Jeff Alexander's Weblog

Technical Evangelist - Windows Infrastructure

September, 2008

  • Exchange Hosted Services at Microsoft

      At Microsoft we have challenges around messaging protection just like other organisations. But unlike other organizations we are the target of many more advanced attacks from outside the company.  So our internal IT department was looking...
  • Virtualization Solution Accelerators

    With Virtualization on everyone's mind and now that we've kicked off our "Get Virtual Now" campaign I thought it was worth making you aware of some resources we now have to help you in your virtualization projects. Whether you are in the planning stages...
  • Hyper-V now supports 24 Logical Processors!

    We’ve just released an update for Hyper-V which enables 24 Logical Processor Support.  This is up from 16 Logical Processors when Hyper-V was released.  We have also increased the number of supported running virtual machines  from 128 to...
  • Windows: Life Without Walls and I’m a PC

    Today is a big day for Microsoft.  Today we launch our Life without Walls campaign to reconnect with consumers     and remind them and us why Windows is so important in our everyday lives.  It’s about connection.  Connecting...
  • The New Windows Ads are cool..

    You've probably seen the first Windows ad with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld floating around the net. The new ads are out now and are even funnier. Check them out.. A family affair Part 1 A family affair part 2 You can see the whole Video at http://www...
  • Australian Daylight Savings Changes - October 2008

    In October 2008 we will again be experiencing changes to Daylight Savings in Australia. I wanted to make you aware of these changes so you can plan for them in your environments. The changes to daylight savings can have significant business impact if...
  • My new mouse?

    We have just announced to new Mouse products based on a new tracking technology called BlueTrack. The idea is you can use the mouse on virtually any surface. Sorry glass surfaces are still out of the question. That rules out most of the hotels that I...
  • Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable: Vista Performance

    I just wanted to let you know of an upcoming event with Mark Russinovich on Windows Vista Performance. In the discussions I have with IT Pro's; performance is one of those blockers they have for not making the move to Windows Vista. Later this month Mark...
  • Another XBOX 360 Contest

    Went downstairs the other day for lunch and this was sitting in the foyer. If you want the chance to race in one of these babies then enter the XBOX 360 Bathurst Challenge . I wonder if they'll give us a chance to take this for a spin around the carpark...
  • Zune 3.0 Update

    This week we released an update to the Zune Software and firmware for Zune devices.  Now I know we don’t have these in Australia as an officially released product but we all know a lot of people have them here.  I have a Zune 30 original device...
  • Take the Ultimate Test Drive

    Want to take Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 for a test drive but haven't had the chance to upgrade? Well now courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Labs you can do just that. All you need is a browser to access our virtual infrastructure. Click the picture below...
  • Next version of Windows Live

    Today seem to be the day for new software.  We just released the Wave 3 beta of our Windows Live Services.  You can get everything you need at http://download.live.com/ . We are releasing a bunch of cool betas.  Check them out! Messenger...
  • Screencast: Network Access Protection with 802.1x (Part 2)

    In my previous post on NAP with 802.1x authentication I talked about setting up the server environment along with a switch that is compatible with 802.1x authentication. In this screencast I'm going to talk about how to configure a client running Windows...
  • Time to get Virtual

    If you were at Teched Australia 2008 you would have seen many of our Virtualization technologies in action. I for one ran all my demos on Hyper-V and found it worked very well for me. Well today is Virtualization Launch Day in the US and kicks off a global...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin: September 2008

    It's that time again! Time for another security bulletin. This month we hav 4 security bulletins all related to remote code executions. Check out the details below and make sure you apply these appropriately to your environments. Bulletin Number Maximum...