Jeff Alexander's Weblog

Technical Evangelist - Windows Infrastructure

Jeff Alexander's Weblog

  • Windows 7: Setting up a USB bootable device for installs

    These days I install, re-install and install Windows 7 again and I wanted a quicker way of doing this without having to use a DVD all the time.  Plus I wanted to be able to install x64 and x86 for both server and client.  And I have a HP Mini...
  • Free Ebook: Microsoft Virtualisation Solutions

    I have another free E-book for you to download.  Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, 2nd Edition is now available and features updates to support SP1 in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Cloud technologies. For those of you attending...
  • Goodbye Windows XP..thank you for the memories!

    As you may or may have not heard Windows XP reaches it’s end of extended support on April 8th 2014 or the 9th for those of us in Australia. It’s hard to believe this day has finally arrived and that Windows XP is a 12 year old operating system! A lot...
  • 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...
  • Free eBooks: Plenty of reading for the holidays!

    I haven’t posted about eBooks for awhile and during that time the folks over at Microsoft Press have been pretty busy.  To coincide with the release of a bunch of new products we have a ton of free eBooks just in time for the holiday season. ...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin: January 2014 Release

    Hello everyone and welcome to 2014 and the first security bulletin for the new year! This month is a bit of a quiet month with only 4 major bulletins to consider for your environments. Details are below so make sure you look at these and apply where necessary...
  • 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...
  • RSAT Tools for Windows 7 SP1 Released!

    If you manage Windows Servers then you are familiar with the Remote Server Administration Tools.  We have released the RSAT Tools for Windows 7 SP1 .  If you didn’t have them installed prior to upgrading to SP1 then you couldn’t install the...
  • An XBOX 360 Chopper

    So this morning after the gym I went to the bistro to get some breakfast and I notice this XBOX 360 Chopper sitting in the foyer. Check it out! I know Kleefy would like to get his hands on this baby since he is such a motorbike fan.  Apparently it...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin: December 2013 Release

    It’s that time again!  Get your updates done before the silly season starts.  It’s a busy month this month with 11 updates for you to consider in your environments.  Today’s update also includes firmware updates for Surface RT , Surface...
  • The new Nokia Lumia 925!

    Damn and I just got a new Lumia 920!  Click here to watch the press release of the new Lumia. Jeffa Technorati Tags: Lumia , Windows Phone
  • 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...
  • Microsoft MVP Community Camp 2014!

    I wanted to alert you to some upcoming events that are happening around Australia this month being run by our Microsoft MVP community . These events will be run simultaneously on Saturday March 22nd in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin: March 2014 Release!

    Hi folks and welcome to another round of security updates. This months updates mainly focus on Windows so make sure you apply them where appropriate in your environment's . Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and...
  • Download an Evaluation for your chance to Win!

    Myself and Macca have been travelling around the country recently on the latest round of IT Camps and the response has been great. We’ve been of course talking about Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and all the new features in both of...
  • 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...
  • MAP Toolkit 9.0 Now Available for Download!

    Awhile back I blogged about the beta of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.0 being available. Well the product has finished beta testing and is now available to download . This release of the MAP Toolkit helps with deploying the very latest...
  • Microsoft Security Essentials: Free Download Available Now!

    Today we are making Microsoft Security Essentials available as a free download!   I’ve been using Security Essentials at home and find it works very well, runs very thin and takes up very little system resources.  Consumers have been demanding...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft’s 2014 Tech Wishlist Survey for Asia Pacific!

    Recently I came across this interesting study on the Microsoft Asia Pacific News Center that talks about the gadgets that consumers hope they will be able to buy or get as a gift in 2014. The survey is clear that consumers own multiple devices (53%) and...
  • Attention VMware Experts: Future Proof your Career with Hyper-V!

    Over the last couple of weeks myself and Andrew have been out talking to IT Pro’s about Windows Server and Microsoft Virtualization platform.  It’s clear to us that many of you have not had much experience with Hyper-V or are struggling to keep up...
  • 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...
  • OneDrive for Everything in your life!

    Today over on the OneDrive blog we have announced a new name for Skydrive! If you already use SkyDrive then you don’t have to do anything. Just head over to www.onedrive.com and sign-in. However it’s not just a name change. We are also announcing some...
  • Infographic: The continuing fight against Malware!

    Recently on the official Microsoft blog there was a really good article how Microsoft is taking the offensive against cybercrime and helping users protect their PC’s against malware. For most of you who read this blog I’m sure you are on top of patching...