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  • Blog Post: Extensible File Classification Infrastructure in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Managing storage is something administrators struggle with.  I know when I was in Microsoft IT one of the biggest  issues we had was data that was aged and no longer being accessed but still taking up an enormous amount of space.  Organisations need to manage data more efficiently and...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Windows Phone!

    Wow!  What a week it’s been.  Hot off the heels of the Windows 8 launch last week; today we have announced the release of Windows Phone 8 .  This release is a major milestone for us in that it’s a perfect match for a Windows 8 PC.  I’ve loved Windows Phone for a long time and especially...
  • Blog Post: Free Dynamic Datacenter Workshops Across Australia!

    Yes they are on again!   You may recall that in May of this year myself and a colleague ran a series of Virtualization workshops around Australia.  Well they are on again with a slight name change to reflect some new content that we have added.  So version 2.0 of this workshop is called...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content Available for Review

    We have a bunch of new IT Showcase Content Available.  Make sure you check out the details below. Microsoft IT Reduces Troubleshooting Challenges with Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset, commonly known as DaRT, is a core component of the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: Evolution of the IT Pro!

    Have you ever used a floppy disk ?  How about a Macintosh Plus or Mac II ?  When I first started at Microsoft in 1987 the Macintosh Plus was one of the first computers I used!  When Windows 3.0 came out I started using an 80386 PC and my IT Pro life began!  Fast forward 20 years or...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: October Edition out Now featuring Windows 7!

    As you all know this month is launch month for Windows 7 and the folks over at TechNet Magazine are getting in on the action with a bunch of articles to help you get started with all the new features.  Check out some of the highlights below! Windows 7 – The 10 things to do first for Windows ...
  • Blog Post: IT Camps: Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

    Myself and Andrew have been travelling around the country running IT Camps in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.  The response has been overwhelming in every city so far with packed out events.  We still have a few cities left to go and we have seats available in these cities.  Details...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft IT Showcase Content: Branch Office Virtualization!

    Our Microsoft IT Showcase team has published more good content related to Windows Server 2008 R2.  This time focusing on our branch offices and Virtualization technologies.  Please see below for more details. Improving Branch Office Service Through Virtualization To ensure that the services...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: February 2011 Edition Online Now!

    The February Edition of TechNet Magazine is now online and features content related to Cloud services and Virtualization.  If you are thinking about moving down the path of cloud or virtualization this edition has some good information for you.  Even if you are an expert there is still some...
  • Blog Post: More Windows 7 Australian Ads

    In case you haven’t come across these there are more Windows 7 Australian ads online now. Parental Controls Homegroup I like them because they are appealing to the average user.  Good to see so many local ads being done. Technorati Tags: Windows 7 , Local Ads Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Update: Newcastle Infrastructure User Group

    Tomorrow afternoon I’m heading about 2 hours north of Sydney to Newcastle to present on Windows 7 and a bit on Windows Server 2008 R2.  This is the second time I’ve presented to the group so it should be fun.  So if you live in the Newcastle area then make sure you get along tomorrow night...
  • Blog Post: What most schools don’t teach…

    Maybe I should start listening to Coatesy and learn to code!  Learn more at http://Code.org Jeffa Technorati Tags: Code , Coding
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Hyper-V Server 2008

    As I said in my previous post ;  Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 has now been released for free download.  The other day I decided to have a look at it on my shuttle machine and I’ve done a quick screencast on what it looks like and has to offer.  You can view the video below or view it...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content: BranchCache with Windows 7!

    BranchCache , which is  new to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is one of my favourite features that allows organisations to reduce the cost of running branch offices and reduce their complexity.  Microsoft IT has deployed BranchCache as part of our Windows 7 rollout and is realizing benefits...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: January 2013 Release

    Happy New Year everyone!  What better way to start things off than with a bunch of new security updates.  Check out the details below of this months security bulletin.  Pretty busy one this time around so make sure you check them out.  One thing I did notice is another firmware update...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Dynamic Memory in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    I’ve finally had a chance to create a screencast on Dynamic Memory.  You can view through the TechNet Edge site.  Check out the link below. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/dynamic-memory-in-windows-server-2008-r2-sp1 Jeffa Technorati Tags: Dynamic Memory , SP1 , Hyper-V
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Resources for IT Pro’s

    Now that Windows 8 has been released you may be starting to think about how it’s going to fit into your business or enterprise.  Windows 8 is not your typical desktop refresh and is much more the a user interface change.  Built on the solid foundation of Windows 7; Windows 8 offers many new...
  • Blog Post: Life at the Coalface

    As IT Pro’s we are at the frontlines everyday.  Well it’s good to hear from some real IT Pro’s that have decided to trial a Podcast Series called “Coalface Tech” and it’s hosted by James Bannan from APC and Mark Wilson in the UK .  Both are IT Pro’s by day and write by night and play with technology...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Shortcut Keys

    As I’ve been travelling around spreading the love on Windows 7 I get asked a lot about some of the new shortcut  keys that are now available.  So I thought I would create a list of the most popular shortcut keys and the ones I use the most.  I’m sure there are others out there but what...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: File Services in Windows Server 2008 Part 2

    In a previous blog post I showed you some changes we have made to the SMB protocol in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.  To continue this series I wanted to share with you some more changes we have made in the area of file services.  In this screencast I’m going to talk to you about the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: December 2013 Release

    It’s that time again!  Get your updates done before the silly season starts.  It’s a busy month this month with 11 updates for you to consider in your environments.  Today’s update also includes firmware updates for Surface RT , Surface Pro , Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 .  If you...
  • Blog Post: New Content from the Microsoft IT Showcase Team!

    To finish of the financial year the Microsoft IT Showcase team has published a bunch of new content in a range of areas. I think you will find these well worth a read. How Microsoft.com Moved to a Virtualized Infrastructure Microsoft virtualization technologies and SAN-based clustered storage solved...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: November 2012

      This month we have quite a few updates for you to consider in your environments and if you have a Surface RT device you will have noticed a firmware update is available that improves performance.  Below are details of updates available.   Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Component Poster updated with SP1 Changes!

    At the recent Dynamic Datacenter Workshops we have been handing out Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 component posters.  These posters have been very popular over the years and the Hyper-V one has been updated to support Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX which are now available as part of SP1. ...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live Meeting: Windows 7 Deployment

    The next Windows 7 TechNet Live event with be on Windows 7 Deployment.  More details below. Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements   Date:  Friday, July 3rd 2009  Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (AEST) Event Overview    This session will focus on Windows 7 enhanced deployment capabilities...