NZ TechNet Flash 11 March 2011 published: Pass a Microsoft Virtualisation Exam and Get a Complimentary TechNet Subscription!

The latest edition of NZ TechNet Flash is now available!

Welcome to the latest NZ TechNet Flash

Windows Intune available in NZ
The Windows Intune cloud service delivers management and security capabilities through a single Web-based console so you can keep your computers and users operating at peak performance from anywhere. General Availability will happen on March 24, 2011, when you will be able to purchase a Windows Intune subscription or, if you're not familiar with the service, download a free trial. The trial will allow you to use Windows Intune to manage up to 25 machines in your environment for 30 days. To learn more about Windows Intune, visit the Windows Intune Resource Zone on TechNet.

Pass a Microsoft Virtualisation Exam and Get a Complimentary TechNet Subscription!

Register and the first 1000 people that pass a Microsoft Certification Virtualisation exam will receive a free 12 month TechNet subscription, read more on my blog.

Windows Vista SP1 end of support

Support for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 will end on July 12, 2011. To continue receiving security updates for Windows, upgrade to Windows 7 or update Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2). Full details are available in the Windows Vista Solution Centre.

Microsoft Virtualisation training for VMware Professionals

March 30-April 1 we are hosting an exclusive 3 day Jump Start course designed for VMware & Microsoft IT Professionals who want to get up to speed on Virtualisation topics including Hyper-V, SCVMM 2012, automation techniques with PowerShell and Opalis, VDI, and Private Cloud architecture. More info and registration links on my blog.

Upcoming Microsoft NZ survey

From mid-March through April expect to receive an email invitation to participate in a Microsoft NZ survey. Please take the time to fill out the short survey, we take the feedback very seriously and read every single comment, with a view to improve how we interact with IT Professionals in NZ.

TechNet UNPLUGGED touring NZ next week

Lastly a reminder that TechNet UNPLUGGED event is touring Wellington, Dunedin, Hamilton and Auckland next week. Topics include Hyper-V R2 SP1, Office 365 and SBS 2011 Migration. Please remember to register.

Until the next issue…

Nathan Mercer
Technology Evangelist
Microsoft New Zealand
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