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  • Blog Post: Goodbye Windows XP..thank you for the memories!

    As you may or may have not heard Windows XP reaches it’s end of extended support on April 8th 2014 or the 9th for those of us in Australia. It’s hard to believe this day has finally arrived and that Windows XP is a 12 year old operating system! A lot has changed since then and from a security perspective...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: February 2014 Release!

    Welcome to another patch Tuesday or Wednesday as it is here in Australia. There are quite a list of updates this month so make sure you have a look at the details and apply them where appropriate in your environments. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability...
  • 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: 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: Windows Home Server: Vail Preview Available!

    As many of you know I’ve been a big fan of Windows Home Server for quite some time and run a rather beefy setup in my own house.  Currently I have 4.5TB of storage on my home server which seems to continue to grow all the time.  Well the Windows Home Server team has just released the first...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Content Available this month..

    Happy New Year everyone!  A bunch of new content has come out from the Microsoft IT Showcase team .  Check it out below.. How Microsoft IT Centralized Disaster Recovery Microsoft IT developed their solution for Disaster Recovery (DR) in the datacentre. This will give a good overview of how...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Optimization Workshop coming your way!

    I just wanted to let you know of an upcoming workshop on the new MDOP 2011 release.  And for once it’s not me doing the travelling!   My colleagues Andrew McMurray and Leon Booth will be going though all that is new with the updated MDOP 2011 release.  Please see the details below along...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: February 2012 Issue

    I wanted to let you all know that the February 2012 Edition of TechNet Magazine is online.  I’m a bit late with this but wanted to let you know all the same.  Check out some of the highlights from this issue. Windows 7 -  Group Policy Preferences – check out this article on how to manage...
  • Blog Post: Get a Second Shot on Microsoft Certification Exams!

    With all the new products that have recently been released it’s a good time to start thinking about updating your Microsoft Certifications.  So to help with that the Microsoft Learning team has introduced Second Shot ; which allows you to re-take and exam if you don’t pass it the first time around...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine Online: July Edition Available Now

    The July edition of TechNet Magazine is now online and features a great article by Mark Russinovich on UAC in  Windows 7 and what it will look like in the final version of the product.  Check out the details below along with more great information. Identity and Access Management – Managing...
  • Blog Post: Begin your exploring of Internet Explorer 9 RC Today!

    As was mentioned on the Exploring IE Blog yesterday we have reached the Release Candidate Milestone for Internet Explorer 9.  This is a significant milestone for the product team and represents thousands of pieces of feedback from customers and developers.  In total we have received 17,000...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Conference: Coming in September!

    Following on from the TechNet Live! events we ran throughout the last financial year; we are kicking off our first TechNet Virtual Conference on a range of technologies.  Instead of running one session we are running a “virtual conference” with 4 different sessions going on throughout the day. ...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Does DirectAccess: New Case study available!

    Recently I was at the 2009 Auscert Conference on the Gold Coast where Microsoft was a Platinum sponsor.  My self and Rocky talked about Windows 7 Security and one of those topics was the new DirectAccess feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We got a lot of questions about DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: December 09 Release

    This month 6 is the lucky number again.  We have 6 updates this month.  Please see details of these below. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Max Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS09-069 Vulnerability in Local Security Authority Subsystem Service Could Allow...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: March 2012 Release

    This month we have 6 new security bulletins and 1 new security advisory that you need to apply in your environments.  Please see all the details below. 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 March 13, 2012...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: February 2013 Release!

    Welcome to the February 2013 security bulletin release!  This month we have quite a few updates to consider in your environments so make sure you pay close attention to these updates this month. Bulletin Information   Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet Live Events in June!

    During June we are running a bunch of TechNet Live! meetings on various technologies  Check out all the details below. Windows 7 Release Candidate - The Road to RTM - Changes Since the Beta Date:  Friday, June 12th 2009 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (AEST) Event Overview    The Windows...
  • Blog Post: Level 1 Microsoft Security Advisory 2524375 Released!

    Folks.  Make sure you look at this one. What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to notify you that Microsoft has released Security Advisory 2524375 - Fraudulent Digital Certificates Could Allow Spoofing - on March 23, 2011.   Summary   Microsoft is aware of nine fraudulent digital...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: October 2009 Update

    It’s that time again.  Time to patch those systems and get up to date.  This month we have 13 security updates.  Please make sure you check out the details below and apply them to you environments where appropriate. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Vulnerability Impact Restart...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: Level 1 Advisory

    I wanted to let you know we are a special Level 1 Security Advisory Alert.  All the details can be found below. What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to notify you that Microsoft has released Security Advisory 2639658 – Vulnerability in TrueType Font Parsing Could Allow Elevation of Privilege...
  • Blog Post: Presentation resources for some recent events

    Recently I’ve been out and about talking to customers about a range of topics on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  I’ve had a number of requests for the slides for these sessions.  Rather than send an email to each person and clog up your inboxes; I’m making these slides available for...
  • Blog Post: MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta Available Now!

    Continuing on this rapid release cycle we have now announced the next beta of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit or MAP.  MAP Toolkit 9.0 is now available for testing.  If you are looking at deploying all the new releases we have announced then the MAP Toolkit is an essential tool...
  • Blog Post: Register for the Next TechNet Live event on Windows 7!

    It’s been awhile but we are running our next TechNet Live event in March and this time around we are going to be discussing how to Optimise Windows 7 with the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP).  Details of the event are below: Date: Friday March 12 2010 Time: 10:00am – 11:30am AEST Registration...