Taking a break…

It’s that time of year again.  Time to take a break after a long and busy year.  I’m going to be on annual leave from December 22nd through to January 16th trying to stay away from computers and enjoy the Sydney summer.  I plan to go to the beach with my kids; play some golf…

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Windows Live Essentials Beta Available Now!

We have now released an update to the Windows Live Essentials beta.  You can get all the bits at http://download.live.com/.  The new installer lets you install all the live bits with the one install program.  So what do you get in this release? Messenger Beta Mail Beta Live Writer Beta Photo Gallery Beta Movie Maker…

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Security Bulletin Release: Out of Band!

  We are schedule released a security bulletin (out-of-band) to address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer on all currently supported versions of Windows. The bulletin is scheduled for release at approximately 10 A.M. Pacific Time on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. More on this update can be found below with links and recommendations.  Please review this…

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Screencast: File Services in Windows Server 2008 Part 2

In a previous blog post I showed you some changes we have made to the SMB protocol in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.  To continue this series I wanted to share with you some more changes we have made in the area of file services.  In this screencast I’m going to talk to you…

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The data centre of the future?

As we move into a world of Software+Services Microsoft is looking at the data centre of the future that will support it.  The key concept is modular with a heavy emphasis on reducing power consumption.  Checkout Mike Manos’ blog post about this very topic where he talks about our Generation 4 Modular data centres.  Very…

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TechNet Live! Event on Vista..more resources

Thanks to those of you that attended the session on Deploying Windows Vista into your Enterprise.  As always we value your feedback for these types of events so that we can shape upcoming events according to your needs.  In the new year we are planning on running 1 to 2 of these per month as…

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Security Bulletin: December 2008 Update

Just in time for Christmas we have 8 new security bulletins being released today.  Please see details of these below and make sure to apply these where it makes sense in your environments. Bulletin Identifier Bulletin Title Maximum Severity Affected Software Impact Restart Requirement MS08-070 Vulnerabilities in Visual Basic 6.0 Runtime Extended Files (ActiveX Controls)…

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TechNet Magazine: January 2009 Issue Available

The January 2009 Issue of Technet Magazine is now online.  There seems to be a continuing theme from the  December issue around identity an interoperability with an emphasis on the upcoming release of Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2.  In addition to that there is heaps of tips and advice in this issue.  Check out the…

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Another free MS Press Book!

And this time it’s on the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and our own Greg Low wrote a chapter in the book. So if your looking for some good introductory information on our new database platform this book is a good place to start.  And of course it’s free!  So click the book to go and…

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TechNet Live! Event: Windows Vista Deployment

Hot on the heels of our first event we are squeezing in another before the silly season kicks in and nobody’s paying attention.  This time I’m going to cover Windows Vista deployment.  With the beta release of Windows 7 coming soon customers are still undecided as to whether they should deploy Vista now or wait…

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