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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
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...
12 Mar 2012
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
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
IT Camp: Virtualization for the VMware Professional (Tempe – November 19, 2013)
Even though I have moved into sales of Windows Server, System Center and Windows Azure, I still did have enough brain power to co-deliver (with my Technical counterpart Leon Harris) an IT Camp in Tempe on November 19th. The presentation and hands on lab went very well. Since I am not in this...
21 Nov 2013
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
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
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
New Blog Series for March: Server Virtualization
In January, the US IT Pro Evangelist Team delivered a 31 Day Blog Series on Windows Azure. In February, we did a 19 Part series on Deployment and Migration. Now in March, we are kicking of our 20 Part Blog Series on Server Virtualization. The focus will be How To articles that focuses...
1 Mar 2013
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
TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café - Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter and Hyper-V Virtual Switch Overview
Join me as I interview Principal Program Manager Jeff Woolsey on this episode of TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café. We focused on two topics during this episode – the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter as well as the Extensible Virtual Switch for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012...
9 Nov 2012
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
Build Your Private Cloud Series: Understanding Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 SP1) Fabric and Service Template by Yung Chou
Using System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to do basic Virtual Machine management of Hyper-V is pretty simple and straight forward. The real magic sauce (and power) comes with understanding and using the Fabric components and Service Templates that are also available with VMM. ...
10 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
Migration and Deployment: System Center 2012 SP1 Explained – App Controller as a Single Pane of Glass for Delegating Cloud Management, A Primer (Part 13 of 19) by Yung Chou
I know there are quite a few IT Pros who do like the command line / PowerShell interface for management. At the same time, I know there are probably more IT Pros who prefer to use a GUI if one is available. When managing On Premises and Windows Azure infrastructure, you now have a choice...
20 Feb 2013
TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café - Why Hyper-V Matters and How Can it Work for You
Since starting the new TechNet Radio series called Virtualization and Experts Café on September 6th, 2012, I have received a lot of positive feedback and am excited to continue the series. In this third episode, I had a chance to chat with Edwin Yuen and Microsoft MVP Chris Steffen (Principal...
11 Oct 2012
Additional West Region IT Camp added in Salt Lake City (South Jordan) on June 21st, 2012 at Neumont University
I was able to work with Craig Berntson (MVP in Salt Lake City) to add an additional IT Camp to the West Region Schedule. The additional event will take place on June 21st at Neumont University located at 10701 S. River Front Pkwy., Suite 300 South Jordan, Utah 84095 Registration for the IT Camp...
24 May 2012
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
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
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