Salford Software Cloud Event for HE – 19th January at Microsoft Reading

Salford Software would like to invite you to an event for colleges and Universities at the Microsoft office, Reading on the 19th January. The purpose of this event is to share the experiences of Hopwood Hall College with like minded academic organisations. Hopwood Hall College, in Manchester, had a clear vision to be a leader…


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…


Microsoft Education White Paper – Baby steps into the Cloud

Gerald Haigh, an education writer and journalist, has close contacts within many education establishments. It was because of this that we asked him to interview a wide group of people about the use of Cloud services in education, which meant understanding what’s going on today, as well as what the future might look like. The…


Free Microsoft ebooks

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…


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 – and the benefits that…


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 IT managers who are considering their next step with virtualisation projects. Predicting resource requirements for a new ICT application, especially one that is widely used, such as a new web service, is a tricky task. It’s hard…


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…


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…


New links for the slides from the Microsoft Higher Education Briefing 2010

My humble apologies – yesterday’s links for the presentations were all duff! (I think it’s because I used me extra-special-secret-SkyDrive account). They are now all corrected – so you can now download all of the presentations from the Microsoft Higher Education Briefing, held in Reading yesterday, from this page.


Slides from the Microsoft Higher Education Briefing 2010

We held our annual briefing for UK Higher Education institutions today. We had an interesting mix of presentations, including universities sharing their experiences, plenty of technology sessions, and a great session from Dave Coplin on the shape of the future workplace – and it’s implications for your IT systems. if you were unable to get…