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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: Microsoft Security Bulletin: September 2011 Release

    It’s that time again.  Time to think about security updates.  Please see details below for this months security bulletin. This alert is to provide you with an overview of the new security bulletin(s) being released on September 13, 2011. Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Updates for Windows 7 Now Available!

    Now I know many of you are either in the middle of deploying Windows 7 or are about to start.  Well this week we have released two updates to what I believe are key tools in helping you deploy Windows 7 efficiently.  These are the MAP Toolkit 5.0 and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 R2: Will you be my Valentine?

    How’s that for a title? it’s not exactly original in that it’s the title of this month’s invite to the Canberra Windows User Group . My good friend David Mackie seems to have a way with words when inviting people to his user group meetings. He’ll try anything to get people...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server - My Story

    I thought it was time to share with you my Windows Home Server setup. As Christmas is almost upon us it's seems to be the hot topic of discussion at User Groups right now. I presented at the Sydney SBS User Group last week and the other I was in Brisbane for the Brisbane Infrastructure Group and you...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: February 2012 Release

    Please see details below of the security bulletin being released today and make sure you apply these updates where it makes sense in your environment. 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 February 14, 2012....
  • Blog Post: Security Resources Updated

    As I recently posted we had an out of band security update released last week which means security right now is more top of mind than ever.  So with that I wanted to refresh your memory of some great security resources and some new ones that you might not have heard about. First of all we have revamped...
  • Blog Post: BIG November Meeting

    The November Meeting of the BIG User Group is going to be all about High Performance Computing in Windows or HPC.  Check out the details below from Dugie! Here is the invitation for our next BIG November Session.  This month we have local Microsoft all round good guy, Peter Fitzsimons presenting...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: April 2011 Release

    This week is a big week for security updates as we are releasing 17 new security bulletins.  Please see the details below and apply where needed in your environments. New Security Bulletins Microsoft is releasing the following 17 new security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities: Bulletin...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: December 2012 Release

    Hi Everyone!  This month is quite a busy one when it comes to updates.  We have a total of 7 updates however I’ve been seeing up to 15 on some of my machines and if you have a Surface we have another system update available as well. Bulletin Information Executive Summaries The following table...
  • Blog Post: Biztalk Server 2006 Content from Microsoft IT

    Moving to BizTalk Server 2006 Overview of how Microsoft IT used BizTalk Server 2006 to begin consolidating its four disparate BizTalk Server environments on one standard platform. As a result, Microsoft IT achieved 99.999 percent availability in its BizTalk Server 2006 environment, even during periods...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: September 2009

    Please see details below of the September Security Bulletin release. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Max Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS09-045 Vulnerability in JScript Scripting Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical Remote Code Execution May Require...
  • Blog Post: Sydney SharePoint User Group: March 2007 Meeting

    Hi folks, Please check out the details for this month's Sydney SharePoint User Group being held next week. This month, Ivan Wilson, Microsoft SharePoint MVP will share his experiences from the Microsoft Global MVP 2007 Summit in Seattle. The MVP Summit, held on the 14 th – 16 th of March is an opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletin Release: February 2008

    I know you have probably already seen this but I'm going to post this anyway. Please see a summary below of our February Security Bulletin. What is this alert? This alert is to provide you with an overview of the new Security Bulletin being released on 12 February 2008. New Security Bulletins Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: April 2008

    Below are the details for this months Security Bulletin Release.   What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to provide you with an overview of the new security bulletins that were released on 08 April 2008 . Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical problem vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: December 2010 Release!

    Well this is the last Security bulletin for the year so make sure you have a look at these before you head off on holidays! New Security Bulletins Microsoft is releasing the following 17 new security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities: Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Max Severity Rating Vulnerability...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Initiative: Ten Years On!

    It’s hard to believe that ten years ago today Bill Gates sent out a memo announcing the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Initiative .  The goal of this initiative was to ensure that the technology we use every day is as reliable as the electricity that powers your home and business.  Around...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 R2 Upgrade Blogcast

    Hi folks, As promised here is Part 1 of my Windows Server 2003 R2 blogcast series. In this session I focus on what you need to think about when performing an upgrade to R2 from Windows Server 2003 SP1. Now there are a couple of things I left out that I wanted to mention here. Server Preparation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Defender Final Release Available Now!

    Hi folks, The final release of Windows Defender has now been released to the web for free download. This is the English only version right now with more languages to follow. This release supports Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. For those of you that have been running Beta 2 of Windows Defender you...
  • Blog Post: Australian Daylight Savings: Important Updates!

    I wanted to updated you all on some important information regarding Daylight Savings in Australia; and in particular changes that are occurring in Western Australia.  In May of this year Western Australian rejected by referendum a proposal to extend their daylight savings trial.  As a result...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: July 2009 Release

    Please see details below of the July Security bulletin release along with links to more detailed information. Bulletin ID Title Max Severity Rating Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS09-028 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft DirectShow Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical Remote Code Execution...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: January 2012 Release!

    It’s that time again.  Please see below the first security bulletin for the year. 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 January 10, 2012. Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical problem...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release: May 2010

    This month Microsoft is releasing 2 security bulletins so a reasonably quiet month from a patching perspective.  Please see the details below. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS10-030 Vulnerability in Outlook Express and...
  • Blog Post: Sydney Windows Infrastructure Group!

    Well you may have heard of SNUG and maybe SLUG but now we have SWIG in Sydney! SWIG is the new Sydney Windows Infrastructure Group run by Derrick Buckley of Readify fame. The group is all about discussing Microsoft Infrastructure products such as Windows, SMS, MOM, ISA Server and Exchange. The first...
  • 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...