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  • Blog Post: Sydney UC community to launch at Tech.Ed 2008

    At Tech.Ed next week we're launching a new community for Unified Comms in Sydney - Sydney UC ! If you work in, are passionate about, or just enjoy Exchange, OCS, VoIP, video, or comms in general - this is the place for you to network with your peers, learn from the experts, see the technologies and...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 Virtualisation and Licensing Announcements

    Two big announcements for Exchange 2007 SP1: Microsoft now supports Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running on Hyper-V or other hypervisors validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) . Microsoft is waiving its 90-day license reassignment policy to enable customers who virtualise...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed 2008... what a week!

    Tech.Ed 2008 has finally wrapped up... I was in Auckland for Tech.Ed NZ on Monday and Tuesday, and then in Sydney for Tech.Ed Australia from Wednesday to Friday. It was a hectic and somewhat exhausting week as I was the track/content owner for Unified Communications and Mobility, and I also presented...
  • Blog Post: Hear me talk about Exchange 2007 and OCS on ITRadio.com.au

    At TechEd last week Ian Yates from ITRadio interviewed Oscar Trimboli and I about Exchange 2007 SP1 and Office Communications Server. You can listen here . Technorati Tags: teched , tech.ed , itradio , podcast , interview
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed New Zealand

    I've just got back to Sydney after two days in Auckland for Tech.Ed New Zealand.  From tomorrow morning I'll be at Tech.Ed Australia.  Here are some photos.....     Rick Anderson and Mauricio Freitas after UNC117   Behind the lectern in UNC314 Brendan Carius setting up just before...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed 2008 - it begins......

    It seems like only yesterday that we were in Surfers Paradise for Tech.Ed 2007 but already we're beginning to plan Tech.Ed 2008, which will definitely be the biggest and best Tech.Ed ever!! Tech.Ed Australia will be held in Sydney and Tech.Ed NZ in Auckland, in early September 2008. Keep up-to-date and...
  • Blog Post: See you at TechEd Australia

    The Showcase is built, and we're preparing for tonight's opening party. That's right - TechEd 2007 is about to kick off! I'm currently sitting in the exhibition hall (partially because the broadband in my hotel is not very broad at all) watching the builders do the finishing touches. The Showcase - finished...
  • Blog Post: Is that an analog PABX in your pocket?

    Sure is!  (but I am also happy to see you)  This beast was recently purchased on eBay and is currently sitting in Microsoft's Melbourne office.   I love seeing the old 1950s phone next to the Communicator Phone Editions (aka Tanjay).  In UNC314 we will get these talking to each other...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009… it’s coming!

    Wow time flies! This morning I opened Outlook to see an email from Coatsey asking if I’d like to be track owner for Unified Communications again this year at TechEd in Australia & New Zealand.  Of course I’m a sucker for punishment, so I gleefully accepted. TechEd this year is on the Gold Coast...
  • Blog Post: Meet Colin Lee

    Last week I caught up with Colin Lee, one of this year's presenters in the Unified Comms track at TechEd Australia and New Zealand. Deeps was around and had his video camera handy so we recorded a quick interview.  Colin discusses some of the topics he'll be presenting this year, as well as his...
  • Blog Post: TE08NZ: UC interview

    I was interviewed yesterday at Tech.Ed New Zealand by Nic Romaniuk about my views on Unified Comms, and how it's changing the way people work. Check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/nz/teched08/office-unified-communications.aspx (click Johan Kruse (SIC) under Other Videos on the right). ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobility Smackdown at TechReady 6

    Every 6 months, Microsoft holds an internal-only conference called TechReady for our technical team in the field. It's an amazing convergence of people from all over the world coming together to learn about our technologies directly from the product teams as well as to give feedback about what customers...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V is here.. what about Exchange?

    In case you haven't heard the news, we have released Hyper-V into the wild. In fact did you know that 25% of microsoft.com is already running on Hyper-V VMs? So what about Exchange Server? As we recently announced at Tech.Ed USA, Microsoft will be publishing a support statement with respect to...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia - the Showcase begins to take form

    The Showcase infrastructure for TechEd at the Gold Coast next week is beginning to come together, both logically and physically. The Showcase is going to have all of our latest technologies on display, including OCS, Office Communicator 2007, RoundTable and the Communicator Phone Experience. Below...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Who will be The Ultimate Expert?

    At Tech.Ed Australia next week we are doing something new with Ask The Experts night... at Commnet you can submit questions beforehand and nominate Experts to answer them. In the panel of Experts your nominee will then answer your question, and their answers will be voted upon. Then after several...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed Australia and New Zealand Call for Content Now Open

    Coatsey has announced the Call For Content for TechEd 2009 . If you’re interested in presenting at TechEd please read his post for details.  I am track owner for Unified Comms (assisted by Paul Dolley in NZ), so will be reviewing and accepting content for anything Exchange/OCS related. Submitting...
  • Blog Post: Visions of TechEd Australia

    I'm currently in Auckland taking part in TechEd New Zealand, so it's about time I posted a couple of photos from TechEd Australia last week. I presented 3 sessions on OCS and Exchange UM, and also took part in the Mobility Smackdown which was one of the most fun sessions ever - read Kleefy's thoughts...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Showcase - day 2

    Another shot of the TechEd Showcase being built, taken this morning. Technorati Tags: teched , tech.ed , showcase
  • Blog Post: Update on Unified Comms and Mobility track (Australia)

    Here is an update to the draft I recently posted for the Unified Communications & Mobility track at Tech.Ed Australia. These sessions are still not 100% finalised - a few are missing and some names are subject to change - but this should provide a good idea of the kind of content we'll be delivering...
  • Blog Post: Talking Smack!

    Yesterday I caught up with Roger Lawrence and Rick Anderson and we recorded a video discussion about Mobility Smackdown! , one of the most popular sessions at TechEd Australia. Hear about the history of Smackdown! as well as what's planned for this year. It's going to be massive - demo-offs, competitions...
  • Blog Post: OFCCT201 - All-Up Unified Communications and Collaboration Demo

    At Tech.Ed Australia Ian Palangio and I did a 75 presentation that contained no PowerPoint slides. It was a complete demonstration of Unified Communications and Collaboration technologies available from Microsoft including: Office 2007 Office Groove 2007 Office SharePoint Server 2007 Office...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed 2008... less than a month to go!

    I've been very quiet on the blogging front recently due to a number of things: overseas travel, trying to organise a wedding (I'm getting married in October), illness, but most of all due to the amount of planning and work we're putting into Unified Comms and Mobility at Tech.Ed! We've now pretty much...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia (and NZ) sold out!

    Just saw over on Kleefy's blog that TechEd is sold out. Sorry if you didn't register in time, but for those who did - this year is going to be awesome. I'll be there again this year, and will be presenting on a variety of Exchange and OCS topics... Planning and Deploying Microsoft Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Showcase - day 3

    It's actually beginning to look like a Showcase now.... Technorati Tags: teched , tech.ed , showcase
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed 2008: T-Minus 4 (and a bit) Months

    It has already been 4 months since I first posted about Tech.Ed Australia/NZ 2008, and there are now just over 4 months left until the event officially kicks off in Sydney and Auckland. (EDIT: dates corrected :)) As previously mentioned, I’m the track owner for Unified Communications & Mobility...