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  • 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: 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: Q3 TechNet Events Follow Up

    I just finished my last official Q3 TechNet Event today in Albuquerque, NM.  The “Tour” started in Phoenix on February 23rd; took me to Burbank on February 25th and Irvine on February 26th.  As I sit on the plane ride home, I decided to put some quick thoughts down and share with everyone....
  • 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 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: Evaluation copies of Microsoft Servers

    On a regular basis, I am asked the following question: “Where can I download the trial software of {product x}?” With that in mind, I have decided to post the links to some of these products below: Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9701662 Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial...
  • Blog Post: East Region Firestarter Event in Atlanta, GA

    For those of you who live in the Atlanta area and are interested in attending a free seminar from Microsoft, please read on. My compatriots in the East Region are holding an all day Firestarter Event in Atlanta, GA at the Microsoft Office.  John Baker and Yung Chou will be delivering the sessions...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Available on April 30th

    I’m sure most people have seen by now that the Release Candidate of Windows 7 will be available to MSDN and TechNet Plus Subscribers on April 30th.  On May 5th, the bits will be posted on the public site and made available to the general public. Just in case you are wondering if this really is official...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2009 Days 3 - 5 Recap

    I guess I didn’t do a good job of blogging every day with a daily recap so now I’m just posting an all up recap of Days 3 through 5. First, I want to thank everyone that was willing to be interviewed by me on video!!!!  I am working on getting all the videos rendered and uploaded.  As soon...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 / Exchange Server 2010 Launch Events

    I have been getting a lot of questions about Launch Events and wanted to give everyone a quick update.  I just found out that the Launch Website is indeed live!!!!  The main website is: http://www.microsoft.com/business/thenewefficiency/default.aspx . The dates and cities are as follows: September...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: West Coast Launch Tour Follow Up

    I know I’m a little late getting this post out, but I figured I would wait until I delivered all the launch events on the West Coast so I can do one big follow up post.  For those who attended my first event in Denver on September 24th, I’m very sorry.  For those who attended in Burbank on...
  • Blog Post: My Visit to Microsoft Store at Scottsdale Fashion Square Today

    I know that there have been quite a few people who have already visited the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale since it opened on October 22, 2009.  However, I was out of town on the grand opening and have been either sick or out of town since then and have not had a chance to go visit until today. ...
  • Blog Post: Phoenix Linux User Group HackFest Open Lab Follow Up from October 2, 2010 – Is Windows 7 easily hackable?

    This post is a bit late and should have been posted a month ago, but I got behind and then other things got in the way.  Sorry. During the September PLUG Hackfest Presentation meeting, I volunteered to bring in a Windows 7 laptop to be the Flag during the October 2nd open lab hacking session (Capture...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Has Released To manufacturing (RTM)!!!

    WOW!!!  Just got the announcement that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have been Released To Manufacturing (RTM) today!!   For those folks who are curious as to the RTM build number, it is 7600.  Please remember that RTM does NOT mean you will be able to get your hands on the bits...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Unleashed in Phoenix on May 18, 2009

    I want to let everyone in the Phoenix area know that we will be hosting a TechNet Unleashed Event in Phoenix on May 18, 2009 from 8:30 AM - 12 PM.  The event will be held at the Wells Fargo Conference Center located at: 100 West Washington Street, MAC S4101-017 Phoenix Arizona 85003 That's only...
  • Blog Post: 64 Bit Applications and Drivers

    Over the past two years, I’ve spoken to millions of people (okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating on the number) about application and driver support for 64 bit Operating Systems.  Back in the days of Windows XP, I know there were very few devices that worked well on 64 bit.  With Windows Vista,...
  • Blog Post: Using Hyper-V to create a Base OS Image that can be used for VMs and Boot to VHD

    I’m sure a lot of techie folks like me use virtualization quite a bit for testing and learning purposes. When we have to build Servers for many different scenarios, it sure is helpful to have a base Windows OS Image handy to start with. Even though it seems simple, I thought I would share my personal...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Rebuttal to “Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott - Weekly 121: Wong Was Wrong”

               On September 4th, Paul Thurrott referenced one of my blog entries and even titled his article as “Wong Was Wrong”.  Normally, I wouldn’t take much issue with things like this, but in this case, I have to say that Paul was WRONG.  Let me explain...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Presents Follow Up – Windows 7 Deployment Topics

    I delivered three sessions on Windows 7 Deployment over the past week.  I was in Phoenix on September 15th, Irvine on September 20th and Los Angeles on September 21st.  I wanted to follow up with links to information that was mentioned in the sessions. I posted the slide decks that I used to...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life of a Technical Advisor at the Microsoft Retail Store–Introduction

    So, Microsoft employees who don’t already work at the Microsoft Retail stores but who live in a city where a store exists were given an opportunity to sign up and spend a day working side by side with the main store employees.  I happen to live in such a city and so I signed up to spend a day as...
  • Blog Post: Did you say Ipad?? I say IPhuey.

    I’m sorry, but I am tired of hearing all the stuff around the Apple iPad.  With that in mind, I decided to write a short Blog Post about my thoughts (yes, these are indeed my thoughts and opinions). Amazon Kindle I currently own the first generation Kindle (technically, my wife took it from me and...