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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...
23 Nov 2011
Microsoft Management Summit 2012 – My joint presentation with John Weston on Building a Microsoft Private Cloud using System Center 2012 Evaluation Software for a Lab
This week during Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2012, my team mate, John Weston, and I delivered a joint session on how we build out Microsoft Private Cloud in our lab using Evaluation Software of System Center 2012. We shared our learnings (mistakes) so that those who are looking to do the...
19 Apr 2012
4 New TechNet Virtual Labs available for System Center 2012 Products
It has been a little while since the System Center vNext Virtual Labs were updated. So it is indeed good news that as of yesterday, the TechNet Virtual Lab team released the following four new Virtual Labs for System Center 2012. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructure...
8 Dec 2011
Follow Up from TechNet Event in Irvine (August 11, 2011)
On Thursday, August 11, 2011, I delivered a TechNet Event in Irvine, CA on Building a Private Cloud. We had some good turnout and I wanted to follow up with download links. If you want to start working with current released technologies, you can grab the trial bits below. Hyper...
12 Aug 2011
New Blog Series – Build Your Private Cloud in a Month
Now that April is upon us, the US IT Pro Evangelist team is embarking on another Blog Series for the month of April - Build Your Private Cloud in a Month . Since the team has covered Windows Server 2012 (December 2012), Windows Azure (January 2013), Migration and Deployment (February 2013) and Server...
2 Apr 2013
Deleting multiple Packages in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 by Mike Terrill with 1E
There are times when a GUI interface is perfectly fine when performing administration tasks. At other times, it just outright sucks. If you have ever had to delete multiple Packages in Configuration Manager 2012 (SP1) from the GUI management tool, you probably know what I’m talking about...
10 May 2013
Migration and Deployment: 5 Steps to Deploying Windows 8 with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (Part 3 of 19)
In Part 2 of the Migration and Deployment blog series , Kevin Remde explained how free tools such as the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) could be used to deploy Windows 8 in a “Light Touch” or semi-automated fashion. In Part 3 , Keith Mayer explains...
6 Feb 2013
US IT Pro Evangelist build out of Private Cloud (ITProsRock.com) Documentation
At the end of September, the Field based IT Pro Evangelists in the US got together and worked to build out our Microsoft Private Cloud solution in our lab. We called it ITProsRock.com. The environment consists of 5 Dell R710 Servers. We virtualized all the core infrastructure servers...
26 May 2012
AZ Systems Management User Group Meeting featuring Michael Niehaus on March 21, 2012
I totally forgot to post about a super great guest speaker at the upcoming AZ Systems Management User Group (AZSMUG) Meeting this coming Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Microsoft office in Tempe from 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM. If anyone has used the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), then you may recognize...
19 Mar 2012
Download, Explore and Get Rewarded with Microsoft’s Private Cloud ($20 and enter for raffle of Lenovo W520)
In the US, we are holding a promotion that has two very easy steps and then you receive $20 to use at the Microsoft Online Store. To begin, go visit the Microsoft Private Cloud Offer site . Offer Period: Now until June 30, 2012 Click the Download button to go to the TechNet Evaluation Center and...
22 Feb 2012
Microsoft Private Cloud Summit in Los Angeles on May 22, 2012 includes 3 Tracks (Client & Device Management, Cloud & Datacenter Management and Hands-On IT Camp)
I already posted that we are having a series of IT Camps in the West Region back on April 6th. One of the cities on the list is Los Angeles on May 22nd. The System Center team also wanted to hold a larger Private Cloud Summit that day so rather than reschedule my IT Camp or have the System...
24 Apr 2012
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
Links for Downloads of different System Center Suites and other important components
I was working the System Center Booth yesterday and today at the Interop Conference in New York. During the course of these last two days, I’ve had quite a few people ask me for a single place to get all the links to download trial versions of the current products as well as the beta versions of...
7 Oct 2011
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...
16 Feb 2012
Installation guide for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta
After I downloaded the Beta for SCCM 2012, I struggled with a few installation items so I thought I would share my experiences and write a quick Installation Guide. This is not official by any means, but does detail what I did to get SCCM 2012 Beta installed successfully. The details are below. I also...
29 Jun 2011
Cloud – Harold’s Musings on Public, Private and Dedicated Clouds
On January 24th and 25th, I delivered the “Cloud” portion of the TechNet Event Presentation that took place in Irvine, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Based on the questions before and after the session, I thought it would be very useful to put up a blog post that recaps what I presented. Some of...
31 Jan 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
System Center 2012 Applications in Beta
For those of you who attended Tech Ed 2011, you know that the betas of SCCM 2012 and SCVMM 2012 have been out. It was also announced that the beta or Community Evaluation Program (CEP) for SCOM 2012 was imminent. At the beginning of this week, Jason Buffington posted to the System Center Blog that the...
8 Jun 2011
Migration and Deployment: Step-by-Step - Deploying Windows 8 Apps with System Center 2012 SP1 (Part 16 of 19) by Keith Mayer
For any organization that has deployed applications to Windows 7 (or Windows XP and Windows Vista), the mechanism(s) that were used will most likely work for deploying those same applications to Windows 8 desktops. The unknown entity for most organizations is the deployment of the new Windows 8...
25 Feb 2013
TechNet Event – Los Angeles, CA (November 14, 2011) Recap
***************** Updated on 11/16/11 to include link for Forefront Identity Manager PPT Deck Presentation *************************** A big thank you to all who made it to the TechNet Event in the Los Angeles Office on Monday morning!!! There were three presentations given...
15 Nov 2011
System Center 2012 Announcement Today
Microsoft held a great event called Microsoft Private Cloud Day where changes to System Center 2012 were announced. If you missed the live stream, you can watch it on demand starting at 10:30 AM PST today. With the current shipping versions of System Center products (and previous), we have always...
17 Jan 2012
TechNet Events in West Region for August 2011
In the West Region, we are holding our first TechNet Event Series in August 2011 in six different cities (Irvine, Tempe, Denver, San Francisco, Bellevue and Lehi – Salt Lake City). Title : TechNet Events Presents: Building a Private Cloud Abstract: Cloud Power! What are the options? ...
14 Jul 2011
Bytes By TechNet Interview with Richard Campbell, host of RunAs Radio and Microsoft MVP
I had a chance to chat with Richard Campbell and get his thoughts on System Center 2012. It’s always good to hear someone else’s take on our products. Richard is very familiar with the Microsoft platform but at the same time, he is also independent and can share openly about his thoughts...
24 May 2012
Migration and Deployment: Free Tools for Windows Deployment – and a light touch deployment demo (Part 2 of 19)
At 7:00 AM on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, Kevin Remde posted Part 2 of 19 in the Upgrade and Deployment Blog Series that focuses on some free tools for Windows Deployment. There are usually multiple options for deploying a new Operating System – manual installation by physically visiting each...
5 Feb 2013
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