all of the best content...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating Windows 7 Deployment – workshops in London, Leeds and Edinburgh

    Research says that 40% of organisations are planning to deploy Windows 7 in 2010. I’m not sure if migrating to Windows 7 is currently on your agenda, but if it is, I thought you might be interested in attending one of a series of workshops esteem are holding at the end of March under the title of Accelerating...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows 7 DirectAccess to connect staff to your university network securely

    Ever since Windows 7 was launched, I’ve had a steady stream of people asking me if I know of educational establishments who have implemented DirectAccess . DirectAccess allows you to setup your staff laptops so that they can always have secure access to your university network wherever they are, but...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking enhancements for education

    I’ve just finished reading the whitepaper about networking enhancements that are included within Windows 7, which are especially powerful when combined with Windows Server 2008 R2. Although I’m not the most technical person in the team, it made sense to me, and a couple of key features jumped out at...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 is getting closer

    The Windows 7 team announced it will be available on October 22nd – that’s the date in the stores, so I don’t know if we’ll get the version for education (ie the Volume Licence version) any earlier. Even if it was earlier, I guess it’s unlikely it’ll be in time to roll it out before the end of the summer...
  • Blog Post: IE7 update coming your way - automatically...

    This isn't specific to education, and I'm sure that if you need to know things like this, you'll automatically be registered to our update and security blogs, but for the network managers out there, here's a quick note: Windows Update will automatically deploy Internet Explorer 7 next month, if you are...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: Neil Williams, University of Derby

    At IT Forum this week, I ran into an old friend, Neil Williams, Head of IT and eLearning Development at the University of Derby. It was a great opportunity to discuss some of the issues raised throughout the week with somebody facing issues at the business end of IT. We've spent a week looking at IT...
  • Blog Post: Thin Client, Rich Client or hybrid?

    My colleague Michael Royster, in Microsoft Consulting Services, has just finished a briefing document on the approaches available to implementation, addressing the questions about thin client versus rich client, and provides excellent advice and insight into how you can plan for the most appropriate...
  • Blog Post: Would You Like To Know Even More About Unified Communications?

    Exchange Tour Unplugged 2007 24th October - 5th November 2007 Reading, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Maidenhead, Warwickshire & Glasgow More dates have just been announced, covering much more of the country. This is your opportunity to get the inside scoop on Exchange Server 2007, Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: Would You Like To Know More About Unified Communications?

    Exchange Tour Unplugged 2007 09:30 – 16:30 Monday 17th September Microsoft Campus, Reading This is your opportunity to get the inside scoop on Exchange Server 2007, Office Communications Server 2007 and the rest of the Unified Communications platform. Microsoft UK’s Unified Communications (UC) specialists...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meeting - Microsoft's Enterprise Client Licence

    If you've not had a chance to join a Live Meeting before, then this would be a good opportunity to find out how it works. Basically, it's just like a real meeting, but without the travel! Dominic Watts will be presenting this one, and once you've logged on you'll see his presentation on your screen and...
  • Blog Post: 150 applications and 2,000 workstations. And only 24 hours in a day.

    Around 80 IT Managers of colleges and universities attended last year's IT Forum - a conference dedicated to looking at how Microsoft technologies can be implemented to support business critical IT services. One of the technologies that most grabbed people's attention was the SoftGrid applications, which...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection - defending yourself against you users!

    We were recently doing some research with students, and found that most of them are arriving at university with their own laptops and computers. Once there, they seem to have two modes of using them. Once method is to leave them in their room, and carry all of their data around on memory keys, which...
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