Monthly Archives: December 2013

Office 365 Beta Exams 71-346 and 71-347

The site has been a bit quiet over the past month as I’ve been doing the groundwork to complete the last two exams of my MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification. I lost momentum when my source of exam vouchers dried up, and that thing called life got in the way. With some renewed free exam voucher offers and some discounted exam packs, I was gently prodded back into action and am happy to report that I got through the two post

Using Shared Storage For Hyper-V In Windows 8.1 (17/81)

One of the big benefits of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the inclusion of client Hyper-V in the business oriented SKUs, especially for dev and test purposes. I’ve discussed this a few times previously, but I haven’t shown how to set up how to store your VMs on the network, which makes it easier to move VMs to and from the client and the Hyper-V servers in your environment. As I’ve just set up a pimped out Gen8 HP

Free Skype and SkyDrive offers from Microsoft

I received a couple of unexpected emails from Microsoft over the weekend, giving me some free upgrades to my SkyDrive storage, as well as a free Skype Premium subscription. One of the SkyDrive redemptions shows up as Enthusiast bonus, while the other shows up as Windows bonus, and both include 20GB of storage for a year. I haven’t activated the 200GB of additional storage that came with my MVP Summit Surface 2, I guess I should do that soon. Just

Announcing the release of MAP 9.0

I just received notification that the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.0 has been released. Here’s the low down… Announcing the release of MAP 9.0! We are pleased to announce the general availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It also enhances usage tracking to include accounting for Remote Desktop Services as well as Server and

Ahead of the Game Technical Series

For those of you in the eastern states of Australia – make sure you register for this. Why? Well, the content will be great, and I’ll be delivering it, and there will free lunch. Talk about a winning trifecta!   You’re invited to the Ahead of the Game Technical Series The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a Server and Cloud technical training for Microsoft Partners delivering value-added services to small and midsize businesses. Attend this three days of

Miracasting A Spell On You (16/81)

Windows 8.1 incorporates support for the Miracast ​wireless display technologies, which allow a wireless 1080p and 5.1 surround sound streams to a Miracast display device. There are several different Miracast receivers available, including the ScreenBeam Pro, Belkin’s ScreenCast TV Adapter for Intel Wireless Display, and the Netgear PTV3000 to name some of the more popular ones in market. Miracast builds on the Intel Wireless Display techologies built into the GPU capabilities of many recent Intel CPUs, but is vendor agnostic,

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