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July, 2012

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  • The NY Enterprise Windows Users Group is cancelled for July

    For all my fellow NY Enterprise Windows Users Group attendees, the group is cancelling this month due to the proximity to the July 4th holiday. The group is planning to resume normal meetings next month on August 2nd. Information on the August 2nd meeting...
  • VMware VCP5 Certification completed

    As I announced at most of my East Region IT Camp events, earlier this year I completed my VMware VCP5 Certification. Even though Microsoft’s Hyper-V has been the fastest growing hypervisor for quite some time, VMware still has a notable install base that...
  • TechNet Radio: Inside Microsoft IT - Using New Features found within SQL Server 2012

    On today's show, Mike Reese and Justin Lane from Microsoft IT discuss how Microsoft uses some of the new features found within SQL Server 2012 for High Availability and Business Intelligence to improve their day-to-day operations. Get started with SQL...
  • Windows 8 RTM and General Availability Dates

    Just a few minutes ago at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Tami Reller from the Windows Product Group announced the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) and General Availability of Windows 8 the 1st week of August and late October respectively....
  • The Private Cloud: The New Center of the IT Universe

    I just authored my second post off of the Cloud On Your Terms Sourceforge blog titled “ The Private Cloud: The New Center of the IT Universe .” I encourage you to check it out at http://cloudonyourterms.sourceforge.net/blog/the-private-cloud-the-new-center...
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy and Microsoft Download Evaluation Resource Center updated

    While recently attending Microsoft TechEd North America , one of the things I spent time educating attendees was on Microsoft Virtual Academy . For those of you unfamiliar with Microsoft Virtual Academy , it’s a new and TOTALLY FREE eLearning tool that...
  • Twitter is a MUST for the IT Pro

    As I interact and speak with many IT Pros in the community and at various events, it still surprises me the relatively low number of IT Pros that utilize Twitter for ongoing technical learning and to keep abreast of the technology landscape. I did a blog...
  • NYC SQL Saturday Coming August 4th

    In case you haven’t heard, the NYC SQL Saturday event #158 will be taking place on Saturday August 4th in the Microsoft NYC Office at 1290 Avenue of the Americas. This much anticipated event features many prominent SQL Server community speakers, MVP’s...
  • In case you missed it, Windows 8 will be GA on October 26

    As an update to my previous post on this topic, Windows 8 will officially be Generally Available (GA) on October 26th. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Stephen Sinofsky at our annual sales meeting. What this means for you is that you will be...
  • Yammer, the acquisition closing, and my initial impressions

    The Yammer acquisition is a major investment for Microsoft and will have significant benefit for our Enterprise customers as Yammer is the leading social network for enterprises. The acquisition officially closed earlier this week and Yammer has officially...
  • Office Preview now available including the next version of Office 365

    Microsoft has been on overdrive with all the announcements recently and the latest one that you don’t want to miss is the Office Preview . Last week we announced the availability of next version of Microsoft Office and made available to the public a preview...
  • The Top Three Microsoft Downloads for IT Pros

    As we track what’s relevant for the IT Pro, one thing remains consistent – the ability to quickly find the right software downloads is essential. This is the reason why I’ve set up this quick post to get you access to the top three downloads so its easy...
  • VMs in the cloud today–FREE Windows Azure 90 Day Pass

    Last month I did a long blog post on the many new features of Windows Azure and all of the features now available for the IT Pro . I’ve been using the Windows Azure Preview features extensively lately preparing for events and an upcoming how-to blog post...
  • SharePoint Saturday NYC Event Recap and Post-event resources

    SharePoint Saturday NYC 2012 was a resounding success with near capacity attendance and an overwhelming amount of SharePoint content for the novice, expert, IT Pro or Dev. Held in the Microsoft NYC Offices at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, many community...
  • Pre-event Hands on Lab Resource Downloads

    We’re gearing up for another round of events and Hands on Labs coming to a Microsoft office near you.  Events such as these with Hands on Labs have a list of steps that the attendee must complete prior to attending the events to maximize the Hands...