Category: Cloud

June 2012 Version of Windows Intune Goes Live Today

The new version of Windows Intune is going live today.  Intune is the cloud based user device management solution that bundles: Windows 7 Enterprise: featuring DirectAccess (VPN without VPN client), BranchCache (WAN optimisation), BitLocker (disk encryption), and BitLocker-To-Go (USB device encryption). Endpoint Protection: The only way to manage Endpoint Protection without using System Center 2012…

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System Center 2012 Licensing

Now you have pre-ordered your Microsoft Private Cloud book *cough*, you’ll want to figure out the licensing for System Center 2012.  Those details were announced tonight in the “transforming IT” webcast. The good news: licensing for System Center is getting easier: A big change is that you cannot buy individual SML products by themselves.  You…

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Cloud and Increased Uptime – Is it a Myth?

Some of the hype about (public) cloud services is that they’ll give you increased levels of uptime.  I propose that this is a myth.  There’s been lots of headlines about downtime (some being quite brief) for the likes of GMail and BPOS.  Last night, storms in Dublin cause electrical issues for the Amazon and Microsoft…

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Carbonite on my Windows Home Server

When I set up my Windows Home Server I configure the normal Windows Server Backup task to backup the server folders to a USB disk.  That’s nice for normal backup/recovery.  But that doesn’t protect my data (documents, books, whitepapers, and thousands of photos) against fire and theft.  Sure, I could probably swap disks and store…

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Progress of Third Party Azure

It’s quite a while since Bob Muglia & co announced that some Microsoft partners would be running a third party implementation of Azure in the form of the Azure Appliance.  Who cares?  Well, some want more than what Microsoft can offer – and some have a problem with the USA Patriot Act that affects all…

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