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For Sale – 2 X WD RED 6TB HD for sale £125 each, out of warranty

Hi
I have surplus to requirements two 6tb Western Digital Red HDs. They were in my Synology Nas but that machine is hardly on. Drive has been replaced so am in a mix to get smart details for the drive.
It is out of warranty.
I will hook it up and run HDTune on it and post results.

Want £125 via bank transfer, and will post via courier insured.

Thanks for looking.

Price and currency: £
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: SHIPLEY
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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8 Key Questions on Cloud Migration Answered

If you follow our blog, you’ll likely know that we recently hosted an Altaro panel-style webinar, featuring Microsoft MVPs Didier Van Hoye, Thomas Maurer, and myself. The topic of the webinar was centered around the journey to the cloud, or simply put, migrating to cloud technologies. Cloud technologies including, on-prem hosted private cloud, hybrid cloud solutions like Azure Stack, and public cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure. We chose this topic because we’ve found that while most IT Pros will agree that adopting cloud technologies is a good idea, many of them are unsure of the best way to get there. To be honest, I think that uncertainty is to be expected given the vast amount of options emerging cloud technologies provide. The aim of this webinar was to clarify the services available and how to decide which form of cloud adoption will be best for you.

It seems this topic is something quite a lot of our audience are interested in hearing more about considering the number of questions which were asked during the webinar. I’ve decided to group the most commonly asked ones here and omitted the more specific questions that relate to particular set-ups and individual requirements. Apart from the questions, the topic also raised a lot of comments and discussion which I think is well worth mentioning here so you can get a feel about how others in the IT community are dealing with the issue of cloud migration and the various concerns it brings with it (further down the page).

Remember if you didn’t have a chance to ask a question during the webinar, or if you were unable to attend and want to ask something now, I will be more than happy to answer any questions submitted through the comment box at the bottom of this page.

Revisit the Webinar

If you haven’t already watched the webinar (or if you just want to watch it again) you can do so HERE

Free Cloud Migration webinar

8 Questions on Cloud Technologies and Migration Answered

Q. When can you consider a deployment a hybrid cloud? Is it Azure Stack? Is it something as simple as a VPN linking on-prem and a public cloud?

A. I don’t know if there is an official definition, but the current industry opinion would state that a hybrid cloud is any deployment where your workloads and deployments are stretching from on-prem to a public cloud player such as Azure or AWS.

Q. With the release of Windows Admin Center, will we see the RSAT (Remote Server Administration Toolkit) tools go away?

A. No. At this time both management solutions will be developed by their respective teams. With that said, if the adoption of WAC is strong enough, we could potentially see the slow “phasing out” of RSAT possibly as soon as the next version of Windows Server (after 2019)

Q. Is there any way to connect containers to Windows Admin Center?

A. As it stands at the time of this writing no. There currently is no mechanism to manage containers from WAC. With that said, due to WACs extensibility it’s not out of the question for a 3rd party vendor (or even Microsoft) to write an extension for WAC that would allow you to do so.

If you need advanced management of containers today, take a look at an orchestration tool like Kubernetes.

Q. How does Azure Stack compete with current open source private clouds in the industry such as OpenStack? Pricing is quite different and some can even be seen as “free” by higher management while disregarding the needed effort to support such a deployment.

A. While it’s true that OpenStack and other open source cloud platforms like it can potentially be free, it’s not really an apples-to-apples comparison when comparing them to Azure stack. Azure stack is the power and capabilities of Azure inside of your datacenter. Microsoft has taken everything they’ve learned with public Azure and packaged it up for you to use at your location. You manage it and get billed, much the same way as with Azure. You manage it via the web and get billed per usage.

OpenStack certainly has it’s uses, and I’m a huge supporter of Open Source, but if you’re a Microsoft Centric shop looking to host a cloud for your organization, it’s tough to go wrong with Azure Stack due to the similarities in management and integration with public Azure. At the end of the day you have to ask yourself, do you want to use/consume cloud services? Or do you want to build a cloud? Remember that building a cloud is difficult, costly and time intensive. It’s possible but ongoing management can be difficult. With Azure Stack much of that work and testing is taken care of for you.

Q. Do you have any suggestions for using Azure as a DR site?

A. It certainly is possible to use Azure for DR, and it’s often seen as one of the 1st services to move into the public cloud. You can certainly use Azure to host offsite backups and/or recovery to a nested hypervisor inside of Azure using a product such as Altaro VM Backup. If you need a more “hot” DR approach, you could look at something like Azure Site Recovery as well.

Q. What are your thoughts on using Cloud services to host file services for a small number of remote users

A. While you could certainly use something like OneDrive for Business, or Azure Files to do something like this, you need to first consider latencies and access times. Are your users consuming file types that work ok with longer than “local” latencies? If so these services may work for you. If not local on-network file storage may still be a requirement. Whatever route you chose to go, remember that file performance is often one of the most ticket generating user issue. Make sure you test before settling on an option.

Q. What are the rough costs for storage in Azure?

A. See the Azure Pricing Calculator for the latest pricing information

Q. Is there are “Cost Meter” in the Azure Interface? Someway of allowing you to keep an eye on mounting costs?

A. This is an area that Microsoft has continued to improve. The Azure Portal has many of its own cost monitoring and estimation tools, but if you need more than the basics, then take a look at Azure Cost Management.

Thoughts and Opinions from Webinar Attendees

On companies utilizing cloud technologies

“I Agree. It’s almost never going to be 100% cloud, except with brand new companies, and even then, a small number. 99.99% Will be Hybrid”

-Mark

“I Think we are ready for the cloud, but a lot of delay is being caused by software vendors. They are not ready for the cloud since their software was developed in the late 90s and the recent updates only contain updated branding and minor code changes. The cloud is entirely new for them and it scares them”

-Jos

On moving existing workloads to the cloud and dealing with old Operating Systems

“There is way too much very old stuff that will be difficult to move to the cloud. It will have to wait until there are resources (read: money) to re-architect the application/platform”

-Mark

“There are a LOT of 2003 boxes running in production still”

-Mark

“There are even still Windows NT Boxes running!”

-Jos

“We have some old NT and 2003 servers due to old technology interfaces, plus the original designers have left and there is no documentation”

-Steve

On the Need for On-Premises Equipment

“On-Premises data will always be required due to local/country laws. Think Switzerland, and think of the new GDPR laws in the EU. Almost every country will have their own local data center, Azure, AWS, Google…etc. It is the way it will go.”

-Mark

On the DevOps Movement in the Industry

“Don’t forget the OPS in DevOPS…. We are also interested in it and it is no longer strictly a Dev thing.”

-Nuno

On Container Technologies

“Still, A container is the App “package”. It still needs to run on something and while it can accelerate the delivery process, there’s still a huge dependency on the infrastructure landscape and IMO it’s really where Ops can shine and their current knowledge can translate into the container world”

-Nuno

On Getting Started with the Cloud

“Very good point about doing your personal systems in the cloud. I agree and am doing it also.”

-Mark

Wrap-Up

As you can see there are plenty of questions when it comes to moving to the cloud, but none of them are insurmountable. Moving to the cloud can be predictable, and doable, you just need to do your homework before you make the move.

What are your thoughts? Is the cloud something you’re considering in the 2018 calendar year? Why? Why not? Also, if you have additional questions, or you attended our webinar and don’t see your question above, be sure to let us know in the comments form below!

Thanks for reading!

E3 2018: Gaming for Everyone, a Conversation with Phil Spencer – Xbox Wire

E3 is always an incredible time to come together to appreciate the breadth of creative energy that abounds in our industry and to celebrate what’s ahead for gamers. At this year’s E3 Coliseum series, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox sat down with Tina Summerford, Head of Programming at Xbox, to discuss Microsoft’s approach to gaming, his perspective on E3 and to hear why the industry has a responsibility to make gaming for everyone.

Other topics discussed during the panel were the unique games Xbox is looking to bring to the ID@Xbox program, insight into the creation of the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, from matching thematic elements to creating an engaging experience, and the creation of the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The discussion also included insights from Phil on his conversations about gaming with CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, his appreciation of and participation in the gaming community. Spencer also took a variety of questions from the audience, ranging on bringing more games to Xbox created by Japanese developers and growing the Women and Gaming initiative.

You can watch the full interview with Phil Spencer above from the E3 Coliseum.

Wanted – 8th gen Intel laptop with 1080P screen

I appreciate that it’s probably a long shot, but I’m looking to upgrade from my old Dell XPS 15, and thought I’d try here first.

Preferably after an i5 8250u or i7 8550u, minimum 1080P screen, SSD would be nice, but I’m happy to buy one with an M2 slot and fit my own.

Location: Hexham, UK

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Microsoft Research Dissertation Grants: Broadening the PhD pipeline to increase innovation – Microsoft Research

Research shows that diverse teams are more productive teams. Diversity, particularly in the area of computing research, means including unique perspectives that otherwise might not have a voice, fueling innovation. These are some of the key reasons that Microsoft is committed to diversity. One aspect of demonstrating that commitment is that, for the second year in a row, we are awarding Microsoft Research Dissertation Grants to talented PhD candidates from groups that are under-represented in computing. The goal of these awards (up to $25,000 each) are to widen the narrow pipeline of women, African-Americans, American Indians, Latinos, Pacific Islanders, and those with disabilities who earn PhDs in computer science or related fields. These awards are given to students in the “last mile” of their PhDs, where a little money can push them over the finish line by helping them to complete their dissertation research.

I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grants:

  • Cynthia Bennett, University of Washington, “Toward Disability-Informed Human-Centered Design”
  • Eric Corbett, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Trust, Technology and Community Engagement”
  • Ryan M. Corey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Array Signal Processing for Augmented Listening”
  • Maria De-Arteaga, Carnegie Mellon University, “Quantifying and Mitigating Risks of Algorithmic Decision Support”
  • Jane E, Stanford University, “Artistic Vision: Providing Context for Capture-Time Decisions”
  • Sahar Hashemgeloogerdi, University of Rochester, “Computationally Efficient Modeling and Audio Enhancement Algorithms for Reverberant Acoustic Systems Using Orthonormal Basis Functions”
  • Francesco Pittaluga, University of Florida, “Privacy Preserving Computational Cameras”
  • Ramya Ramakrishnan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Human-Guided Reinforcement Learning in Real-World Environments”
  • João Sedoc, University of Pennsylvania, “Hierarchical Approaches to Improve the Flow, Style, and Coherence of Conversational Agents”
  • Mina Tahmasbi Arashloo, Princeton University, “Programmable Network Monitoring and Control”
  • Sarah Tan, Cornell University, “Methods in Interpretability and Causal Inference for Better Understanding of Machine Learning Models”

From the almost 200 research projects submitted, these PhD candidates were selected as grant recipients based on review by scientists at Microsoft Research of the quality of the students’ dissertation research, the potential impact of their research, and the uses toward which they would put the grant monies awarded.

For example, Ryan Corey’s grant proposal included funds for purchasing high-quality recording equipment to capture and separate sources of audio to prototype products that augment people’s ability to hear, and also to fund outreach efforts for him to go into community schools to demonstrate his research. Ramya Ramakrishnan will use her grant to hire undergraduate women as research assistants, so she can further amplify the mentoring she receives from this award. Cynthia Bennett, who has a visual disability, is using her grant to increase the ability of people with disabilities to design products that other people with disabilities will use.

There were interesting themes running across this year’s set of awardees, including the ethics and sociological impact of their research. Eric Corbett’s research on using technology to increase public trust and Maria De-Arteaga’s research on mitigating risks of algorithmic decision support in the criminal justice system are two such examples.

In addition to monetary grants, each award comes with an all-expense paid trip to a two-day Microsoft Research workshop in Redmond, Washington, in the autumn of 2018. There, the awardees will present their research, meet with researchers in their field, and receive career coaching.

For a complete list of awardees and their projects, visit our Dissertation Grant Program page.

For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

*****Sold elsewhere pending payment*****
Price and currency: 950
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG or Cash on collection
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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E3 2018: Gaming for Everyone, a Conversation with Phil Spencer – Xbox Wire

E3 is always an incredible time to come together to appreciate the breadth of creative energy that abounds in our industry and to celebrate what’s ahead for gamers. At this year’s E3 Coliseum series, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox sat down with Tina Summerford, Head of Programming at Xbox, to discuss Microsoft’s approach to gaming, his perspective on E3 and to hear why the industry has a responsibility to make gaming for everyone.

Other topics discussed during the panel were the unique games Xbox is looking to bring to the ID@Xbox program, insight into the creation of the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, from matching thematic elements to creating an engaging experience, and the creation of the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The discussion also included insights from Phil on his conversations about gaming with CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, his appreciation of and participation in the gaming community. Spencer also took a variety of questions from the audience, ranging on bringing more games to Xbox created by Japanese developers and growing the Women and Gaming initiative.

You can watch the full interview with Phil Spencer above from the E3 Coliseum.

For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

*****Sold elsewhere pending payment*****
Price and currency: 1050
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG or Cash on collection
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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How do I get access to Office 365 preview versions?


Organizations that want cutting-edge productivity features and don’t mind a little risk can receive more experimental…

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Office 365 preview versions before Microsoft distributes standard releases.

Like the Office Insider program that gives participants early access to the latest feature updates to Microsoft Office applications, a global administrator can use the Office 365 admin center to determine who gets access to the targeted release for the newest features. Microsoft calls the more widely distributed version its standard release, which is the refined service that goes to all customers.

Setting up the Office 365 preview option

Companies that participate in the targeted release program get a first look at fledgling features that can help the organization get its IT staff ready to support new functionality and determine if any security or compliance adjustments will need to be made.

By default, all users in an Office 365 tenant get the standard release. To configure the targeted release Office 365 previews for select users or the entire organization, administrators need to make adjustments in the Office 365 admin center.

To configure the targeted release Office 365 previews for select users or the entire organization, administrators need to make adjustments in the Office 365 admin center.

Sign into your Office 365 account, go to Settings and select Organization profile. Find Release preferences and click Edit. Administrators can then choose to enable or disable Office 365 targeted release.

  • To enable targeted release for all users, choose Targeted release for everyone, click Next and then select Yes to confirm.
  • To enable targeted release for selected users, choose Targeted release for selected users, click Next and then select Yes to confirm. You can then add individuals by searching for their names and clicking the plus to add them. Click Save and then Close when complete.
  • To disable targeted release, choose Standard release, click Next and then select Yes to confirm.

Administrators can also add users in bulk and add or remove users from targeted release at any time. Once the administrator makes the change, it can take up to 24 hours for the modification to take effect in the organization’s Office 365 tenant.

It’s important for administrators to follow any established business policies or procedures related to this Office 365 preview option to avoid any surprises for end users. For example, an administrator might send a notification to employees designated for the Office 365 targeted release. This note should remind users that they are using a service that is not yet in general release. The targeted release might have issues that the administrators can forward to Microsoft for the company to fix for a future release.

For Sale – Selling Gaming PC – Can split

Hi all,

Selling my gaming PC as I just don’t use it, I purchased it around 2 years ago.

In that time it’s probably been used less than 30 hours. I stay away with work a lot and find I use my gaming laptop a lot more and just play my Xbox when I’m at home due to my friends having them etc.

Some items I’m not comfortable shipping as I don’t have the packaging required to ensure it arrives safe. Mainly the monitor and the PC Case (huge!)
If you want the whole PC then collection is preferred or I can drive for some petrol money.

Price listed is for the PC only, no monitor.

List of parts:
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Primo Full Tower Black/Orange

Cooling:
EK coolstream XE 480
XSPC Raystorm Pro (White)
XSPC DDC dual bay res and pump combo.

Components:
Intel I7-6700k
ASUS Maximus Formula VIII Z170
Team group Elite – 32GB 24000mhz Ram
Silverstone Strider 700W 80 Plus Titanium PSU
Samsung 500gb 850 Evo
Seagate SSHD 1TB
ASUS STRIX NVIDIA GTX1080 8GB
———-
Monitor – Acer Predator X34 34” Curved Ultra Wide 1440P. 100hz GSYNC – £600

Speakers – 2 off JBL LSR 305 – £100

Corsair K70 Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed switches – £60

If you buy the PC I will wipe the hard drives. I’ll install windows 10 prior too, if wanted. ‘should’ automatically activate (afaik) as a key should be tied to motherboard.
(I didn’t have to do anything on a reinstall before and was surprised.. but I’ll sort out a key if it doesn’t work)

If you want decent photos of anything let me know !

Price and currency: £1500
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT preferred, or PPG
Location: CV5 7GS
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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