chris e. avis - writing about microsoft and technology....

  • Does Chris get it?

    If you read my previous post and bothered to go out to the Robert Scoble's post which prompted it, you will see me kind of going toe-to-toe with Robert. In my own opinion, I think Robert just doesn't like being confronted much less being wrong which is...
  • 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...
  • VMware or Microsoft: Simplified Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime

      Many IT Pros still don’t know that Microsoft offers a bare metal hypervisor. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 installs directly on your hardware with a very minimal set of Windows Server components to optimize the virtualization environment. This...
  • No TV service for a year.....

    I canceled my cable TV service today. Later this afternoon I am going to drop off the HD DVR and since I have consistently overpaid my bill for the last year they actually owe me money when all is said and done. People that know me real well might think...
  • 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...
  • What do you want in a Webcast?

    For that matter.....Do you even like Microsoft Webcasts? My team is on a conference call right now and we are discussing webcast attendance and how to get more people to attend. All of us are raising some interesting questions but we are on the inside...
  • Why can't it 'just work'?...

    (subtitled - Isn't technology supposed to be making our lives easier? Simpler? Less complicated?) I hear that all the time - why can't it just work ? I say it all the time - why can't it just work ? Examples..... I am watching TV last night. Actually...
  • What do you want to hear about?

    This week I am going to a bunch of internal training as a part of our TechReady readiness effort. Since I am going to be speaking to you about this stuff afterwards, what should I be focused on? What do you want to know about? What do I need to know about...
  • Stop stealing my blog posts.....

    There has been some discussion recently on some DL's here at Microsoft about sites that re-post blog posts without permission. I will call it what it is which is the theft of copyrighted materials for the purpose of monetary gain. I don't like saying...
  • What would you recommend?

    You may have noticed that I haven't posted any updates on the home network lately. I decided to halt my current plans and take another path. As a result I am looking for a "super server" of sorts. On that will  virtualize most of the loads...
  • 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...
  • Rebuilding the home network....

    I have spoken about my home network at a  few presentations and during the breaks there have been plenty of "oh yeah!?!?! well I have....." conversations. I think some of the most interesting conversations are around how we name our machines...
  • Using Windows 2008 as a workstation....

    As a part of upgrading my network, I am toying with the idea of using Windows 2008 server as a Workstation. It has most of the same features as Vista and what it doesn't have I don't really need anyway. I mentioned this in a seminar a couple weeks ago...
  • Windows 7 Load & Learn event....

    This morning I sat down with a couple of folks and we brainstormed up an event that we would like to try out. We are going to try to turn this around on pretty short notice so I am asking for your feedback on what you would like to see. The concept is...
  • Windows 7 Launch Events coming to you! (hopefully!)….

    We now have a Windows 7 Launch Event site up and running that has information on where we are doing launch events and how to get registered. For my area, the events are in Seattle on October 12th and Portland on October 14th. Cheers!
  • My first Netbook purchase…. Acer Aspire One….

    About two weeks ago I made an impulse buy of a netbook PC. Consider it my contribution to stimulating the economy. I was at Fry’s pricing some hardware and getting ideas for a new TV for a Media room I am working on when I saw all the tiny netbooks and...
  • TechNet Video: How to Enable Editing of Company Knowledge in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    TechNet Video: How to Enable Editing of Company Knowledge in SCOM 2007 R2 Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 has a feature in management packs that allows for adding “Company Knowledge” to management packs thus...
  • Echoes of Me….

    My team – West Region Developer and Platform Evangelism Team – recently had an off-site meeting. The goal was to review deliverables from the first half of the year and set expectations for the remainder of the year (through July 1, 2012). It isn’t all...
  • I am live streaming today!

    Once every 4 years, we get an extra day in February. I have always found the hoopla around that extra day to be a bit humorous. Some people make a big deal out of it. For many others it just goes by completely unnoticed. I expect it is just another day...
  • New IT Camps scheduled for May and June–Register Today!

    We had great success with the IT Camps we started in March! Thank you all for the support of the events. We have a new series of IT Camps coming up in May and June. The will be essentially the same format with a few subtle tweaks: The events will start...
  • IT Camps taking place in the West Region (everything West of the Rockies!)….

    I always get asked when is the next IT Pro in-person event taking place. I want to give everyone a heads up that we are very close to having all the registration links for the West Region IT Camps available for the rest of this calendar year. With that...
  • Thank you Seattle!

    Great turnout in Seattle yesterday! The weather stayed in check and we had a great event. Great questions from the crowd during the sessions and breaks too. I have had a few people email me questions as well. Feel free to let me know what I  can...
  • 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...
  • A good case for BitLocker....

    I just read this article and it gave me a bit of a chill. I do a fair amount of traveling and my laptop goes with me almost always. Sometimes two laptops which cause enough trouble getting through airport security. Fortunately I don't much international...
  • Well it's about time!

    I went to Windows Update tonight to patch up a new Vista VM I recently installed and got the shock of my life....NEW Vista Ultimate Extras! It's been a long time since we had any Extras come out. I haven't had a chance to play with any of them yet except...