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

February, 2012

  • SQL 2012 new MSDN Virtual Labs

    MSDN Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2012: Managing Rich Unstructured Data in SQL Server 2012 After completing this lab, you will be better able to create FileTables, create Fulltext Indexes with semantic extraction capabilities, retrieve information about...
  • Private Cloud Chat with IT Experts!

    To successfully face the IT challenges of today and tomorrow, we know we need to understand the cloud. However with so much fluff it is hard to decipher what is important. Get your questions answered by the Cloud Experts! You will learn where to spend...
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download

    Probably the worst kept secret today. Yes the Customer Preview is available for download today. Did we slow the internet today? Get your Windows 8 Preview here Windows 8 Consumer Preview It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows...
  • Where to see John in March 2012

      March 1st  http://dfwitprofessionals.com   monthly meeting 6PM at MSFT offices Spring Break! March 27th Dallas Cloud Fest  http://www.sharecloud.org/   I will be speaking on Hybrid Cloud, and Private Cloud March 28th Dallas...
  • Unified Installed for System Center 2012

    http://www.technet.com has so many great Tech Centers. Check out this one for System Center http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh751290.aspx One of the newest parts of System Center 2012 is the Unified Installer, so I thought I would share the...
  • Configuring Windows Intune Part 3 of 3

    In the previous tutorials, we helped you set up your Windows Intune environment and enroll managed PCs so that you can manage and secure them through the web-based administration console. Specifically, we provided steps to: Add administrators to the administration...
  • Configuring Windows Intune part 2

    In the previous tutorial, we helped you set up your Windows Intune environment so that you can get ready to manage and secure PCs through the web-based administration console. Specifically, we provided steps to guide you around the administration console...
  • Get $20 MSFT Coupon, maybe win Laptop, for Ddownloading and Learning????

      This is cool. Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff. And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process. “Huh? Seriously?” Well.. in a sense. We’re announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly...
  • Configuring Windows Intune Part 1

    In this article, we will help you set up your Windows Intune environment so that you can manage and secure enrolled PCs through the web-based administration console. The second tutorial will help you install the client software on PCs you will manage...
  • Deploying the Windows Intune Client Software

    Since my article on Windows Intune, I have gotten a lot of questions. So I am going to start a series of Windows Intune blog post. More on Windows Intune can be found at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh781469 To view the Help for the latest...
  • Cloud Fest Dallas March 27th Sharefest

    I will be speaking at this conference March 27th in Dallas. Because I am a speaker, you get 25% off, use code “MicroDal-25” when you register. Look for my sessions on Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud. Choose from Cloud and SharePoint Sessions...
  • Microsoft Events coming to Dallas, Austin, Houston and other Central US cities “IT Camp”

    Our next set of IT Pro events (“ IT Camps ”) in the US Central Region have been scheduled and are now officially open for registration! The events are free, go from 9:00am to 3:00pm , and include some light breakfast and lunch. But most importantly...
  • What is Windows Intune?

    My article just got published on Petri! http://www.petri.co.il/what-is-windows-intune.htm What is Windows Intune? Many times over the last year I have been asked the question, “What is Windows Intune?” I like to describe Windows Intune as...
  • New Download links Private Cloud, System Center 2012

    I am updating/reposting this. We just got new links to the System Center 2012 Release Candidates. · System Center 2012 Beta all in one download Cloud – Care: System Center 2012 Suite Download page I get asked all of the time, hey where is...
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has officially been announced and the date it will become available is February 29th. To get ready for this much-anticipated event, I’d suggest you refer to the following sites for additional information in the meantime...
  • TechNet Radio Community Corner: Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Kevin Goff on SQL Server and Business Intelligence

    About This Video In today’s Community Corner, John Weston interviews Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Kevin Goff to the show. Tune in as they discuss how businesses can benefit from BI and SQL Server, what virtualized SQL environments can look like, as...
  • TechNet Radio Community Corner John White MVP Office 365, BI, Sharepoint and Lync

    About This Video In today’s Community Corner, John Weston interviews Microsoft SharePoint MVP, John White to the show. Tune in as they discuss the benefits of Office 365 particularly SharePoint and Lync Online as well as how Business Intelligence...
  • Shamless brag time

    Good morning, all. I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to you just a little bit of bragging. And a challenge. “Oh great.. what did you do now, John?” This past week I was in Seattle, Washington, attending Microsoft’s...
  • Kinect for Windows

    This is from the Kinect for Windows blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/ On January 9th, Steve Ballmer announced at CES that we would be shipping Kinect for Windows on February 1st. I am very pleased to report that today version 1.0 of our SDK...
  • I am on From End to Edge and Beyond–Episode 15

    On this episode, Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes continue their interview with John Weston, IT PRO Evangelist at Microsoft. During this second part of the interview, John Weston demonstrates how Office 365 works, he shows some of the security features that...
  • Where to see John in February

    February 10th www.angelbeat.com Little Rock, AR February 13th www.angelbeat.com Dallas, TX February 14th www.angelbeat.com Oklahoma City, OK February 15th www.angelbeat.com Tulsa, OK Are the only events I have booked so far, I had to back out of a couple...