Jeff Alexander's Weblog

Technical Evangelist - Windows Infrastructure

January, 2006

  • How Microsoft IT Does Patch Management

    Our internal IT Showcase team has released some new content on how we do patch management using SMS 2003 . As I used to work in our internal IT department I’m passionate about the process we use and believe it’s a good reference point for how you should...
  • Back in the Saddle

    Well I’m back now for what has to be the second longest holiday I’ve had in my career at Microsoft. The last one was in 1997 when I took 6 weeks off for long service. My manager Frank says I need to take regular holidays as I’ve accumulated quite a few...
  • Data Protection Manager 101

    Check out all the new content available on Data Protection Manager 2006. Watch the one on how Microsoft IT is doing this in their production environment. DPM 101: Learn More About DPM Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup/Restore...
  • Windows Live Messenger Beta: Invitations Available

    I’ve been running the Windows Live Messenger Beta for a few days now and I have some invitations to the new BETA available. If would like one then post a comment to this post with your passport email address and I’ll send you an invite. Sharing the...
  • ClustrMaps Beta

    I just found this really cool tool that shows me where visitors to my site are located. It’s called ClustrMaps and it looks pretty cool. it doesn’t update until tomorrow so !’ll find out then how it looks. I’ve put an HTML tag...
  • BIG Invite: Brisbane Infrastructure Group - Clustering with Virtual Server

    Andrew Dugdell is holding the first meeting of the Brisbane Infrastructure Group in early February so check out the details of this below. So if you live in Brisbane and are interested in Clustering on Virtual Server then get along to the meetings. ...
  • Brisbane SharePoint User Group: Next meeting

    If you live in the Brisbane area and have an interest in the SharePoint Technologies then get along to the Brisbane SharePoint User Group . This group is run by Adam Clark and is one of our newer groups to get up and running. So help support this new...
  • Happy Australia Day

    Well today is Australia Day so we get a day off to celebrate all that is Aussie. It’s day of picnic’s; barbecues and spending time with family and friends. For me its a special day because it’s my 5 year anniversary of becoming an Aussie...
  • Windows Live Messenger Beta: Great Response

    Wow! What a response! Over the weekend I received 9 responses to my invitation to the Windows Live Messenger Beta! For all of you that posted a response I’ve sent you the details of the Beta. Enjoy! I still have 5 invites left so if you want one; get...
  • Sydney Biztalk User Group: Next Meeting

    If you live in the Sydney area and love Biztalk then why not get along to the Sydney Biztalk User Group . The group meets the last Wednesday of each month and after a small break over the holidays there resuming monthly meetings next week. All the details...
  • Using SQL Server 2005 with SAP R/3 at Microsoft

    Using SQL Server 2005 with SAP R/3 Published: 01/20/06 Audience: Technical Implementer Detailed discussion describing how the EAS group in Microsoft IT used the new features in SQL Server 2005 to dramatically increase the availability of SAP...
  • Upcoming Management Webcasts

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Security Update Management with Systems Management Server 2003 (Level 200) Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation Join this webcast to learn...
  • Security Interchange Coming soon..

    Security Interchange brought to you by Microsoft. Maybe you’re a seasoned techie or developer. Maybe you’re just wanting to know and understand more. The Security Interchange provides an informal format for you to get your questions answered. Leading...
  • SQL Down Under Show 11

    Hi folks, I'm pleased to announce that show 11 of SQL Down Under featuring guest Dr Tom Moreau is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . In this show, Tom discusses his experiences when starting to work with SQL Server Service Broker...
  • Microsoft Research: Group Shot

    Have you ever spent time taking 6 or 7 photos, just trying to get everyone's faces turned correctly and smiling correctly? Ever wish you could take the best parts of each photo and glue them together? That's Group Shot. MSR Group Shot helps you create...
  • Encarta Instant Answers

    Hi folks, I found this little gem today called Encarta Instant Answers which you can use with MSN Messenger to answers to those questions you’ve always wanted to know about. All you have to do is add encarta@conversagent.com to you messenger...
  • Updated Security Guides

    We’ve made some updates to 2 of our key security guides. Check out the details below. The Threats and Countermeasures Guide v2.0 The updated Threats and Countermeasures guide provides you with a reference to all security settings that provide...
  • TechNet Magazine Online: January/February 2006 Edition

    In case you weren’t aware the US Technet folks produce a regular journal for IT professionals called Technet Magazine . They also produce and online version of the magazine as well and the January/February 2006 Edition is now available. Topics in this...
  • Windows Live Messenger Beta: Invites all out

    Thanks for the great response everyone! I sent my last invitation that I have to this beta out today. Hope you all enjoy the new Beta. Since there was such a good response I was thinking about how I could give something back to my readers in the format...
  • System Center Reporting Manager (SCRM) 2006 Release Candidate is Now Available!

    System Center Reporting Manager (SCRM) 2006 is a data warehouse and reporting platform that will help IT managers better support corporate decision making, improve the quality of service provided and more effectively administer IT resources through improved...