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  • Blog Post: AMD Phenom Quad Core review - oh the power!

    Finally its released! I've been waiting for this for a long time now to try in my server and AMD has kindly provided one for me to review :) For now I'm leaving the discussion of the "who's got a true Quad core" aside as I'm sure you already know that one (hint: Its AMD...:) ). Power wise its fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Shameless Plug for BlogJet

    Just installed Blogjet……they have this shameless plug for their app when it first starts that they would like me to post first…..well it is a cool tool after all….ok then! I have installed an interesting application - BlogJet . It's a cool Windows client for my blog tool...
  • Blog Post: Get Switcher! Alt-Tab thats easily usable!

    I found this graphical open application tool through an email here at work. Essentially its a tool that adds some really nice, almost round green fruit like, functionality to Windows Vista. It allows you to easily see graphically whats running like Alt-Tab does but a bit bigger and more useful. Here...
  • Blog Post: Open Standards in the Web Services World: Im published! :)

    I originally wrote this article on the use of Webservices as open standards and interfaces towards the goal of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) as a submission to a conference. In it I had a whole bunch of diagrams and for this publication I re-edited it as I thought of a whole bunch of other stuff...
  • Blog Post: MSStyles and Windows XP Media Centre Edition

    Joe posted a question with regards to a couple of us using a different visual theme at the Summit than the default Windows XP blue toolbar etc. The answer is that Windows XP Media Centre's recent release sported a new visual theme called "Royale" and uses a shiny looking rounded toolbar aswell as a different...
  • Blog Post: Optimising Vista for Media Centre

    I like Media Center and Ive done a few posts on it now. I am running Vista's Media Centre version now and I do several things to it to make sure it runs fit for purpose as a Media Centre. Heres my assumptions: 1. I want to watch DVB-T (digital TV) on it 2. I want to watch DivX shows on it ...
  • Blog Post: Setting up Softgrid 4.5 on Terminal Server 2008

    In my last post I talked about Softgrid 4.5 on Terminal Servers as part of the screencast I did on configuring Terminal Server Gateway with ISA Server . Actually I only just slightly touched on it at the end so I thought for this screencast that Id show Softgrid a little more. This is a cool product...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Beta 1 Releases!

    Hey great news! If youre an MSDN subscriber you can download Windows Vista Beta 1 today otherwise TechNet subscribers need to wait till next month's release. Check this website! Some people are a little confused by it and think that its just Windows XP by another name because of the GUI screenshots...
  • Blog Post: Cisco CVD completed with Hyper-V and XenDesktop!

    I love Friday news. Its even better when I get to announce something that others havent done yet! Cisco has recently wrapped up testing with their UCS platform using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Citrix XenDesktop 4 on top of NetApp SANs. I love how thorough these CVD guides are! And for...
  • Blog Post: New Initiative: WSYP

    Here is something interesting: Mauro Meanti, the Microsoft EMEA Server & Tools Business Group General Manager, revealed an initiative that demonstrates the extremes to which the company is prepared to go, to improve its connection with customers. This initiative is code named WSYP (pronounced 'we...
  • Blog Post: Australian Personal Computer (APC) magazine launches new podcast

    Its called Coalface Tech and is run by top industry journalists James Bannan and Mark Wilson. Both these guys are in the IT industry and and talk about some of the top trends and interest areas for IT Professionals. You can get the RSS feed here . They provide media in both Quicktime and Windows media...
  • Blog Post: Fedora Core 6 install on Hyper-V

    Recently I downloaded and installed a Fedora Core 6 installation on my Hyper-V machine. Actually I have two now. Theres my normal AMD superserver and now theres my Lenovo T61p running Hyper-V. Now I have to say - Im normally a SuSE Linux person. Yesterday though I tried to copy my SuSE 10.0 image over...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, SharePoint Training Galore - its free!!

    This came across my email today - we have released a lot of new training courses all totally free and much of it using Virtual machines. Theres SQL Server, Windows Server 2008, SharePoint, Office Communications Server 2007, Exchange 2007 UM, Developer, Web, Visual Studio and even BizTalk! I didnt...
  • Blog Post: TechNet CD Subscription gets untimebombed software in Australia

    As a TechNet Plus subscriber in Australia, you have access to the following Microsoft products for evaluation purposes (non-timebombed)...How cool is that!? Windows XP Professional Windows Server 2003 Virtual PC 2004 Multilanguage User Interface ** SQL Server 2000...
  • Blog Post: Vista hardware for the future

    Poor Nigel...he planned to do a Hardware Evolution presentation at TechEd Australia with a view to the future - Only part of his presentation got reported on and now there some concern with the ire of the worldwide technical community upon him . Even Scoble was concerned . Its all about the Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Virtualisation - Live Demo

    I got the privilege of seeing this recently - Im very impressed with it and like Ive blogged previously, Jeff and I will be spending the rest of this year just talking about Longhorn Server including WSV. Arlindo Alves blogged about the video of a live demo of WSV - he pipped me to get it up on Soapbox...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V SP1 increases support for VMs/core for Windows 7

    Awesome news, hot off the press. We have just completed a new round of testing for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Hyper-V and Dynamic Memory. What showed was that Hyper-V SP1 could scale a lot more with Windows 7 SP1 than we were actually supporting previously with 8 VMs/core. I should be clear here...
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.6 for RDS whitepaper released

    In other news today, we just released to the download center an updated whitepaper that reflects the changes in App-V 4.6 to support Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 namely support for 64 bit! Enjoy! http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/5/E/25EEFF4E-A81A-464F-9AB1-98FA1EF755AA...
  • Blog Post: Orange County Choppers runs on Microsoft

    For those of you that are fans of the Foxtel show American Chopper (like myself), heres a short clip of their move to Microsoft featuring Paul Sr, Paul Jr and Mikey. Enjoy!!
  • Blog Post: Vista Media Centre - first experiences

    Last night I bit the bullet and decided to try out Vista Media Center as part of the Vista Ultimate SKU. Jeff was warning me against it with claims of slowness and driver support and given the wife acceptance factor has to be high in any decision around the TV I chose the path of least risk and installed...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 (Incl WAIK) Releases to the web!!

    Finally!!! I've blogged about these tools so many times now and have done screencasts about them too . Finally you too can play with them and download them . Heres what the email I got says: "...Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 has undergone many changes to significantly ease the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Exchange 2003 Mobile Services with Windows Mobile 5.0

    Well I said to Brian Tucker that I'd do it. Here it is! Ive done a short three part blogcast on Exchange 2003 SP2's mobile device setup. This includes the Exchange Server, the ISA Server 2004 configuration and the Windows Mobile 5.0 device. 1. Setting up the Exchange Server 2003 SP2 2. Adding...
  • Blog Post: Server 2008 launch: Sydney down....onto Melbourne!

    Yesterday marked the start of the Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 - Sydney was the beginning. The was plenty of buzz at the event with Deeps running around with a video camera interviewing people, there was a Twitter feed and a Flickr feed too . The Windows Server track...
  • Blog Post: New Exchange Messaging Talk Website and Forums

    Shaji Firoz, an Exchange guy in Singapore, emailed me recently to ask me what I thought of his new community website http://www.MessagingTalk.org . In short....IT ROCKS SHAJI!!! WELL DONE!! This is a great resource for anyone in the AsiaPac region and provides some essential Exchange resources and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Local - now with Aussie maps

    For those of you that love to know where youre going....Windows Live Local now has Aussie maps that even shows you the Driving Directions! http://local.live.com/?v=2&rtp=pos.9bp568xm0xpf_Origin~pos.9bhjvfxkzjwh_Destination