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  • Blog Post: TechNet Event – Phoenix, AZ (November 17, 2011) Recap

    Sorry I’m a bit late with the recap for the Phoenix / Tempe Event last week. For the summary of Cloud Computing and what a Private Cloud really is compared to On Premise datacenters, Public Clouds and Hybrid Clouds, please see my recap from Los Angeles . I do want to repost the links for the PPT decks...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Pass a Microsoft Virtualization Exam and get a Free TechNet Subscription

    ***************** UPDATE ***************************** It seems I jumped the gun on posting this information. The program does not go live until March 1, 2011. I'm sorry about the confusion on my part, but please mark your calendars to try again on March 1st. Thanks!!! ****************** End Update...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2011 (Atlanta, GA) Short Recap

    I had the opportunity to attend Tech Ed 2011 in Atlanta, GA from May 16th through 19th.  I thought I would recap some of my experiences from the past week.  Tech Ed is one of the best opportunities for IT Pros to gather and get the latest and greatest information on a plethora of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Update to Virtual Lab Exam 70-113

    On my previous post: http://blogs.technet.com/haroldwong/archive/2008/10/08/new-virtual-lab-based-exam-70-113-windows-server-2008-ad-configuring.aspx , I informed everyone that there was a great promotion going on that includes 3 free exam vouchers if you take the beta exam with a new format. I received...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Great Virtualization Certification Study Blog Series by my Teammate, Chris Avis

    My teammate, Chris Avis, has started a great blog post series on preparing for the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Exam (70-659).  Not only does the information provide a great study guide to taking the exam, this is GREAT general purpose information on the technology that is useful...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Another Update on Beta Exam 70-113

    Back on October 8th, I made a post regarding a Virtual Beta Exam, 70-113 ( http://blogs.technet.com/haroldwong/archive/2008/10/08/new-virtual-lab-based-exam-70-113-windows-server-2008-ad-configuring.aspx ).  In that post, the deadline for taking the exam was pretty much the end of October. ...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Certification(s) – Is it really worth it?

    First, let me say that I am a big proponent of technical certifications.  That is the reason why I have my Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Server Administrator, MCITP Enterprise Administrator and MCITP Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2007 and 2010.  Once upon a time, I also had...
  • Blog Post: I am now a VMware Certified Professional!

    On February 13, 2012, I wrote a post titled “ Virtualization Certification(s) – Is it really worth it? ”.  In that post, I mentioned that I have quite a few Microsoft based certifications and was pursuing my VMware VCP5 certification.  I did take the time (and money) to attend the official...
  • Blog Post: Office Hours on Mondays in March 2013 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Microsoft Tempe Office

    I am holding Office Hours in the Microsoft Tempe Office (60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1200, Tempe, AZ 85281) from 10 AM – 2 PM on the following Mondays in March: March 4, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29244 March 11, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29245 March 18, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual Lab based Exam - 70-113: Windows Server 2008 AD, Configuring

    I just received an email that gave some kewl information about a new type of Certification testing.  To sweeten the pot for those who like to be the first to try new things, they are offering 3 FREE exam vouchers for the first 3000 people who take this exam. I have copied the text from my email...
  • Blog Post: Are you Thriving as an IT Pro????

    In tough times, the good will survive, but only the best will Thrive!  Are you thriving?  Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your technical skills, advance your career, and elevate IT as the business leader.  These strategies and skills will not only help you succeed now, but...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge

    Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge The Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge provides a FREE online study group with certification exam preparation materials for quickly learning about the latest version of Windows Server! The Challenge involves a series of Knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 Beta Exam 71-662 Is available

    I just found out yesterday that beta exam 71-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring is now available.  This beta exam is available to take between August 31, 2009 and September 14, 2009.  You can start registering for the exam now.  If you pass the exam in beta, you will...