Merry Christmas!

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer is in New Zealand enjoying the festive season with his family.  There is a One News article up about him here Update: the clip from the news is streaming from the TVNZ site at


So whats in the latest Windows Vista (December) CTP?

The December CTP (Community Technology Preview) build released out through MSDN Subscription downloads yesterday, build number is 5270.  This build will also be going out to TechNet Plus subscribers too.  The December Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Community Technology Preview (CTP) is the third in a series of early Windows Vista builds being released to an extensive…


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 system, providing increased performance and memory headroom. Enhanced PXE booting….


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 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) This download will update the VM Additions included with the…


ActiveSync 4.1 is the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices

If you’ve got a flashy new WM5.0 device, it’s recommended that you use this latest version 4.1, instead of the 4.0 version that shipped in the box of your device download the WW English version from   Previous versions Pocket PC 2002/3 the latest version is ActiveSync 3.8


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 x64 to go…


Released to Web: Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (download)

Just came out, download away and start your testing… Read the Exchange Team Blog SP2 categories here Read about Exchange Server 2003 Support for Mobile Devices Exchange 2003 SP2 Overview Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) offers new features and improvements to Exchange Server 2003. New features include support for mobility…


System Center Capacity Planner 2006 Beta release is now available

System Center Capacity Planner 2006 Beta release is now available We are proud to announce public availably of the latest addition to the Microsoft System Center family of management products. System Center Capacity Planner 2006 (Beta) delivers state of the art easy-to-use modeling technology to bring unprecedented functionality and flexibility to the process of performance…


MS Security announcements

10PM Thursday night NZ time, Microsoft made a few announcements around Security Strategy and product roadmaps (particularly interesting is the Microsoft Client Protection announcement, a new security product that protects business desktops, laptops and file servers from emerging threats such as spyware and rootkits, as well as viruses and other traditional attacks) Over all details here…