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  • 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: Migrating Legacy Windows Server to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure!

    Our very own Andrew McMurray is running a jump start on migrating off old versions on Windows Server. If you have older versions on Windows Server then you won’t want to miss this event. Check out all the details below and how to register. Migrating Legacy Windows Server to 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure...
  • 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! 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: Check out Windows Azure Week!

    Windows Azure week is coming next week and is your opportunity to get a week long deep dive from the folks that created Windows Azure! It is going to be in the middle of the night for us here in Australia but don’t worry as it’s being recorded for offline use. More details can be found at: http://aka...
  • Blog Post: MAP 6.5 Beta Now Available!

    As you all know nothing stays still in the IT Industry.  Earlier this year we released the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 to help you with your Private and Public Cloud planning.  Now we have a beta available of the next release of MAP, version 6.5.  Here are some details...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: Scaling Applications with Windows Azure

    I came across this today from the Windows Azure Facebook page and had to share.  You can download a PDF of the Infographic here and get more detailed information here.   Jeffa Technorati Tags: Windows Azure , Scale
  • Blog Post: MAP Toolkit 6.5 Now Available for Download!

    I recently blogged about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 Beta being available.  Well the solution accelerator team has released this version now and it’s now available for download.   Over the next weeks I’m running IT Camps around Australia talking about Microsoft Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Active Directory Cartoon!

    I found this really cool animation the other day that is great at explaining exactly what Windows Azure AD is and how it’s different to on premise Active Directory that we have all been familiar with for years. Jeffa Technorati Tags: Azure , Cloud , Azure AD
  • Blog Post: Free eBook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Pro’s!

    Thanks to the folks over at Microsoft Press there is a new and free eBook on Windows Azure from Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Azure team designed specifically for the IT Professional.  If you haven’t had a chance to try Windows Azure or your just looking to learn more then this book is a good place...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content: Cloud Focused

    We have some new content that has recently been made available.  See the details below. How Microsoft IT Deployed a Customer Facing Application to Windows Azure in Six Weeks Learn how the Microsoft IT Volume Licensing team gained experience with Windows Azure by focusing on a straightforward, isolated...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Global Foundation Services Datacenter Tour

    This is an amazing video from our Microsoft Global Foundation Service team on how we continue to evolve our datacentre's around the world to deliver Microsoft Cloud Services.  Really cool stuff! GFS Datacenter Tour Jeffa Technorati Tags: Cloud Computing , Datacenter
  • Blog Post: Comparing Cloud Storage: Infographic!

    Recently I came across this Infographic on the state of cloud storage providers that was done by a company called Nasuni.   Notice that Windows Azure was a winner!  If you want to download a full copy of the report you can get it here. Jeffa Technorati Tags: Azure , Cloud Storage
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: January 2013 Release

    Happy New Year everyone!  What better way to start things off than with a bunch of new security updates.  Check out the details below of this months security bulletin.  Pretty busy one this time around so make sure you check them out.  One thing I did notice is another firmware update...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Azure Event in Canberra

    My good buddy Rocky is running an event in Canberra on Windows Azure.  It’s free and only available in Canberra at this stage.  Please RSVP to him below.. Event: Windows Azure: Getting from Idea to Reality Date: Thursday 9 June 2011 Time: Afternoon session from 1pm-4:30pm Afternoon Tea provided...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Windows Azure Conference Event

    Want to learn more about Windows Azure?  Then check out the details of a community event being run next week. You’re Invited! Please join us for the Windows AzureConf community conference, which will be an event put on for the Windows Azure development community, by the Windows Azure developer community...
  • Blog Post: Software Deployment with Windows Intune

    The guys over at the Windows Intune team blog have released a video on how to do software deployment using the Windows Intune July beta.  Check it out. Software deployment with Windows Intune Jeffa Technorati Tags: Windows Intune , Cloud Computing
  • Blog Post: Infographic: Technology Groups at Microsoft

    I came across this Infographic from the Next at Microsoft Blog .  I thought I would share as it’s good at showing how the different technology divisions integrate.  You can get the full PDF here if you want that as well. Microsoft Technologies - An infographic by the team from Next at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Download the MAP Toolkit 8.5 Beta!

    Are you looking to move to Windows Server 2012?  Then accelerate this move with MAP Toolkit 8.5 beta which is available now for download .  There is a bunch of new stuff in this release so make sure you check it out. What’s New? Newly designed user interface The MAP Toolkit 8.5 Beta features...
  • 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...