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  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC and Win XP Mode Release Candidate - now available

    This morning we announced   the availability of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP mode Release Candidate . RC is an important milestone in our path to final delivery of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) is a client virtualisation software, which can be used on Windows...
  • 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 Virtualisation for VMware Professionals

      For those kiwis that can’t get to the Microsoft Management Summit next week in Las Vegas; we have the next best thing for you.  If you’re seasoned in Windows IT management and looking to expand the way your environments leverage virtualisation, this special event is for you. Starting the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 Evaluation is now available online for immediate download

    Interested in evaluating Virtual Server 2005 R2? Here are some of the new key features: Virtual Server host clustering. Support for host-to-host connectivity lets you cluster all virtual machines running on a host. x64 support. Virtual Server runs natively within a 64-bit Windows host operating...
  • Blog Post: Get your hands on Hyper-V Release Candidate

    I upgraded my demo machines from beta to Release Candidate of Hyper-V last night, and I'll be using them for my Win2008 demos at the Auckland Launchwave 2008 event next week. This morning it was great to wakeup to the news that we have announced the Hyper-V Release Candidate ! The Release Candidate 0...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to NZ Launch of Windows Server 2008

    Not long to go now, till we kick off the launch of the 2008 Wave of Server products, starting in Christchurch next week We've mentioned this in the TechNet Flash, but as a reminder: join us at one of our Launch Wave 2008 Technical Briefings and get an in-depth look at the cutting edge technologies...
  • 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: Free training at the new Microsoft Virtual Academy!

    Cloud computing is the biggest change to hit IT professionals in recent years. Everyone is talking about the Cloud and this makes figuring out what you need to be successful in your role hard. Wouldn't it be great if there was a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you needed to take...
  • 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: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0

    Just a heads up that this Solution Accelerator tool is now available for download , we mentioned this last week at the TechNet UNPLUGGED event, this is the version compatible with VMM 2008.   This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update...
  • Blog Post: Pass a Virtualisation Exam and Get a Complimentary TechNet Subscription!

    as announced on the Born to Learn blog : Pass any virtualisation exam and receive a complimentary TechNet Subscription*! *NOTE: First 1,000 people only. Registration is required. Requirements: Register for this offer – http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/virtualization Select an exam voucher or exam voucher...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Extends Virtualisation Strategy, Outlines Product Road Map

    Some big Microsoft virtualisation announcements happening real soon now Check it out http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/may06/05-22Virtualization.mspx Windows Server virtualization: Microsoft’s hypervisor-based solution is on track to be available with the upcoming Microsoft Windows...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Microsoft's Licensing in Virtualised Environments

    Some interesting upcoming training (LiveMeeting) available later this week for Microsoft Partners: Understanding Microsoft's Licensing in Virtualised environments Microsoft offers numerous virtualisation solutions, and proactive licensing policies, that provide a flexible framework for cost-effective...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 has RTM’d

    On the recent TechNet roadshow around NZ, I mentioned System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 was RTMing before the end of October, and here it is From the Windows Virtualisation Team Blog : System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 RTMs: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/10/21...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Virtualisation IT Camp 2 days hands on training in Auckland next week

    Please register here http://bit.ly/aklcamp1 Auckland :: March 26+27 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...
  • Blog Post: Go Deep on Virtualisation

    and geek out with this Channel 9 video http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=163022 wow, cool video (yes I'm a geek)
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V beta is out for download

    Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 1 Enterprise with Hyper-V Beta is now available! The Windows Server group unveiled a surprise for Windows Server 2008 testers this morning, delivering a public beta for Microsoft’s hypervisor-based server virtualisation technology called Hyper-V. The beta is...
  • 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: Download Virtual Machine additions for Virtual Server 2005 R2

    are now available for download. No more calling up PSS or Microsoft Services requesting the hotfix from KB 900076 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=900076 Once you install these in the VM guests you will notice a performance increase, most noticeably if you are running Server 2003 SP1 (or R2) ...
  • 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: Virtual PC 2007 beta now open

    The Virtual PC 2007 Beta is now available to download, with Windows Vista support! - sign up for it here Some of the major changes include: Support for hardware virtualisation (both Intel & AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest...