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  • Blog Post: IT Camps On-Demand – Windows Server 2012: IP Address Management

    We continue to deliver IT Camps in the US focused on Windows Server 2012. As I’ve pointed out in the past, we worked hard to hit as many cities as possible, but we know it’s not possible to get to every city in the US. With that in mind, I worked with our marketing team to record the sessions that we...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 INstall Fest using final code?

    With Windows 7 RTM scheduled for no later than July 31st, I’m wondering if anyone would be interested in me hosting another set of Install Fests based on final (released) code?  Before you get too carried away, I will NOT be able to provide a free copy of Windows 7.  Instead, I am thinking...
  • 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: It's Raining, It's Pouring, The Old Man is Snoring ...

    It must be monsoon season here in Phoenix.  I wasn't paying attention as I was sitting here in my Kitchenette doing some work, but then I noticed a huge bright light.  That was a huge streak of Lightening!!  I looked outside in the backyard and noticed it was raining.  No, change...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet Interview with Don Jones, PowerShell Guru and MVP

    Don Jones is a very well known person in the PowerShell community.  I was able to get a few minutes of Don’s time to do a quick video interview regarding his latest work on PowerShell and his thoughts on the features of PowerShell in Windows Server 2012.  I am embedding the video interview...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced the Surface: A new family of PCs for Windows!  Straight from the press release ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/jun12/06-18announce.aspx ), here are the highlights. Advances in Industrial Design Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Sitting in Starbucks (10965 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604)

    On Monday, I wrote that I would be in the LA area today for an Angelbeat presentation: http://blogs.technet.com/haroldwong/archive/2008/08/18/sudden-trip-to-san-diego-and-los-angeles.aspx .  It is now 9:30 AM as I write this quick blog entry.  I arrived at the Burbank Airport with no problems...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Experts Café - A Discussion On A Few New Features in Windows Server 2012

    I recently started a new TechNet Radio series called Virtualization and Experts Café.  On September 6th, 2012, I posted the first interview in the series with Edwin Yuen, Director of Cloud and Virtualization Strategy at Microsoft where we chatted about VMware versus Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. ...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta available

          I am sure those of you who have downloaded and installed Windows Server “8” beta and have been using System Center 2012 Release Candidate realize that the two are not necessarily compatible.  This does make a lot of sense considering System Center 2012 is just about...
  • Blog Post: Can I do an In-Place upgrade from Windows 7 Release Candidate To Release Code??

    I’ve been getting numerous emails from people asking if it is possible to do an in-place upgrade from Windows 7 Release Candidate to the Final Release Code (when it becomes available). Of course, my first response is “Why would you even want to do such a thing??!!?!?”. Let’s take a step back and think...
  • 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: Winternals purchased by Microsoft

    Wow!!! Is this great news or what? Microsoft has just announced the purchase of Winternals (founded by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell). Mark will now be a Microsoft Technical Fellow and Bryce will be a Software Architect with Microsoft!!!! Here's the news article: http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent...
  • Blog Post: IT Camps On-Demand - Windows Server 2012: DEMO | Enabling Hyper-V over SMB

    With the introduction of Windows Server 2012 , Hyper-V has definitely matured and will become a major force in the Hypervisor space. As virtualization becomes the norm in our customer’s datacenters, IT Professionals are becoming more concerned with Fault Tolerance, flexibility and scalability of the...
  • Blog Post: Battery Powered Sports Car

    Hmm, I just saw this interesting article about a new battery powered sports car that may come out in 2010.  It looks pretty darn cool and can save me about $40,000 US on fuel costs.  Of course, I don't currently own a sports car (I have a Honda Accord), so I'm not sure how accurate those savings...
  • Blog Post: Looking to Run Windows 8 Consumer Preview and / or Windows Server 2012 (“8”) Beta in a Virtual Machine on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V? Install Update!

    I’m sure all you tech geeks like me have already started testing Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 2012 (“8”) Beta by installing it onto bare metal or even into a Virtual Machine (VM).  If are using Hyper-V, you may have noticed some “quirky” behavior.  Fear not, for there is an...
  • Blog Post: IT Camp Follow Up for Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver (March 19, 2012) – Part 3

    I posted two follow ups for the IT Camps in Los Angeles and Phoenix.  I delivered the third IT Camp in Denver on March 19th and have some follow up for that event.  I decided to call this follow up Part 3 since it also applies to Los Angeles and Phoenix. One of the topics discussed in Denver...
  • Blog Post: pdf reader

    I tend to download electronic versions of manuals for electronic gadgets, appliances, software, etc. rather than keep the hard copy around.  In fact, there are quite a few manufacturers that don't even provide a printed manual anymore and just give an electronic version of their manual.  Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft certification

    I'm not sure how many folks believe in the value of Microsoft Certification, but I thought I would share some of my thoughts and recent experiences. I took a look at my current certification situation and realized my MCSE was on Windows Server 2000.  The last exam I took was the LCS 2005 SP1 Exam...
  • Blog Post: Don’t fall for the Twitter and LinkedIn Scam!!!

    There are always password stealing scams that everyone encounters.  I see them all the time.  The most recent slew of social engineering scams that I have encountered over the past few days are related to folks trying to steal my password for Twitter and LinkedIn since these are very popular...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming IT Camps in West Region (May and June 2012) -- UPDATED ON 4/24/2012

    UPDATE --- I updated the information for the Los Angeles Event as that is now part of a larger Private Cloud Summit that I just posted information about. It is much later than I had wanted, but I want to get the word out on our next set of IT Camps taking place in West Region in the months of May...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: West Region IT Camp follow up from Denver (May 15) and Los Angeles (May 22)

    Thank you to everyone who made it to the IT Camp events in Denver on May 15th and Los Angeles on May 22nd!  We had some great interaction and questions from the folks in attendance at both events.  I promised I would post the deck that I presented once I received approval to do so.  I...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Install Fests in Southern California

    For all those folks out there who follow my blog and live in the Irvine, CA or San Diego, CA area and are interested in attending a Windows 7 RC Install Fest, please read on. In conjunction with Quickstart Intelligence and local IT Pro User Groups, I am hosting two Windows 7 RC Install Fests in Irvine...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2007 (Orlando): Day 5Recap

    Hmmm, it's now June 29th (3 weeks after Tech Ed) and I'm finally completing my blog post on Day 5 of my experience at Tech Ed. I know, kinda stupid of me, but I got a little behind and I wanted to complete my task. Let's see, Day 5 was a bit of a blur since that was the last day of the conference...