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  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Recording: Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Manageability and Automation!

    This is the last of the Windows Server 2012 R2 events in this series this time focusing on Manageability and Automation. Enjoy! Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Management and Automation If you want to download a copy of the presentation for this event and an offline copy of the recording please go here...
  • Blog Post: MAP Toolkit 9.0 Now Available for Download!

    Awhile back I blogged about the beta of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.0 being available. Well the product has finished beta testing and is now available to download . This release of the MAP Toolkit helps with deploying the very latest Microsoft technologies. It also enhances usage...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: January 2012 Release!

    It’s that time again.  Please see below the first security bulletin for the year. What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to provide you with an overview of the new security bulletin(s) being released on January 10, 2012. Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical problem...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Beta 1 Now Available for Download!

    The first beta of MDT 2012 is now available for download on the Connect site.  Please have a look and let us know your feedback.  The Beta will be open until August 2011.  Make sure you stay up to date on the MDT homepage . Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 1 rides the next...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Now Released!

      Now that Tech.Ed Australia is over it’s time to start to think about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment. MDT 2010 is now available for download and is a critical tool for Lite Touch deployments of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We used this tool extensively during the...
  • 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: TechNet Magazine: March 2009 Edition Online

    The March 2009 edition of Technet Magazine is now online and this issue is all about coming together with the latest release of Office Communications Server R2.  Below are just some of the highlights. What’s New in Office Communications Server 2007 R2:   Check out this overview of some of the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: November 2009 Issue Online Now!

      This month in TechNet Magazine Online ; Windows Server 2008 R2 is featured along with some other good information for deploying Windows 7 .  Yes Windows 7 is out and is getting a lot of attention.  But don’t forget about  this important release of Windows Server.  Check out...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Now Available!

    In a previous post I talked about the Beta of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0.  Well the beta program has closed and the final version is now available for download.  More details and download link below. Download MAP 8.0:   http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=275384...
  • Blog Post: New Solution Accelerators Available for Download!

    We have a bunch of new Solution Accelerators available for download.  Most of them are focusing on Windows Server 2012 and the Windows 8 Release Preview.  Check out the details below. Get Ready for Windows Server 2012 with MAP 7.0 Download MAP 7.0 now. Get ready for Windows Server 2012 with...
  • 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 Live! Event on Vista..more resources

    Thanks to those of you that attended the session on Deploying Windows Vista into your Enterprise.  As always we value your feedback for these types of events so that we can shape upcoming events according to your needs.  In the new year we are planning on running 1 to 2 of these per month as...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate Now Available!

    For those of you that are testing out SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 we have some good news for you.  System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 is now available as a Release Candidate to test.  This update adds 2 keys changes.  Support for Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.  I’ve...
  • Blog Post: The Big Picture is Coming!

    You’ve heard of our Tech.ed events that we hold annually around the world.  Well get ready for an entirely different type of event.  We’re calling it The Big Picture which is quite a change from what we’ve done in the past.  Please see all the details below and how you can register. Experience...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine Online: June Edition Now Available!

    As we move closer to the RTM of Windows 7, compatibility of your  applications becomes an important issue because at the end of the day users just want everything to work.  In the June edition of TechNet Magazine application compatibility is featured.  Check out this plus a few more highlights...
  • Blog Post: Running Server Core as a .NET Application Host

    The Server Core option in Windows Server has been available since Windows Server 2008 and provides smaller install option with a reduced attack surface.  Now with Windows Server 2008 R2 the Server Core option has gotten much better and is a great platform for running a .NET Application host. ...
  • 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: Desktop Optimization Workshop coming your way!

    I just wanted to let you know of an upcoming workshop on the new MDOP 2011 release.  And for once it’s not me doing the travelling!   My colleagues Andrew McMurray and Leon Booth will be going though all that is new with the updated MDOP 2011 release.  Please see the details below along...
  • 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: Get a Second Shot on Microsoft Certification Exams!

    With all the new products that have recently been released it’s a good time to start thinking about updating your Microsoft Certifications.  So to help with that the Microsoft Learning team has introduced Second Shot ; which allows you to re-take and exam if you don’t pass it the first time around...
  • Blog Post: 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 series of "Get Virtual Now" events around the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: January 2009 Issue Available

    The January 2009 Issue of Technet Magazine is now online.  There seems to be a continuing theme from the  December issue around identity an interoperability with an emphasis on the upcoming release of Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2.  In addition to that there is heaps of tips and...
  • Blog Post: System Centre: Partner Enablement POC Kit Available for Download!

    Are you a Microsoft Partner or a System Integrator?  Do you want to show customers Microsoft Virtualization technologies in a proof of concept type of format?  We now have a Partner POC Kit available for System Integrators.  The Client V2 – Desktop Virtualization with System Center and...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Does DirectAccess: New Case study available!

    Recently I was at the 2009 Auscert Conference on the Gold Coast where Microsoft was a Platinum sponsor.  My self and Rocky talked about Windows 7 Security and one of those topics was the new DirectAccess feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We got a lot of questions about DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: December 09 Release

    This month 6 is the lucky number again.  We have 6 updates this month.  Please see details of these below. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Max Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS09-069 Vulnerability in Local Security Authority Subsystem Service Could Allow...