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Harold Wong's Blog with Geekie Thoughts and Insights
West Region IT Camps in November and December
On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2011/10/17/upcoming-west-region-technet-events-in-november-2011.aspx ). I am now writing a follow up post to...
28 Oct 2011
Migration and Deployment : Upgrade Implications for Active Directory – Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 (Part 7 of 19) by Blain Barton
Now that Windows Server 2012 has been out for 6 months, I’m sure more and more IT Pros are evaluating the requirements and steps to upgrade or migrate some of their Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 infrastructure over to Windows Server 2012. One of the common items is Active Directory. If this...
13 Feb 2013
IT Camp Follow Up for Los Angeles (March 15, 2012) and Phoenix (March 16, 2012) – Part 2
In Part 1, I provided the three PowerPoint Decks used so far. In Part 2, I will provide a recap of the key commands for the Server Migration Tools as well as the commands for setting up the Boot to VHD that we used in the Hands-On Labs at the end of the day. To get the full documentation...
17 Mar 2012
Free WEbinar: 5 Challenges in AD Management and How to Eliminate Them (By Zubair Alexander)
A Directory Services MVP out of Seattle, WA by the name of Zubair Alexander is delivering a free Webinar on AD Management this coming Thursday, June 4, 2009 from 10 AM – 11 AM (PDT). He will be covering the following topics. Password and User Management Provisioning and deprovisioning – consistency...
2 Jun 2009
Upcoming TechNet Presents Events in west Region
Yes!!!! We have finally locked down all the key details of our TechNet Presents Events in the West Region for first Quarter!!!! There are three sessions in these events and are as follows: Session 1 – Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7: Get it done with the Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit 2010 You...
5 Aug 2009
31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Utilizing PowerShell for Integrating Active Directory into Windows Azure Virtual Machines (Part 23 of 31) by Dan Noonan; posted by Tommy Patterson
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Tommy Patterson posted Part 23 of 31 in the 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud Blog Series (written by Guest, Dan Noonan). Below is a small excerpt from his blog. Most of the work I’ve been doing lately involves migrating traditional client/server applications to Windows...
24 Jan 2013
Migration and Deployment: Installing the Migration Tools (Part 8 of 19) by Matt Hester
I’m sure most organizations still have parts of their infrastructure running on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. If this applies to you and you are looking to migrate some of those services to Windows Server 2012, you will want to know more about the Migration...
13 Feb 2013
First Hand Experience with Upgrade (Part 3 of 4)
The third phase of the upgrade involves Exchange. As with most small companies, Tailspin Toys uses a single Exchange server as well as Public Folders. They had been using the IMF along with the different filtering options available with Exchange 2003 along with other 3 rd party anti-virus and anti-spam...
17 Feb 2011
Upcoming IT Camp Events in West Region - Updated 2/15/12
In the West Region, Chris Avis 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...
13 Feb 2012
TechNet Events Presents: Meet Windows PowerShell – No Matter Who You Are
Wow, I know the month of March so far seems like a month of “advertising” and “marketing” from me, but that is not my intent. I do need to get the word out on the May series of TechNet Events that will be hitting 5 cities in the West Region. I will have more technical posts coming soon, but...
16 Mar 2011
First Hand Experience with Upgrade (Part 2 of 4)
Once the workstations were working decently well, we tackled the server side of the upgrade. Since we were only working during the weekends while I had time, we decided to break this into two components – Active Directory and File & Print Servers as the first phase and then Exchange Server as the...
16 Feb 2011
Upcoming IT Camps in West Region in March and April, 2013
Please join us at a Microsoft IT Camp as we dive into how to get your datacenter ready for the cloud and beyond. Join us at a FREE Microsoft IT Camp for hands-on labs, demos, and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts. Here's your chance to learn more about getting your datacenter ready...
30 Jan 2013
IT Camp – Windows Administration in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (1:00 PM–5:00PM)
For all those IT Professionals who administer some aspect of Microsoft servers and desktops and live in Las Vegas, I wanted to let you know that I am holding a last minute event in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (that’s 5 days from now). I do apologize for the short notice, but I am hoping you can...
13 Oct 2011
Backup Applications and Strategies for Exchange and File Servers
Over the years, I’ve had many a discussion on Backup applications as well as strategies for how often to backup. As a follow up to the series of posts I did regarding upgrading to current Microsoft technologies, I thought I would put forward my thoughts on Backup options as well. I will not be...
21 Feb 2011
Freeware Active Directory, Exchange, Lync provisioning tool from Zeya Oo – Z-Hire Employee Provisioning App
As techies, we tend to hunt around to find nifty tools and utilities that will help us do our job easier or better. I think it is a GREAT idea to share the good finds with our friends. In that vein, I wanted to share with you a nice tool that helps with provisioning of Active Directory, Exchange...
6 Jul 2012
31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Step-by-Step: Extending On-Premise Active Directory to the Cloud with Windows Azure (Part 20 of 31) by Keith Mayer
At 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 20, 2013, Keith Mayer posted Part 20 of 31 in the 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud Blog Series . Below is a small excerpt from his blog. Extending an on-premise Windows Server Active Directory ( AD ) infrastructure into the cloud is an important topic to consider when...
21 Jan 2013
Tech Days in San Francisco from May 2–3, 2013
I am always asked if there are any good training events happening that have great technical speakers. I thought I would mention that there is an event called Tech Days taking place in San Francisco (at the Microsoft downtown office) on May 2nd and 3rd. The list of speakers include the following...
27 Apr 2013
Planning for a Private Cloud – Part 1
There are pros and cons to every job in every company. In my role as an IT Pro Evangelist (ITE) here at Microsoft, I get to use the latest and greatest versions of our software. Since my role is a technical one, I also get paid to be technically adept at all the upcoming products and not...
5 Oct 2011
First Hand Experience with upgrade from Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Windows XP and Office 2003 to latest and greatest
I recently helped a friend of mine update his office network environment from some older outdated stuff to newer stuff. What am I referring to, you may ask? I helped them get from Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Windows XP Professional and Office 2003 Professional to Windows Server 2008 R2...
15 Feb 2011
First Hand Experience with Upgrade (Part 4 of 4)
The final step of the upgrade process was to decommission all the old servers. The first thing I did was power off all the old servers to make sure nothing else in the environment was still referencing them. I had my friend test everything that they would normally do both locally and remotely (VPN, OWA...
18 Feb 2011
IT Camp Follow Up for Los Angeles (March 15, 2012) and Phoenix (March 16, 2012) – Part 1
I delivered two IT Camps so far in March – Los Angeles on March 15th and Phoenix / Tempe on March 16th. We had great turnouts in each city and I have quite a bit of follow up to provide. I have decided to do the follow up for both of these cities in the same set of posts. I am providing...
17 Mar 2012
Migration and Deployment: A look at Windows 8 AppLocker (Part 19 of 19) by Matt Hester
One of the challenges faced by most IT Departments is the concept of control over a user’s desktop / computer. What I mean by this is how does the IT Department allow users to have flexibility in running applications and configuring their work computer while at the same time “locking” down access...
28 Feb 2013
Remote Administration of Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 from Windows 7
I’ve been asked numerous times about how one would manage Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 servers from a Windows 7 client computer. Evidently, we (Microsoft) have not done a good enough job in getting the word out that there are a set of tools – Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) that...
6 Apr 2011
TechNet Events Follow Up from September 9 – 11, 2009
I’m sorry that I’m a bit behind in posting my follow up from the TechNet Events that I delivered in Southern California from September 9th through 11th. I had only three questions that came up during the presentations and they are as follows: What happens to the Program Files directory if you perform...
4 Oct 2009
TechNet Presents: The Best of launch in Honolulu, HI on December 7, 2009
Mahalo! I wanted to get the word out to the IT Pros in Honolulu, HI that there will be a TechNet Event taking place on December 7, 2009 from 1:30 PM – 5 PM at the Hawaii Prince Hotel located at 100 Holomoana Street, Honolulu Hawaii 96815 . I will be delivering a quick 45 minute presentation on Windows...
4 Nov 2009
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