Top articles of 2015

2015 has been the most successful year yet for the TechNet UK Blog, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a look back at the articles that made it all possible? If you haven’t read them yet, we suggest you make the most of the free time this New Year to learn something new!


DNS: The key to a successful Office 365 migration

IT Consultant and blogger David Dixon wrote this article on Office 365 migration and DNS configuration back in April and it quickly earned a large number of readers.

“Whether you are migrating your email system to Office 365 using a Cutover, Staged or Hybrid migration, having the correct DNS configuration is key to performing a successful migration. Once you’ve taken the plunge, migrated your users and are using Office 365 in anger, DNS remains vital to having a quality user experience. For these reasons it is worth outlining some options and good practice guidelines for different configuration types, along with some post-migration hints.”

How to get the skills you need for a modern IT universe

April was clearly a good month for articles, with Alan Richards’ look at how you can get the skills needed for the modern IT universe sharing a similar success to that of David Dixon’s previously mentioned article.

“How do we keep up with the changes [of the IT landscape], where can we find those sources of information or training that are going to help us and keep our skillset current and relevant?”


Windows 10 Licensing Logic

With the general release of Windows 10, July was dominated by articles on the new operating system. The most popular of these was our Licensing Logic article by David Cattanach, which aimed to answer many of your questions on how licensing worked in Windows 10. Some of the points covered:

  • Never pay for Windows again for the same device (Home and Pro editions)
  • Why is Windows becoming a Service?
  • What if I don’t want to automatically install updates?
  • Long term Service Branch

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the size of the topic, there were many further questions raised on Windows 10 licensing as a result of the article and David wrote a follow-up FAQ in August.


Microsoft Edge: the new fast browser for Windows 10

Another one of the successful Windows 10 articles from July, Paul Winstanley offered an early look at the next generation of Microsoft browser – Microsoft Edge. Paul explained everything end users would need to know about the new browser, from its speed, to reading view, to Cortana integration. Whilst many of you are probably familiar with Edge now, there could be something in here you hadn’t realised.


Windows 10 deployment in your business

It’s all very well knowing the benefits of Windows 10 and what it can do for your business, but you need to know how to deploy it. Peter Egerton’s article outlining just that was one of the top performing articles for not just September, but October as well!

“Not every business is the same, so not every solution is the same, and it’s just a matter of picking the right tool for the job and knowing where to begin.”


Welcome, Windows 10 IoT

In a first for Windows, an edition of the new operating system was released for embedded systems in the “Internet of Things” – Windows 10 IoT Core. Released for Raspberry Pi 2 and the MinnowBoard Max, Windows 10 IoT Core aims to revoluntionise the world of embedded systems with an easy-to-use yet powerful IoT OS. Our short rundown of the features and where you can begin proved very popular and surprised even us!


Creating a simple Windows 10 IoT application: LED Dice

Given the success of our Windows 10 IoT Core announcement article, we figured that creative IoT content would go down well on the blog. Paul Winstanley created this fantastic how-to-guide on creating an LED Dice using Windows 10 IoT and a Raspberry Pi (complete with pictures and a video). We thought it was great, and we were glad to see everyone else seemed to agree!



Raspberry Pi: Docker Host

It may only be the size of a credit card (or smaller if you’re looking at a Zero!), but the Raspberry Pi can be a seriously useful piece of kit. Andrew Mallett, showed us how you can use it as a Docker Host in no time.

“In this article we will look at using a Raspberry Pi 2 as a Docker host device. Yes, an RPI Docker Host. The Pi will run with an 8GB SD card or MicroSD, though we don't need a lot of space for the host OS or Docker containers and associated images.”


Using features of Azure to quickly fault find problems in ActiveSync

2015 has been an important year for cloud computing, with a number of key advancements made in the field, and more and more companies migrating from on-premise. Colin Chaplin’s article on the flexibility of networking operations in Azure h as been one of the top performing articles each month since it was published last September.

“Even if you’ve not used Azure before, you’ll be familiar with its ability to spin up virtual machines in minutes. What’s less publicised is the incredible flexibility in networking operations. Here’s a real-world example of how to use it to fault find ActiveSync issues.”

Catch Up: Expanding your laptop with Hyper-V

The most popular article of the year? Andrew Fryer’s article Expanding your laptop with Hyper-V, part of our new Catch Up series. Fryer’s focus was on what you’ve been missing out on if you went straight from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and how you can start leveraging hypervisors to perform essential tasks in the Windows Server platform.

“For many of you, the upgrade to Windows 10 was from Windows 7 and as a result of missing out on Windows 8/8.1 you may be unaware of the hypervisor lurking in your laptop – Hyper-V.”