Monthly Archives: July 2013

Global Internet Speeds In The Spotlight. Again…

In life we all encounter people who like to one up whatever story is being told, regardless of the reality of the situation. As a former competitive powerlifter, I encountered this all the time – there were no shortage of friends of friends who were breaking national and international records in their local gym without even realising it. More impressive were the number of people who were world champion strong before their knee exploded, or there shoulder started to give

Windows 8 – What’s New On Microsoft Virtual Academy?

Microsoft Virtual Academy is turning into an incredibly useful source of online training, and Windows 8 is no exception. Even though there will be a big influx of Windows 8.1 content in the months to come, much of the underpinnings remain the same, so spending some time learning more about Windows 8 is going to ease your introduction to Windows 8.1, especially if you have avoided any interaction with Windows 8. What’s the problem with avoiding Windows 8 and waiting

Home Network Rework

I recently went through the process of consolidating a bunch of servers at home, primarily driven by the need to avoid juggling VMs across multiple machines to get them all running properly. The old setup looked as follows… 1 x Intel Dual Quad Xeon w/32GB RAM1 x Intel Dual Dual Xeon w/16GB RAM1 x Acer AC100 Xeon w/16GB RAM2 x i7 9xx w/24GB RAM2 x HP Microservers w/16GB RAM for storage Each had additional Intel dual port NICs added, and

Increasing Surface Tension

While Microsoft’s recent announcement of an almost $1B write down on Surface inventory caught everyone by surprise, the fact that it was languishing was no secret. While I have written about Surface and Windows RT repeatedly in the past with both praise and criticism, I see the write down as a PR exercise which will allow a phoenix to rise from the ashes, kind of like what may happen to Amanda Bynes career if she isn’t really suffering from some

My Surface Prodictions

After spending time in several hardware sessions at WPC13, merging in my wish list, and adding a dose of reality, I’ve come up with the following Surface predictions in a non-scientific and completely random manner. Naming Choices V2 is too boring. SP1 would acknowledge problems in previous versions along with an expectation of being available free of charge. Gen 2 or G2 would be too much like HP servers. Adding a year to the suffix causes an expectation of annual

WPC2013 Session Summary – SC16i: Increasing the value of your Office 365 deployment with Windows Intune

I was fortunate enough to be one of the partners invited to be part of the Q&A panel for this session along with some other members of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council for Cloud. Today’s post is a quick summary of some of the questions that we received, and the different responses the panel replied. One of the first questions that was asked was why Windows Intune versus many of the competing solutions, and there were many responses to this.

MAP Toolkit 8.5 is now available

I’ll be heading along to some sessions that cover 8.5 at WPC in Houston this week, and the timing couldn’t be better. This is just a quick jetlag sleep avoidance cut and paste of the details, once I get home I’ll have a chance to put the final release through its paces. The MAP team is pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.5! This release adds new scenarios to help organizations assess their environments

Useful Windows 8.1 Hardware Resources

In preparation for all the Windows 8.1 device sessions at WPC 2013 this week, here’s a whole lot of useful resources targeting Windows 8.1 hardware. As with some other recent Microsoft events, here at Intunedin we took advantage of the heavily discounted Surface and Surface Pro offers yesterday, of which the Surface Pro is already updated to 8.1 courtesy of a heavily loaded hotel internet connection. I’ve ordered an el cheapo Miracast device from ebay, and am looking forward to

Adding Windows RT 8.1 Preview To The CIE

Previously I had written about adding Windows RT to the CIE, and now with the Windows RT 8.1 Preview it’s time to revisit the topic, with the new Outlook 2013 the main drawcard for now. First up, it’s time to deal with the non-trusted CA Root Authority. Extract the certificate from the zip file. Open the certificate. Install the certificate to trusted Root CAs Once the certificate is installed, it’s time to configure Outlook. The easiest place to do this

Lower cost SSHDs to be supported by Windows 8.1

Solid State Hybrid Drive, which provide the storage capacity of regular HDDs, and some of the performance benefits of SSDs, have gotten a boost by Microsoft dropping the minimum requirements from 12GB of NAND to 8GB of NAND. While 8GB doesn’t like a huge amount of storage cache, Microsoft’s recent testing has found that performance issues and cache lifetime concerns are not the problems they were expecting. With the ever expanding capabilities of Ultrabooks with single drive bays, these drives


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