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  • Blog Post: Extensible File Classification Infrastructure in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Managing storage is something administrators struggle with.  I know when I was in Microsoft IT one of the biggest  issues we had was data that was aged and no longer being accessed but still taking up an enormous amount of space.  Organisations need to manage data more efficiently and...
  • Blog Post: Community Event – Hyper-V and Backup using DPM!

    I should have blogged about this before now but better late than never I guess.  Tonight we have one of our MVP’s; Edvaldo Allessandro conducting a free presentation on the changes to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2.  Edvaldo is from Brazil and is an MVP in Virtualization so please be kind...
  • Blog Post: Teched 2007: A Final Note..

    Well TechEd 2007 on the Gold Coast wrapped up for another year. This is my final thoughts on the event because it's time to move on to weird and wonderful topics. I'll also include my impressions of TechEd New Zealand which I spoke at this week. This year I think we did a good job creating buzz and connecting...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen Here 2008 - Sydney Launch Event

    Yesterday in Sydney we kicked off our Heroes Happen Here 2008 Launch Event to a sell out crowd of IT Pro's and Developers. It was great to start the tour and finally get the content out that we have been preparing for months now. I spent most of the day in the Security and Management track as I was the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: October Edition out Now featuring Windows 7!

    As you all know this month is launch month for Windows 7 and the folks over at TechNet Magazine are getting in on the action with a bunch of articles to help you get started with all the new features.  Check out some of the highlights below! Windows 7 – The 10 things to do first for Windows ...
  • Blog Post: New local Windows Server 2008 Portal

    We've launched a new "local" Technet Portal to help you get up to speed with Windows Server 2008.  The Windows Server 2008 Technet Portal will be starting point for all the resources you need for Windows Server 2008.  It's also very much aligned with the work we are doing locally...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: June 2011 Release

    What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to provide you with an overview of the new security bulletins being released on June 14, 2011. Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical problem vulnerabilities. New Security Bulletins Microsoft is releasing the following 16 new security...
  • Blog Post: Technet Magazine: May 08 Edition

    The May Edition of TechNet Magazine is now online.  Some of the highlights this month include: Windows Administration - Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008 Windows Administration - Designing OU Structures that work Windows Administration - Extending the Active Directory Schema...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft IT Showcase Content: Branch Office Virtualization!

    Our Microsoft IT Showcase team has published more good content related to Windows Server 2008 R2.  This time focusing on our branch offices and Virtualization technologies.  Please see below for more details. Improving Branch Office Service Through Virtualization To ensure that the services...
  • Blog Post: Free E-Books Available: Office Communications Server 2007 R2

    The good folks at Microsoft Press have another couple of free E-Books available for download.  This time around they are on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 .  If you are working on projects in this space then you might want to download these great resources. Programming for Unified...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Update: Newcastle Infrastructure User Group

    Tomorrow afternoon I’m heading about 2 hours north of Sydney to Newcastle to present on Windows 7 and a bit on Windows Server 2008 R2.  This is the second time I’ve presented to the group so it should be fun.  So if you live in the Newcastle area then make sure you get along tomorrow night...
  • Blog Post: What most schools don’t teach…

    Maybe I should start listening to Coatesy and learn to code!  Learn more at http://Code.org Jeffa Technorati Tags: Code , Coding
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletin: March 2009 Update

      Please see details below of this month’s security bulletin.  Only 3 this month so relatively quiet this time around. Bulletin Identifier Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Affected Software Impact MS09-006 Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel could allow remote code execution Critical Windows 2000...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Hyper-V Server 2008

    As I said in my previous post ;  Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 has now been released for free download.  The other day I decided to have a look at it on my shuttle machine and I’ve done a quick screencast on what it looks like and has to offer.  You can view the video below or view it...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content: BranchCache with Windows 7!

    BranchCache , which is  new to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is one of my favourite features that allows organisations to reduce the cost of running branch offices and reduce their complexity.  Microsoft IT has deployed BranchCache as part of our Windows 7 rollout and is realizing benefits...
  • 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: Windows Server 2008 RC0 Available!

    Yesterday we announced the availability of RC0 of Windows Server 2008! We are now getting really close to the product being finished. Check out the download here! This milestone is important for many reasons but perhaps the most significant is we are making a Community Technology Preview of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: TechEd is around the corner...

    Well it's the Friday before TechEd begins and as Kleefy said in his post we are all putting the final touches on our sessions and in particular the demo's. I believe slides are secondary and really setup our talks. The demo's are what people really come to see. This year I'm doing 2 sessions on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Advisory Alert: SQL Injection Attacks

    Microsoft is aware of a recent escalation in a class of attacks targeting Web sites that use Microsoft ASP and ASP.NET technologies but do not follow best practices for secure Web application development. These SQL injection attacks do not exploit a specific software vulnerability, but instead target...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: File Services in Windows Server 2008 Part 2

    In a previous blog post I showed you some changes we have made to the SMB protocol in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.  To continue this series I wanted to share with you some more changes we have made in the area of file services.  In this screencast I’m going to talk to you about the...
  • Blog Post: New Content from the Microsoft IT Showcase Team!

    To finish of the financial year the Microsoft IT Showcase team has published a bunch of new content in a range of areas. I think you will find these well worth a read. How Microsoft.com Moved to a Virtualized Infrastructure Microsoft virtualization technologies and SAN-based clustered storage solved...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: November 2012

      This month we have quite a few updates for you to consider in your environments and if you have a Surface RT device you will have noticed a firmware update is available that improves performance.  Below are details of updates available.   Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Live Meeting: Windows 7 Deployment

    The next Windows 7 TechNet Live event with be on Windows 7 Deployment.  More details below. Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements   Date:  Friday, July 3rd 2009  Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (AEST) Event Overview    This session will focus on Windows 7 enhanced deployment capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: May 2013 Release!

    Welcome to another security bulletin release.  This month we have 10 security bulletin updates plus a firmware update for Surface RT and Surface Pro .  The great thing about the new Surface Pro firmware update is we now support PXE booting with the Surface Pro Ethernet adapter.  This will...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin: Out of Band Release for September 2010!

    Tomorrow we will be releasing an out of band security bulletin.  The new security bulletin addresses a security vulnerability in all versions of Windows so make sure you apply it to your systems when it comes out.  The bulletin addresses a publicly disclosed vulnerability in ASP.NET and affects...