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  • Blog Post: TechNet Live! Recording: System Center 2012 R2: Infrastructure Provisioning and Management

    To continue this series this is the first of the System Center 2012 R2 sessions in our series. This session will cover the following: Windows Server has introduced many new benefits, and System Center can take advantage of these. Gaining operational efficiencies and savings, you will be able to create...
  • 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: 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: TechNet Live! Series: Slides from all 12 events!

    Now that Andrew and myself have finished this round of TechNet Live! webinars I wanted to provide you with one location to get all the slides. I’m posting the video’s in separate posts but this post will just be for the slide decks. Enjoy! Transform the Datacentre Windows Server 2012 R2 – Server Virtualization...
  • 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: TechNet Live! Recording: Windows Server 2012 R2 Rethink Networking!

    Welcome to another TechNet Live recording! Please see below for the session that Andrew did about the new networking technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server 2012 R2 – Rethink Networking TechNet Live Series - Windows Server 2012 R2 - Rethink Networking If you want to download a copy of...
  • 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: 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: 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: The Big Picture is Coming!

    You’ve heard of our Tech.ed events that we hold annually around the world.  Well get ready for an entirely different type of event.  We’re calling it The Big Picture which is quite a change from what we’ve done in the past.  Please see all the details below and how you can register. Experience...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine Online: June Edition Now Available!

    As we move closer to the RTM of Windows 7, compatibility of your  applications becomes an important issue because at the end of the day users just want everything to work.  In the June edition of TechNet Magazine application compatibility is featured.  Check out this plus a few more highlights...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Server 2003 R2 Webcast Series

    Hi folks, If you can’t get enough of Windows Server 2003 R2 (and I know plenty of you) then check out the new 300 level Webcasts coming up in March. The focus is “Extend Connectivity and Control in your Environment”. The dates are March 15, 16, 23 and the 30th. Microsoft subject...
  • Blog Post: Running Server Core as a .NET Application Host

    The Server Core option in Windows Server has been available since Windows Server 2008 and provides smaller install option with a reduced attack surface.  Now with Windows Server 2008 R2 the Server Core option has gotten much better and is a great platform for running a .NET Application host. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletin: December 2008 Update

    Just in time for Christmas we have 8 new security bulletins being released today.  Please see details of these below and make sure to apply these where it makes sense in your environments. Bulletin Identifier Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Affected Software Impact Restart Requirement MS08-070 Vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Services at Microsoft

      At Microsoft we have challenges around messaging protection just like other organisations. But unlike other organizations we are the target of many more advanced attacks from outside the company.  So our internal IT department was looking for a solution to help with this increasing problem...
  • Blog Post: New Network Access Protection Page on Technet

    Check it out! Want to know more about NAP then check out the new site just launched on Technet. The site links you to long list of IT Pro focused information and content. The Networking and Access topic areas covered include: · Network Access Protection · Server and Domain Isolation · Scalable...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen Here {More Resources}

    We are now into our 3rd city in Adelaide on the Wave Launch Tour and man it's hot here at the moment. They are setting records for most consecutive days over 35 degrees Celsius which is really hot for those of you on the old scale! Attendance has been great and hopefully those attending are enjoying...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet Live! Events on Windows Server 2012

    To complement our IT Camps we are currently running around Australia I would like to invite you to a series of TechNet Live events on Windows Server 2012.  Seats at our IT Camps have been limited so to help with this TechNet Live! events are back starting with all the cool stuff on Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Content Available this month..

    Happy New Year everyone!  A bunch of new content has come out from the Microsoft IT Showcase team .  Check it out below.. How Microsoft IT Centralized Disaster Recovery Microsoft IT developed their solution for Disaster Recovery (DR) in the datacentre. This will give a good overview of how...
  • Blog Post: After all it's a virtual world right?

    A couple of my mates from Canada went to talk to Jeff Woolsey from the Virtualization team while we were all in Seattle recently about what is coming up with Server Virtualization in Longhorn Server . Check out the podcast here ! Cheers, Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Desktop Optimization Workshop coming your way!

    I just wanted to let you know of an upcoming workshop on the new MDOP 2011 release.  And for once it’s not me doing the travelling!   My colleagues Andrew McMurray and Leon Booth will be going though all that is new with the updated MDOP 2011 release.  Please see the details below along...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk User Groups - February Meetings

    Hi there folks, Well it's a busy month for BizTalk Server as the Sydney and Brisbane BizTalk User groups are having there monthly meetings tomorrow night; the 28th of February. In Sydney Mick Badran is going to be Examining BAM and BAM API's. So check out the Sydney BizTalk User Group website for all...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release: August 2008

    This month we have 11 security updates so make sure you have a look at these and see where they apply to your environments. Bulletin Number Maximum Severity Affected Products Impact MS08-041 Critical Snapshot Viewer for Access, Office Access 2000, Office Access 2002, and Office Access 2003 Remote Code...