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  • 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: TechNet Live! Recording: Transform the Datacenter

    Over the last few weeks and up until the end of June myself and Andrew McMurray have been running a series of TechNet Live events focusing on the technologies that will help you transform the way you operate and manage your datacentres. All of these events are being recorded and if you attended you will...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live Series–Transform the Datacentre!

    Starting in April myself and Andrew will be running a 12 part series of TechNet Live events centred around Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and how you can transform your datacentre and rethink the way you currently run your datacentre to integrate and take advantage of the cloud. The...
  • Blog Post: New Solution Accelerators Available Now!

    We have some new Solution Accelerators available that will help you with your Windows 7 deployment projects.  But first what are Solution Accelerators?  Well first of all they are free!  You might be familiar with some of the popular accelerators such as MDT 2010 and MAP 4.0 .  Essentially...
  • Blog Post: Building a New Hyper-V Cluster System on a Budget!

    About 4 years ago myself and Kleefy were frustrated at how slow it was to do all the demo’s we do on laptops computers. Sure laptops are fast enough these days and you can do some things to trick them out and make them faster. Back in 2006 though we decided to build our own shuttle PC’s and...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft IT Showcase Content: Backup!

    More great content has just been released from the Microsoft IT Showcase team .  This time focusing on how we are using System Center Data Protection Manager to backup client PC’s.  Backup?  Nobody told me I had to backup?!… Protecting Client Data with System Center Data Protection Manager...
  • 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: Australian Daylight Savings: Important Updates!

    I wanted to updated you all on some important information regarding Daylight Savings in Australia; and in particular changes that are occurring in Western Australia.  In May of this year Western Australian rejected by referendum a proposal to extend their daylight savings trial.  As a result...
  • 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: Resources for the recent App Compat Workshops

    Recently myself and John Pritchard toured around the country talking about Application Compatibility in Windows 7 and Office 2010.  I would like to thank those of you that were able to attend and I hope you got some good information out of the event.  Besides questions regarding application...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release: May 2010

    This month Microsoft is releasing 2 security bulletins so a reasonably quiet month from a patching perspective.  Please see the details below. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS10-030 Vulnerability in Outlook Express and...
  • 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: Off to Auscert 2008 next week..

    Ok so next week (Sunday in fact) I'm off to AusCERT 2008 .  I go to this conference every year and this year I have a speaking slot instead of just sitting on the stand answering questions.  We are also going to be having much more activity going on this year on the stand and we have a cool...
  • 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: Complimentary 1 Day Lab

    Special Offer Attend a complimentary 1 day technical hands on lab & save up to $660. Microsoft and DDLS is pleased to offer you this complimentary offer to attend a one day technical Hands-On lab, and experience hands-on the System Center and Forefront technology (valued at $600/day+GST), at a city...
  • 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: TechNet Magazine: October 2008 Issue

    This month in TechNet Magazine it’s all about Virtualization and how you can consolidate your exiting infrastructure using some of the new technologies in Windows Server 2008.  Now is a good time to start looking at some of these technologies as you think about your consolidation projects. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release: August 2008

    This month we have 11 security updates so make sure you have a look at these and see where they apply to your environments. Bulletin Number Maximum Severity Affected Products Impact MS08-041 Critical Snapshot Viewer for Access, Office Access 2000, Office Access 2002, and Office Access 2003 Remote Code...
  • Blog Post: ForeFront Client Security Techcenter

    If you are thinking about evaluating Microsoft Forefront Client Security then check out the new Techcenter . It provides a lot of good technical information around planning, deployment and troubleshooting. I for one use Forefront Client Security for all my demo machines now and it works really well....
  • 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: 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: 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...