Windows Server 2016 Preview JumpStart Now Available On-Demand!

Back on August 18th and 19th, myself and Corey Hynes delivered a 2-day, live, Windows Server 2016 Preview Jumpstart. For the thousands of you that attended, thank you, it was a lot of fun, and I hope you learned a lot! There are certainly a lot of new features and capabilities coming in the next release of Windows Server! Some of them are incremental improvements, however there are many areas that are completely new to the Microsoft platform, such as Containers and Nano Server.

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Join me on the Windows Server 2016 Preview JumpStart!

Hungry for Hyper-V?  Super-excited about Storage? Need to know Networking, or perhaps Nano? Curious about Containers? Amazed by Automation? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then the Windows Server 2016 Preview JumpStart is going to be right up your street. Even if you didn’t answer yes to any of those questions, I’m going to assume you did, as thinking of those statements is 10 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. And I apologize for using Super-excited. It just slipped out.

Anyway….I’ve been crafting the content for the upcoming JumpStart for the last week or so, and myself, along with my fellow speaker, the man, the legend, Mr Corey Hynes, are now in the process of finalizing the demos, (of which we have well over 20, across the 2-day course) to help bring to life, some of the incredible investments that we’re making in the next release of Windows Server. In order to register, you need to head on over to the Microsoft Virtual Academy page, where you’ll find a picture of my face (apologies) and more importantly, a nice big ‘Register Now’ button. You really can’t miss it.

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New MVA Course: Azure Pack – Database as a Service (DBaaS)

Are you an IT professional providing infrastructure and IT resources for developers, application owners and database administrators? Are you tired of receiving emails, calls, texts, WhatsApp’s or even Snapchat’s, asking you for a new database, which you have to then create manually? If you answered yes to either of those, then a new, free Microsoft Virtual Academy course could be right up your street.

For those not familiar, DBaaS, or Database as a Service to give its full name, is a mechanism through which IT can provide key stakeholders with access to backend database technologies, such as SQL Server, through self-service, requiring no further interaction by, or with IT. For some enterprises and service providers, responding to requests for IT stuff like databases, consumes a lot of time, thus automating these processes, and providing access via self-service really can be a game changer. Not only can it save time, but it can significantly increase consistency, aid with standardization and provide increased confidence in the IT services you provide.  Just sayin’.

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New MVA Course – Operational Insights within the Operations Management Suite

A few short days ago, at the first annual mega-conference that is Microsoft Ignite, there were a number of high-profile announcements. One of the announcements that took many people by surprise was around MOMS. Now, I don’t mean your Mom, my Mom (well, Mum where I’m from) or anyone else’s Mom – I mean the Microsoft Operations Management Suite. For those of you who haven’t kept up on the news, MOMS is a combination of technologies that enables you to gain greater levels of insight and control of your IT environment, whether it exists on-premises, in the cloud, or across both. This also applies across Windows Server, Linux, VMware, OpenStack, and across Azure and AWS. Pretty flexible, I’d say.

But, what does it do?

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My top 10 datacenter platform sessions at Microsoft Ignite!

Microsoft Ignite is just around the corner, so what better time than now, to lean back, relax, take a deep breath, and figure out how you’re going to fill your time for the week. Oh, and I mean during the day…you know…normal business hours and all that.

What you’ll find below is a selection of my hand-picked sessions, all focused on the on-premises (yes, with an ‘s’) datacenter technologies – the stuff you and I know as Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center, Azure Pack and more. Sure, there may be some stuff on my list that you haven’t heard of before, or know too much about, but hey, that’s fine, however if it’s on this list, it’s generally because I think it’s important, strategic going forward, and frankly, downright cool technology that can make a big difference to your infrastructure.

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Back in the room.

Hi. It’s been a while.

Has it? Been a while since what, exactly?  Well, once upon a time, when the Internet was already popular, Facebook was already known around the world, and people were already tweeting about every aspect of life, I maintained a blog. Well, not just a blog, a blog with a sister TV site. Yep, I know what you’re thinking, I’d made it to the big time. You may remember my virtualboy blog, and site, both of which aimed to provide IT professionals with useful, relevant content around the Microsoft infrastructure technologies, which were, at the time, technologies such as Windows Server 2008, and subsequently 2008 R2, along with System Center. Yep, we’re talking circa ~2009 here folks.

A lot has changed since then. Marriage. Moving jobs within Microsoft whilst simultaneously moving countries, and continents (For the latter, I’m referring to moving house, rather than a superhuman feat of strength where I can affect a large mass of land), and most recently, the arrival of our beautiful baby girl, Georgia Mae.  All of that meant that my blog just didn’t get the love it needed, and like my lawn over summer (when I’m too tight to water it), it withered and died.

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