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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: July 2014 Release

    Welcome to the first security bulletin of the new financial year! The table below list the updates in order of severity. Please make sure you check them out and apply to your environments as necessary. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart...
  • 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: Microsoft Security Bulletin: May 2014 Release!

    It’s been a busy time lately with lots of updates coming out for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Well now it’s time to get back to the business of keeping up to date with patches. Please see below for details of this month’s security updates and make sure you apply these updates where it’s applicable...
  • 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: March 2014 Release!

    Hi folks and welcome to another round of security updates. This months updates mainly focus on Windows so make sure you apply them where appropriate in your environment's . Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s 2014 Tech Wishlist Survey for Asia Pacific!

    Recently I came across this interesting study on the Microsoft Asia Pacific News Center that talks about the gadgets that consumers hope they will be able to buy or get as a gift in 2014. The survey is clear that consumers own multiple devices (53%) and a large part of them (67%) would like a more unified...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Everything in your life!

    Today over on the OneDrive blog we have announced a new name for Skydrive! If you already use SkyDrive then you don’t have to do anything. Just head over to www.onedrive.com and sign-in. However it’s not just a name change. We are also announcing some nice new features with this update as well. I’ve...
  • 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: 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: 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: Welcome to Microsoft Surface!

    I’m still patiently waiting for mine but check out the new ad for these as well.  It wouldn’t be a launch day if I didn’t mention Surface. Movement You can order these now in Australia but unfortunately they are out of stock.  Make sure you check out the local Surface site for all the details...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 End User Training Brochure!

    We have just released a new Windows 8 End User Training brochure that you can download in PDF format .  If you are new to Windows 8 or you are supporting someone that is then this brochure is a great idea.  Below is a snapshot of what’s in the document.  Very useful and probably should...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Security Bulletin: August 2013 Release!

    I’m a little late with this one but here it is anyway.  Check out this months updates and apply where needed in your environments.  You can also check out the Security bulletin webcast if you need more specifics about these patches. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Preview

    Check it out and download!  Get it here!   Jeffa Technorati Tags: Windows 8.1
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Surface!

    Wow! what an exciting time!  Over on the Surface Blog we just made some announcements overnight about the Surface 2 , Surface Pro 2 and a bunch of new accessories. I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on the new Surface Pro 2 with a 256GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM.  This could really...
  • Blog Post: A Glimpse of the future: Microsoft’s New Envisioning Center!

    As was reported over on the Next at Microsoft blog we recently opened up the new Envisioning Center on the Microsoft Redmond Campus which is essentially an immersive showcase about the possibilities that technology can bring to enrich our lives.  As part of the opening the team created a video of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2012 Now Available!

    If you are a customer on our Software Assurance program then you are probably very familiar with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).  The new version of MDOP 2012 is now available for download! To give you a quick refresher;  the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite...
  • Blog Post: More Surface 2 Videos!

    Can you tell that I’m loving the new Surface 2 videos? Well here’s two more! Enjoy! Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Free Ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Pro’s

    I wanted to let you know that the final edition of the free Ebook; Introducing Windows 8 has now been released.  You can get it in the following free download formats:   PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals - PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals...
  • Blog Post: Happy Retirement Windows XP!

    Time to move off XP?  Little reminder for the upcoming end of support date. Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Launched–Check out the Ads!

    Woo! Hoo!  Today is the day!  Windows 8 has been released to the world .  To celebrate I thought I would share with you some of the ads we will be showing around the world.  Check them out. The World is Ready <P><...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: A Small Demonstration!

    Windows 8 is easy right? Jeffa Technorati Tags: Windows 8 , Easy , Gold
  • Blog Post: IT Camps: Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

    Myself and Andrew have been travelling around the country running IT Camps in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.  The response has been overwhelming in every city so far with packed out events.  We still have a few cities left to go and we have seats available in these cities.  Details...