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…


This week’s webinars for university IT managers 16th-18th November

There  are a couple of webinars during this week that if you have time in your diary, come along and take a listen. System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 webinar System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) lets you see how your IT system is running, from your servers right down to individual desktop computers enabling Operations…


How we went to Live@edu–The University of Reading

The University of Reading is one of the UK’s leading research establishments, and is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the country. I recently met up with Mark Cockshoot, assistant director of IT services at the university to talk about how they made the leap into the cloud with Microsoft Live@edu……


Network Management Webinars for education – coming up this month

We’ve had about 300 attendees so far for the first three webinars for educational network and IT managers, and we’ve got five more coming up on System Center for network management. Here’s the next ones in the System Center series of webinars: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) lets you…


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…