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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 phone confirmed to be available on all five UK mobile operators

    Caught this announcement on Engadget today that Windows 7 phones will be sold through all five mobile operators in the UK. Instead of just o2 , who got exclusivity on the iPhone in the UK. This is real good news for competitive data plans, and a better handset price. Competition has a habit of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Launch Event

    [Informational] Take note of the following times today! Steve Ballmer will be the keynote speaker at the launch in New York together with a concurrent press conference in London as well. Scheduled to last 3 1/2 hours, this event will showcase MS's latest offerings and tie ins with AT&T and...
  • Blog Post: Happy 25th Birthday Windows [1.0] !

    [Informational] Windows 3.11 was my first Operating System I used way back in 1995 as a kid. Windows to me then was this really cool looking application with nice buttons to point, click, and execute applications through file manager, check my e-mail with Eudora and wait in great anticipation as my...
  • Blog Post: Nokia and Microsoft move beyond pillow talk

    Looks like Microsoft and Nokia have formed an alliance with Nokia using Windows Phone OS for its devices ... Tons of info over the web about this development, my jumping off point this morning was: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12427680
  • Blog Post: Microsoft buys Skype

    Here we are, straight from the horse's mouth http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/may11/05-10CorpNewsPR.mspx So, folks here all geared up for the next MS Security Bulletin that will be applicable for Skype? :)
  • Blog Post: Interesting story about how Microsoft handled their Courier tablet

    Makes for interesting reading, http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20128013-75/the-inside-story-of-how-microsoft-killed-its-courier-tablet/ Sourced from CNET
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 - No longer cloudy (sorry couldn't help myself!)

    Check out the Microsoft System Center keynote (Brad Anderson and Satya Nadella), big reveals in there! Universal installer ... Watch the video ... Still trying to work out what the 'vision' is? Read on ... http://www.informationweek.com/news/cloud-computing/infrastructure/232400396 http...
  • Blog Post: Guide to Surviving with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    If you’re studying up on ConfigMgr 2012 at the moment, make this your homepage! System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Survival Guide Lots of people are contributing links and content so you’ll see this grow rapidly … there's a stack of awesome videos on there already, check ‘em out!
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft System Center 2012

    Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 has been released. You can fetch the downloads from here ( KB2706783 ) A stack of fixes, best to visit the link the full descriptions. Also check out Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft System Center 2012 here ( 2686249 ) There is also a preview SP1 for System Center...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Configuration Pack Released

    Must be the summer of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, few days ago the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Configuration Pack was released. The pack checks the Software Update Point and Management Point roles, Site Servers and WSUS Configuration settings. The Pack will only return compliance...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Cumulative Update 1

    Literally two days ago I wrote a quick blog post about the ConfigMgr 2012 cumulative update servicing model , but didn’t have an update\cumulative bundle to install so pretty much just blogged what I took from the documentation, well what do you know, a day later the first cumulative update bundle...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Cumulative Update 1–Deploy using Software Updates

    I wrote here about installing the first update bundle for ConfigMgr called System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Cumulative Update 1 , and skipped over deploying using Software Updates, well here’s how to get the CAB file the cumulative update 1 creates when you install it, and deploy to your Clients...
  • Blog Post: Install guide for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta and RedHat Client

    Welcome to my guide for installing the ConfigMgr 2012 Client onto RedHat 6 Enterprise Linux ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta brings cross-platform support, and here I'll show you how to setup RedHat and then install the ConfigMgr Client There have been third-party extensions to achieve this before...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 RTM's - ConfigMgr SP1 is here

    Our first service pack for ConfigMgr is now fully available! Check out these MS announcement links Delivering Unified Device Management with Windows Intune and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Microsoft Advances the Cloud OS With New Management Solutions Download Microsoft System Center Private...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007/2012 now support SQL 2012 SP1

    Over on the ConfigMgr team blog they made an announcement that ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012 now support SQL SP1 support . There Is another reference in the announcement that the Endpoint Protection client will also support SQL 2012 SP1 and Operations Manager 2012 SP1. You’ll see the documentation...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit 2013

    I’m about to head off to London Heathrow Airport for todays10 hour flight out to Seattle, visiting the MVP 2013 Global Summit on the Microsoft Redmond Campus. It’s become a holiday-conference combo, it is supposed to be a conference but myself and other ConfigMgr MVP’s have kind of gone overboard and...
  • Blog Post: MS KB2823324 patch could cause loss of OS on next reboot if deployed

    Lots of chatter out there on the web on this, Microsoft has pulled a patch, KB2823324, that is reportedly causing Windows OS’s not to boot properly or for application to not function correctly. If you haven’t got this out into production yet, think it’d be a sensible precaution to remove it from any...
  • Blog Post: Best of MMS UK – Tuesday 21st of May 2013

    The Best of MMS UK registration is closed now and there will be an epic amount of folk there as well as partners. I’ll be attending so if you see me and want to say hi just pull me up, always happy to chat and meet. http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2013/05/10/reminder-the-best-of-mms-uk-2013...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Second Shot is back!

    Pretty much as the title says, Microsoft’s ever popular second shot scheme is back until May 31st 2014. So now is your chance to get started on those exams you’ve been telling yourself to do all summer! If you’re not familiar with second shot it effectively allows you to grab a second shot at your Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Event–Cloud OS

    My MVP Regional Lead is really hyping this weeks Cloud OS event, it takes place all of this week in London, Victoria covering 5 days and server and desktop tracks. Think it is sold out mostly, but always worth popping an email out to the organiser to see if you can get in. https://mvpcloudosweek.eventbrite...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days Online is making a return for Autumn 2013

    The hugely popular Tech Days Online is returning to our computer screens at the beginning of November. If you’re not familiar with this event, in a nutshell it’s an online only event organised and hosted by Microsoft with a whole bunch of great speakers who talk about and demonstrate a whole bunch of...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 3 arrives

    CM12 SP1 CU3 is here! Giving us Windows 8.1 platform support in the product and a host of fixes around such things as Software Distribution, Task Sequence engine, Windows inTune, EndPoint Protection engine update, Site systems, PowerShell, Reporting and Software Updates. http://blogs.technet.com/b/brandonlinton...
  • Blog Post: And now for something completely different–The CM12R2 Toolkit is here

    A bag of awesomeness dropped yesterday in the form of the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit . Here’s the payload of tools: Server Based Tools * DP Job Manager - A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points....
  • Blog Post: Switzerland–User Group-All day with Wally Mead and Friends

    Another awesome engineer friend of mine is giving his start-up User Group in Switzerland a go with it’s first all day event. The UG is called ConfigMgr.ch, he has an all-day event set for the 13th of Jan 2014 and the main attraction is Wally Mead along with a bunch of excellent speakers! Here’s the complete...
  • Blog Post: Beta–ConfigMgr Support Center tool from Microsoft

    There’s a new ConfigMgr tool just released from Microsoft called Support Center, in it’s beta stage, and open to the public. It’s primary purpose is for passing on Client diagnostic information to Microsoft Support Services, but it goes beyond that and, as you will see, has a selection of features for...