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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...
11 Nov 2013
Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture Posters!
My good mate Martin has been a busy boy and has been doing some updated Component Architecture posters. I’m a big fan of these as a way to get a good conceptual overview of a given technology. There are a number of new posters available right now that you can download that cover all aspects...
20 Oct 2013
TechNet Live!: Windows Server 2012 R2 Overview Recording!
Every couple of weeks myself and Andrew run a TechNet Live! event on a key Windows Server, System Centre or Windows 8 topic. We’ve been getting asked by a lot of those folks that attended and for those that could not make it where the recordings will be located. I have now found out that all videos...
9 Oct 2013
Microsoft Security Bulletin: September 2013 Release!
Welcome to another security bulletin release. This always seems to happen when I’m travelling and presenting. I guess the demo gods like to make my life interesting! The table below outlines this month’s updates that you need to consider in your environments. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and...
10 Sep 2013
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...
19 Aug 2013
Microsoft Security Bulletin: July 2013 Release!
Welcome to the first security bulletin of the new financial year! Start the year off right and make sure you get patching and consider the updates below where appropriate in your environments. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart...
9 Jul 2013
Microsoft Security Bulletin: June 2013 Release!
Welcome to another round of security updates. This is the last one for the financial year of you talk in that language. The following tables outlined the bulletins being released this month. Make sure you prioritize these updates where appropriate in your environment. Bulletin ID Bulletin...
11 Jun 2013
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...
21 May 2013
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...
16 May 2013
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
6 May 2013
MMS 2013: Opening Keynote Video
Below is the opening video that was shown at MMS 2013 in case you missed it! Pretty cool… And if you want to watch the opening keynote and other sessions you can watch them on Channel 9’s MMS page . Jeffa Technorati Tags: MMS2013 , Management
8 Apr 2013
The Surface Pro Datacenter Video!
This video was way too good not to share. Four geeks over at the Building Clouds blog took 4 Surface Pro devices and created a table top datacentre running Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. And they live migrated a few VM’s over Wi-Fi between the 4 Surface Pro devices. Awesome way to...
13 Mar 2013
Competition: Download an Evaluation and win a Nokia Lumia 920!
I’ve got a very simple competition for you. All you need to do is download an Evaluation for Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 SP1 and you could win a Nokia Lumia 920! All the details are below. To enter go to the following website. Win a Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone...
11 Mar 2013
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
27 Feb 2013
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...
19 Feb 2013
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...
14 Feb 2013
Screencast: Windows Server 2012-Storage Spaces
Welcome to another Screencast on Windows Server 2012. This time I’m discussing what I think to be one of the biggest area’s of improvement and change in Windows Server 2012 namely Storage infrastructure. In Windows Server 2012 we are addressing the need to provide resiliency and cost-effective...
6 Feb 2013
Screencast: Windows Server 2012-Cluster Aware Updating!
I wanted to share with you another Screencast on Windows Server 2012. This time I’m covering Cluster Aware Updating which is one of my favourite new features in Windows Server 2012. Essentially what Cluster Aware Updating does is automate the update process on failover cluster servers while...
22 Jan 2013
Screencast: Windows Server 2012-New User Interface Options
Welcome to another Screencast! I wanted to share with you some of the new user interface options with Windows Server 2012. In particular I’ll be covering Server Core and the Minimal Server Interface option and how easy it is to switch between each option. As you know Server Core was...
9 Jan 2013
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...
8 Jan 2013
Screencast: Windows Server 2012-NIC Teaming
I wanted to share with you a new feature in Windows Server 2012 called NIC Teaming . It’s one of my favourites and an essential part of building a Private Cloud. Having high availability at the network layer is critical functionality that is now built into Windows Server 2012. You no...
18 Dec 2012
Windows Server Certification and Career Paths Infographic
Check out this great Infographic on getting certified on Windows Server 2012. This is part of a series of Infographics that the folks over at Born to Learn have come up with to help you on your certification and career paths with Microsoft Technologies. If you click on the picture this will...
18 Dec 2012
Screencast: Windows Server 2012–Server Manager
Over the last few months myself and Macca have been travelling around talking about Windows Server 2012 through our IT Camps. Now we run through quite a lot of demo’s and wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to see these demo’s even if you didn’t get along to the IT Camps. So...
17 Dec 2012
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...
16 Dec 2012
What a Year! 12 Milestone Moments of 2012
As we come to the end of 2012 it’s time to reflect on the year that was. It was definitely a busy year and probably Microsoft’s most significant in many years. The video below gives you a good summary. Jeffa Technorati Tags: Year in Review
13 Dec 2012
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