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Sarah Lamb
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It was great to see so many of you attend TechDays Online and also many of you getting involved in our competitions that were running throughout the event. Remember that you can still enter the TechEd Challenge for a free ticket and expenses paid trip to TechEd Europe just by downloading the trials and writing a short article.

The video's from TechDays Online should be available soon we are just editing them and will post the details on how to get hold of them on our blog next week.

This edition we’ve focused in on a topic that we’ve not covered much recently and we know it’s one you like… Collaboration tools and in particular SharePoint. We’ve brought in interesting articles from our learning partners and from some of our tools partners to give you a broad range of information all in one place. Browse through the top stories and featured article to find great tools, top tips and much more.

I’ve updated the events section so check that out as you don’t want to miss out on local events in your area! We still have lots of things for you to get involved with on the TechNet UK Twitter account, Facebook page and blog so check in with us regularly!

If you have an interesting technical story remember that you can send in your story and it may even get featured.

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Guest Post: Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013
A thronging SharePoint 2013 site can generate a lot of new content. The improved social features in SharePoint 2013 can generate dramatic amounts of new, frequently changing content in a large organisation. When you couple this with the ubiquity of this content in SharePoint, this could cause an awful lot more database access and page slowdown than with previous versions.

To the rescue steps forward the Distributed Cache service. Based upon the AppFabric Cache Service, this is a requirement for SharePoint that is installed by the pre-requisite installer as part of your farm setup.

It’s not just social data that benefits from being cached. The Distributed Cache service also caches Newsfeeds, Microblogging, Conversations, Security Trimming, OneNote client access and more! In fact, it even takes away the necessity of farms that use Claims Authentication to implement session affinity load balancing.
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Top Tip: SharePoint items recovery made easy with Veeam Explorer
“I accidentally deleted a file from SharePoint and I really need to get it back!”

Is this the kind of sentence that generates a wave of panic in your helpdesk team?

So far, the process of backup and restoration in the SharePoint world could be a complex proposition requiring very specific skills, a broad set of tools, and plenty of precious time in order to ensure backup and restore operations can be successfully performed.
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Guest Post: SharePoint on Low Bandwidth Connections
Several customers that we have been working recently have been wanting to use SharePoint globally, often with offices in remote parts of the world where internet bandwidth is limited. How well does SharePoint work in these scenarios? What are the options available to someone looking to deploy SharePoint and make it accessible across a low bandwidth WAN or internet connection?
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Guest Post: Microsoft Office Specialist – SharePoint Importance
Sustained User Adoption is vital to ensure people using SharePoint remain productive and proactive. Pro-activity is key, since the reliance on SharePoint support will grow based – success breeds success; on solving user queries, meeting and solving business information and collaborative challenges using SharePoint, delivering solutions. A significant number of queries will come from the use of Microsoft Office with SharePoint. Particularly since virtually all interaction with content in SharePoint will come from the use of Microsoft Products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and even moving beyond into the lands of Project, Visio, OneNote (the list continues).
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Evaluate This–Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure IaaS
If you’re looking for an easy way to start evaluating Windows Server 2012 this couldn’t really be any easier, quicker, cheaper or faster (if you have 30 mins you can do this). Windows Azure’s IaaS features make it is as simple as it could possibly be to setup a test lab without the use of any hardware but with the full features of the OS and the platform. It’s also a really good way to start getting a handle on Windows Azure’s IaaS features and to start understanding how they come together.
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IT Professional Reviewer's Guide for SharePoint Server 2013
Read about how SharePoint Server 2013 builds on the investments of previous SharePoint releases to help you do the following: lower IT costs with a flexible and scalable collaboration platform; better manage risk by safeguarding your business with secure and reliable capabilities; increase productivity through cost-effective and efficient management.
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Anti-virus Software is Dead... Really?
Yesterday we released the latest volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. Among the ~800 pages of new threat intelligence is a new study that attempts to quantify the benefit of running up-to-date anti-virus (AV) software. The study leveraged data from over a billion systems worldwide and it turns out that systems that do not have up-to-date AV are 5.5 times more likely to be infected with malware than systems that are protected. It’s also noteworthy that almost 270 million systems worldwide did not have up-to-date AV installed in the second half of 2012; many people that could be benefiting from the protection that AV offers, are not.
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