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A Question of Forums
As an IT Pro you’re one of the “go-to” people in your organisation. You’ll likely be fielding questions from all over the IT spectrum – whether you’re the actual expert or not...Luckily there are a bunch of resources out there to help you maintain your IT Superstar persona! One of those resources is the TechNet Forum.
Whether you have a question about connecting a printer to Windows 10, federating your Skype for Business deployment with other organisations, or moving your servers to the cloud with Azure, you’ll be able to ask your question on the forums – or find the answer there if someone has asked it before.
Who answers these questions you might ask? It’s a community site so you’ll find answers coming in – often very quickly – from other IT Pro’s, from Microsoft MVP’s (we have over 30 in NZ), and also from Microsoft Staff (like me!)
Not finding the answer on the TechNet forums? There are some other great resources out there too. Geekzone is a locally based forum site which has a very active community and a bunch of IT Pro related forums including Lan, VoIP, Windows, Desktop, and Laptop/Mobile.
There are also a number of User Groups that meet regularly around New Zealand. If you’d like to catch a presentation on something topical and connect with some of your peers over pizza and a drink then keep an eye on the events section in this newsletter, or go and join a meetup or two on meetup.com. In the Cloud/Infrastructure/Windows subject area there are meetups in Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington that you can join.
Whichever way you get your answers, I’m sure your people appreciate your knowledge and willingness to help. Perhaps next year they can recognise you for this with cake or ice-cream on your special day…
 
Nigel Parker
Regan Murphy
Technical Evangelist
Microsoft New Zealand
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Windows 10 Sessions from Ignite NZ
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What's New in Windows 10 Deployment
With the release of Windows 10, there are new and updated ways to deploy Windows. In this session, we review new recommendations for upgrading existing devices using a simple in-place upgrade process, provisioning tools for transforming new devices into ones ready for enterprise use, as well as updates.

Windows 10 in the Enterprise
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Upgrading to Windows 10: In Depth
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Windows 10 + Azure AD + Intune = Full Desktop Management and Provisioning in the Cloud
Join us as we take a retail bought laptop running Windows 10, connect it to the internet and with the power of Azure AD and Windows Intune convert it to a fully managed Windows 10 Enterprise corporate device complete with applications.

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