I am sure that many of our readers are using Windows 8. Whilst this version of Windows offers a touch or traditional user experience, the Windows Start key now offers more functionality to users.
Below are a selection of shortcut keys used in Windows:
Windows shell/Start screen:
The following Windows key shortcuts work in the classic Windows desktop:
Windows Server 2012 is a massive release, building on the huge advances delivered by Server 2008 R2. Delivering many new features and capabilities along with an extensive set of enhancements for existing functionality.
It is clear from the recent IT Pro Camps across the country that there is a healthy appetite for Server 2012 and we are seeing an increased take up in demand for our Microsoft Official courses being delivered here in York.
New features will thrill system administrators everywhere – we fully recommend that you schedule your training class as soon as possible so that you can start to reap the benefits that Server 2012 can offer your organisation.
If you are in the IT business, I wholeheartedly recommend that you take some time to watch this excellent panel discussion about how the IT world is changing and the the key driver for this change is the Cloud.
Don’t get left behind in your IT career, keep up and change your mind-set from being an “IT Guy” to be an expert who is agile, customer focused and cloud certified.
Great to see Zeshan Sattar, from the UK representing the IT Academy perspective and giving a great show!
Although Windows Server 2008R2 has been available for 3 years 7 months we still get requests for R2 training. 2008 R2 is great operating system and one which should serve businesses for a number of years to come, however Server 2012 has now replaced it.
The question I have is when should be move our training focus to the current version – Server 2012 which was available from September 4, 2012, ie 6 months ago.
For the sixth release of the server Microsoft have improved the software greatly and it is now far more “Cloud Ready” than R2. Considering the fact that Server 2012 is the server of choice for all new when it comes to installing a fresh system, we have taken the decision to offer ONLY Server 2012 training at the IT Academy.
Take a look at the career planner below for guidance on reaching your cloud based certification goals.
I recently attended a UK IT Pro Camp – run by the Microsoft DPE team and held at the Hilton Hotel in the centre of York. It was great to see so many IT Pro’s in my home city eager to learn about the latest release of System Centre – Microsoft’s impressive new enterprise management suite.
We are already taking reservations and enquiries for training on SCCM 2012 and SCVMM/Hyper V which were heavily demonstrated by Simon and Andrew – the two evangelists running through the product.
The following links take you to the “What’s New” topics for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Let us know by submitting a course enquiry or give us a call – we would love to have a chat.
According to the 2013 Global Knowledge Salary Survey, The York IT Academy offers eight of the top 15 highest paying certifications! Here are the certifications with the highest earning potential for 2013:
(We offer, 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13)
Please get in touch to discuss your training or certification requirements today!
If you are considering Windows Server certification on Server 2012, or need a quick heads up on the options available – take a look at the infographic below:
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Recently we upgraded our academy classroom PCs to include Windows 8 and Office 2013. (Don’t worry – we still have Windows 7 and Office 2010 as well!)
One of the fun things we wanted to do was customise the lock screen – the default in Windows 8 is a 2D drawing of what looks like Seattle:
Here is a quick guide on how to make your lock screen more corporate:
takeown /f C:\Windows\Web\Screen takeown /f C:\Windows\Web\Screen\img100.png icacls C:\Windows\Web\Screen /grant:r Administrators:F icacls C:\Windows\Web\Screen\img100.png /grant:r Administrators:F xcopy img100.png C:\Windows\Web\Screen /hiqey takeown /F C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData icacls C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData /grant:r Administrators:F takeown /F C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18 icacls C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18 /grant:r Administrators:F takeown /F C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly icacls C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly /grant:r Administrators:F takeown /F C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z icacls C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z /T /grant:r Administrators:F del C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S-1-5-18\ReadOnly\LockScreen_Z\*.* /q
Log off, and the default lock screen should be replaced.
If you seldom receive Word documents from outside your business you may become frustrated with the new “Protected View” which Word 2010 offers us to keep us protected from the nasties. If this is a nice but not wanted feature, you can disable this by following these steps:
Enable Protected View for files that fail validation
Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet
Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations
Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments
In association with NYBEP and The University of York’s Creative Technology Centre, SCY is able to offer a select number of businesses and professional practitioners the opportunity to present a showcase in the 3Sixty Immersive Demonstration Space
The brief is: To create an innovative, fresh and exciting way for your business to use the 3Sixty Demonstration space.
We are particularly keen to receive applications from the creative, digital and new technology sectors.
The selected businesses will showcase themselves in the 3Sixty at an evening networking event on Wednesday 12 December 2012 to be held in the Ron Cooke Hub, at the University of York.
For more information, including Guidance Notes, Timetable and Application Form, click here.
This opportunity is brought to you by SCY through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), NYBEP and the University of York’s CTC 3Sixty Immersive Demonstration Space.
Sleep or Hibernation? I like both, but often wonder why both are not enabled by default on Windows 7 or 8.
Only the Shutdown, Restart and Sleep options are enabled in Windows 8, the Hibernation option is not visible by default. Since I wanted to enable the Hibernate option in Windows 8, we will share that here.
Press the windows key and type Power. Settings and power options. Now, select “Choose what the Power buttons do” option from left sidebar.
Now select the option that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.
This will provide you with the option to enable Hibernation. Check Show Hibernate option to enable and click Save Changes.
Press Windows Key and “I” to see the Windows 8 Power options and you can now see the Hibernate option! Yay, happy days.
With only a couple of weeks to go before Windows 8 is released to the world at large, are you getting excited?
At the IT Academy, we and most of our customers are IT geeky types and have been using Windows 8 for several months (it was made available to IT Pros and Developers back in August). How are you customers expectations?
One of the key changes we have noticed is that after the initial “shock” of running Win8 on a PC rather than tablet, Windows 8 soon becomes “normal” and our productivity increased. The metro UI is for tablets and the “desktop” is for well, desktop PCs. 99% of my time is spent using the Windows 8 desktop.
Of course we are looking forward to touch – but only on tablets – we much prefer mouse/keyboard whenever we are seated at a “desk”
Welcome to the Windows Server 2012 certification path!
Currently we are seeing a strong uptake in Server 2008 exams and trainings – is this so that they can earn upgrade rights for 2012?
Huge audience, great prizes, unprecedented exposure! I am sure Microsoft could used equally powerful statements to describe the Imagine Cup 2013, but in the Univeristy of Yrk I believe we have students who are up for the challenge!
Take a look below, get thinking and register your team…
Microsoft have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace:
Interesting times ahead….
Most young people only associate computers with either Games, the Internet or Word and Excel!
There is a shortage of developer skills and we need to try to change it.
We have arranged for Microsoft UK to present on the 30th May at The Ron Cooke Hub, to all students on how they can get started with development of new “apps” and software on the soon to be released Windows 8 operating system.
The good news is that <PROGRAMMING IS BECOMING EASIER>
Come along and bring a friend or colleague. Promote the following event to your students and to 6th Form Colleges across the region.