Jeff Alexander's Weblog

Technical Evangelist - Windows Infrastructure

May, 2007

  • Microsoft Surface Computing!

    Microsoft Surface Computing has been unveiled at the D Conference and I have to say Wow! I saw this technology demonstrated at a technical conference in Seattle this past February by the Microsoft Research team but I didn't think it was going to be happening...
  • Windows Mobile Solution Centre on TechNet

    Hi folks, Check out the Windows Mobile Center on Technet for all the information you need on deploying Windows Mobile Devices in the Enterprise. There is a lot happening in this space with the release of Windows Mobile 6.0 and Exchange Server 2007 and...
  • New Windows Live Betas Available!

    Hi folks, We have a bunch of new Beta's available from the Windows Live team including Beta 2 of Windows Live Writer , Windows Live Messenger 8.5 and Windows Live Mail . Check em out! Jeffa
  • TechNet Magazine: June 2007

    The June edition of TechNet Magazine is focused on all things Security. Things like User Account Control, Bitlocker, Windows Vista Firewall and some of the new ACL's in Windows Vista plus a whole bunch more. All the articles are a really good read if...
  • Security Camp Oz...

    Well you've probably heard of Code Camp and SQL Camp but this year we are also doing a Security Camp . The event is all about security and is designed to be cross-platform and not focus on a particular technology. It's being held in Wagga Wagga at the...
  • Rogue DHCP Server's are bad...

    Well today I did something I probably haven't done in about 10 or 15 years if at all. I put one of my Windows Server 2008 virtual machines on the corporate network. Problem is it's DC, DHCP Server and DNS Server! Doh! I had guys from the GTSC team looking...
  • Windows Server 2008 Resources

    As you may have heard we have released the name of Longhorn server as Windows Server 2008. Not too much of a surprise there but it's the name anyway. With that we have released a whole bunch of resources as well which I've made available in this post...
  • System Center Essential 2007

    Do you run a small to medium business? Do you have up to 500 clients running on your network and up to 30 servers? If so then Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 is designed for your business. It provides a single console for Monitoring, Patch Management...
  • Live Search for Windows Mobile

    Sometimes I come across a piece of software that is just so useful and cool at the same time. Live Search for Windows Mobile is one of those. Now when I first heard of this I thought there is no way that it will have support for Australia. So I loaded...
  • Live Earth: Concerts for a Climate in Crisis

    No this is not a plug for a new Live! service. It's something way more important than that. If you haven't already guessed it from reading my blog; I'm well and truly behind campaigns to stop global warming. And this year on 7.7.07 Live Earth will be...
  • Auscert 2007: Final Update

    Well Auscert 2007 is wrapping up this week and I've finished my duty on the Microsoft Stand and this year the event was pretty uneventful if you'll pardon the pun. We had our usual spot this year and had good traffic to the stand. Now I neglected to do...
  • Auscert 2007 Day 1 Update...

    Well today marked the first official day of the Auscert 2007 Conference but I'm going to start from last night's welcome reception. One of the tasks I was given at Auscert is to setup 3 laptops and make sure they were secure. Hmm there are many definitions...
  • Made it to Auscert 2007

    Hi folks, Well I made it to the sunny Gold Coast for the annual Auscert Conference and as per usual we are at Royal Pines Resort which is really hard to take since I'm such a keen golfer. But this year I didn't register in time to make it into the golf...
  • Technet Update: June Sessions

    Well Michael and I are doing another round of TechNet updates due to the popular demand of the ones we did in May on Group Policy and Longhorn Server. This time around we are going to delve a bit deeper on two longhorn topics. Below are the details: Windows...
  • Security Bulletin Release: May 2007

    Please see below for details of the May 2007 Security Release. Microsoft is releasing the following new security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities: Bulletin Number Maximum Severity Affected Products Impact MS07-023 Critical Microsoft Excel...
  • Windows Live Hotmail Goes Live!

    After nearly 2 years of beta testing our new Windows Live Hotmail service has gone Live today with support for 36 languages. Windows Live Hotmail is the successor to MSN Hotmail and is the most significant update to our webmail service since 1996. There...
  • The signs are talking...

    In the spirit of Frank's post about bad signs I couldn't resist doing one of my very own. This morning I decided to grab some breakfast in the bistro at work and this is what I stumbled onto.... Hmmmm..What is going on here? Maybe the fact we lost a bunch...
  • Longhorn Server: Top Ways to "Light Up" your applications

    In this post I'm taking a bit of different tack. I've been talking quite a bit lately to IT Pro's about all the new features in Longhorn Server . But this week I'm attending the Longhorn Touchdown training in Sydney which is training we provide that is...
  • SQL Down Under Show 22

    Hi Folks, SQL Down Under show 22 with guest SQL Server MVP and PASS president Kevin Kline is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . Cheers, Jeffa
  • Infrastructure Optimization slides available

    Recently when I as in Brisbane I presented our Infrastructure Optimization Model or IOM to a group of IT Plant Control operators. Now you're saying what the? That's what I said when I first got asked to do this session. I had no idea what I was going...
  • Australian Daylight Savings Update

    The Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) held its third meeting on 12 April 2007 in Canberra, ahead of the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on 13 April 2007. In the meeting Communiqué, the following appears under the heading...
  • Windows Vista: Beta 2, RC1 and RC2 set to expire

    For those of you out there still running a beta version of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1 and RC2) they will be expiring on May 31st 2007. So if you are on one of these versions then you will need to upgrade to the final release. For more information check...
  • A travel lesson learned and Bitlocker Drive Encryption...

    So here's a funny story for you. The other day I was in Brisbane presenting at the Brisbane IT for Plant Control Symposium . The event was run by the Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation . Wow! What a mouthful. Anyway I presented a session...