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  • Blog Post: Take Control Management Seminar

    Do you have issues with Desktop and Server management? Well if you do then you can't afford to miss the Take Control Management Seminar. Full details are below: The Take Control seminars are an opportunity to learn about the potential for major efficiencies in your desktop and server management operations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Advisory: Level 1 Alert!

    Please see details below for a Level 1 Security Advisory being released today. What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to notify you that Microsoft has released Security Advisory 2641690 – Fraudulent Digital Certificates Could Allow Spoofing – on November 10, 2011. Summary Microsoft is aware...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal Now Live!

    If you are looking to start your Windows 7 deployment project or you’ve already begun we have great resource that helps test your skills and determine any gaps you might have around Windows 7 Deployment.  The Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal is designed to take a structured approach by guiding...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003 Webcasts in February

    TechNet Webcast: Preparing a business case for Systems Management Server (SMS) (Level 200 ) Tuesday, February 01, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time Ed Goad , Senior Systems Engineer , Microsoft Corporation You have determined from an IT perspective that SMS is the right solution for your environment...
  • 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: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release: April 2010

    This month we 11 security bulletin releases for newly discovered vulnerabilities.  Please see the details below for all the information. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Max Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS10-019 Vulnerabilities in Windows Could Allow Remote...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Does Patch Management

    Our internal IT Showcase team has released some new content on how we do patch management using SMS 2003 . As I used to work in our internal IT department I’m passionate about the process we use and believe it’s a good reference point for how you should approach patch management to keep your systems...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcasts

    Upcoming Webcasts TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deploys Customer Data Protection Scenarios with DPM June 28 1:00-2:30 PM PST Learn how Microsoft uses Data Protection Manager for branch office backup with Calvin Keaton, Microsoft IT Operations Manager. This webcast will cover details of the...
  • 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: SMS 2003 Inventory Tool Beta

    Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates Beta Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates is currently in development and is scheduled for release in the second half of 2005. The beta program for Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory...
  • Blog Post: Presentation Resources Now Available!

      Over the lest few weeks I’ve been travelling around the place talking about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  I always get asked to supply the slides for each session I do so i thought it was time to upload a bunch of these decks because it’s been awhile and as you all know I’ve done...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003 Documentation

    The SMS 2003 product documentation has been reorganised on the Microsoft download site so that you can find this information much more easily. Thanks to my colleague Eileen Brown in the UK for blogging about this information. She has been a great source of information that is practical and easy to find...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Content Available!

    We have some great new content available from our IT Showcase team outlining how we deploy Virtual Machines using Hyper-V and how designed the corporate extranet to collaborate with partners without compromising security.  Check out the content below! Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Article: Securing the Microsoft Desktop Environment

    Keeping our desktops and laptops secure is something that is important to all customers.  And at Microsoft we are no different in that we have to keep a large fleet of machines up to date with the latest security patches and software.  Check out the details about how we go about this below...
  • 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: 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: Security Seminar - Sydney Session

    Hi folks, Well today I did my "Managining a Resilient AD infrastructure with SMS and MOM " session at the Sydney event and it all went pretty well. Although some of the demo's didn't behave the way they should have but you get that sometimes when you're running Enterprise software on virtual machines...
  • 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: Security Seminar - Canberra Session

    Hi folks, Well today I did my session on "Managing a Resilient Active Directory with SMS and MOM" and things went pretty well. One thing I forgot to mention is that the Canberra Windows User Group will be having their next meeting on Tuesday March 14th and this month they are focusing on Security...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine Online: August 2007

    Yep it's time to think BIG! TechNet Magazine Online has released the August 2007 issue and this month it's all about our System Center family of products including System Center Configuration Manager 2007 , System Center Essentials 2007 , Operations Manager 2007 and Microsoft SoftGrid . To get all the...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: August 2011 Release

    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 August 09, 2011. Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical problem vulnerabilities. New Security Bulletins Microsoft is releasing the following 13 new security...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletin: April 09 Release

    Please see below details of this months security bulletin release. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS09-009 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Excel Could Cause Remote Code Execution Critical Remote Code Execution May Require...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 2 Available for Download!

    If you are working with Windows deployment or testing the System Center 2012 family of products then make sure you check out the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 2 .  Details below.. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever! For System...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content: SCCM and NAP

    I’ve been waiting for this one for some time.  Microsoft IT has finally released details of how we are using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Network Access Protection in Windows Server 2008 to extend network health of client machines on the corporate network and keep them up to date...