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  • 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: Microsoft Security Bulletin: February 2015 Release!

    Welcome to another round of security updates! Please see the table for this month's list of updates that you need to consider in your environments. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software ...
  • 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: Cortana in Windows 10 is cool!

    I've been using Cortana for a while on my Lumia 930 Windows Phone and it's pretty cool to have my own personal digital assistant on my phone. Later this year we will bring Cortana to PC's and tablets running Windows 10 and if you are on the Windows Insiders program you have most likely checked...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: December 2014 Release!

    Welcome to yet another month of updates! It’s pretty busy with quite a few updates this time around to keep you cracking up until the holiday break. As things tend to wind down over the holiday break it’s a good time to make sure your servers and devices are up to date. Please see the table below for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: November 2014 Release!

    Welcome to another month of updates! This month there are quite a number of updates to consider so check out the table below and apply these where needed. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS14-064 Vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Open for Business in Australia!

    Today has been a very exciting day for us at Microsoft Australia! Today at TechEd Sydney we announced the general availability of the Australian GEO which includes the Australia East Region in NSW and the Australia Southeast Region in Victoria. I’m writing this post from the TechEd Sydney show floor...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: October 2014 Release!

    Welcome to another set of updates for you to consider in your environments. Sorry I’m a bit late with this one but here it is anyway. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS14-056 Cumulative Security Update...
  • Blog Post: My Surface Pro 3 Setup and an Infographic!

    I’ve been using a Surface Pro 3 now for a couple of months. Myself and Andrew both got given one when we were in the US at the end of July at a Microsoft technical conference. So I wanted to give you my impressions of the device and whether you can actually use it as a laptop replacement. The Kit Bag...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia 2014: Tickets on Sale Now!

    Hi Everyone! For over two decades, TechEd has secured its spot as Australia's leading tech event. And in 2014, TechEd remains the very best place to preview the next wave of industry-shaping innovations, network with experts and peers and future-proof your skills. This year, TechEd travels to Melbourne...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia 2014: Call for Topics is coming soon!

    By now, I'm sure you know that TechEd Australia is a different format this year. We're running essentially the same show twice in October – in Melbourne on October 7th & 8th, and in Sydney on October 27th & 28th. Being only 2 days, we've concentrated on delivering content focused...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: July 2014 Release

    Welcome to the first security bulletin of the new financial year! The table below list the updates in order of severity. Please make sure you check them out and apply to your environments as necessary. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: The continuing fight against Malware!

    Recently on the official Microsoft blog there was a really good article how Microsoft is taking the offensive against cybercrime and helping users protect their PC’s against malware. For most of you who read this blog I’m sure you are on top of patching your machines and keeping them safe from malware...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.1 Available Now!

    As you have probably guessed based on previous posts that I’m a big fan of the MAP Toolkit as a planning and deployment tool for enterprise deployments. Below are details of the latest release for you to download and use. This release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness...
  • Blog Post: Jump Start: Windows Azure Pack Infrastructure as a Service!

    Learn how Windows Azure Pack brings the benefit of the cloud to your data center Enterprises today desire the flexibility and affordability that cloud environments offer, while service providers want the ability to support more enterprise customers. Windows Azure Pack (WAP) builds on the power of Windows...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Series: Slides from all 12 events!

    Now that Andrew and myself have finished this round of TechNet Live! webinars I wanted to provide you with one location to get all the slides. I’m posting the video’s in separate posts but this post will just be for the slide decks. Enjoy! Transform the Datacentre Windows Server 2012 R2 – Server Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1: Windows 8.1 Deployment and Creating a bootable USB device for installs!

    Back in 2009 I wrote a blog post on setting up a USB bootable device for installs. The goal of this post was to have a ready guide to build a bootable USB disk to rebuild machines without having to use the DVD. At the time Windows 7 was the current product in market, Netbooks were popular and we were...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: May 2014 Release!

    It’s been a busy time lately with lots of updates coming out for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Well now it’s time to get back to the business of keeping up to date with patches. Please see below for details of this month’s security updates and make sure you apply these updates where it’s applicable...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye Windows XP..thank you for the memories!

    As you may or may have not heard Windows XP reaches it’s end of extended support on April 8th 2014 or the 9th for those of us in Australia. It’s hard to believe this day has finally arrived and that Windows XP is a 12 year old operating system! A lot has changed since then and from a security perspective...
  • Blog Post: Download an Evaluation for your chance to Win!

    Myself and Macca have been travelling around the country recently on the latest round of IT Camps and the response has been great. We’ve been of course talking about Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and all the new features in both of those products. If you haven’t had a chance to look...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: March 2014 Release!

    Hi folks and welcome to another round of security updates. This months updates mainly focus on Windows so make sure you apply them where appropriate in your environment's . Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s 2014 Tech Wishlist Survey for Asia Pacific!

    Recently I came across this interesting study on the Microsoft Asia Pacific News Center that talks about the gadgets that consumers hope they will be able to buy or get as a gift in 2014. The survey is clear that consumers own multiple devices (53%) and a large part of them (67%) would like a more unified...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft MVP Community Camp 2014!

    I wanted to alert you to some upcoming events that are happening around Australia this month being run by our Microsoft MVP community . These events will be run simultaneously on Saturday March 22nd in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland New Zealand. I’ll be opening the Sydney event...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Everything in your life!

    Today over on the OneDrive blog we have announced a new name for Skydrive! If you already use SkyDrive then you don’t have to do anything. Just head over to www.onedrive.com and sign-in. However it’s not just a name change. We are also announcing some nice new features with this update as well. I’ve...