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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 :The Operating System of the Private Cloud. Time to Install Your Trial Edition for Free. (Head in the Clouds Episode 1)

    Everyone is talking about Cloud.  There are all kinds of claims but no one is actually showing you how to actually build it.  I want to show you how to actually implement some of the cloud solutions you have undoubtedly heard so much about.  It seems logical to me to begin at your own...
  • Blog Post: Save $87.25 on TechNet Plus

    I have said before and i will say it again, “TechNet Plus direct is the best value for money in the Microsoft World.”  If you are an IT professional or a budding Network guru you need a TechNet Subscription.  Full Version Microsoft Products! (Sorry No Visual Studio)  No time bombs! A ton...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Services : The Bet for Microsoft!

    1969 was really an important year, I was born, Woodstock, a man on the moon, and of course the internet.  If there are roots to our current technical opportunities they go all the way back to 1969.  Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of students and faculty (as well as a world wide webcast audience...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Launch Events

      It's official!  Microsoft has scheduled a series of launch events around the United States to showcase Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010.  You can register for the event in your area at the following link. http://www.microsoft.com/business/thenewefficiency/default...
  • Blog Post: "To Windows Server, the Quiet King of Communication and Collaboration!"

      During my college days long ago I learned that all communication is built on a framework.  Whether the communication is interpersonal or intercontinental, between individuals or nations, written, spoken, or even unspoken.  All communication is based on a framework of rules and maxims...
  • Blog Post: Boot from .VHD file

    One of the cool new features that can be utilized in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a Virtual Hard Disk.   My friend and co-worker Keith Combs has done a great video of how the process works. He even takes the process up a notch by dual booting the machine...
  • Blog Post: How to Do an Offline Defragmentation of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008 R2

    This last week I received an interesting question via email. "I occasionally do offline defragmentation of Active Directory of my Windows server 2003 and 2008 boxes,  the process is painful with the shut downs and restarts.  Do you really need to do Offline Defrag? How do you do an offline...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Windows Server 2008 R2 - Exchange 2010

    I get so excited about the IT Pro Momentum projects I thought I would share just one more with you.  Actually in this case it is more like 2 projects that are being set up in a single organization.  I met Rob at one of my live speaking engagements and he mentioned he was interested in participating...
  • Blog Post: Chris Henley: A Published Author!

      I really can’t believe i am writing this post.  I never thought I would be a published author.  I have always been interested in writing but never really thought I would actually do it.  Well, I did!  The result is the really cool looking book you can see in the post. ...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project- Windows 2008 R2/Windows 7

      Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are getting a lot of airtime in the media.  I thought it might be interesting to get some insights from some of the folks who are piloting these products in their actual networks.  One sizable US based company who would like to remain anonymous at...
  • Blog Post: Ghost Town Tech

    Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Pilot Project- Windows Server 2008 / Virtualization

    I am hearing great things from the IT Pro Momentum Program.  Today our focus is on a school district who is using the IT Pro Mo0mentum program to pilot Windows Server 2008.  Like the two previous Momentum examples I shared with you I was able to ask some questions to the IT Pros running the...
  • Blog Post: Thrive

      “In tough times, the good will survive, but only the best will Thrive!  Are you thriving?  Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your technical skills, advance your career, and elevate IT as the business leader.  These strategies and skills will not only help you...
  • Blog Post: Clustered Virtual Machine

    There are three main options for integrating server virtualization and high availability: •Failover clustering of virtual machines. Hyper-V enables the option to create a failover cluster, and then configure a virtual machine as a clustered application. With this option, when a node in the cluster...
  • Blog Post: Clustering Windows Server2008

    I am delivering a webcast on High Availability with virtual machines as part of the Virtualization webcast series.  It is a good overview of server clustering for Windows Server 2008 and an introduction to using a virtual machine as a clustered resource.  The material is excellent! I have recorded...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server in an Amazon Cloud

    This week Microsoft began allowing the modification of the terms of some of its Enterprise licensing agreements to allow large customers in the United States to run their Windows Servers in the Amazon Cloud.  Larry Dignan at ZDNET posted a great article on the details of the process and the potential...
  • Blog Post: The Endless Help Loop of Death

    I spent some time today surfing around the Windows Server 2008 R2 site.  After I had been on the site for a few minutes I was surprised to see a pop up on the desktop offering a chat with a person from Microsoft who might answer some questions I might have about Windows Server 2008 R2.  I couldn...