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, hope to see you there!…

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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 Service Pack 1 (x86, x64) – DVD (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish) Windows Vista Service Pack 1…

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IT Pro Momentum in NZ

Need some help to test/pilot the latest Microsoft infrastructure technologies in New Zealand? Momentum is a Microsoft program focused on supporting “early adopters” – IT professionals who bet on the newest technologies to drive business value for their companies and advance their career.   Is IT Pro Momentum right for you? Interested in learning more…

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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…

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New NZ bank offering internet banking with two-factor authentication

Interesting to see a bank in NZ launched a new offering today: Internet Banking services that includes two-factor authentication by default for “free” RaboBank launched RaboPlus in NZ today I think they may be the first in NZ to do this by default without additional charges. Looks like their service is using one-time access codes with Vasco…

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Christchurch Windows Infrastructure User Group – July 5

the next Christchurch Windows Infrastructure User Group event is happening on Thursday July 5 at 5-30pm This months topic is a deep dive into the upcoming release of Windows Server 2012 event is at St Andrew’s College 347 Papanui Road, Strowan, Christchurch, New Zealand 8052 Please RVSP on the User Groups facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/125168100954159/ …

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Get a FREE Second Chance to Pass Your Microsoft Certification Exam

For a limited time, you can get a free second shot at any Microsoft IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamics (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions) Certification exam. Just register for this offer before your first exam, and you’ll get two chances to pass. But this offer won’t last forever, so register now. Learn the skills you…

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Invite to the Xbox 360 launch in NZ

From the Xbox team: Over March we will be traveling NZ in a custom built bus loaded with Xbox 360 consoles running all the latest games on Hi Def screens, there will be giveaways, celebrity game-offs, music, demonstrations and good time to be had by all, please follow the link to register at a specific…

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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…

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available

We’re excited to release IE8 Beta 2 today for public download. You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8. Please try it out! You’ll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. While Beta 1 was for developers, we think that anyone who browses or works…

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