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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: 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: · Cloud o Cloud Overview & Roadmaps...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio Community Corner: Microsoft MVP Sai Kev on Hyper-V, System Center 2012 and Cloud Security

    About This Video Microsoft MVP Sai Kev is with us for today’s Community Corner and in this episode we talk about the business and technical benefits you should consider when thinking about Hyper-V and System Center 2012. Tune in they cover their unique value and how they complement each other as well...
  • 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 Advisor has Launched!

    System Center Advisor has Launched! Today’s IT professionals spend an enormous amount of time and effort addressing problems related to incorrectly configured servers. To help combat this challenge, Microsoft is pleased to announce the general availability of System Center Advisor (formerly Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (Preview with Insider)

    In this episode John Baker previews the “Building Your Cloud Infrastructure” Virtual lab. Learn how you can use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to streamline network and storage resources that are allocated to virtual machines as well as how to create new Hyper-V hosts and host clusters. TechNet...
  • 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: 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 the cloud service helps you centrally manage and secure...
  • Blog Post: 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 documentation here: Updated: January 17, 2012 Applies...
  • 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: Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud

    On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business division leaders participated in a webcast, “Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud” where they announced the release candidate of System Center 2012 and simplified Microsoft’s private cloud management products. You...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2012 sessions

    I had two sessions at this year’s Microsoft Management Summit (MMS 2012).   On this post I will include the PowerPoints for the decks I used. Also I will update this post when the sessions become live on http://mms-2012.com   They were recorded and I understand they will be made public...
  • Blog Post: From End to Edge and Beyond I am on Episode 14!

    On this episode, Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes interviewed John Weston, IT PRO Evangelist at Microsoft. During this interview John Weston talked about the Security Conference BSidesDFW that happened last November 2011 at Microsoft Las Colinas Office in Texas. John Weston also explained some security...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio Community Corner: James Bannan on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    About This Video Microsoft System Center MVP, James Bannan joins us in today’s Community Corner as we discuss all things System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Tune in as we cover some of its latest features as well as some best practices for establishing your private cloud infrastructure. Download...
  • 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: TechNet Radio Community Corner: Microsoft MVP Vishnu Kumar Tiwari on Windows Azure and AppFabric

    About This Video Microsoft MVP Vishnu Kumar Tiwari joins us today as he shares with us some insight into Windows Azure AppFabric and some of its best features for IT Pros. Tune in as he covers what benefits there are to private cloud and virtualized IT environments as well as what you can do to prepare...
  • Blog Post: Amazing Day of Announcements for MSFT

    Today is day 2 of MMS 2012, April 17th, 2012.  I just can’t believe the number of Announcements that have come out today. First here at the Keynote at MMS we announced the world wide availability of  System Center 2012. To download the trial go to http://aka.ms/syscntr If you missed the keynote...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 and HIPAA

    Lately I have been doing a lot of Demo’s of Office 365. I am always amazed at how many questions I get on Office 365. Usually one of those questions is about HIPAA. Well this announcement came out right before the holidays and I think most people missed it. http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass...
  • 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: System Center 2012 Major announcements today

    Today during the “ Private Cloud Day ” live webcast event, Microsoft announced major change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite. Summary.. it’s no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012 . Ready to try it? http://aka.ms/syscntr...
  • 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: 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 release of Windows Intune, see the Windows Intune...
  • 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...