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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...
19 Aug 2009
Windows Mojave - Perception is Reality?
The "Mojave Experiment" Imagine if you had never seen or used Windows Vista, but hated it because of some negative things that you had heard or read somewhere. Then you were asked to evaluate a new Microsoft client Operating System, called "Mojave" and after the demo you absolutely loved it. Then you...
30 Jul 2008
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...
26 Mar 2008
Windows Vista SP1 is available for download
Windows Vista SP1 is now downloadable via Windows Update. Get the full story from Nick on the Vista Team Blog . Get the x86 standalone package @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b0c7136d-5ebb-413b-89c9-cb3d06d12674&DisplayLang=en . Get the x64 standalone package...
19 Mar 2008
Windows Vista Interactive Virtual Roundtable with Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich
Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Thursday, March 6 (NZ time). The subject? Windows Vista adoption and deployment. On the panel with Mark will be independent industry experts and IT...
4 Mar 2008
Windows Vista SP1 available for Download on TechNet Plus
Good news for TechNet Plus subscribers eager to download the official Windows Vista SP1 bits. The Windows Vista SP1 "Update" is now available for download through the Top Subscriber Downloads section at http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions . What's available? Windows Vista...
14 Feb 2008
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
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 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
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
Microsoft @ CES
The 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about to start in Las Vegas at the moment. Bill Gates is doing a keynote this afternoon NZ time and its available as a live stream, or ondemand tomorrow. If you're watching live this afternoon, its on from 330PM to 5PM NZ time, today Monday...
7 Jan 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
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...
11 Oct 2006
Mount ISOs in Vista?
Daemon Tools is a "standard-issue" tool that a lot of people use to mount ISO images onto their machines. The download versions that have been available in the past have not worked on Windows Vista. I just noticed last night that the Daemon Tools website has been updated with V4.0.6 saying they...
26 Sep 2006
Post-RC1 Vista build available for download
Over the weekend we released an interim build of Windows Vista, also known as an EDW, or External Developer Workstation. This build is number 5728 and serves as an update to RC1 and runs in parallel with that release. The build is available as an ISO download in both X86 and X64 versions from http...
26 Sep 2006
Windows Vista RC1 is available for download
"Release Candidate 1" of Windows Vista RTMed in the early hours of last Saturday morning NZ time and is now available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers, as well as those people who signed up for the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) with the release of Beta 2 in June. TechBeta and TAP customer...
6 Sep 2006
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...
14 Aug 2006
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...
2 Aug 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...
21 Jun 2006
Public Availability of Windows Vista Beta 2
Hanging out to try Windows Vista? Windows Vista beta2 is now available for download - the New Zealand download site just went live earlier this evening. download Beta 2 of the 32- and 64-bit versions via the Community Preview Program (CPP). You have the choice of either downloading the appropriate...
7 Jun 2006
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...
31 May 2006
Windows Vista Beta 2 is now available
Windows Vista Beta 2 is now available for IT professionals and developers with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. In the coming weeks, Microsoft will start the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) for developers and IT professionals who are not members of the subscription services. The Windows...
23 May 2006
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