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  • Blog Post: What most schools don’t teach…

    Maybe I should start listening to Coatesy and learn to code!  Learn more at http://Code.org Jeffa Technorati Tags: Code , Coding
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: 10 Minute Concepts

    Windows PowerShell is something I’ve talked about and emphasized in many of my presentations on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 .  Windows PowerShell is a management technology designed for ease of use by both system administrators and developers.  It’s often thought of as something only...
  • 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: TechNet Magazine: December 2011 Edition Out Now!

    The December 2011 edition of TechNet Magazine is out now and features heavily on Windows 7.  This is becoming a theme with the last couple of issues of the magazine which is good to see because it can be a daunting task just understanding all the tools currently available for deploying Windows 7...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Articles Published

    Recently our IT Showcase team has published a bunch of new articles on how we are driving efficiency using new technologies.  Check them out below. Deploying FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint quickly and reliably returns highly relevant results across...
  • Blog Post: Resources from some recent events

    Recently I've been out an about talking about all things System Center 2012 and wanted to provide you with all the slides for your reference.  You can download them all below or view the embed if you prefer that. Delivering the Private Cloud with Microsoft Technologies Datacenter and Private Cloud ...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming PowerShell Training!

    I wanted to let you guys know of some upcoming training that is being run in November by the boys at PowerShell Down Under . Throughout November they are running  series of Virtual Workshops and email discussions to help you better learn PowerShell.  As we all know PowerShell is fast becoming...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Using Windows PowerShell

    Windows PowerShell in my opinion is the most important tool for administrators that we have released in many  years.  It helps to automate the tasks that administrators are faced with every day.  I’ve been talking with customers for awhile now about Windows Server 2008 and PowerShell is...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live Events for May 2010: Virtualization Month!

    Next month we have something special for you folks.  As you all know we have been running TechNet Live events to keep you up-to-date with the latest Microsoft technologies.  In May we are dedicating the entire month to Virtualization and have 4 sessions lined up to address what Microsoft is...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: Key Articles from the November and December Issues

    This time around I thought I would take a different approach by highlighting some of the really good articles in the November 2010 and December 2010 issues of TechNet Magazine.  I’ve gone through and had a look at these and I’ve linked to the ones I think are relevant and good articles. November...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: October Edition Out Now!

    The latest super fantastic edition of TechNet Magazine is now live !  This month it’s all about System’s Management so go and check it out.  You never know you might learn something!  Here’s some highlights! Keep an Eye on System Center 2012 – Soon we will see major updates to the System...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: August 2008 Edition

    The August edition of TechNet Magazine is now online.  Here are some highlights. SQL Server:  Top Tips for Effective Database Maintenance Windows Administration:  Taking Your’s Server’s Pulse System Center:  Windows PowerShell in System Center Operations Manager Internet Information...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008: an IIS and PowerShell Story

    In December last year I did a post about one of our early adopters to the Windows Server 2008 platform.  Propensity International was part of our IT Pro Momentum program last year and benefited by getting resources and direct contact with us at Microsoft to help them be successful.  As part...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: PowerShell Community

    So I’m in the US right now attending the big Microsoft geek-fest called TechReady and this morning we had a  session by the Windows Server guys.  They pointed me to a great resource for Windows PowerShell .  So head over to www.powershellcommunity.org and check it out.  I think you...
  • 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: TechNet Magazine: January 2010 Issue Online

    I know I’m a bit late with this but I’ve been away for 6 weeks holiday so during this time I missed a bit and I’m just catching up.  Anyway the January Edition of TechNet Magazine is now online and as usual has some great technical information.  This issue includes the following highlights...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: New Articles from Microsoft IT Showcase: System Centre Focus

      Internally at Microsoft we are rapidly moving to a more virtualized datacentre infrastructure and providing and supporting our own private cloud.  The folks over at Microsoft IT Showcase have released some new articles on how we use System Centre Virtual Machine Manager to manage the private...
  • Blog Post: SAGE-AU 2007 Conference: Resources

    Well it's Friday afternoon and this morning I presented my Windows Server 2008 Top 10 presentation at the SAGE-AU 2007 Conference . The SAGE guys and gals are a mixture of Unix and Windows administrators so a very lively crowd. I promised a few of the guys I talked to to provide some additional resources...