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  • Blog Post: October issue of TechNet Magazine focuses on Virtualisation

    The latest issue of TechNet Magazine is out, focused on Virtualisation. Articles include: Virtualisation: An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualisation an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta 1 Now Available

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is an agent-less tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous...
  • Blog Post: NZ IT Pro Showcase : NZ Hoster deploys Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager

    New Zealand based Hoster EMS-Cortex (EMS) delivers Virtual Servers in minutes with Multitenant Management Console using Hyper-V and System Centre EMS-Cortex (EMS) wanted to extend its successful Cortex Cloud Control Panel management software to enable hosting providers to configure and manage virtual...
  • Blog Post: available for download: Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    Last week we released for download Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level. It also provides on-going improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates...
  • Blog Post: It’s Hyper-V day – Server Unleashed

    It’s Hyper-V day today, early this morning NZ time we made Windows Server 2008 fully Server Unleashed with the Release of Hyper-V . Microsoft entered the Server Virtualisation space in a big way - with the release of the Hyper-V role, we will really see Server Virtualisation usage increase in a big way...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Server 2008 available as a free download real soon now

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: in 30 days for $0 The show begins in a few hours, but the news it out: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new hypervisor-based server virtualisation product (like ESXi), will be released within 30 days and be available at no cost via the Web Microsoft will demonstrate live...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Presents: Half-Day Hyper-V Training in New Zealand

    Free Microsoft NZ technical training event in Auckland and Wellington! Find out how Hyper-V has matured and grown up a lot over the last few years, now including the core functionality you need to meet your business and technical requirements for virtualisation. This training builds on your current Virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: System Centre Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 is now available

    System Centre Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 is now available, and Jason just announced SP1 for DPM 2007 here: Why SP1 for DPM 2007 is cool Here are some of the highlights for more information see the above link to Jason’s post. Hyper-V is now protect-able!, the most...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta download

    I���ve been doing a bit of work recently with IIS and Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2, running on top of Hyper-V / Hyper-V R2 hosts.  I’ve been looking forward to VMM 2008 R2 so I can manage my Hyper-V R2 hosts with it, taking advantage of the new features in the platform including Live Migration and...
  • Blog Post: Update on Windows 7 ship date Office 2010 Tech Preview and Hyper-V Processor Compatibility Mode with Live Migration

    This week, TechEd North America is happening up in LA, in this mornings keynote Bill Veghte announced that Windows 7 is on track to be available for the “holiday season” that means before Christmas for us here in NZ.   and from Engineering Windows 7 blog : If the feedback and telemetry on Windows...
  • Blog Post: November 2008 - UNPLUGGED TechNet Update – Double Sessions

    Join us in November for the last New Zealand TechNet UNPLUGGED sessions of 2008. Come to two morning sessions and learn about Windows Vista Deployment, and deploying Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System Centre Virtual Machine Manager.   Session 1: Windows Vista Deployment using MDT 2008 and Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Virtualisation IT Camp 2 days hands on training in Wellington & Auckland next week

    Wellington :: March 5+6 Auckland :: March 8+9 Microsoft IT Camps are expert led, no-cost, hands-on training events for IT professionals. Most importantly, they are centred on the issues and workloads that you're tackling in your environment today. Join us to explore new approaches to your biggest challenges...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Exam 70-659 Cram

    Want to get certified on Microsoft Hyper-V and prepare for the 70-659 Server Virtualisation exam? Come along to this free exam cram session in Auckland and Wellington later this month Please register June 21 at Microsoft Wellington 1230 arrival, 1PM start through 430PM June 22 at Microsoft Auckland 1230...
  • Blog Post: final version of VMM 2008 R2 evaluation available for download

    We’re pleased to announce the RTM of System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 .  VMM 2008 R2 RTM is the latest upgrade to VMM 2008, Microsoft’s comprehensive management solution for the virtualised datacentre which enables consolidation of physical servers, rapid provisioning of new virtual...
  • Blog Post: Wellington Infrastructure User Group – 1st meeting 30 March

    The Wellington Infrastructure User group announces the formation of a new NZ Microsoft user group, and holding its inaugural meeting on Monday 30th March .  Presentations start at 6pm Location is Microsoft Wellington offices, level 12, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington (Midland park)   Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008, EBS 2008 & Hyper V UNPLUGGED TechNet NZ Update

    Sep - Oct 2008 - UNPLUGGED TechNet Update - Windows Small Business Server 2008, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and Windows Hyper-V Virtualisation Please register below, using the link next to your city name Windows Server 2008 updates Windows Essential Server Solutions in November. Small Business...
  • Blog Post: NZ IT Pro Showcase : Southern Spars deploys Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V and Windows 7

    Manufacturer Expands Virtualisation Capacity by 20 Percent, Eases Remote Access Southern Spars wanted to expand its virtualisation capabilities and simplify remote access, so it upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. By using Hyper-V virtualisation technology, Southern Spars has capacity to...