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  • Blog Post: Windows Networking User Group Meeting this Wednesday…

    Just a reminder that our next monthly meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Lincoln Square Center in Bellevue at 6:00PM. Session Details Our guest speaker will be Vijay Sen of Microsoft. Vijay is a senior Program Manager on the Data Protection Manager (DPM) team. His presentation...
  • 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: Home Network Upgrade on hold…..

    Wow….when things go bad, they go really bad. Late last week you may have seen a few tweets from me about a Terastation I have that lost a drive. I have two of the 1.6 Tb models and they have both been running 24x7 for about 6-7 years now. While sitting at my desk last week and performing a backup one...
  • 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: Interesting Downloads – Miscellaneous – for Week Ending – 02-05-2010….

    · EMEA case study resources · Unified Communications Retired Devices Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator · Open Specifications Preview Specifications · Local Engagement Team Partner Overview · Local Engagement Team Overview · Windows Server 2008 R2 Licensing Overview · First Break- Mike Sternesky...
  • 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: Just loaded TwitterFeed....

    I am sure there are people who read my blog who don't follow me on Twitter . I am sure I have Twitter followers that don't read my blog. I am also sure that many like to keep those things separate and have no interest in following me on both. So when I found out about TwitterFeed , a service that pushes...
  • Blog Post: New TechNet Radio session posted....

    While at the Seattle Windows Server Launch event this week, I sat down with Michael Cooper, a Microsoft TS here in the PacWest area and we had a casual conversation about technology. We spoke quite a bit about virtualization and how it has impacted organizations of all sizes as well as where we think...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Administrators Wanted for Testing the Next Version of Microsoft SharePoint Designer...

    *note* - The title of my blog post is completely plagiarized from my co-worker, Yung Chou. His title is perfect so I lifted it. Yung posted to his blog today about a study being conducted by the Microsoft Research team. We would like some existing SharePoint admins or people interested in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: It’s going to be a good day!

    Why?   For one, I get to head downtown and hop on a ferry to go over to Poulsbo, WA for a User Group meeting this evening. I wish I had time to make the drive around the sound because I have not driven over into the peninsula area of WA yet and I would like to do that. But I also have not been...
  • Blog Post: All done with vacation….

    I took some vacation time last week which is why there has been a gap in my 70-659 exam Series.  I am quickly sorting through email and other work items and then I will resume my posts. It may be another day or two before you see the next one in the series but I can assure you, they are coming!...
  • 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: Slides for the launch content....

    I have had several people email telling me they can't locate the slides for the launch content on my blog. I am just using the Search field on the left sidebar of my blog and looking for "slides" and I am finding them as 4 of the first 5 hits. Ignore the top hit as that is from an old event...
  • 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: Links to Keith's IIS/PHP/Open Source Screencasts

    Here is the link to Keith's screencasts on installing PHP, MySQL and Wordpress to a Windows 2008/IIS7 Core Server.     Cheers!
  • 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: Backing up and Inventory….

    This morning I am backing up all of the machines on the network. Of course backing up is one of the most boring things there is (until something goes wrong!) so I am also inventorying my machines as well as the stash of hardware in my closet. All the while, the Media Center PC in my living room has been...
  • 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: Twitterfone....

    I managed to get a beta invite (I don't think it is that hard...) to TwitterFone and I just sent my first voice tweet. The service lets me dial a number on my mobile phone and basically leave a voice mail that gets converted to text and tweeted through my account. I am imagining a call center in India...
  • 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!