OzBoxLive Radio #079 – Blockbuster Special

Join Australian Microsoft Xbox MVP’s Mark & David as they discuss the latest News and Announcements concerning all things Xbox in Australia. In this BLOCKBUSTER special episode they discuss three major blockbuster games of 2012… Assassin’s Creed III, Far Cry 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. They share thoughts and experiences with each title. On top of this there are also 4 Xclusive Interviews with the Developers, Directors and Xperts behind these games.


BIG Infrastructure Day March 19 2013 – Brisbane, Australia

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BIG Infrastructure Day – Tuesday March 19th 2013 !

BIG Infrastructure Day is an event for System Administrators, System Engineers, Architects and other IT Pro’s that work with Microsoft Server products.

This event is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected IT Pros, MVPs and other Community Members covering a wide variety of Microsoft server orientated topics. This years event will have a strong focus on Microsoft Office family focusing on the Server product’s including Lync, Exchange and Office 365.

BIG Infrastructure day is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in Microsoft Infrastructure!

It will be on Tuesday 19th March 2013 at the Microsoft Brisbane offices in the Brisbane CBD.

Registration is essential so that we can provide accurate numbers for catering so please check here for details. Places are limited and will go fast!

Dilignet to run Windows 8 and System Center 2012: Configuration Manager Events in Sydney. Thurs & Friday Dec 13 & 14

Dilignet  are going to be running some Windows 8 and System Center 2012:  Configuration Manager events at Saxons in Sydney this week.   These will definitely be worth checking out and are being presented by MVP James Bannan (@jamesbannan) so if you are in the Sydney area, you really should try to check them out.

Windows 8

Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8, offers unparalleled mobility features for both consumers and enterprise. See Windows 8 in action and learn all about the enhancements which will drive it as the corporate platform of choice, such as Windows-To-Go and synergies with Windows Server 2012 as well as deployment and management with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1.

Aimed at IT decision makers and IT Professionals, this event is a technical briefing on Windows 8.

Date Friday, 14thDecember 2012

Location Saxons Training Facilities, Level 10, 10 Barrack Street Sydney

8:45am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am Windows 8 Deep Dive: Security, Usability, Devices and more

10:15am Morning Tea

10:45am Windows 8 for the Enterprise: Deploying and Managing with SCCM 2012 SP1

12:00pm Finish

RSVP amy.kennedy@saxons.com.au or 02 8234 6888

SCCM 2012 in the Enterprise

Discover the magic behind the new AppModel in Configuration Manager 2012, which enables administrators to deploy and manage applications on current and future versions of Windows. Users quickly get access to the applications they need, while administrators no longer need to use monolithic operating system images or layers of task sequences, and applications are managed fully throughout their lifecycle.

Aimed at IT decision makers and IT Professionals, this event is a technical briefing on Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012.

Date Thursday, 13thDecember 2012

Location Saxons Training Facilities, Level 10, 10 Barrack Street Sydney

3:30pm Registration and Afternoon Tea

3:45pm Welcome

4:00pm System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager Deep Dive:

Advanced Software Deployment with the Application Model

5:00pm Finish

RSVP amy.kennedy@saxons.com.au or 02 8234 6888

January SharePoint Events in Hong Kong & Singapore

For anyone in the region or if you’re heading up to Asia in January, you may want to consider attending one of the upcoming SharePoint conference events.

Jan 14th – one day event, Hong Kong Sharepoint conference – www.sharethepoint.com/engage/hk2013

Jan 16-17 Southeast Asia Sharepoint conference www.sharethepoint.com/engage/sea2013

You can refer to my earlier post with all upcoming event details in APAC region SharePoint Conference Dates Announced in APAC Region

Many thanks to our NZ SharePoint MVP Debbie Ireland of Sharethepoint for leading the effort to plan and deliver these events.

LIDNUG Upcoming Online Events Jan/Feb

The LinkedIn DotNet User Group has events every month and coming up in January & February 2013 are these two:

LIDNUG & Scott Guthrie XV Open Q&A
Linked .Net Users Group
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (PST)
Topic: Windows Azure and all things .Net.

LIDNUG & RedGate: Getting Started Performance Tuning
Linked .Net Users Group
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM (EST)
Topic: .Net performance tuning

Update to the Windows Phone 8 Development course story from Nov 6th

Here’s an update to the Windows Phone 8 Development course story from Nov 6th. With the course now underway, you can read more about it here.

According to Charles Sturt University,

“The course, offered via distance education with the backing of Microsoft Australia, has attracted more than 400 developers from around the world and is the first of a range of courses CSU will offer from 2013 and beyond.
CEO of the University’s industry partner IT Masters Pty Ltd, Mr Martin Hale, said the strong response and positive feedback so far reflected the strength of CSU’s industry relations and the involvement of some of the industry’s most respected figures.
“The support of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), a global community of volunteer industry experts, was instrumental in getting this and a number of other planned free short courses established,” he said.
“It was fantastic to get access to the best people in the world to develop and run the course and the MVP Community has also been a great help with our Doctor of Information Technology students wishing to research Microsoft technologies and platforms.”
You can read rest of the story here

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook Just released. Download of Chapter 2 available.

Virtualisation MVP Leandro  Carvalho recently published this new title and is offering Chapter 2 as a free download.

The aim of this cookbook is to help you become a Hyper-V expert with an easy to ready and follow recipe format that will guide you thought all Hyper-V features.

All recipes give you an introduction of the content being discussed, the “how to” process and a section on  “how it works”. Almost all recipes have PowerShell commands and examples to help you automate the Hyper-V management.

In detail:

Virtualization has proved that it can help organizations to reduce costs, and the Private Cloud has created a revolution in the way we manage and control our servers with centralization and elasticity. The new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V release from Microsoft comes with a myriad of improvements in areas such as mobility, high availability and elasticity, bringing everything you need to create, manage and build the core components of a Microsoft Private Cloud for virtualized workloads.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” is the perfect accompaniment for Hyper-V administrators looking to take advantage of all the exciting new features the release has to offer. Through practical recipes, you’ll master Hyper-V deployment, migration and management.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” is an essential resource for any Hyper-V administrator looking to migrate, install and manage their virtual machine efficiently.

With all the features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V covered, you will learn everything from installation to disaster recovery, security, high availability, configuration, automation, architecture and monitoring, all in a practical recipe format. The book also includes new features such as Storage and Shared Nothing Live Migration, Hyper-V Replica and Network Virtualization and much more.

With “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” in hand, you’ll be equipped to manage your Private Cloud with ease.

  • Chapter 1: Installing and Managing Hyper-V in Full or Server Core Mode
    • Introduction
    • Verifying Hyper-V requirements
    • Enabling the Hyper-V role
    • Installing Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
    • Managing a Server Core installation using sconfig
    • Enabling and disabling the graphical interface in Hyper-V
    • Configuring post-installation settings
  • Chapter 2: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers
    • Introduction
    • Performing an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012
    • Exporting and importing virtual machines
    • Migrating virtual machines and updating their integration services
    • Converting VHD files to VHDX files
    • Migrating Virtual Machine storage using Storage Migration
    • Migrating virtual machines using Shared Nothing Live Migration
    • Converting physical computers to virtual machines
  • Chapter 3: Managing Disk and Network Settings
    • Introduction
    • Creating and adding virtual hard disks
    • Configuring IDE and SCSI controllers for virtual machines
    • Creating resource pools
    • Creating and managing virtual switches
    • Using advanced settings for virtual networks
    • Enabling and adding NIC teaming to a virtual machine
    • Configuring and adding Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel to virtual machines
  • Chapter 4: Saving Time and Cost with Hyper-V Automation
    • Introduction
    • Installing and running Hyper-V from a USB stick
    • Creating virtual machine templates
    • Learning and utilizing basic commands in PowerShell
    • Using small PowerShell commands for daily tasks
    • Enabling and working with remote connection and administration through PowerShell
  • Chapter 5: Hyper-V Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks
    • Introduction
    • Using the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer
    • Setting up dynamic memory for virtual machines
    • Enabling remote management for Hyper-V in workgroup environments
    • Installing and configuring an anti-virus on host and virtual machines
  • Chapter 6: Security and Delegation of Control
    • Introduction
    • Configuring Windows Update for Hyper-V
    • Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating for cluster nodes
    • Delegating control in Hyper-V
    • Configuring Port ACLs
    • Installing and configuring BitLocker for data protection
    • Configuring Hyper-V auditing
  • Chapter 7: Configuring High Availability in Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Installing and configuring an iSCSI Target server in Windows Server 2012
    • Installing and configuring the Windows Failover Clustering feature
    • Enabling Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0
    • Using Live Migration in a cluster environment
    • Configuring VM Priority for Clustered Virtual Machines
  • Chapter 8: Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Backing up Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Restoring Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica between two Hyper-V hosts using HTTP authentication
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica Broker for a Failover Cluster
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica to use certificate-based authentication using an Enterprise CA
    • Using snapshots in virtual machines
  • Chapter 9: Monitoring, Tuning, and Troubleshooting Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Using real-time monitoring tools
    • Using Perfmon for logged monitoring
    • Using VM Monitoring
    • Monitoring Hyper-V Replica
    • Using Resource Metering
    • Tuning your Hyper-V server
    • Using Event Viewer for Hyper-V troubleshooting
  • Appendix: Hyper-V Architecture and Components
    • Understanding Hypervisors
    • Hyper-V architecture
    • Hyper-V architecture components
    • Differences between Hyper-V, Hyper-V Server, Hyper-V Client, and VMware


Chapter 2 is available to download so you can have a look at the book concept and also be ready to migrate your current servers to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. To download the chapter, click here.

The book and ebook are available at http://www.packtpub.com/windows-server-2012-hypervisor-based-cookbook/book

The Kindle version can be downloaded here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OSQH9M/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_Nz0gE.1B5SPHM