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.    


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 available for download at: For Hyper-V beta details, and a discussion around…


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 customers for download at….


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 please…


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 folder here, or individual downloads below: Managing /…


TechNet Session this week in Christchurch

Just a reminder that we still have a few spaces available at the TechNet UNPLUGGED session this week,  in Christchurch on afternoon of Thursday 7th Dec.  You can register here More info about this month’s topics are posted here, but in short Deploying & Managing Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Windows Server 2008 Group Policy…


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 more productive and access their information…


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 and most of the PolicyMaker family. GPOVault has been updated and released as Advanced…


Microsoft Hyper-V Server around NZ$50

  Overnight at IT Forum in Barcelona we made some announcements about Windows Server 2008 family of Server products.  "Viridian" aka Windows Server virtualisation will be known as Hyper-V.  What is also interesting is that we are building a new separate product called Microsoft Hyper-V Server, which is a standalone hypervisor-based virtualisation product.  The Microsoft…


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 TechNet Update. UPDATE: Included info on Group Policy preferences that…