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  • Blog Post: Infographic: Evolution of the IT Pro!

    Have you ever used a floppy disk ?  How about a Macintosh Plus or Mac II ?  When I first started at Microsoft in 1987 the Macintosh Plus was one of the first computers I used!  When Windows 3.0 came out I started using an 80386 PC and my IT Pro life began!  Fast forward 20 years or...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Server 2012 IT Camps Coming!

    Yes it’s the season of IT Camps again and I’m really excited to announce our next round of IT Camps based on the recently released Windows Server 2012 .  With the release of Windows Server 2012 there is simply too much content to fit it all in for a 1 day camp.  So this time around myself and...
  • Blog Post: New offers from Microsoft Learning for Virtualization Certification!

    I talk to a lot of you about virtualization, Private cloud and System Center products and know how much information there is and how hard it can be to keep up.  Well if  you’ve been thinking of getting certified on Microsoft Virtualization or just want to learn more then check out what’s on...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: Successful Tech-Savvy SMEs!

    Nice Infographic below about how using technology will help small to medium enterprises succeed. Jeffa Technorati Tags: Infographic , SME
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Jump Start Series Online Now!

    If your like me and your getting excited about Windows Server 2012 then make sure you set some time aside to attend the Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart Series.  It’s a great way to get an overview of Windows Server 2012 in a short period of time.  Plus it’s done by a couple of mates of mine so...
  • 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: Download the MAP Toolkit 8.5 Beta!

    Are you looking to move to Windows Server 2012?  Then accelerate this move with MAP Toolkit 8.5 beta which is available now for download .  There is a bunch of new stuff in this release so make sure you check it out. What’s New? Newly designed user interface The MAP Toolkit 8.5 Beta features...
  • Blog Post: Training: Failover Clustering & Hyper-V: Planning your Highly Available Virtualization Environment!

    One of my colleagues; Symon Perriman is running a workshop on Hyper-V and Failover Clustering in collaboration with our User Group Support Services .  If you are a user group leader the content is designed so you can redeliver the training to your user group at a later time or to customers as you...
  • Blog Post: Attention VMware Experts: Future Proof your Career with Hyper-V!

    Over the last couple of weeks myself and Andrew have been out talking to IT Pro’s about Windows Server and Microsoft Virtualization platform.  It’s clear to us that many of you have not had much experience with Hyper-V or are struggling to keep up with the pace of change that is going on in the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: February 2012 Release

    Please see details below of the security bulletin being released today and make sure you apply these updates where it makes sense in your environment. 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 February 14, 2012....
  • 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: MAP 7.0 Beta Available Now for Download!

    If you have been looking at the Microsoft Private Cloud then check out the new MAP 7.0 Beta! Accelerate your move to the Private Cloud with MAP 7.0 Beta The MAP Toolkit’s new capabilities help you to assess the readiness of your environment for deploying Windows as well as Windows Server 2012 Beta. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: 2 New articles for you..

    I wanted to share with some more updated content from the Microsoft IT Showcase team . Developing a Strategy to Simplify Planning and Improve Performance and Reliability MSIT developed a "Get Current" strategy to increase adherence to standards within MSIT production environments. By using...
  • 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: Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Initiative: Ten Years On!

    It’s hard to believe that ten years ago today Bill Gates sent out a memo announcing the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Initiative .  The goal of this initiative was to ensure that the technology we use every day is as reliable as the electricity that powers your home and business.  Around...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Infographic: Australian Version!

    Recently I did a post sharing a new Infographic that details some key savings customers are already realising around the world with Windows Server 2012 .  Well below is our local Australian version that I thought I would share.  It shows how Australian customers are already seeing savings from...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet Live! Meetings: Private Cloud Focused

    I would like to inform that starting later this month and continuing into November I’ll be doing a series of TechNet Live events.  We’ve done several of these in the past and wanted to continue them to keep you up-to-date with the latest Microsoft technologies.  As many of you know the System...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming IT Camps: Please Register Now!

    Myself and Andrew will be running a number of IT Camps around the country in the coming weeks and the next round will focus on Consumerization of IT and Microsoft Private Cloud technologies.  Check out all the details below and make sure you register for the event in your city. Join your peers for...
  • 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: 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: 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: The Surface Pro Datacenter Video!

    This video was way too good not to share.  Four geeks over at the Building Clouds blog took 4 Surface Pro devices and created a table top datacentre running Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V.  And they live migrated a few VM’s over Wi-Fi between the 4 Surface Pro devices.  Awesome way to...
  • 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...