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WIN: Your passport to PuppetConf 2014

Just over a month to go until PuppetConf 2014, the fourth annual user conference run by Puppet Labs. Wanna come along? The Register is a media partner for this great community event, held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on September 20 to 25, and we have six free passes at our disposal. Also, Puppet Labs is offering Reg …
David Gordon, 22 Aug 2014

Learn about Microsoft Cloud OS platform

Microsoft UK is spreading the word on Windows Server 2003 EOS and Cloud OS with a series of free half-day events delivered jointly with strategic partners across the UK. Here is the pitch: Microsoft Cloud OS helps you transform your datacentre and leverage the cloud to reduce cost and provide the flexibility and scale to …
David Gordon, 12 Aug 2014
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No more sprawl: Let us consider the benefits of blade servers

Register now for this webcast on the role of blade systems in simplifying data centre administration. Watch this event today at 11:00 BST - if you can't make it, just sign up and we will email you when the recording is available. Blade servers can help you establish control over sprawl while simplifying the administration of …
David Gordon, 29 Jul 2014
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IBM hails open POWER8 servers

In this webcast; Doug Balog, General Manager IBM Power Systems, heralds the first generation of Power servers built on an open server platform and designed to optimise clients Big Data and Analytics workloads. Learn how IBM is challenging Intel in the server market with their new POWER8-based systems. In this webcast you will …
David Gordon, 21 Jul 2014
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Microsoft's Jester bangs the Windows Phone drum

American John Jester is a 14-year Microsoft veteran. He used to be responsible for the company’s top 100 enterprise accounts around the world, but now heads up Microsoft’s UK’s enterprise and partner group. “I used to spend my life on an airplane, so I quite enjoy the fact that my current role involves exactly one time zone,” he …
David Gordon, 21 Jul 2014

Why we need converged infrastructure

Live today at 11am BST, HP’s Clive Freeman and Freeform Dynamics' Tony Lock will explain what converged systems are designed to do, how you can do it, and the pitfalls you should be looking out for. Register here. In recent years, physical server numbers have remained static, but virtual server numbers continue to soar - and …
David Gordon, 18 Jul 2014
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Startups and SMBs: Learn how the cloud can help your business

Microsoft is running a virtual seminar later today to teach startups and other small businesses how to get started with Azure cloud. The event is free and suitable for “developers, IT Pros, Architects, students, hobbyists, and anyone interested in learning about Microsoft Azure”. Attendees will learn the basic skills and …
David Gordon, 14 Jul 2014
The BladeSystem c7000 Platinum edition chassis populated with blades

No more sprawl: Let us consider the benefits of blade servers

Register now for this webcast on the role of blade systems in simplifying data centre administration. Watch the event live on 29 July at 11:00 BST - if you can't make it on the day just sign up and we will email you when the recording is ready. Blade servers can help you establish control over sprawl while simplifying the …
David Gordon, 11 Jul 2014
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Test drive Microsoft Azure & meet Mark Russinovich

Microsoft is running an online class on how to get started with Azure cloud on July 14. The event is free and suitable for “developers, IT Pros, Architects, students, hobbyists, and anyone interested in learning about Microsoft Azure”. Attendees will learn the basic skills and knowledge to get started on the platform. During the …
David Gordon, 11 Jul 2014
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Watch the videos of the Microsoft enterprise mobility event

Business Transformed – conference in full On June 4, Microsoft ran an enterprise mobility conference in London. Among the speakers were a tech-anthropologist, an IDC analyst and Microsoft execs and customers. As media partner for the event The Register was there to video the proceedings. Above is the webcast of the whole …
David Gordon, 03 Jul 2014
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Windows Server 2003 end of life: Plan your WS2012 migration now

Extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends on 14 July 2015, so you need to plan your migration now. The Reg has worked with Microsoft, Intel and HP to create a Regcast to guide you through the steps to help you make the best migration decisions for your business. No registration is required. Migrating to the latest version of …
David Gordon, 27 Jun 2014
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What enterprise mobility means for my business

Youtube Video On June 4 Microsoft UK held its Business Transformed summit in London to share the love for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. We have already covered some of the speakers in two previous articles (here and here). In this outing we zoom in on the customer panel discussion that rounded off the conference. The Register …
David Gordon, 26 Jun 2014

Why we need converged infrastructure

In this live webcast on Friday, 18 July at 11:00 BST HP’s Clive Freeman and Freeform Dynamics' Tony Lock explain what converged systems are designed to do, how you can do it, and the pitfalls to look out for. Register here. In recent years, physical server numbers have remained static but virtual server numbers continue to soar …
David Gordon, 26 Jun 2014

Webscale IT: Learn more from the experts on June 25

Nutanix is hosting a nifty online event on June 25 to discuss web-scale IT for your delectation – and with The Register’s very own Jack Clark as a speaker how could we not be a media partner. Hear first-hand from the pioneers and practitioners of web-scale IT and learn why it's becoming increasingly relevant for the enterprise …
David Gordon, 20 Jun 2014

Techies Ahoy! Amazon Web Services has a roadshow just for you

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is taking its roadshow to Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol over the next few weeks – having already visited Dublin and Edinburgh. You can read the full agenda for this free introductory session on the AWS roadshow registration page. But here is a taster of what to expect. On the day you will learn …
David Gordon, 18 Jun 2014
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Migrating to Windows Server 2012

What are you doing on 14 July 2015? Mark it in your diary: it’s the end of support for Windows Server 2003. Unless you start migration planning soon, 14 July next year might be a bad day at the office. Migrating to the latest version of Windows Server isn’t just a case of installing a new OS. You need to discover which servers …
David Gordon, 17 Jun 2014

Missed it? Here's the latest on Microsoft's mobile strategy

Youtube Video For those of you who missed Microsoft UK's summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy in London on June 4, here’s your chance to view the proceedings at your leisure. In the vid you can watch Microsoft discuss mobile devices and the role they will play in the company’s “mobile first, cloud first” …
David Gordon, 12 Jun 2014

Watch this: A webinar about System Center Orchestrator

Youtube Video In this training session QA's Paul Gregory explores System Center Orchestrator - which he describes as "Microsoft's best-kept secret". SCOrch allows heterogeneous automation across your infrastructure and business process, without coding. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's …
David Gordon, 12 Jun 2014
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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

Youtube Video Laptops already routinely have four CPUs and in a few years' time they will probably have a couple of dozen. However, Software doesn't automatically make use of more than 1 CPU, it takes programmers to do that. This training session will briefly show the async solutions that .NET has embraced and then take you …
David Gordon, 11 Jun 2014

LIVE SHOW: How to simplify storage management

What: How to simplify storage management. When: Regcast, 11am UK time, 10 June 2014. Register here. How do you simplify and integrate your storage? We’ll show you where to start and what to do. Watch this Regcast live today at 11:00 BST and learn how to improve performance and save money. Just sign up here for the live show – …
David Gordon, 10 Jun 2014
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Migrating to Windows Server 2012

What are you doing on 14 July 2015? Mark it in your diary: it’s the end of support for Windows Server 2003. Unless you start migration planning soon, 14 July next year might be a bad day at the office. Migrating to the latest version of Windows Server isn’t just a case of installing a new OS. You need to discover which servers …
David Gordon, 09 Jun 2014

Watch this: Managing user experience with UE V 2 0

Youtube Video Microsoft User Experience Virtualivation (UE-V) 2.0 captures and centralizes application settings and Windows operating system settings for the user. These settings are then applied to the different computers that are accessed by users. The different computers include desktop computers, laptop computers, and …
David Gordon, 07 Jun 2014

How to simplify storage management

What: How to simplify storage management. When: Regcast, 11am London time, 10 June 2014. Register here. How do you simplify and integrate your storage? We’ll show you where to start and what to do. Watch this Regcast on 10 June at 11:00 BST and learn how to improve performance and save money. Just sign up here for the live …
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2014
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Application infrastructure under stress? Have you considered a philosophy transplant?

Are you struggling to keep your applications and networks stable, while everything around them changes? You’re not alone. Over 400 of you participated in a recent study by Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by Barracuda Networks. The results were chastening. There were a range of “escalating pressures”, ranging from the bugbears …
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2014
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Watch this: Using Foundation for responsive design

Youtube Video Mobile Ready and responsive development are the must know skills for anyone involved with web development, Juggling the HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript is a challenging ask but Foundation is here to help! A rapid prototyping and industrial scalable framework it makes responsive design a simpler and more straightforward …
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2014

Techies Ahoy! Amazon Web Services has a roadshow just for you

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is taking its roadshow to Dublin, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol over the next few weeks. You can read the full agenda for this free introductory session on the AWS roadshow registration page. But here is a taster of what to expect. On the day you will learn what cloud computing is with …
David Gordon, 05 Jun 2014
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LIVE TODAY: Simplifying IT with cloud apps

Lots of you are considering cloud apps, but find it hard to figure out what’s most important when making decisions. We’re here today to help with that. We've brought you Regcasts on IaaS and PaaS, but this time we're going to talk in more detail about integrating business apps: CRM, HCM, ERP. We hate hype at the Reg, but we …
David Gordon, 05 Jun 2014

Storage AND security? It must be a Reg Live Chat

What: Storage, security and the 2014 show When: Live Chat, 2pm, 20 June 2014, London CIOs, IT managers and sysadmins face a host of challenges at the moment as they try to exploit and tame the same technologies that their users are adopting under the radar. At the same time, converging disciplines mean that they may end up …
David Gordon, 04 Jun 2014
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LIVE TODAY: Microsoft enterprise mobility summit

Tune in now to Business Transformed, Microsoft's enterprise mobility summit. Don't have time to watch now, or want to read some supporting assets? Register here and we will ping you when the on-demand video is ready. Speakers include IDC's John Delaney, who presents findings from the analyst firm’s Mobility Maturity …
David Gordon, 04 Jun 2014

Watch this: Creating custom workflows for SharePoint 2013

Youtube Video In this training session, QA's Jon Venables shows you how to create custom workflows for SharePoint 2013 using SharePoint Designer. The session demonstrates how to create workflows using both the SharePoint 2010 and 2010 workflow templates. It will also demonstrate the use of Visio Professional 2013 which enables a …
David Gordon, 03 Jun 2014

Watch this: Application lifecycle management using Visual Studio 2013

Youtube Video By using the suite of client-server tools in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 (TFS), proven practices can be applied to manage an application's life-cycle. This QA training session shows how to plan projects, develop, build and test an application, track work and report progress using the version control, …
David Gordon, 02 Jun 2014
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Watch this: WAN optimisation with CloudBridge 7

Youtube Video In this training session, QA's Rob Blincoe delivers CloudBridge and where it sits with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration is required to watch the recordings. Cat 5 cable
David Gordon, 31 May 2014
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WIN your FREE Nokia Lumia 630 smartphone HERE!

Five lucky Reg readers, who must be UK residents, will each win a Nokia Lumia 630 smartphone – all you have to do is sign up for the "Business Transformed" virtual event and you're entered in the draw. The new Nokia Lumia 630 is a "solid successor" to a "modern, zippy performer with a lot of charm", according to our review. …
David Gordon, 30 May 2014

Watch this: An introduction to Microsoft BizTalk Server

Youtube Video This is a quick walk-through of the capabilities of BizTalk, Microsoft's integration server. See how to use BizTalk to pass messages between disparate applications, and look at the range of services it offers, from business process management to Enterprise Service Bus capabilities. The Register is broadcasting a …
David Gordon, 30 May 2014
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Developers: Microsoft has a cloud camp on 2 June just for you

Join Microsoft in Victoria, London for Developer Cloud Camp on 2 June. During this all-day training course, you will learn how to: Build, Deploy, Scale! Learn how to use ASP.NET to deploy Microsoft Azure Websites and Cloud Services in a multi-tier application using Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Build mobile applications using …
David Gordon, 30 May 2014
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Prize draw: Win a Nokia Lumia 630!

Microsoft is running an exclusive prize draw for registrants to Business Transformed, the company’s enterprise mobile virtual event on June 4, 10am. Five people, who must be UK residents, will each win a Nokia Lumia 630 handset – simply sign up to the event and you are entered into the prize draw. So, a little bit more about …
David Gordon, 29 May 2014
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Developers: Your chance to get hands on with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft’s Cloud Camp, an all-day event, is taking place in Victoria, central London on 2 June. Event and registration details for this free of charge training day are here. Here’s the drill: You’ve probably heard of Microsoft Azure but not done anything with it. Maybe you’ve seen a few demos at an event or an online video. …
David Gordon, 29 May 2014
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Watch this: A webinar about classic GUI design patterns

Youtube Video In this training session, QA's Paul Besley takes you through the common GUI patterns of MVC, MVP and MVVM. This includes: The benefits of applying a pattern; Patterns and Unit Test; How they work; Going beyond basic Unit Test. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week …
David Gordon, 29 May 2014
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Watch this: A webinar about VMWare's PowerCLI

Youtube Video You may have heard of Powershell. Now meet Vmware's Add-on to it, PowerCli. PowerCli allows you to script changes and reporting of your vSphere environment. Watch this training session from QA and find out what you are missing. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in …
David Gordon, 28 May 2014
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Watch this! RHEL 7 - The new release preview

Youtube Video RHEL 7 is shaping up to have the biggest incremental change ever... From file systems, boot loader to daemon control and desktop manager - administrators will have their hands full when making the transition. In this 90 min webinar, an unnamed QA trainer will take you through Content: Roadmap; Boot with GRUB2; …
David Gordon, 28 May 2014

Watch this! Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Youtube Video In this presentation, QA's Philip Stirpe introduces Amazon Web Services - AWS and describe the infrastructure and services that they provide. He also explores some best practices for cloud computing. ® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration …
David Gordon, 27 May 2014
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Webcast: How to build an open cloud

It’s a hybrid world. But proprietary clouds are hard to integrate and less flexible. On the other hand, you’re already using them. To coordinate your internal and external clouds, migration, administration, data protection, compliance, service levels and support need to be coordinated too. The answer might lie in the open cloud …
David Gordon, 27 May 2014
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Watch this! A webinar about Mobile BI

Youtube Video In this 90 minutes training session, QA's Mark Fitzgerald, examines business intelligence software from Microsoft and the opportunities that are available for self-built and packages mobile BI applications.® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No …
David Gordon, 26 May 2014
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Watch this! How to use OS X Server for mobile device management

Youtube Video In this 75-minute webinar, QA's Scott Hayes looks at Apple's OS X Mavericks and OS X Server as a mobile Device Management solution for iOS and OS X devices. Learn how to deploy profiles to an iPad, iPhone or Mac using OS X Server on OS X Mavericks and Apple Push Notification Service. The Register is broadcasting a …
David Gordon, 24 May 2014
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Watch this: IPv4 must die! So let's beef up on IPv6

Youtube Video In this 90-minute webinar QA's John Cannings looks at the shortcomings of IPv4 and how IPv6 answers the needs of today’s communications systems. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration is required to watch the recordings. ipv6 logo
David Gordon, 23 May 2014
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Webinar: Enterprise mobile management with the Microsoft stack

Join Microsoft on June 4, 10am UK time for a live summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy. You can check out the full agenda and register for this event here. Can't attend on the day? Just sign up and we'll ping you when the session is available on demand. In this virtual event, Microsoft will discuss Windows Phone …
David Gordon, 23 May 2014
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Learn how to simplify your IT setup with cloud apps

What: Simplifying your IT setup with cloud apps When: Regcast, 5 June 2014, 11am London time Register here. Can't make it? Sign up and we'll ping you when the on-demand version is ready. Do you need some help in making the switch to cloud apps? Then watch this webinar. Annrai O’Toole of Workday, perhaps the leading exponent …
David Gordon, 23 May 2014

Watch this! A webinar about Extended Hyper V Replica

Youtube Video In this 90-minute webinar, QA's Paul Gregory examines the advanced features introduced within Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2. Strictly one for techies! The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration is required to watch the recordings …
David Gordon, 22 May 2014

Watch this! The changing face of malware

Youtube Video The anti-malware software industry seems to be fighting a losing battle, with Symantec even declaring antivirus "dead". In this online tutorial Darryl MacGregor, principal technologist for information security at IT training biz QA, discusses the best strategies for protecting your information assets in the near …
David Gordon, 21 May 2014
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Windows Phone Live: Microsoft's plans for enterprise on mobile

Join Microsoft on 4 June, 10am UK time for a live summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy. In this virtual event, Microsoft will discuss mobile devices and the role they will play in the company’s “mobile first, cloud first” technology positioning. When it comes to mobile devices, Microsoft is a challenger behind …
David Gordon, 20 May 2014