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  • Blog Post: Speaking of content....

    What do you want to know about in June when we switch content again? Should we continue talking about Windows 2008? IIS 7? Vista SP1? The next version of SBS? I suspect that we will have at least a brief discussion about that today and I would love to take your feedback to my team....send me an email...
  • Blog Post: Grab all of the System Center Beta’s to build a Private Cloud with 1 Click…..(sort of)

    Good Day Folks! If you look at my How to Build a Private Cloud for Free post and my Private Cloud Toolbox all in One Blog Post posts, one thing you will notice is that I have a bunch of links to the downloads you need to build the Private Cloud. The links all work and that is one way to get everything...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft–Shopping for Private Clouds

    Keith Mayer delivers the most recent post in our VMware or Microsoft series . In Keith’s posting he discusses some interesting results of speaking to an active IT Pro who was evaluating the cost of running a private cloud on different cloud platforms. You might think that VMware, with the level acceptance...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Downloads for Week Ending - 01-23-2009....

    Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance · Windows Essential Business Server Preparation and Planning Wizards · Release Documents for this Beta Release of Windows Server 2008 R2 · 2007 Office Resource Kit Technical Library in Compiled Help format · Office 2007 SMS...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cert Talk – Calling all Microsoft Subject Matter Experts!

    About This Video Do you consider yourself an expert on one or more Microsoft technologies? If so, you may have what it takes to be Microsoft Subject Matter Expert! Tune in for this episode as your host J. Seymour welcomes Marcin Policht and Kyle Rosenthal as they walk us through a day in the life...
  • Blog Post: IT Camps – Supplemental Information and Links

      Hello IT Campers! (and everyone else too!). I have compiled a brief list of resources for further reading on the topics we are covering at out on-going IT Camps.  As more topics are submitted and discussed, I will add to this list, so please bookmark this post. I will tweet (@chrisavis) when...
  • Blog Post: Your Private Cloud Toolbox all in one blog post….

    You know you want to get your hands dirty. Well as dirty as us geeks can get them in this increasingly virtual world. As you know, I am spending a lot of time right now talking about Private Cloud. I want to make you have as much information and all the right tools at your disposal to ensure you can...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Downloads for Week Ending - 02-27-2009....

    Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance · Microsoft Exchange Online Service Level Agreement (SLA) · Microsoft SharePoint Online Service Level Agreement (SLA) · Windows Server Internet Information Services for System Center Operations Manager 2007 · Moving all databases...
  • Blog Post: AppFactor

    For more details and to register, please go to the App Factor main site! Home Have app ideas?   Have software development skills?   If so, that’s all you need to learn, compete and win ! 10 Cities, 100’s of developers and 1000’s of great ideas. The opportunity is NOW! Don’t miss another chance...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluation Resources….

      System Requirements – Full list of System Requirements for the Server and Client Operating Systems, SQL Server, the Self-Service Web Console, all of the SC2012 Agents, Windows PowerShell, .NET Framework, and Language Support Cloud and Datacenter Evaluation Guide  for Windows Server + System...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft – VDI–A Look at Supportability and More!

    Tommy Patterson delivers the next post in our VMware OR Microsoft Series – Here is an excerpt…. VMware jumped in the VDI ring many years ago mainly through some acquisitions, and for the first few years struggled to gain momentum against Citrix.  After all Citrix owned this market for many years...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud gets real! - System Center 2012 Announcements….

      As you may have heard, there have been some big announcements regarding System Center 2012. All of these announcements are directly related to the Private Cloud conversations I have been having with IT Pro’s for the last year. Before I dig into the specific announcement information, let me summarize...
  • Blog Post: Slides: Hyper-V and Dynamic Memory

    Slides from my Windows Connections Session on Hyper-V and Dynamic Memory Dynamic memory View more presentations from Chris Avis . Cheers!
  • Blog Post: Part 14 - System Center 2012 SP1 Explained: App Controller for VM and Cloud Service Deployment – Now Live!

    Yung Chou posted the next piece of our series last week. In this article, he explains the role-based security model and delegation of authority in SCVMM to facilitate the self-service model in place when logging in App Controller or SCVMM admin console. There are many opportunities throughout this article...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure IT Camp Available in select cities (West Region)

    Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? Learn how to use Windows Azure to extend an on-premises network and embrace the power and scale of the cloud. We’ll help you solve some of your most pressing IT issues at a FREE, hands-on event near you. Save your seat – register today at http://www.technetevents...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory: Differences Between On Premise and In the Cloud – Part 2

    To my faithful readers – My Apologies. In my previous articles on Active Directory: Differences Between On Premise and In the Cloud , I neglected to include the single biggest (and most obvious) difference between traditional, on-premise Active Directory and Windows Azure Active Directory. I touched...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications User Group meeting July 25th in the SFO Bay area….

          The San Francisco UC Users Group will be conducting their next meeting Thursday, July 25th, 2013. This meeting will include two sessions - First – A SIP overview and deep dive presented by AudioCodes. Second - Lync as a PBX replacement including a number of co-existence and migration...
  • Blog Post: Part 10 - Migrating Hyper-V Virtual Machines from Server 2008R2 to Server 2012….Now Live….

    Hyper-V is making great strides with new features and improvements in Windows Server 2012. For those that are running Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008R2 (or even Windows Server 2008!), there is a lot to be gained from moving those VM’s to run in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012. For today’s installment of...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet interview with Mike Crowley–Exchange and Office 365….

    A couple months back, I attended the Windows Connections conference in Las Vegas. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing some great IT Folks while I was there. One of those is Mike Crowley, Technical Team Lead for Planet Technologies, Inc. Mike is an Exchange and Office 365 expert and we spent...
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Announcement live now!

  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy for IT Pros - Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0

      Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 Register today for day two of the PowerShell Jump Starts and find out how to turn your real time management and automation scripts into useful reusable tools and cmdlets. You’ll learn the best patterns and practices for building and maintaining...
  • Blog Post: IT Camps–Hands on Learning!–Coming to you!

    In the West Region, Harold Wong and I are hosting a set of events in the March and May / June timeframe. In November 2011, we tried out a new format for events which we called IT Camps. This new format included the ability for the attendees to select the topics that would be discussed. We are evolving...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the Bellevue and Portland Windows Azure IT Camps – Free Hands on Azure training!

    Here is a little snapshot of what we will be doing at the IT Camps in Bellevue and Portland (as well as other cities around the US).   Hands-on Lab: Build a SharePoint Dev/Test Farm in the Cloud using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services · Get Started with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services...
  • Blog Post: Updated information on upcoming Windows Firestarter Event in Redmond…..

    Windows Firestarter   (there is also a Developer focused Silverlight Firestarter event same day/same link) Thursday, Sept 18, 2009 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time Microsoft Conference Center/ Bldg. 33 1st Floor, Cascade Room, 16070 NE 36th Way Redmond, WA 98052 – USA We have now locked down the speakers...
  • Blog Post: Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software and Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud

    For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during those years I’ve had the opportunity to personally partner with, compete with, and admire Oracle as an industry leader. Certainly when you think of enterprise scalability and reliability Oracle comes...