Conference, Configuration Manager 2016, EMS, Intune, Training & Workshop, Windows 10

Windows as a Service Partner Workshop

Windows as a Service Partner Workshop – 20 Feb 2018, 9am – 12pm

Cliftons Auckland
Level 4, 45 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Windows 10 has been around for over 2 years, you’ve successfully completed a number of Windows 10 projects, but have your customers successfully adopted Windows as a Service?

Windows as a Service with the increased cadence of change and new support lifecycle makes it significantly different to adopt and support. How has your project approach transformed to address these changes?

Come and find out how our approach to Windows 10 projects need to change to help our customers adopt Windows as a Service long after our project is completed.

Audience: Solution Architects & Designated Windows as a Service champions in the organisation

Overview: What is Windows as a Service, why is it important and what are the inherent benefits of the new servicing model.

Technical update: Refresher on the technical side of Windows as a Service and cover the recent changes to the servicing model.

Adoption of a service: What needs to change within our customers organisation to support a “service” and what do we have to do to help them successfully adopt Windows as a Service.

Transforming our project approach: Look at how our project approach needs to be transformed to address the changes introduced by Windows as a Service.

Azure, Conference, Configuration Manager 2012, Deployment, Intune, Microsoft, Office 365, System Center, Training & Workshop, Windows 10

Microsoft 365 Enterprise Tech Series – Enterprise Deployment & Management Technical Workshop L300

Microsoft 365 Enterprise Tech Series – Enterprise Deployment & Management Technical Workshop L300

November 30-December 1, 2017 | Auckland, New Zealand

A 2-day Training on the Complete, Intelligent, Secure Solution that Empowers Employees

What is Microsoft 365 Enterprise Tech Series?

Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely. The Enterprise Tech Series will help empower your team, safeguard your business, and simplify IT management with a single solution, purpose-built for your business

What to Expect from Training:

Understand the Microsoft 365 Vision
Dive into Modern IT Deployment
Learn about Traditional IT Transformation
Feel equipped to fully manage Microsoft 365 environments

Conference, Training & Workshop

Microsoft Services Tech Hui

This year the focus topic is Security which we all know is a major topic and concern for any organisation – yours and your customers! Hence the catch phase – Security is the New Black! But we will also have a lot of other sessions and opportunities for your team to talk to SMEs in many technologies.

As part of the services we provide to our Premier customers, the New Zealand Services team is excited to announce the return of Premier Tech Hui (previously TechDay).
Stream 1 Stream 2
Anatomy of a Cyber-Attack
Come and listen to Insomnia, a specialist security company, as they, and Microsoft’s very own Account Managers, talk about what a security attack can look like, and what you can do about it!
Office 365 Email Security Azure Automation
Just how sure are you that your email is secure? Gain a new understanding of what your exposure maybe, and what technology Microsoft has to help you. Explore Azure Automation Runbooks and DSC, and configure an Automation Portal with a Workflow Approval process.
EMS (Enable BYOD during your lunch break) Azure Scaffolding
Exploring Mobile Application Management. What is it, and how do I get started? Azure Scaffold is a lightweight cloud governance framework for Azure Subscriptions. Watch how ARM Policies, ARM Templates, Visual Studio Team Services and PowerShell can provide security, compliance and cost control without slowing development teams down.
Ask the Experts
Ask our expert speakers all your burning questions!
Windows 10 Deployment Digital Transformation
Windows 10 modern management. What is the future of deploying and managing the modern desktop and how does it compare to traditional management? Managing Change in the Digital era – The Microsoft Story.
AI & Machine Learning Art of Coding a Conversation: Designing Bots
Get your head in the AI/ML space, with some awesome overview demo’s by one of our local PFE’s. In this session, we will take a deep dive into Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services and share our experiences from building bots with customers in Aus/NZ.
Azure Stack Mixed Reality
Azure Stack is an extension of Azure to your on premises environment. Start your ramp up now with a Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist! Learn the basics of what Windows Mixed Reality is, and how to get started developing applications with it.
What is it?
A day for Techs, Architects and anyone else within your organisation with an interest in all things IT! Tech Hui is about coming together as a group, sharing information, learnings, and good vibes.

Our Field Engineers and other subject matter experts will be presenting on a variety of topics in their specialist fields. As well as this year’s keynote.


8.30am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 1st November

Langham Hotel


Conference, Deployment, DISM, MDT, TechEd, Windows 8.1

TechEd North America 2014 Highlights

Creating a Windows 8.1 reference image
Building the Perfect Windows 8.1 Image

Bump up the speed using a VM with multiple vCPUs
Capturing a 4 GB image with MDT typically takes 40 minutes on a virtual machine with 1 vCPU, but only 25 minutes when assigning 2 vCPU’s.

Bump up the speed using DISM instead of ImageX
Of the above numbers, when using MDT with the default scripts, about 15 minutes is just scanning the file system (bug in ImageX which MDT is using). You can use DISM instead, which is much faster, see be below post by Mikael.

Nice to Know – Switch from ImageX to DISM in MDT


Another big thanks to Ashley 🙂

Conference, Deployment, Drivers, MDT, Microsoft, PowerShell, Task Sequence, TechEd, Windows 8.1, Windows Preinstallation Environment

Michael Niehaus Notes from TechEd North America

As we were going through our TechEd North America deployment pre-conference today, we showed a lot of links for pages of interest.  Here is a list of those (at least the ones I remembered):

Also, be sure to look for the session slides on

Conference, Configuration Manager 2012, Group Policy Preferences, Microsoft, System Center, Windows 8.1

Heading off to TechEd New Zealand

Just about to head off and catch three sessions @ TechEd this Friday.

  • Deploying Windows 8: What’s New with Michael Niehaus.
  • How to Get Rid of Your Logon Scripts the Easy And Free Way with Alan Burchill
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012: Lessons from the Field with Brendan Byrne
Conference, Hyper-V, Training & Workshop, Windows Server 2012

Attended: TechDays Windows Server 2012 July 19 in Auckland

A Microsoft TechDays Windows Server 2012 event will show you how to…

  • Build your private cloud, offer private cloud services, or securely connect to public cloud services
  • Increase your efficiency, availability, and manageability
  • Leverage an open application and web platform for the datacentre and the cloud
  • Provide secure access to your personalised work environment from anywhere

Target Audience
The primary audience for this event is IT Professionals and partners who want to see some of the key infrastructure improvements we’ve made in the upcoming release of the Windows Server 2012.

Showcasing presentations and demos on the following Windows Server 2012 topics…

Server Virtualisation

  • More secure multi-tenancy
  • Flexible infrastructure, when and where you need it
  • Scale, performance, and density
  • High availability

Storage and Availability

  • Reduces planned maintenance downtime
  • Addresses the causes of unplanned downtime
  • Increases availability for services and applications
  • Increases operational efficiency and lower costs


  • Manage private clouds more efficiently
  • Link private clouds with public cloud services
  • Connect users more easily to IT resources

Server Management & Automation

  • Simplifies configuration processes
  • Improved management of multi-server environments
  • Role-centric dashboard and integrated console
  • Simplifies administration process of multi-server environments with Windows PowerShell 3.0