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  • 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: 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: How Microsoft Does IT: New SQL Consolidation Content Available!

    We have some great new content available that discusses how we consolidated our SQL Server instances to save on costs and improve environmental sustainability.  Check out the content below. SQL Server Consolidation at Microsoft With more than 4,700 Microsoft® SQL Server® instances in operation,...
  • Blog Post: New “Cloud Power” Campaign Announced

            Yesterday we announced a new “Cloud Power” global campaign to help IT pro’s better understand this fundamental shift going on right now in our industry.  The campaign is going to focus on 3 key business scenarios including private cloud, public cloud and cloud productivity...
  • Blog Post: Great local IT Showcase article

    Our internal IT Showcase team has released a great article on how we use Microsoft Roundtable devices and Office Live Meeting to save money on regular quarterly meetings that happen around the business.  It’s a great local example of how we are using this technology to save money and reduce our...
  • Blog Post: New Content from MS IT Showcase: Power Management using SCCM 2007 R3

        Microsoft IT has ambitious goals to cut their carbon emissions by 30% in 5 years.  One of the ways they are working to achieve this is to use System Centre Configuration Manager 2007 R3 to enforce power plans on 165,000 laptops and desktops.  Personally I’ve been affected by this...
  • Blog Post: Time to Thrive?

    Here is something to start thinking about in these tough economic times.  In previous posts I’ve talked about what  you can do to reduced your carbon footprint and how some of Microsoft’s technology can save you money.  But what about you and your career as an IT Pro? In tough times good...
  • Blog Post: Free E-book: Virtualization Solutions

    We have another free E-Book available for download and this time it’s on Understanding Microsoft’s Virtualization  Solutions.  The book is a 15MB download and is over 400 pages long so it’s quite a comprehensive.  It covers all current Microsoft Virtualization technologies and even includes...
  • Blog Post: SP2 Release Candidate for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

    Yesterday we announced the availability of the Release Candidate of SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  You can get the download via TechNet and MSDN .  SP2 is an update that addresses feedback we have received from customers along with updates that have been posted on Windows Update...
  • Blog Post: 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 or already have something in operation we have...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed Australia 2009: Windows Server Track Planning

    It’s that time again and as I did last year I’m going to be owning Windows Server content.  This year the way we are organising the tracks is going to be a bit different than it was last year.  This year’s Tech.Ed is going to have a heavy focus on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Content Available!

    We have some great new content available from our IT Showcase team outlining how we deploy Virtual Machines using Hyper-V and how designed the corporate extranet to collaborate with partners without compromising security.  Check out the content below! Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta Now Available!

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are just around the corner and if you are thinking of deploying these two new OS releases you need some good planning tools.  If you are thinking of this then make sure you have a look at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta . MAP Toolkit 4...
  • Blog Post: New Environment Websites

    At Microsoft we have a number of initiatives at work now to help reduce our impact on the environment and help to stop global warming.  I know through talking to many of you in the IT sector that there are a wide range of opinions on this issue.  But at the end of the day we can all do something...
  • Blog Post: We can solve it..

    Yesterday former Vice President Al Gore challenged America to change the way they are currently do things in regards to the environment.  Very much worth watching!  Watch it below.. More at www.wecansolveit.org . Technorati Tags: Green IT , Environment Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Virtualized Client Data Access and Protection Service

    Data.  All your users have it right?  They want access to it all the time and they don’t want to lose it.  The amount of data that users store on their hard drives growing all the time.  So how do you back up this data or do you even bother?  Well our Microsoft IT folks have...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Conference: Coming in September!

    Following on from the TechNet Live! events we ran throughout the last financial year; we are kicking off our first TechNet Virtual Conference on a range of technologies.  Instead of running one session we are running a “virtual conference” with 4 different sessions going on throughout the day. ...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Event: Windows Vista Deployment

    Hot on the heels of our first event we are squeezing in another before the silly season kicks in and nobody’s paying attention.  This time I'm going to cover Windows Vista deployment.  With the beta release of Windows 7 coming soon customers are still undecided as to whether they should deploy...
  • 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: Today is World Environment Day

    Today, June 5th 2008 is World Environment Day .  This year's theme is C02 Kick the Habit towards a lower carbon economy.  So check out the website and in particular the 12 steps you can take to kick the C02 habit. So today at Microsoft Australia to celebrate this very important day out Sustainability...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Video Content Available Now!

    The folks over at Microsoft IT Showcase have been busy uploading videos to TechNet Edge on various topics about they are using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V.  The two new videos below caught my eye and are worth a watch. How Microsoft IT Leverages Security Enhancements from Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content Available Now

    The IT Showcase team has released some new content covering a range of technology areas.  Check out the content below and links to more information. Supply Chain Management Platform Supports Seamless Partner Collaboration The Entertainment and Devices (EDD) division leverages a complex supply chain...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: Special Going Green 2009 Issue

    To celebrate Earth Day 2009 the TechNet team has done a special Green issue of TechNet Magazine.  This edition is   only available online which makes sense giving it’s all about Green IT.  The whole issue is dedicated to green IT and sustainable computing.  Check out the highlights...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content: Green Initiatives

    In these tough economic times everyone has to find ways to conduct business more efficiently and of course do more with less.  Our own internal IT department has been working for some time with different technologies to explore ways we can be more efficient in the way we run and manage our own infrastructure...