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  • 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: Software Licensing Training Course at Stockton Sixth Form College, 5th August 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing What’s a CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Device CAL & User CAL Processor Licensing (inc Multi-Core) External Connectors/Internet Licences...
  • Blog Post: Your complete guide to virtualisation as a free download

    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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 –...
  • 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: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Direct Access

    The TechNet site has a growing series of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for all kinds of areas – virtualisation, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Online Services and the Optimised Desktop. The one that jumped out as me was the IPD Guide for DirectAccess in Windows 7. This is especially useful...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – in Tony Hart mode

    This collection of videos is very clever – as you work your way through it, you’ll see that you eventually end up with some screencasts showing particular features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. But what is riveting on the journey is the way that you navigate your way around the videos – using...
  • Blog Post: Free Event - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – 21 Aug 2009

    Although it’s a little bit last minute, I’ve grabbed at the chance to get some of our Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 brains together on Friday 21st August, in our Thames Valley Campus in Reading. It’s August, and I know that it is one of the busiest times for IT teams, however you probably have...
  • Blog Post: Newcastle event next week - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking

    Jonathan Noble has also let me know that there are still plenty of spare spaces at the free event at Newcastle University next Wednesday (the 8th), which will be looking at Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 for education. And the agenda includes DirectAccess, BranchCache and XP Mode – all mentioned...
  • 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: Tech Ed – a week of developers and IT support teams in Berlin

    This year Tech Ed is moving from Barcelona to Berlin. It’s also been squeezed into a single week – 7,000 developers and IT professionals descending on Berlin to enjoy a packed week full of technology. My first Tech Ed was only a few years ago, and I couldn’t believe the size of the event (and that was...
  • Blog Post: TechNet June Virtual Conference – useful technical content at your desk

    This year, all across education, people are finding it more difficult to justify a day off campus to attend events. So this year, we’re going to come to you. Right to your desk. Via the wonders of virtual conferencing. On the 19th June. Although all of the materials will be available to watch afterwards...
  • Blog Post: TechNet goes on tour

      Once again, based on customer feedback TechNet is hitting the road/rails and web again to deliver hi quality content and updates to a UK audience.  Space is limited so please book up to make sure UK Higher Education gets the most seats.  As usual, they are delivered by Microsoft technical...
  • Blog Post: The Cambridge super super-computers

    I’m not quite sure why I feel the headline above is a bit better than one my colleague wrote -  “Interoperable Supercomputer Attracts Wider User Base at Leading University” - but somehow I do feel that it’s a little easier on the eye. ( Mind you, I thought about “What weighs 20 tons and uses the...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft does IT: Managing Network Access Protection

    The people that run our internal IT systems – Microsoft IT – regularly run workshops (both virtual and face-to-face events) when they share how Microsoft implements aspects of our IT systems, and especially the things we have learnt along the way. Next Tuesday afternoon , they are running a webcast on...
  • 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: What do you do when students arrive with their laptops

    Talking with the University of Aberdeen, they thought that hey had one of the biggest student wireless networks in Europe. There to allow their students to connect to the VLE and the Internet, wherever they are on campus – from their own laptops. The drive to provide ever-improving services to students...
  • Blog Post: Cray’s deskside supercomputer running Windows

    According to Jack Schofield, on the Guardian’s Technology Blog ,  Cray have just announced a deskside supercomputer, running Windows HPC (the high performance computing version of Windows Server 2008). This took me by surprise for a number of reasons: “Deskside Supercomputer” – Wow. I still remember...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technet Events

    Not able to get to IT Forum?  There are plenty of events up and down the country coming up.  These are all deliverd by Microsoft technical professionals to a level 200 technical “how to” level for IT professionals and are FREE to attend.   Virtualisation and Management Technologies 21...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft HPC User Group - June Meeting

      Sorry about the late posting of this (blame my holiday) but I wanted to let you know about the UK HPC User Group meeting coming up in June 26.  Registrations are here . This meeting is intended for customers, partners and developers to “meet and mingle”, and compare notes. ...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the Secrets of Darwinian Research at Cambridge University

    It's always pleasing when the work of education establishments is held up as a shining example of best practice use of technology. And it was pleasing last month, at the Windows Server 2008 launch event, that there was a fascinating insight into the way that one of the research teams at Cambridge University...
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