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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...
2 May 2006
how does Home Server work under the covers?
I've been demoing Windows Home Server quite a bit over the last few months, either on purpose or quite often because I'm talking to an IT Pro audience about the Windows Server roadmap and someone in the audience will ask me "Hey what's that Windows Home Server thing, I've heard about it, can you...
5 Dec 2007
new Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria website is Live
The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria (CEC) programme establishes a set of engineering requirements across all Microsoft server products . The goal of the CEC program is to reduce the overall total cost of ownership (TCO) through improved integration, manageability, security, reliability, and other...
16 Mar 2010
January/February TechNet Magazine is now available
Happy New Year! The January/February TechNet Magazine is now available online... The complete content from the January • February 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at http://www.technetmagazine.com Details and other good content are available at the TechNet Magazine Blog...
9 Jan 2006
Last week Tony on the IEBlog announced (or confirmed depending on your POV) that IE7 would have tabs There are some other interesting posts on there too about the IE7 tabbed browsing implementation and the reasons behind no IE7 on Win2000 but on WinXP and Longhorn. An MVP is also talking about...
28 May 2005
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...
21 Jun 2007
Windows Server 2012 Beta Virtual Labs
check out these new Windows Server 2012 beta virtual labs online You can test drive new and improved features and functionality, including server management and Windows PowerShell, networking, Hyper-V, and new storage solutions. It's simple: no complex setup or installation is required to try out Windows...
25 Apr 2012
Cisco and Microsoft Unveil Joint Architecture for NAC-NAP Interoperability
Cisco and Microsoft are delivering on their previously stated commitment to provide customers and partners with clear guidance on how Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) and Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) will interoperate. The two companies are demonstrating the new interoperable architecture...
7 Sep 2006
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...
27 Aug 2007
Windows Server 2012 beta & Windows 8 Release Preview timings announced
Progress towards the release of the next version of Windows continues, and we just recently announced that the next milestone is in early June – Release Candidate for Windows Server, Release Preview for Windows 8 The final product will be delivered later this calendar year. More info: http://blogs.technet...
25 Apr 2012
March/April issue of TechNet Magazine now online!
The March/April 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine is now online! http://www.technetmagazine.com The March/April issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at http://www.technetmagazine.com . This month’s issue includes feature articles on desktop deployment , systems management , and virtualisation...
28 Feb 2006
Released to Web: Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (download)
Just came out, download away and start your testing... http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=535BEF85-3096-45F8-AA43-60F1F58B3C40&displaylang=en Read the Exchange Team Blog SP2 categories here http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/category/10058.aspx Read about Exchange...
19 Oct 2005
"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...
21 Feb 2008
Microsoft Management Summit - DIGITAL MMS
Did you miss a session or were you unable to register for MMS before the record-breaking sell out this year? No problem, join us virtually! Watch Keynotes and Sessions On Demand MMS offers over 160 breakout sessions across 5 technical tracks. http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms
25 Apr 2012
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...
19 Jun 2007
Exchange news this week (x64 E12, E12 demo & E2003 CC EAL4)
Some Exchange news this week, reasonably big news! Firstly on Wednesday NZ time at the IT Forum in Spain it was announced that Exchange "12", which should RTM next year will be x64 only. This is significant for Exchange and for the wider market especially the x64 ecosystem - its about time for...
18 Nov 2005
Windows Server 2012 Roadshow Event Recap and Slides
Thanks for attending the recent event focussed on Windows Server 2012. The presentation on Windows Server 2012 focussed on Manageability, Virtualisation, Storage and Availability, and lastly Networking, After seeing these revolutionary features being added into Windows Server, the time has...
24 Jun 2012
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
BDD 2007 Release Candidate 1 Now Available
One of the things I've been busy with over the last couple of months is educating NZ IT Pro's on Windows Vista deployment. Well we're getting closer to releasing the final version of Business Desktop Deployment 2007, and here is the download of RC1 of those tools. The final release is really close now...
11 Dec 2006
This just in. Exchange, IE, Monad news
Its been quiet around here, I've been on a long overdue holiday, overseas :) But I'm back now rested, relaxed and firing on all cylinders: IE7 beta2 releases to the web and is now downloadable (including the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit) http...
26 Apr 2006
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...
26 Jun 2007
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...
23 May 2006
With the launch of Windows x64 at WinHEC 2005, last week I was in Auckland and Christchurch with AMD announcing Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and the Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions The most obvious and common advantage of x64 is that the OS provides greater memory addressability. While...
28 May 2005
Watch BillG at the RSA keynote over breakfast tomorrow morning
6AM tomorrow morning NZ time Add a reminder to your Outlook calendar I'm not a morning person :( but I'll be up (getting picked up from the Hotel at 7AM to go present to infrastructure partners!) This will be an interesting keynote: featuring some great enterprise and consumer security related...
14 Feb 2006
How to download the Windows Vista AIK, WDS and Windows PE 2.0
After last months Windows Vista Technical Training Sessions @ Connect, one of the frequent questions I had both during the presentation and in email after the event, is how do people get their hands on the tools that I talked about and demoed. I promised I would publish the info on how to download it...
22 Jun 2006
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