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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: Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

    If you've ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you'll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I...
  • 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 school network managers who are considering virtualisation projects ,or are wondering if they should be considering virtualisation projects. The reason that virtualisation is so important...
  • Blog Post: Need some support for deploying Windows 7?

    Although I'm afraid I can't offer to send you a top-techie from Microsoft to help you with rolling out Windows 7 in your school, I can offer a good second best, thanks to the TechNet team. They got together with some of the product and support gurus on Windows 7, and created a big batch of videos on...
  • 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 network manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 deployment advice for school network managers

    Sometimes we publish so much information on a subject, in so many different places, that it’s tricky to find the wood from the trees – and that problem is as big for me as it is for people outside of Microsoft. So I’m always happy to find a resource where somebody applies an editorial approach – making...
  • Blog Post: Academic discount code for Tech∙Ed Europe in Berlin

    There are normally over 50 UK Education attendees for colleges, universities and local authorities at Tech∙Ed Europe , which is in Berlin this November 8 – 12. Given that there’s a growing band of “in-school developers”, then perhaps this may be of interest to some school staff. It’s a full week of deep...
  • Blog Post: What is our CIO thinking about?

    If you are responsible for a large IT system, then one of the biggest challenges you face is the huge pressure from internal and external forces for constant change – and also to reduce your budgets. The Microsoft Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is no different. I recommend taking ten minutes to...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to deploy Windows 7? Need a bit more help?

    Thanks to Rich from Bechtle , I know where you can get some help. Rich has just blogged about the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on his Software Ruminations blog . Windows 7 Deployment – the Learning Portal We spend almost $10 billion a year on research and development, and so each time we release...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine – free downloads

    I have to admit, much of the content in the MSDN Magazine goes whooshing over my head. But I know that some of you love nothing more than digging into coding, and would love nothing more than an evening of thread diagnostics (whatever that is?). But did you know that you can download all of the MSDN...
  • Blog Post: TechNet webcasts

    Each month the TechNet and MSDN teams over in the US host a wide range of webcasts on technical subjects. And, of course, next week’s half-term holiday might give you a chance to catch up on some professional development. As they are held on Pacific Coast time, they first one of the day is normally timed...
  • Blog Post: Looking for another Microsoft blog – take a look at the directory

    My colleague Daniel Good, keeps a directory of all of the Microsoft team blogs – those that are run by, or on behalf of, Microsoft teams. It’s a really handy reference if you’ve got a burning interest in a subject, product or programme. It’s just been updated, and checking it out today I realised we...
  • Blog Post: Another take on qualifications – have you thought about the Microsoft IT Academy?

    If you’re running the ICT systems in your school, and NOT running the curriculum ICT, then you may want to forward this onto the ICT Co-ordinator, or to the Deputy Head in charge of Curriculum Development. Although it’s got ‘IT’ in the title, the IT Academy is actually all about curriculum development...
  • Blog Post: Managing Costs at Microsoft using IT – An insider’s view

    I was in a training session on Friday, when we were joined by the Microsoft IT team – the clever chaps that keep our IT network running right across the business, seemingly in the face of all of the odds. I believe that the odds really are stacked heavily against keeping the IT system stable, because...
  • Blog Post: A comprehensive list of what's new in Windows 7

    I’ve just finished scanning an excellent series of articles on TechNet , about what’s new in Windows 7. Whilst not every feature is critical for education, there are some areas which are answers to current challenges in education ICT. If you’re managing Information Security , then read What’s New in...
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