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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Migration Resources!

    It’s hard to believe that it's been 12 years since we released Windows Server 2003! On March 28th 2003 I received a ship-it award for the role I played in helping to make Windows Server 2003 ready for enterprise customers. We did a lot of work around reliability, setup and performance inside Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New User Group: System Center Infrastructure!

    I wanted to let you all know there is a new user group starting up this week focusing on all things Microsoft System Center. Check out the details below and hope to see you there! Register at the SIGAU mailing list to find out more and make sure you join their Facebook page! Join System Center Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechNet Update coming in April!

    As you may or may not know we at Microsoft are releasing products faster than ever before. And to keep you up to date with pace of innovation we are starting a new quarterly event series called TechNet Update! The goal is to hear the absolute latest on upcoming and current technologies from Microsoft...
  • 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 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: Introducing The Microsoft Cloud Platform System!

    This was significant enough to warrant a blog post. In fact out of the recent announcements we made this week is the one that stands out to me. A cloud in a box system powered by Dell and using the Microsoft software stack to get you up and running with an on-premises cloud. Check out the video below...
  • 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: TechNet Live! Recording: System Center 2012 R2: Infrastructure Provisioning and Management

    To continue this series this is the first of the System Center 2012 R2 sessions in our series. This session will cover the following: Windows Server has introduced many new benefits, and System Center can take advantage of these. Gaining operational efficiencies and savings, you will be able to create...
  • 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: Behind the Scenes: Surface Pro 3 Commercial!

    Awesome behind the scenes video of the making of the Surface Pro 3 video! Jeffa Technorati Tags: Surface Pro 3
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Recording: Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Manageability and Automation!

    This is the last of the Windows Server 2012 R2 events in this series this time focusing on Manageability and Automation. Enjoy! Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Management and Automation If you want to download a copy of the presentation for this event and an offline copy of the recording please go here...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Recording: Windows Server 2012 R2 Access and Information Protection!

    Here’s another recording for you in transforming the datacenter TechNet Live Series. This time around Access and Information Protection. Enjoy! Windows Server 2012 R2 Access and Information Protection TechNet Live Series - Windows Server 2012 R2 - Access and Information Protection If you want to download...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Recording: Windows Server 2012 R2 Rethink Networking!

    Welcome to another TechNet Live recording! Please see below for the session that Andrew did about the new networking technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server 2012 R2 – Rethink Networking TechNet Live Series - Windows Server 2012 R2 - Rethink Networking If you want to download a copy of...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live Recording: Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization Overview!

    I’m slowly getting around to posting up the links to all the recordings and I’m hoping to have them all up by the end of this week. So expect to see a few posts this week with all the recordings. Hope you enjoy them! Virtualization with Windows Server 2012 R2 TechNet Live Series - Virtualization with...
  • 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...