Free events for IT Pros in Newcastle on 25th November

On Monday 25th November, St James’ Park in Newcastle is the venue for three free events for IT professionals covering a range of Microsoft technologies.

During the day, the MVP Cloud OS Relay and SQL Relay 2012R2 have great line-ups of MVPs and other experts in Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Office 365, Azure, SQL and Business Intelligence.

In the evening, the Windows User Group takes over with an event covering Windows 8.1, deployment, MDOP and Office 2013.

The schedule for the Cloud OS event is at and free sign-up is at

The SQL Relay event has sold out, but if you’re desperately interested in any of the sessions at you can register for the Cloud OS event and switch tracks throughout the day if there’s capacity in the room.

Sign up for the evening event is at

Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Microsoft UK Tech Days Online starts tomorrow

For 3 days (6-8 Nov) Microsoft UK is running their Tech Days Online event, covering (day 1) Windows Client for IT Pros and Developers, (day 2) Server and Cloud for IT Pros, and (day 3) Visual Studio, Azure, Dev tools for Developers.

The late morning slot is where the headline content is because on Wednesday they have an intereview with outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and on Thursday they have me ;-) talking about PowerShell, with a focus on Desired State Configuration.

As The Register says, “Microsoft TechDays Online is a lovely opportunity for IT pros and developers to beef up on the latest developments in Microsoft client, server, cloud, system management and developer tools technologies.”

It’s all free, and you can register at