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  • Blog Post: 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 AITP Chapter, I will be speaking on Microsoft Private...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 8 Beta released today!

    Windows Server 8 (Beta) is finally here. Yesterday was Windows 8, the Client operating system. Today one day later is the Server product for all you IT pros out there. Yes we know applications are king, but they have to run on something! From the download page: Windows Server "8" is the...
  • Blog Post: $20 free from Microsoft (sorry US only) simple download System Center 2012 and Take some free training

    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 5,000) number of people to get a $20 coupon for the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 8 Part Webcast series

    We are about to kick off a new Webcast series on System Center 2012. Below is all the registration information. I will also have a post with the recordings.   5/29/2012 11:00:00 AM - Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 1 of 8): Beginning with the End in Mind http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809577...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager–Building a Service Template

    In today’s episode John Baker preview the “Building a Service Template” Virtual lab. Learn how you can use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to delegate private cloud access to users and admins, as well as how to create a new private cloud, virtual machines and service templates all before deploying...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Free Online Training! The Baker’s Dozen - 13 Part Live Webcast series on SQL Server 2012: Starting March 23rd – June 15th

    Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Kevin Goff is hosting this 13 part SQL Server 2012 live online webcast series starting Friday, March 23 rd at 9am (Pacific).  Join Kevin every Friday for this fantastic, free online training series on all things SQL Server 2012.  Bookmark and check this blog post often...
  • Blog Post: New System Management User Group in Dallas

    Do you use System Center?  Want to learn from peers that do that also?  Well Chad Till from Dell has started a new User Group. DFW SMUG https://sites.google.com/site/dfwsmug/home   The first meeting is this Friday May 25th at Catapult Systems.  I plan to be there. We will review MMS...
  • Blog Post: 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 your time learning and what tools you should have...
  • Blog Post: Free Cloud Training, Prove you are ready for the Cloud January 18th Webcast

    Free TechNet Webcast - Career Progression: Getting Ready for the Cloud on 1/18/2012 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM PST. You will NOT want to miss this… Please Register https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032501883&Culture=en-US About this TechNet webcast: The...
  • Blog Post: 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 that or that software. We are always coming out with...
  • Blog Post: MCSE is Back!

    This week Microsoft announced some major changes in our certification program.  Why? Well with the Cloud taking off, it’s time for an update. MCSE is now Microsoft Certified Solution Expert.  If you remember 20 years ago, here in Texas we had problems using MCSE, because then “e” was Engineer...
  • Blog Post: Download free Trial software

    We need you to try some software. ALL are 180 evaluations or Release Candidates.  Enjoy! CARE: System Center 2012 Suite CARE: System Center 2012 Suite (INCENTIVE PROGRAM) 20 bucks!! CARE: Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications CARE: Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 CARE: Hyper-V Server...
  • Blog Post: 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 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch...
  • Blog Post: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud

    If you are a developer, you've probably heard plenty about the cloud. But if you're and IT professional, what have you heard about it? How does it intersect with the datacenter? How does it make your job easier – or harder? Is it something that your organization is looking at? Is the cloud something...
  • Blog Post: 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, they are full of new and useful information...
  • Blog Post: Where to see John in June 2012

      Here is my schedule for June, looks like fun!   June 7th  Dallas New Horizons  SpecTechular  free event.  http://spectechular.com/dallas/index.html I will be doing several sessions, come check them out. June 7th DFW IT professionals User Group 6PM at MSFT office www.dfwitprofessionals...
  • Blog Post: 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 bi-annual internal technical training event, “TechReady”...
  • Blog Post: Updated: SQL 2012 Free training one blog post 13 webcast recordings MVP Kevin Goff

    Microsoft MVP Kevin Goff is doing a 13 part SQL 2012 Live Online webcast series. They are being recorded  so I have gotten permission to put all 13 of the recordings here on my one blog post.   The original webcast series post can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/jweston/archive/2012...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Microsoft Private Cloud for FREE!

    First go download our free trail software at http://aka.ms/syscntr then attend this free training. On February 21 & 22 we are running a 2-day virtual training event to help the world learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Lab Insider: System Center 2012 Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring

    Deploying the infrastructure for a private cloud is just the first step. In today’s episode Sr. IT Pro Evangelist, John Baker previews for us the “Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring” Virtual lab. Learn how you can use System Center 2012 Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager...