Macca's Musings

Stuff that I find interesting, and hopefully you do too!

Macca's Musings

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview Installation Notes

    OK, so after a little trouble getting my Live Writer tool ready to go, I’m back with some info on my experience installing Windows 8 CP on my EliteBook 8540w.   Hopefully this will be of help to someone out there.   Overall, the process...
  • MMS 2012 Day 1 Wrap Up!

    Wow, it’s been a massive day at MMS with Brad Anderson opening the conference with an absolutely stellar keynote all around the Private Cloud .   I had intended to produce an overwhelming amount of tweets and posts to our APAC Facebook Wall...
  • TechEd Australia 2012 Call for Content Now Live

      Hey everyone! The Call for Content portal for TechEd Australia 2012 just went live literally 2 or three minutes ago, so it’s time to get your creative juices flowing and get those sessions in.   The Call for Content tool is located at...
  • Dude, where’s my Apps?

    I was watching an internal video of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch in Barcelona last night and saw something similar to this photo .   I thought “that’s a Kindle App!!!!  Awesome, off to the Store for me!”.   I headed to...
  • I WANNA COOL POSTER!!!!!

    Yep, so do I.   So I’m REALLY happy that my mates in the Hyper-V team have produced the sheer awesomeness of the Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!  Print it out, stick it on the wall, give...
  • System Center 2012–Configuration Manager SP1 Component Add-On’s and Extensions Now Available

    Hey everyone, head on over to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36213 and grab the System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager Toolkit!   Old timers will be very familiar with this set of helpful tools, and new people in...
  • Adventures in Demoland Part 1: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

    When Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 preview hit us last week, I decided to start looking at my demo builds for things like our IT Camps, TechNet Live and TechEd events.   I found a really interesting article entitled: Solution Guide...
  • Awesome Windows 8 Upgrade Screenshot of the Day

    OK, check this for a cool screenshot when upgrading to Windows 8 RP: Thinking I should click that link at the bottom, as I can’t decide what to do Kudos to Phil Duff for finding this one!
  • Session Levels Explained for TechEd Australia 2012

    Hi everyone! We are seeing good volume in terms of session submission to the Call for Topics site for TechEd Australia 2012 and I for one am very excited by the amount of variety we are seeing coming through.   Just remember when submitting...
  • You could win an Xbox prize pack!

    Seems like a good deal to me for answering a survey!!! You could win an Xbox prize pack! You are invited to complete a short Microsoft survey. Your identity will remain anonymous and your opinion will be used to improve how Microsoft communicates with...
  • WIN A HALO 4 COLLECTORS EDITION XBOX 360!!!

    OK, this couldn’t be easier to enter, so lets get into it!!!! We’re giving you not one but TWO chances to win a Collector’s Edition Halo 4 Xbox Console! Simply download the new Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 trial to enter. Windows Server 2012...
  • Dilignet to run Windows 8 and System Center 2012: Configuration Manager Events in Sydney

    Hi All! Last week I heard from our mates at Dilignet that they are going to be running some Windows 8 and System Center 2012:  Configuration Manager events at Saxons in Sydney in the very near future.   These will definitely be worth checking...
  • New Storage Spaces Content Published to TechNet

    Happy New Year Everyone! I came across some great new content today on Storage Spaces that we just published to TechNet and thought it might be of interest, especially given the amount of questions I have had recently around designing for performance...
  • Welcome to my little corner of the Internet!

    Hi, great to see you, come straight in! Sorry about the mess, just moved in and there's still stuff everywhere, but I promise I'll have it all tidy in a few weeks. It's a big day today, I am about to finish backing up my current system (HP EliteBook...
  • IT Camps running in Melbourne and Brisbane next week

    Well, I'm sitting at Windows 8 CP on my EliteBook 8540w and it's running very nicely thank you! More on the install experience soon, but I just wanted to call out that we have IT Camps running in Brisbane and Melbourne next week around the subject areas...
  • Security Advisory, July 3

    First for the FY! ******************************************************************** Title: Microsoft Security Advisory Notification Issued: July 3, 2013 ******************************************************************** Security Advisories Updated...
  • Patch Tuesday cometh

    Here’s the notification for next week’s Patch Tuesday… don’t forget to sign up to these newsletters if you want them each week! ******************************************************************** Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July...
  • ConfigMgr Dogs!

    Yeah, I know a blog article advertising a blog is lame, but this local PFE ConfigMgr Blog is just too cool"” Blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrdogs
  • MAP 8.5 Released!

    Love this tool, go download it here and see below for more info: Usage tracking for Windows Server 2012 and the 2013 versions of Microsoft’s productivity servers! We are pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit...
  • Patch Tuesday!

    Here ya go: ******************************************************************** Title: Microsoft Security Advisory Notification Issued: July 9, 2013 ******************************************************************** Security Advisories Updated or Released...
  • Some new reading material...

    Hi All, I've just been asked to review the System Center 2012: Orchestrator Cookbook from Packt Publishing. I'll be reading this over the next couple of weeks and posting a review once this is done, so stay tuned. Looks like a good set of authors on...
  • Sami Laiho, TechEd Superstar coming to an Aussie Webinar!

    Hi Everyone! If you want to check out an awesome webinar by Sami Laiho, who SMASHED the Windows Client track at this year's TechEd Australia, check out the below: NOVEMBER 2013 8 WAYS TO SECURE WINDOWS 8 A FREE 90-minute webinar Full...
  • You could score an Xbox One and a Nokia Lumia 1520!

    OK, go click here to enter, the rest of the information is below! The latest Microsoft virtualisation and management tools are now available, providing a wealth of advancements to help IT professionals build, deliver and manage cloud infrastructure for...
  • Available now: The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

    As the title says, the much anticipated update to the MVMC tool has released to make it easy to move your VMWare VM’s to Hyper-V. Check the full post here !
  • TechEd Australia 2013: Call for Topics is Live!

    This is a repost of Jeffa’s post from a few minutes ago!      Welcome to my first email regarding TechEd Australia 2013!   This year I’m looking after content again and today I like to announce that call for topics is now open...