New Site now live – last post here

Body: This is my last post on this old blog.  I’ve today launched my new website where I’ve consolidated my blog and everything else I’ve been working on. is the site and my blog is under that. I’ve already migrated over my feedburner RSS feeds, so if you are reading this then you’ve gotten in via the web or some other RSS feed before I setup feedburner. Jump on over to and pickup the new feed.  This old site will be here for another 7 days before I take it down altogether and redirect the links to the … Continue reading New Site now live – last post here

Been a bit silent

Body: I’ve been a bit silent over the last couple of weeks as I’ve been flat out working on a few different things.  One of my major clients has bought a new company and I’m looking at how we integrated 220 users into an existing 350 user network which is a great challenge and a load of fun. I’m also preparing to present at both TechEd Australia and TechEd New Zealand as well as doing a fair bit of travel around Australia with Windows 7 presentations.  Add to that the background work I’m doing on the new website and … Continue reading Been a bit silent

How to make your own tablet PC…

Body: A fellow MVP just posted this cute 30 second video on how to make your own Tablet PC.   Don’t try this at home… it requires special skills that many of us do not have…and guts too 🙂 Published: 8/07/2009 3:16 AM Attachments:

Sarah Arnold begins blogging – aka Australian MS Partner Program

Body: For those that have never met her, Sarah Arnold is the Partner Program Manager at Microsoft Australia. Sarah recently began a new blog focused on the needs of the Australian Partner channel.  Her blog can be reached here She also has a cool MSN widget on her blog that allows you to IM direct from the webpage to her if she is online. She is very keen to hear from all Aussie partners so that she can ensure that not only do we get the right information, but that she can take the clear messages from the Australian … Continue reading Sarah Arnold begins blogging – aka Australian MS Partner Program

Resources for SBS Migration to SBS 2008

Body: I’m doing another migration tonight for a client from SBS2003 to SBS 2008.  We’re also doing it from a physical SBS 2003 system over to a Virtual SBS 2008 server on Windows Server 2008 with HyperV.  Over the past week, I’ve already setup and got running a virtualised ISA 2006 server, virtualised SQL 2008 server and a new virtualised Windows 2008 Terminal Server.  Tonight is the final stages of the overall project and so far things are singing and dancing nicely.  While I wait for the backup of the SBS 2003 server to complete, I’m reviewing the most current … Continue reading Resources for SBS Migration to SBS 2008

Hyper-V and ShadowProtect – Slow Performance?

Body: Today I’ve been working for a client doing some restructuring of their servers. We’ve been taking a number of servers that were on physical hardware and virtualising them.  To do that I’ve used ShadowProtect from Storagecraft.  It’s a wonderful product and one that I’ve had for some years now.  One of the cool things that I am using it for today is to take an image of a physical server down to a USB drive, then I’m taking the USB drive to the new Hyper-V server and restoring the image into a virtualised environment.  I setup the new Virtual … Continue reading Hyper-V and ShadowProtect – Slow Performance?

Telstra come through for once

Body: I’ve lived in my current house for 11 years now, and we’ve had ADSL for the past 5 or so years but we are running off a RIM exchange and therefore I’ve had many many applications to move to ADSL2+ rejected due to this.  A mate of mine suggested that I should give Telstra a go for my internet connection.  I have a big issue with giving Telstra a go their pricing is highly monopolistic. Ultimately though I decided to bite the bullet and applied for a Liberty 12GB plan from them. We put the application in around 2:30pm … Continue reading Telstra come through for once

Steve Riley has left the building…

Body: As a presenter, there are a few people that I really look up to in terms of knowledge, style and sheer balls. Steve Riley is one of them.  Unfortunately, Steve just announced ( that due to budget cutbacks, he has been forced to depart from Microsoft. This to me is a crying shame, as this gent is not only a consummate professional in security terms, but a really nice guy.  As a reseller, I really have to wonder just what Microsoft think they are doing by letting such a skilled and professional preacher of the security word go like … Continue reading Steve Riley has left the building…

Sydney Windows User Group – Starts in May 2009

Body: I’ve just heard that there is a new user group forming in Sydney. Starting in May, the Sydney Windows User Group will get off the ground.  They are focusing on everything Windows client related, and plan to demo Windows 7 RC at their first meeting.  There first meeting is on Wednesday May 13th, at Microsoft North Ryde office. Here’s the link to their website Published: 26/04/2009 8:11 PM Attachments:

HP ConfigureAIDER DX is Here.

Body: As reported last week in my blog, HP have listened to community feedback and are re-releasing the HP ConfigureAIDER progam which made it so easy for us to spec and quote HP Servers.  You can download it direct from HP here    As you cen see in the screen below, only a few of the servers are included right now. Others will be added over the coming weeks/months to build out the entire configuration once more. Thanks HP for listening. Published: 16/02/2009 11:49 PM Attachments: