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QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Principal Technologist

With over 15 years’ experience in delivering and authoring Microsoft Windows Server technology courses, Paul is one of the most experienced and expert trainers in the industry. A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world’s leading IT Services organisations – including working closely with Dell and Microsoft on the Microsoft Windows 7 Technology Adoption Programme and is currently working on the Windows 8 and System Center 2012 Technology Adoption Programs. Paul specialises in delivering training around the Windows Operating system, infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0, right up to today’s trends around Private cloud and Consumerisation of IT Paul is frequent visitor to attend early product workshops in Microsoft’s Global Headquarters in Seattle and in recent years, Paul has delivered many leading edge training courses at the request of Microsoft (US) – in the process training Microsoft Partners all over the world in technologies such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualisation, Management tools and Private Cloud. Most recently, Paul has returned from Seattle having attended a Windows 8 early technology adoption program airlift and has since been working with the development teams on Windows 8 client and server platforms.

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Are you ready for End of Life for Windows Server 2003

It has been well documented that Windows Server 2003 will have support withdrawn on the 15th July 2015. Read the full article

Windows Server 2012 Role & Feature Source File Removal

With Windows Vista and Windows 7 we had tools that enabled the removal of old source files once a service pack has been applied. With Windows Server 2012 Microsoft has provided a way to remove all the source files for the unneeded roles and features Read the full article

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Storage Migration

During the last couple of months I have been asked about storage migration within Hyper-V 3.0 and what is possible. The simple answer is assuming the host has access to both the source and destination storage locations, the storage can be migrated. Read the full article

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Dynamic Memory and Smart Paging

With the release of Hyper-V 3.0 Microsoft made some changes in improve Virtual Machine memory management which will allow increased density but can cause problems in some scenarios. Read the full article

Windows Server 2012 Geo-Cluster

With Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft extended the capability to produce a Multi-Site/Multi-Subnet/Geo-Cluster. I thought it would be a good idea to address some of the requirements and configuration choices around this solution. Read the full article

Windows 8 Shutdown Tile

With Windows 8, most of us are using hardware that was designed and produced before Windows 8 and therefore does not take advantage of the Windows 8 power management and fast boot services. Chances are that has made tasks like shutting down a Windows 8 computer appear to take more steps than you would like... Read the full article

Windows Server 2012 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Provisioning

On September 25th, QA was a senior sponsor at the Windows Server 2012 launch and as part of that event Microsoft asked me to produce some videos. The video used on the big stage was a whirlwind tour of the new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) provisioning engine within Windows Server 2012 and by popular demand, here it is! Read the full article

Windows Server 2012 Safe Domain Controller Snapshotting

With Windows Server 2012 Microsoft have introduced technologies they are branding as Safe Virtualization features. These features revolve around Domain Controllers (DC) and include being able to clone a DC and rolling a DC back to a snapshot safely. Read the full article

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update

With Windows 8 and Server 2012 being in the hands of OEM’s for a few weeks now that has caused a number of updated to be required to support new hardware, software and experience elements because of the touch user interface. Read the full article

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