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  • Blog Post: Invite to the Technical Training Sessions on Vista & 2007 Office

    The Connect ’06 Technical Training Sessions are coming to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland during May: Wellington – 11th May – Intercontinental Christchurch – 17th May – Grand Chancellor Auckland – 22nd May – Sky City Agenda, registration and more info at www.microsoft.co.nz/techsessions...
  • Blog Post: All Blacks Rugby Gadget released

    Just released by the New Zealand Rugby Union - grab the All Blacks Rugby Gadget from http://www.allblacks.com/gadget/default.htm    The gadget regularly updates including fixtures, results, streaming video, news and also information on our team. The gadget runs on Windows Vista 32bit, and also...
  • Blog Post: Inaugural Meeting: Wellington Office User Group

    There is a new User Group getting started this week in Wellington, to provide information and support to users of Microsoft Office. The group organiser is Steve Schapel, a Microsoft MVP on Access. The group aims to cater to the interests of Information Workers, Power Users, and Office Developers....
  • Blog Post: See Windows Vista www.seewindowsvista.com

    Checkout the new website www.seewindowsvista.com going live today where you can see more about Windows Vista and the possibilities that are possible with the platform through demonstrations of how partners and customers are using it. Be sure to watch what theNZ company Right Hemisphere is doing with...
  • Blog Post: NZ Daylight Savings Time Zone Changes

    As was announced recently by the Government , daylight savings will be three weeks longer than it has been previously. Specifically clocks will go forward one hour a week earlier than usual on the last Sunday in September, and back one hour on the first Sunday in April instead of the third Sunday in...
  • Blog Post: Tablet PC User Group is tonight (Wellington)

    TUG Meeting Tomorrow The next meeting of the Tablet PC User Group will be held on August 3rd. This is a little later than it should be but we wanted to get the best speakers for the topics. We are over half way through the year now and suddenly Office 2007 and Windows Vista are not very far away. Both...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista & Office 2007 Roadshow: New Zealand

    Windows Vista and 2007 Office System sales and technical readiness. Coming to a region in New Zealand near you during October The Reseller Roadshow is a half day event running from 1pm-6pm and will cover sales and technical training for these exciting new products. It’s a must-see for every...
  • Blog Post: TechEd New Zealand selling fast!

    Still haven't got your New Zealand TechEd ticket yet? Its the biggest IT Technical Training event of the year, with a great lineup of International and local speakers and an awesome array of knowledge transfer for thirsty IT Pro's - Windows Vista , Windows Server "Longhorn" , Exchange 2007 and of...
  • Blog Post: Wellington Office User Group Weds 16 Aug 06

    Info is up on their web page for this months meeting http://www.woug.info/ Something a bit different this month... A focus on Printing. This should be of interest to Office users, but may also appeal to a wider audience, so please pass this information on to anyone else you feel may be interested...
  • Blog Post: Making the best Desktop ever ... (free training in NZ)

    We have a handful of seats available for some Windows Vista training, this week in Auckland and next week in Wellington. Read on for details, BTW this is free: You are invited to come along to one of a very limited number of two day interactive technical briefing and discussion sessions to be held at...
  • Blog Post: Presentation decks from 2007 Tech Briefing online

    Now that the Microsoft New Zealand 2007 Technical Briefing's are over, the slide decks are available for download Check them out here from the MSNZ Events site My Vista Deployment deck is still jumping through hoops getting uploaded onto the site, in the meantime you can get it from here (this...
  • Blog Post: Wellington Office User Group - Wednesday evening

    Reminder: Office User Group, tomorrow evening... It should be of interest to all Office users. Provided: - Pizza and drinks - Great information - Spot prizes When: Wednesday 20 June 2007, 6:00-7:30pm Where: Note: new venue this month... New Zealand Post House Level 10 7 Waterloo Quay (near corner Whitmore...
  • Blog Post: May TechNet UNPLUGGED event - Virtualisation

    TechNet NZ event series is back in (late) May featuring Microsoft Virtualisation. Stu and I will be doing a drilldown into and demos of the complete Microsoft Virtualisation Stack including Windows Server Hyper-V, VECD & MDOP, Application Virtualisation (Softgrid), System Centre Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft NZ Partner Directionz Roadshow

    I'm on the road again this month, presenting to Microsoft Partners around the country.  I will be presenting a mix of content and demos for both technical and business focused partners.  I'm presenting on Core Infrastructure, but there are also other sessions on Business Productivity, and an...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Seminar '06

    See you in Auckland on Friday, I will be co-presenting in the Keynote at the start of the day, with demos on Windows Vista security, Network Access Protection in "Longhorn Server" and also a quick look at whats new in ISA 2006 http://www.microsoft.com/nz/events/security/default.mspx Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: NZ Tech Ed 06 – Early Bird Registrations Go Live

    The Tech Ed 2006 Early Bird Registration launches TODAY at www.microsoft.co.nz/teched I'm organising the Windows Client track across both New Zealand & Australia, and will be back shortly with the draft list of sessions we are looking to run. Will be a good mix of infrastructure and developer...
  • Blog Post: NZ #2 in Windows Home Server World Cup

    The Windows Home Server team have blogged about their World Cup competition - the latest standings are that NZ trails just behind Norway in second place! Windows Home Server has now been sold in 47 different countries around the world.  The top 8 countries are: Norway New Zealand United States Germany...
  • Blog Post: NZ Daylight Savings briefing sessions

    A law change earlier this year extended Daylight Savings which will now start one week earlier (2:00 A.M. on the 30th September 2007) and will end two weeks later than in the past (3:00 A.M. on 6th April 2008). This change will have a significant impact on a number of areas of your IT infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: September TechNet Update event Christchurch: Windows Server 2008 Overview

    Later this month, on Thursday 27 September, we will be in Christchurch hosting a (free) TechNet Update event - an overview of Windows Server 2008, and also will be demoing our newest addition to the Windows family, Windows Home Server as well. The session will be on twice on the same day, to accommodate...
  • Blog Post: Latest TechNet Flash Newsletter out

    This fortnight's TechNet Flash newsletter has just been emailed out, focusing on Windows Server 2008. If you're a NZ IT Professional you'd be mad not to subscribe to the TechNet Flash newsletter, so subscribe here or send this link to your friends www.microsoft.com/nz/technet/subscribe.aspx Welcome...
  • Blog Post: June TechNet NZ Update event: Windows Server 2008 Overview

    TechNet NZ Update – June 2008: Windows Server 2008 Overview UPDATE: The link to register for the 2nd running of this session is now up. 230PM in Auckland 27/6, and 430PM in Wellington 28/6. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the next generation of the Windows Server operating system. Come along to June...
  • Blog Post: My TechEd NZ talks on Windows infrastructure

    TechEd is on New Zealand next week, and this year I'm doing 2 talks on Windows Server infrastructure topics that I specialise in System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) You can look at the entire TechEd session list here . If you're going to TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Going to TechEd in NZ or AU? Come and say hi...

    I'll be at both TechEd New Zealand in Auckland and TechEd AU in Sydney next week. In Auckland I'll be on and around the Microsoft stand for most of the time Mon/Tues/Weds and then in Sydney Thursday/Friday I'm also presenting a couple of sessions - during lunchtime in Auckland on Tuesday & Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Wellington Exchange User Group on Wednesday

    Just a reminder that the Exchange User Group is on in Wellington this week: If you have already registered for the User Group meeting this week, then this is a reminder! We look forward to seeing you there. If you haven’t registered, but would like to attend, you can still register by emailing...
  • Blog Post: TechNet session repeat of Windows Server 2008 Overview

    Registration links are now live for the 2nd running of the Windows Server 2008 Overview TechNet Update event this week: Auckland session 2 Wednesday 27th June: 220PM for a 230PM start Level 5, 22 Viaduct Harbour Avenue Auckland See a map on Live Local... Wellington Session 2 Thursday 28th June: 420PM...