Windows To Go

One of my favourite enterprise features that Microsoft is adding to Windows 8 is Windows To Go, which lets you provision a desktop on a USB flash drive and take it with you to boot on any hardware that meets the usual Windows 8 requirements. An IT department can build a desktop image, with applications installed (perhaps some of the intranet apps that you wouldn’t let your staff install on their home PC), and even domain join it before passing it to someone who needs to travel light, or who wants to be able to do some sensitive work on … Continue reading Windows To Go

NEBytes: Windows 8 and Imagine Cup North East

If you’re in the North East of England, get yourself along to NEBytes tomorrow evening (Wednesday 21st March). I’m collaborating with Ben Lee and Ross Dargan to give you as much depth as you can handle on Windows 8, and we’re getting to see what some of the student teams have been doing for the Imagine Cup. There’s plenty space, so come and join us at Newcastle University (Claremont Tower, room 1.02) from 18:30 – please register at Eventbrite if you’re coming.

Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell

Attendees of my presentation to NEBytes in January got an early look at this, but now everyone can join in the fun because today sees the public release of Beta 1 of Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell. An add-in for the PowerShell ISE, as well as a standalone application, Script Explorer brings together a number of online repositories for PowerShell scripts, snippets and modules, like the TechNet Script Center and PoshCode, as well as How To guidance, to make them easy to search and browse. This is particularly useful for people new to PowerShell to find examples of code … Continue reading Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell

PowerShell Web Access on the Windows Server 8 Beta

One of my favourite features of Windows Server 8 is Windows PowerShell Web Access. This essentially presents a basic PowerShell console over HTTPS, hosted by IIS8. When I get an email on my phone saying that a new support ticket has come into my team while I’m on the train commuting to/from the office, in lots of cases I can just launch PSWA on the phone and solve it pretty quickly. Microsoft have provided some fairly comprehensive documentation on the deployment process for PSWA at It has changed significantly between the Developer Preview and the Beta, adding some cmdlets … Continue reading PowerShell Web Access on the Windows Server 8 Beta

Learn PowerShell in a series of free Live Meetings

On Monday 12th March, Ed Wilson, the Microsoft Scripting Guy, is starting a week of free Live Meetings to get beginners up to speed with Windows PowerShell. The live sessions are at 10am(Pacific) each day, so that’s 7pm in the UK, but they’ll also be recorded and available at the TechNet Script Center’s Learn PowerShell page, where you can already find some great content. The Windows PowerShell for the Busy Admin series covers the following: Session 1: PowerShell SmowerShell or: Why Bother to Learn Windows PowerShell In this session, Microsoft Scripting Guy ,Ed Wilson, discusses the fact that in addition to being the management future for … Continue reading Learn PowerShell in a series of free Live Meetings

Hacking Imagination

The Imagine Cup is an annual competition run by Microsoft for groups of students to develop technology solutions to real world problems. This year has seen the launch of a North East regional heat of the competition, funded by Sunderland Software City and organised by Codeworks. The winners of the heat will get through to the UK finals in the software design category and compete for a place at the worldwide finals in Sydney, Australia. On Friday 17th Feb, the teams of students from the NorMAN universities and FE colleges were bussed to a secret location (Redworth Hall Hotel, near … Continue reading Hacking Imagination