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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...
11 May 2008
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...
23 Apr 2008
Resources for WSUS & Group Policy Presentation
Presentation Downloads You can download the PowerPoint decks from the latest TechNet UNPLUGGED sessions now. I have made the PowerPoint decks available as PPT, PPTX (2007 format) and PDF. Very interested to know which format you prefer going forward You can browse to the Windows Live SkyDrive...
3 Dec 2007
TechNet Session this week in Christchurch
Just a reminder that we still have a few spaces available at the TechNet UNPLUGGED session this week, in Christchurch on afternoon of Thursday 7th Dec. You can register here More info about this month's topics are posted here , but in short Deploying & Managing Windows Server Update Services...
3 Dec 2007
TechNet Unplugged November
Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Wellington Tues 20 Nov 930am Christchurch Weds 21 Nov 130pm Auckland Thursday 22 November 930am Please register below Back in CHC, AKL and WLG later this month doing another Microsoft UNPLUGGED event - November's...
7 Nov 2007
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...
8 Oct 2007
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...
15 Sep 2007
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...
4 Sep 2007
Update on future Windows releases: Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 update
Overnight Microsoft announced availability dates for several key product updates including Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and the release to manufacturing of Windows Server 2008. Together these releases are a good example of Microsoft’s commitment to continually improving...
29 Aug 2007
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...
26 Aug 2007
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...
8 Aug 2007
Wellington New Zealand panorama Gigapixel image Microsoft Research HDView
Like "wide and deep images"? This is cool, check this out - a panorama view of Wellington, New Zealand shot from the top of Mount Victoria in February 07 (during the week of summer!) and created using Microsoft Research HDView Thanks to my Microsoft Wellington based colleague, Adrian Watkins who took...
27 Jun 2007
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...
25 Jun 2007
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...
20 Jun 2007
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...
18 Jun 2007
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...
18 Jun 2007
New Zealand free Hands-on-Labs: Microsoft Forefront and System Centre
In conjunction with Auldhouse New Zealand , Microsoft is offering the following FREE * one day Hands-On-Labs featuring Microsoft Forefront and Microsoft Systems Centre management tools. There are a handful of places available in the following Hands-On-Labs in Wellington and Auckland: Microsoft Forefront...
18 Jun 2007
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...
31 May 2007
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...
3 Apr 2007
New Zealand Prime Minister Tablet PC-ing in Redmond
The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, met with Microsoft’s senior executives at the company’s headquarters in Redmond. The group exchanged a broad range of ideas around technology solutions designed to create opportunities for New Zealand’s continued economic development and growth...
25 Mar 2007
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...
24 Mar 2007
Windows Vista Launch Event in NZ
Well thanks to out timezone New Zealand was the first country to officially launch Windows Vista and Office 2007 My colleague Nigel Parker was up in Auckland and the main event at midnight last night. See the cool video he put together here The rest of the Microsoft crew is down in Wellington...
29 Jan 2007
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...
5 Oct 2006
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...
2 Oct 2006
Reminder: Wellington SharePoint User Group on Wednesday 13th September
Wellington SharePoint User Group on Wednesday 13th September: With the growing interest in the Microsoft SharePoint technologies space fuelled by the upcoming release of Windows SharePoint Services v3 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 there is a new SharePoint User Group starting up in Wellington. ...
12 Sep 2006
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