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  • 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: Competition: Download an Evaluation and win a Nokia Lumia 920!

    I’ve got a very simple competition for you.  All you need to do is download an Evaluation for Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 SP1 and you could win a Nokia Lumia 920!   All the details are below.  To enter go to the following website. Win a Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content: Cloud Focused

    We have some new content that has recently been made available.  See the details below. How Microsoft IT Deployed a Customer Facing Application to Windows Azure in Six Weeks Learn how the Microsoft IT Volume Licensing team gained experience with Windows Azure by focusing on a straightforward, isolated...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Global Foundation Services Datacenter Tour

    This is an amazing video from our Microsoft Global Foundation Service team on how we continue to evolve our datacentre's around the world to deliver Microsoft Cloud Services.  Really cool stuff! GFS Datacenter Tour Jeffa Technorati Tags: Cloud Computing , Datacenter
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: Heaps of new content available!

    The folks over at the Microsoft IT Showcase team have been very busy lately releasing new content.  Below is a list of some of the highlights. Microsoft IT CIO Office Scorecards – Delivering Dashboards From a KPI Catalogue See a live demo of how Microsoft IT is managing and delivering scorecards...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 2 Available for Download!

    If you are working with Windows deployment or testing the System Center 2012 family of products then make sure you check out the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 2 .  Details below.. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever! For System...
  • Blog Post: MAP 6.5 Beta Now Available!

    As you all know nothing stays still in the IT Industry.  Earlier this year we released the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 to help you with your Private and Public Cloud planning.  Now we have a beta available of the next release of MAP, version 6.5.  Here are some details...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: Scaling Applications with Windows Azure

    I came across this today from the Windows Azure Facebook page and had to share.  You can download a PDF of the Infographic here and get more detailed information here.   Jeffa Technorati Tags: Windows Azure , Scale
  • Blog Post: MAP Toolkit 8.5 Now Released!

    As my first post of the new financial year I wanted to let you know the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.5 is now available for download .  If you haven’t used MAP before then I encourage you to have a look.  MAP Toolkit 8.5 includes hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Windows Server 2012-Storage Spaces

    Welcome to another Screencast on Windows Server 2012.  This time I’m discussing what I think to be one of the biggest area’s of improvement and change in Windows Server 2012 namely Storage infrastructure.  In Windows Server 2012 we are addressing the need to provide resiliency and cost-effective...
  • Blog Post: Imagine If: Celebrating the Imagine Cup Finals today!

    Imagine If Jeffa Technorati Tags: Imagine Cup , Imagine
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Beta’s Now Available!

    I have good news for you.  In response to customer feedback we are now making available all the System Center 2012 pre-release products available with a single registration!   This greatly simplifies your experience in evaluating these products.  Previously you had to register for each...