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  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechNet Update coming in April!

    As you may or may not know we at Microsoft are releasing products faster than ever before. And to keep you up to date with pace of innovation we are starting a new quarterly event series called TechNet Update! The goal is to hear the absolute latest on upcoming and current technologies from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New Free eBooks Available for Microsoft Azure!

    The good folks over at Microsoft Press have released some new and free eBooks focusing on Microsoft Azure . Check them out below and download your copy today! Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals for Azure If you are new to Microsoft Azure then this book is a great place to start! This books introduces...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for MVA and win a trip to Microsoft Ignite!

    IT heroes never stop learning. And great technology never stops evolving. That's why the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers hundreds of training courses… all of them free. With hundreds of courses hosted by dozens of experts, the MVA is a phenomenal resource designed to help developers and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The Microsoft Cloud Platform System!

    This was significant enough to warrant a blog post. In fact out of the recent announcements we made this week is the one that stands out to me. A cloud in a box system powered by Dell and using the Microsoft software stack to get you up and running with an on-premises cloud. Check out the video below...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Recording: Transform the Datacenter

    Over the last few weeks and up until the end of June myself and Andrew McMurray have been running a series of TechNet Live events focusing on the technologies that will help you transform the way you operate and manage your datacentres. All of these events are being recorded and if you attended you will...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia 2012: Call for Topics is Live!

    Welcome to my first email regarding TechEd Australia 2012!   This year I’m looking after content again and today I like to announce that call for topics is now open for submissions.  This is the first of many milestones on the journey to this event in September.  I believe good content...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Windows Server 2012-NIC Teaming

    I wanted to share with you a new feature in Windows Server 2012 called NIC Teaming .  It’s one of my favourites and an essential part of building a Private Cloud.  Having high availability at the network layer is critical functionality that is now built into Windows Server 2012.  You no...
  • Blog Post: Tech.ed Australia 2011 Registration Site now Live!

    Great news everyone!  Registration for Tech·Ed Australia 2011 is now live!   And if you register by July 15th 2011 you’ll save $300 off the ticket price by taking advantage of our early bird offer. As you all know I’m the content owner this year and we are making excellent progress on the content...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Content Available this month..

    Happy New Year everyone!  A bunch of new content has come out from the Microsoft IT Showcase team .  Check it out below.. How Microsoft IT Centralized Disaster Recovery Microsoft IT developed their solution for Disaster Recovery (DR) in the datacentre. This will give a good overview of how...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: February 2012 Issue

    I wanted to let you all know that the February 2012 Edition of TechNet Magazine is online.  I’m a bit late with this but wanted to let you know all the same.  Check out some of the highlights from this issue. Windows 7 -  Group Policy Preferences – check out this article on how to manage...
  • Blog Post: Now Open: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Beta!

    I’ve been a big fan of the MAP Toolkit for a long time now.  It’s great way to easily asses your environment for readiness and migration information for new releases such as Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and Office 2013.  Because it doesn’t use an agent to gather data on your network it’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: Microsoft’s first internal Private Cloud

    Great article on how Microsoft IT developed it’s first Private Cloud. How Microsoft IT Developed a Private Cloud Infrastructure Microsoft moves to the Private Cloud by planning, architecting, developing and managing the first Private Cloud solution within the Microsoft datacenter. The combination of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook Available Now!

    One of our local MVP’s; Leandro Carvalho has written a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook .  The idea of the cookbook is to help you become a Hyper-V expert using this easy to follow recipe style format.  Check out the details of what’s in the book and links to go and get a copy.  I...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Pro’s!

    Thanks to the folks over at Microsoft Press there is a new and free eBook on Windows Azure from Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Azure team designed specifically for the IT Professional.  If you haven’t had a chance to try Windows Azure or your just looking to learn more then this book is a good place...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: More Content For You!

    The folks over at Microsoft IT Showcase have released some more great content.  Check out the details below. Windows Azure Sandbox Accelerates Cloud-Based Grassroots Innovation Microsoft IT created the Windows Azure Sandbox to give full-time Microsoft employees and interns a free subscription to...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: 3 Months worth of articles!

    It’s been awhile since I posted about the latest edition of TechNet Magazine .  I think I was busy with a little event called Tech.ed and have neglected my regular blogging duties.  Sorry about that!  Well in this post I wanted to draw your attention to the last 3 issues.  There’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft by the Numbers!

      This month I’m celebrating 26 years at Microsoft Australia.  This is pretty surreal for me as I feel the same as I did all those years ago.  Although it seems easier these days to get injured if I move wrong!  Anyway I thought I would share this little video of Microsoft by the...
  • Blog Post: The MS IT Showcase Content keeps coming..

    The Microsoft IT Showcase team keeps publishing new content.  The below articles are very interesting. Microsoft IT Plans for Hybrid Deployment of Microsoft Office 365 A hybrid messaging deployment offers the possibility to have some mailboxes located on-premises while others reside in the cloud...
  • Blog Post: A Glimpse of the future: Microsoft’s New Envisioning Center!

    As was reported over on the Next at Microsoft blog we recently opened up the new Envisioning Center on the Microsoft Redmond Campus which is essentially an immersive showcase about the possibilities that technology can bring to enrich our lives.  As part of the opening the team created a video of...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet Live! Meetings: Private Cloud Focused

    I would like to inform that starting later this month and continuing into November I’ll be doing a series of TechNet Live events.  We’ve done several of these in the past and wanted to continue them to keep you up-to-date with the latest Microsoft technologies.  As many of you know the System...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Launches this Month!

    If you manage Windows PC in a small to medium business or even an enterprise then you are going to want to read on.  This month we are announcing that Windows Intune will be available in Australia on Thursday March 24 2011 .  Make sure you check the website for more details and for links to...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life of TechEd North America 2012–An Aussie Perspective!

    As you know in my previous post I headed off the TechEd North America on a fact finding mission as content owner for TechEd Australia 2012 .  This is something we do every year to see how the US event is run, how they approach content and to recruit speakers for our local event.  This year...
  • Blog Post: Is Social Media ruining your mind?

    As we all wind down for the holiday season maybe it’s time to step away from social media and talk to some real people.  According to AssistedLivingToday our average attention span in the last 10 years has dropped from 12 minutes to 5 seconds!  The infographic below goes into this in more detail...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Certification is now Ready for the Cloud!

    There is a big change that has happened over at Microsoft Learning .  If you’ve been thinking about how to get skilled up in cloud technologies then here is your opportunity.  Check out all the details on how you can move your career towards the cloud. Move Your Career to the Cloud with the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Launched–Check out the Ads!

    Woo! Hoo!  Today is the day!  Windows 8 has been released to the world .  To celebrate I thought I would share with you some of the ads we will be showing around the world.  Check them out. The World is Ready <P><...