Plumbing & Wiring in a Microsoft World

For those dedicated to working with our core infrastructure products and solutions...

Plumbing & Wiring in a Microsoft World

  • Configuration Manager - Free MSI Packaging Tools!

    A collaboration with Macrovision has delivered a special version of AdminStudio (AdminStudio for Configuration Manager), allowing you to build MSI files from your legacy applications and then deploy them using System Center Configuration Manager 2007...
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Server 2008 Terminal Services and AD Domain Services

    Beta Announcement: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services and Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services January 2008 .. Are you evaluating server technologies in your quest toward...
  • Hyper-V Server Consolidation Assessment Tool

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit version 3.1 has now been released and can be downloaded from here . This updated version includes reporting on how to consolidate Windows workloads using Hyper-V, our new virtualisation platform. We...
  • Three Steps to Certification for MS Partners

    Get the lowdown on how Partner Skills Plus can help you achieve the latest certifications with this 2 page download - a great way to help you understand the new generation of certifications from Microsoft and how to save money on training and certification...
  • H1 2008 Aussie Partner Readiness Schedule - Infrastructure Highlights

    Just a quick heads up on some of the partner readiness training planned for Jan-June 2008. I've plucked the following out as of most interest to all the infrastructure specialists... Microsoft Deployment Airlift (Including SoftGrid, VISTA and Windows...
  • Another Piece in the Virtualisation Jigsaw

    With System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) now RTM, we've moved a step closer to delivering a truly compelling virtualisation story to our customers and partners - something that will really come to life when Windows Server Virtualisation becomes...
  • Virtual Server Cookbooks - now available

    Some great new Virtual Server resources have just gone live and are available for download. There are 10 cookbooks covering a range of topics that are designed to help customers and partners build solutions on the Virtual Server platform. Some interesting...
  • Partner Business Briefings on Microsoft Virtualisation

    Running across cities in 5 Australian states, these briefings are designed to help Microsoft Partners understand the business opportunity that the new wave of server technologies will present. The first ones are running in November and December and will...
  • Planning and Design Guidance for Microsoft Virtualisation

    The recently published Infrastructure Planning and Design Solution Accelerator is a great place to start when considering the practical implications of deploying Microsoft's broad range of virtualisation technologies. I've just worked through the 'Windows...
  • DPM 2007 SP1 brings Hyper-V Support

    DPM SP1 has been released just in time for the Christmas break, and is available for download in both x86 and x64 versions: DPM 2007 sp1 x86                           ...
  • Waiting for Windows Vista Service Pack 1?

    I came across this posting from the Windows Vista Team Blog during a recent trip around my favourite blog sites - worth checking out if you're interested in the likely what / when / where of SP1 for Windows Vista and the associated Beta program. Should...
  • Which way to go with Windows Server 2008? Use the MAP!

    Just a quick note to highlight some of the great work done by the Solution Accelerator team, with the delivery of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning toolkit. This free of charge, downloadable utility provides customers and partners with a quick and...
  • Windows Server 2008 - "First Look" Courses

    A great way to get some early exposure to Windows Server 2008, Fast Track Fridays are available through CPLS partners across Australia. Each Friday's agenda will offer a range of one day chalk-talk and Hands on Labs focused at getting you up to speed...
  • Daylight Saving Changes Guide - Australia

    Check out the latest guidance on preparing your Microsoft solutions for the forthcoming daylight savings changes with the downloadable Australia Daylight Saving Planning Guide . Also includes links to all the necessary software updates. [RH]
  • Windows Server 08 Failover Clustering Guide

    A lot of people have been asking me for some quick guidance on how to build failover clusters with Windows Server 2008, especially as this is one of the key technologies for enabling high availability for mission-critical services. Both hardware and software...
  • SCE Hotfix Rollup

    Quick post to highlight the new Essentials 2007 hotfix rollup - posted last week. Combines a couple of existing patches including the old disjointed namespace chestnut. Download here , apply before installation and remember....always read the label. ...
  • Deployment and MDOP - Training for Technical Professionals

    Looks like the folks at the Partner Academy have come up with a winning format for some technical training: an in-depth multi-week asynchronous delivery, as described below: Register now! This Partner Academy class is specifically designed for technical...
  • Hyper-V goes RTM!

    Well, we've been waiting for this one for a little while, and here it is...KB950050. Get the details from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx and download from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 Released to Manufacturing

    Monday, 04 Feb 2008 - Microsoft released to manufacturing the following products: Windows Server 2008 - This long awaited product will be generally available on 01 March 2008. Check out the launch coming to a city near you in February and March. ...
  • Virtual Machine Manager 'R2'?

    Looks like the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) team have built up a fair head of steam. With SCVMM2007 now RTM (see previous post for details), there are already whispers of an R2 version being under development - most likely for release...
  • 3-day Forefront technical training for Aussie partners

    A great opportunity to pick up some heavily subsidised Forefront training in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Focusing on IAG and ISA 2006 as well as Forefront Client Security and Forefront Security for Exchange Server 2007, these courses are designed...
  • Using Essentials 2007 to Monitor Network Devices

    Stumbled across this interesting post on Pete's Management BLOG the other day - gives a good overview of how straightforward it is to get SNMP monitoring of network devices up and running with System Center Essentials 2007. For those looking for a bit...
  • Upgrading Active Directory to Windows Server 2008

    There's a whole host of information out there for people looking to upgrade their AD environments to Windows 2008 from Windows 2003 or even 2000. Rather than do the hard work of pulling this guidance together myself, I'd like to point out the following...
  • System Center Partner Airlift for Aussie Partners

    Register here for heavily subsidised, level 300 training for Australian partners, covering System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2007. Melbourne and Sydney only at...
  • System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 is here!

    Well, it's been a while in the baking, but SP1 for System Center Essentials 2007 has finally arrived, bringing with it a host of improvements to performance, GUI stability and memory consumption (decreased by up to 70%...yes that's right 70%!). Check...