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  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is live

    Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT administrators to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2008 from a computer running Windows Vista with SP1. It includes support for remote management of computers running either a Server Core installation or the full installation...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus 1.7.0 on Microsoft Download Centre

    Still very handy to use to manage and remote control Virtual Server 2005, and this version works against Window Server 2008 too.  The latest version is now available for download from the DLC Original blog post here   If you've no idea what VMRC Plus is read on: Virtual Machine Remote Control...
  • 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: Slide deck from Launch: Core Infrastructure Improvements in Windows Server 2008

    I just saved my slide deck from the Launch Wave 2008 event, up onto Skydrive, and its available on the link above.  All the decks will be officially published up to http://www.microsoft.com/nz/events/launchwave/default.mspx later this week, I will update this post once they're available Core Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Free Terminal Services 2008 eBook

    This month’s free eBook from Microsoft Press is Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit . Download it now !
  • 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: 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: 2008 Summer Roadtrip hits Wellington in the morning

    Just a reminder that the 2008 Summer Road Trip hits Wellington in the morning Come along and see the community launch of Windows Server 2008 , SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 . Chris Auld , Jeremy Boyd , and Darryl Burling are doing a roadie around the country showing off all the hot new stuff...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RC - now available for download

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the recommended process and toolset to automate desktop and server deployment. MDT benefits you by providing: Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment in a common deployment console and collection of guidance. Reduced deployment time, standardised...
  • 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: "Cougar" has a name - SBS 2008

    Earlier today we announced the official name of the next version of Small Business Server - SBS 2008, hot on the heels of the release of Windows Server 2008.  SBS 2008 is part of the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products.  The family includes Windows Small Business Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Remote Desktop Client (RDC) 6.1 now available for XP SP2 users

    We have received a lot of feedback from customers about the need for the Remote Desktop Connection client 6.1 to be made available as a standalone install for Windows XP SP2 to ease deployments of Windows 2008 Terminal Services. In response to this feedback, we have released the Remote Desktop Connection...
  • Blog Post: Mauricio Mr Geekzone at the Windows Server Launch yesterday

    Mauricio from Geekzone was at the Launchwave 2008 event at Te Papa yesterday and posted a photo being snapped next to the "hero" silhouette banner, bearing a quotation about his experience with  Windows Server 2008 / IIS 7.0 as part of his early adopter experience with Win2008 "We...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 is out

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been designed specifically to help meet the challenges of any business and the needs of all the different groups with a stake in the messaging system. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC1 released!

    Our Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of Windows Server 2008 was declared final early this morning NZ time and is now available for download . Windows Server 2008, which is scheduled to release to manufacturing (RTM) by the February and March launch events, reached the RC1 milestone today and is available to...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy preferences

    Last week at IT Forum in Barcelona, Microsoft announced the upcoming releases of Group Policy preferences (formerly PolicyMaker Standard Edition and PolicyMaker Share Manager by DesktopStandard).   Microsoft acquired DesktopStandard last year and, along with some fantastic people, we obtained GPOVault...
  • Blog Post: Server vs Client Comics

    Have a laugh with these Server vs Client comic strips, organised by the TechNet team in Australia, these funny ones are focused around Windows Server 2008. More info on Minty , Deeps De Silva and Scott Barnes blog posts.
  • Blog Post: 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...