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 know that…

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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 college, 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…

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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 like Windows 7 deployment. At last, they’re…

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What is our CIO thinking about?

If you are responsible for IT in a large organisation, 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 watch the…

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Maintaining High Availability for Microsoft.com

There’s an interesting TechNet article all about how our IT team keep Microsoft.com up and running. Alongside the article, there’s also a webcast available, so that you can explore the story in more detail. As learning becomes more reliant on technology generally, and the web specifically, then there are some strong parallels with the challenges…

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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 a new…

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TechNet webcasts

Each month the TechNet and MSDN teams over in the US host a wide range of webcasts on technical subjects. As they are held on Pacific Coast time, they first one of the day is normally at 4pm. There are others, later on in the evening, which are also good, but I know that you’re…

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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…

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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,…

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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 Smart Cards (for two-factor authentication) as well…

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