PowerShell MVP for another year

My 2014 started out with the news that I’ve received my 4th Microsoft MVP Award for PowerShell, which contrasted wonderfully with the end of 2013 when I had a rather nasty fall and was lucky to not break a few bones (although I do still feel pretty sore). I’ve learned from experience not to bother making New Year’s Resolutions, but going forward I do have a plan to work smarter (see my last post on The Phoenix Project) and to take advantage of working in a tall building to get some exerise up and down the stairs!

More System Center 2012 SP1 on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Earlier this month, I pointed at a couple of courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy – which is a great free resource, if you haven’t already found it. I’ve since found a post on the System Center blog pointing at a whole load more content that you might want to check out: Configuring and deploying Microsoft’s Private Cloud http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/configuring-and-deploying-microsoft-s-private-cloud Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-the-microsoft-private-cloud Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1) http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-hyper-v-jump-start Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1) http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-virtualization-for-vmware-professionals-jump-start Microsoft Solution Accelerators for the Datacenter and Private Cloud http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-solution-accelerators-for-the-datacenter-and-private-cloud Private … Continue reading More System Center 2012 SP1 on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Bletchley Park

Back in November I had the privilege to spend two days at Bletchley Park, the home of the legendary WWII code breakers and the National Museum of Computing, along with a number of the UK-based Microsoft MVPs. It’s a place that I’ve personally wanted to visit for a number of years because my grandfather’s wartime role was at a Wireless Intercept ‘Y Station’ that was listening in on Axis communications to be decrypted by the Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park (the forerunner to GCHQ). The two days were filled with presentations from Microsoft staff and MVPs in the ballroom, a team code breaking … Continue reading Bletchley Park

System Center 2012 SP1

When Microsoft first released Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012, there was a short period of pain when early adopters found that it was broken due to it shipping with a certificate that expired almost immediately. Thankfully that was quickly resolved and what is available now is an excellent update in terms of support for new versions of Windows and enhanced functionality. I would recommend that people look at Microsoft Virtual Academy for details on the updates in SP1. They actually have two courses that cover it: System Center 2012 SP1 Updates and System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities. As usual, … Continue reading System Center 2012 SP1

TheTekTonic Show

Last Sunday there was a seismic shift when my good friend Ben Lee and I recorded the zero-th episode of our new podcast, TheTekTonic Show. The idea is that it’ll be a semi-regular dose of tech chat, not covering the news as such, but more to do with trends. Since both of us are IT Pros working largely in the Microsoft stack, you can expect a bias towards discussion of Microsoft products and corporate IT, but we’re generally interested in all technology, and with all the BYOD, corporate IT and consumer tech are crossing over. Our plan is to have guests on … Continue reading TheTekTonic Show

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

23rd September, Newcastle: Three fantastic Microsoft enterprise IT presentations

We are very pleased to be able to announce a stellar line up of technical presentations and speakers from Microsoft at the September VBUG Newcastle IT Pro meeting… The Dynamic Desktop Experience – Windows 7, Windows XP Mode, App-V, MDT, MDOP and System Center (Dan Oliver) Windows 7 offers Microsoft’s customers with an opportunity to deliver a platform that releases new capabilities that deliver real business benefit and significantly reduced cost of ownership. The challenge for most companies is that deploying and migrating desktops is time consuming and traditionally offers service continuity risks with Application Compatibility that can prevent progress. This … Continue reading 23rd September, Newcastle: Three fantastic Microsoft enterprise IT presentations