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Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and everything Server and Windows

December, 2011

  • Happy Holidays (warning geek content)

    I am ready to take a break for Christmas.  If you look back, I have done almost 90 post in the last 45 days. I leave this last one for the year with you.  I wanted to make you laugh and put you in the Holiday mood.  You know I am into weather...
  • Travel with Microsoft Products

    As you know I travel a bunch, here is a great video showing off a bunch of these tools I use every day.  Enjoy.
  • TechNet Radio Community Corner: Microsoft MVP, Mitch Garvis talks Private Cloud

    About This Video In today’s Community Corner, John Weston interviews Microsoft Windows Expert MVP, Mitch Garvis to the show. Tune in as they have a candid conversation on Hyper-V vs. VMware as well what role VDI and Thin Client will play in the future...
  • Hyper-V Architecture Poster

    These posters have been very popular over the years and the Hyper-V one has been updated to support Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX which are now available as part of SP1. The picture of the poster is below along with a download link. You can download a copy...
  • This Keyboard is going on my Christmas list!

    With tablet purchases expected to increase 81 percent from now until 2015, laptops and tablets have become essential technology tools both at work and home, and often our fingers and wrists suffer especially when confined to an on-screen keyboard. Today...
  • Veeam: NFR license for Veeam Backup & Replication V6!

    Everyone loves to get an early Christmas present well this year, Veeam has a great gift you can unwrap today. Today they announced a holiday gift for VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals, VMware Certified Instructors, VMUG members, Microsoft...
  • Office 365 complies with US and EU Standards for Data Protection and Security, only Major Cloud Service to get approved

    REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 14, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service, is the first and only major cloud-based platform to offer leading information privacy and security standards...
  • 11 Favorite Microsoft Moments of 2011

    Generally I don’t like those Year end Review, or my favorite things of the year type post, but I ran across this today on our Microsoft Presspass.  In a big company like Microsoft, we get so focused on the daily activities we forget some of the amazing...
  • OneNote released for the iPad

    Today, just in time for the holidays, we’re releasing OneNote 1.3 for iOS. Since the launch of OneNote for iPhone nearly a year ago, a recurring request from our customers has been for a version that can be used more easily on the iPad's larger screen...
  • Lync 2010 Client for Windows Phone

    Lync 2010 for Windows Phone extends the power of Lync to your mobile device – including rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface. Key Features: View colleagues’ availability in real...
  • SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone 7.5 released

    Today we released apps for SkyDrive from your phone.  If you aren’t familiar with what SkyDrive is, its free for live or Hotmail users. You can store up to 25 Gb of files for free. There is a max size of 100 meg per file.  But now you can access...
  • Hybrid Cloud Webcast

    TechNet Video:  A Tale of Two Clouds: The Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Solution Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 Using a public cloud has too many security concerns for some companies. And small companies may be too small for a private cloud. A hybrid...
  • System Center 2012 Downloads

      Are you ready to try the latest on System Center 2012 Betas and Release Candidates? Go to http://aka.ms/syscntr   and get the latest downloads.
  • Microsoft Answer Desk

    Did you know about www.answerdesk.com ?  Interesting way to do support. Most things are $99 or personalized 1-1 training for $49 an hour go check it out. Our Answer Techs can help you with all Windows and Office software. Learn more about Software...
  • Sailing Fun

      Every now and they I like to post something fun and none-technical.  This is a video of my son who is in college sailing on a Club 420, same type boat I sailed in college. I thought he was studying for finals, but I see he recording this recently...
  • Hyper-V Security Guide

      I continue to be amazed at the useful stuff on technet.com  I ran across this the other day, looking something up about Hyper-V. Security is always top of mind these days, so I thought I would share our Hyper-V Security Guide. http://technet...
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Labs just released

    Today Microsoft has made 4 new free virtual labs available. This gives you a great opportunity to try out some of the basic operations of some of the new suite of System Center tools. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructure...
  • Problems with my Lync recordings SOLVED!

    I use Lync all the time, huge fan of it. Recently I have used it a bunch to record my presentations, others presentations all kinds of fun stuff.   I moved some files off one PC on to another that hadn’t been published yet.  I couldn’t...
  • Windows 8 Introducing Windows Store for Developers

    Yesterday in San Francisco we had an event called Windows Store Preview. Antoine Leblond revealed the business terms and apps that will be available in the Store at Windows 8 Beta. Here is a video of what he demoed: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Previewing...
  • Big Data and “Data Explorer”

    I was reading on the Microsoft Next blog yesterday and Steve Clayton was talking about Big Data and our plans for it. His post is here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2011/12/06/big-data-and-microsoft-s-codename-data-explorer.aspx I thought I...
  • The future of TV on your Xbox

    REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 4, 2011 — A revolution is happening in the living room. Xbox 360 is transforming how you enjoy TV entertainment and is giving you the power to control it with your voice. The next generation of TV entertainment begins with the announcement...
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Journey to the Cloud

    Simplify cloud migration planning with MAP Toolkit 6.5 The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 is now available for download. Download the MAP Toolkit 6.5. The journey to the cloud...
  • Bsides DFW 2011 last 2 videos

    I finally got the last two videos rendered Track 1 3PM Name: Michael Gough Talk: You've Been Schwimmed & your Hot TubHacked...by Haxzorcizing   Key Note speech at the end of the conference Name: Martin McKeay *****KEYNOTE****** Talk: Fundamental...
  • Calculators for Hyper-V

    I ran across a couple of great tools on the web to help you with Hyper-V.  The first is a Solution Accelerator called VSA Microsoft Virtualization Solution Accelerators Take the first steps toward the cloud with Virtualization Solution Accelerators...
  • Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 released

    Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 has been released to the web. It can be downloaded here . A quick overview from the download website: Overview Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2 helps IT Professionals achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility...