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Musings about Marketing and the Microsoft IT Academy program....

March, 2008

  • Launch Time....

    Yeah, yeah, yeah..... Chris Henley beat me out by presenting in Los Angeles last week, but nothing is like New York (btw...that is me sinking the putt if you click the previous link). I am sitting in the green room at the Sheraton Towers on 7th Ave, just...
  • Awesome Launch Event in New York!

    I wish I had my camera today to take a picture of the crowd. I was in the big room just after the key note and I believe they had seating for about 1500. I estimate about 1200 people for my Windows 2008 overview session. Lots of great interaction and...
  • ISA BPA v6.0.1 is RTW....

    I am a little late on this one. It has been out there since about mid February.  I just haven't had a chance to do anything with it yet. I do have it installed to my home ISA server now and gave it a shot. It reminded me just how badly I need to...
  • The Ramblin' Man....

    ...is me! I was in Hartford, CT at 2pm Eastern Time yesterday. I walked in the front door of my house last night at about 11pm Pacific. I made some leftovers, cracked open a beer, and watched American Idol on the DVR. Woke up this morning at 6am, made...
  • Thank you, Harrisburg, PA!

    I had a great time today! We had some issues with getting everyone into the venue but it was amazing to me that those of you I spoke to about it understood. I appreciate that understanding. I hope the information I provided was beneficial and worth your...
  • Why my email alias is missing an "s"....

    chrisavi@microsoft.com -- That has been my email alias at Microsoft for over 10 years now. You would think that I could have had chrisavis@ or cavis@. But nooooooo. They had to drop the "s" and make me sound like a video file. I don't know for...
  • Cutting the wires....

    subtitled......Oh Tesla, oh Tesla....where art thou? Trapeze Networks is on stage right now at the Angelbeat conference and he is talking about the 802.11n wireless spec. The promise of super high speed wireless connectivity is finally becoming a reality...
  • Slides - Session 2 - Virtualization and your Infrastructure

    There is a ton of virtualization information out there. Ben Armstrong maintains an excellent virtualization blog as does John Howard . Virtualization is way hot so I can't link to everything but this will get you started. Session 2 Slides Here Additional...
  • Slides - Session 1 - What's New in Windows 2008...

    As promised, here are the slides for the Launch sessions I delivered in New York. For those of you attending Launch sessions elsewhere in the country, it is the same set of slide decks. I am breaking the slides up into separate posts so I can provide...
  • Slides - Session 4 - Windows 2008 Web and Application Technologies

    This was the hardest session for me to pull together links for. As I noted in my session, I just don't work with web application creation and the related technologies enough to know what is going to be relevant to you. I would love to see some of you...
  • Slides - Session 3 - Securing your Infrastructure with Windows 2008

    I could post 42 bazillion security related links if I had the time. I have have tried to keep the list relevant to the security session I delivered plus a few extras. Absolutely subscribe to Kai Axford's and Steve Riley's respective blogs. Well you might...
  • Back from vacation....

    My wife and I returned from a fabulous one week vacation in Hawaii with some friends. We spent the bulk of the time on Maui which we had never been to before. I won't be able to do a lot of posting of pictures and video from the trip because I am going...
  • By your frakkin' command....

    Many, many moons ago, when life in the late 70's was simple, disco sucked (it still does, btw....), Apple Computers was a computer company, and people were worried about global cooling , I started watching a science fiction TV series about robots with...
  • Live Concert streamed.....live!

    On March 15th, Ice Cube will be at SXSW doing a concert that will get streamed live over the web. Hey Chris! So what!?!!?! Concerts get streamed all the time! Tell me something cool and new!! It is cool and new because..... it will be the first ever live...
  • What machines should I virtualize?

    Yesterday, in Spokane, I mentioned a tool that can be used to evaluate physical machines and help make determinations on what machines would be good candidates for virtualization. There are some reporting features built into System Center Virtualization...
  • Angelbeat in Hartford, CT...

    Back on the east coast again!  I am in Hartford, CT speaking at an Angelbeat conference. Today. There have been some interesting talks by SonicWall, ArcMail and IronPort so far. Cisco is on stage right now with Packeteer and NetApp scheduled just...
  • Please welcome a new team member and soon-to-be-super-blogger...

    We recently filled a hole on our team with a new presenter. His name is Yung Chou and he has made a few posts to his blog . Please welcome him to the Microsoft Across America TechNet team!   Cheers!
  • Download the Windows 2008 Evaluation now....

    For those of you that are not able to get out to a  Launch event, you can still get Windows 2008 Server to evaluate.  Just click the graphic to head out to the download site. I would also recommend you go download (for free!) Virtual PC or Virtual...
  • Updated slide locations....

    I received some reports that my slides were blocked by some systems. I have moved them over to my SkyDrive account so you should be able to get them now. I have updated the links on the individual slide posts.   Cheers!
  • Are you running Internet Explorer 8?

    What?   That's right....IE 8. IE8 Beta 1 to be specific. I am running the Vista x64 edition and while I have only been running it for the better part of 3 days, I am pleased. There are some new features I have not had a chance to check out yet...
  • UltimatePC.com

    I ran across an announcement in email this morning that we (MS) recently brought a new website online that caters to higher end PC enthusiasts. Particularly those who are running Windows Vista Ultimate. I verified the site came up and started down the...
  • Windows Vista Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT)...

    Here are the links for the Vista RSAT tool as well as the Windows 2003 Admin tools Windows 2003 Administrative Tools Pack RSAT Tool for Vista SP1 (x86) RSAT Tools for Vista SP1 (x64) Cheers!
  • Updated locations for Group Policy settings spreadsheets....

    It seems we can't keep things in one place for more than a couple of months. Back in January I posted links out to the aforementioned spreadsheets. We have moved them and made a few updates which you can find below. I also rounded up a couple of other...