Windows Server User Group returns with April 6th event in London

After a few months without a meeting, the Windows Server User Group are hosting an event at Microsoft’s London HQ (at Cardinal Place, near Victoria Station) at 6pm on the 6th April. There will be two sessions: Microsoft’s Bill Orme will present Active Directory – Rights Management Services (AD-RMS) and how it can integrate with the cloud, and Simon Veale of the Oxford Computer Group is presenting on Active Directory – Federation Services (AD-FS). The formal sessions will be followed by far less formal drinks in the Ha Ha bar afterwards. If you’re in the area, I’d suggest getting yourself along … Continue reading Windows Server User Group returns with April 6th event in London

Windows Phone 7: What will still be missing at the end of 2011?

In Steve Ballmer’s keynote at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, Microsoft outlined what’s coming to Windows Phone 7 in updates for the remainder of 2011. There’s some good stuff there: copy and paste will come along with some performance improvements in the first half of March, followed later in the year by some 3rd party multi-tasking, Twitter integration in the People Hub, enhanced support for SkyDrive in Office, and a mobile version of IE9, supporting HTML5 and utilising hardware accelleration via the GPU. It all sounds very positive, but what is still missing? In fairness, they did say that this … Continue reading Windows Phone 7: What will still be missing at the end of 2011?

Last.fm: free on WP7 or not?

Over the last day or so, lots of blogs covering Windows Phone 7 and other mobile devices/gadgets, including big-hitters like Engadget, Boy Genius Report, Wired and Pocket-Lint have been reporting Last.fm’s announcement that they’re bringing free streaming to an end on all platforms other than the web and Windows desktop client, with the exception on Xbox360 and Windows Phone 7. That seems to be diametrically opposed to the email message that Last.fm sent direct to me and other users of their WP7 app, which was: From February 15 you will need to be a subscriber to listen to Last.fm Radio … Continue reading Last.fm: free on WP7 or not?

The dangers of using the bin to store things you want to keep

When you build IT systems and you put limitations on how they are intended to be used, it goes without saying that people will try to find ways of getting round those limitations. In my organization, we’ve always been fairly liberal about what users can do with our systems, but there are some times that we have to put limits in place. For example, we don’t have an unlimited amount of disk space, so we have to put quotas on storage capacity for each user’s email and files.  It turns out that some people try to work around these quotas … Continue reading The dangers of using the bin to store things you want to keep

Microsoft Server & Cloud ICAB

If you’re a dedicated IT professional or software developer working with Microsoft’s server products, like Windows Server, Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Forefront then you may want to think about putting yourself forward as a member of the Server and Cloud International Customer Advisory Board (ICAB). I’m a member and I know a number of other very bright people who are contributing, so it’s looking like a group that can provide Microsoft with some really good feedback and recommendations. Here’s the skinny in Microsoft’s words: We’re looking for developers and IT pros who use Windows Server and/or System Center to … Continue reading Microsoft Server & Cloud ICAB