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  • 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: $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: 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: 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: 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: 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: System Center Configuration Manager SDK Preview available for download

    The System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SDK provides information applicable to administrators who want to automate Configuration Manager through script and to developers adding features and extensions to base Configuration Manager functionality. This Configuration Manager SDK Prerelease contains...
  • 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: 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: MMS keynotes Live On-Line

    Learn firsthand how Microsoft management solutions can empower you in your cloud computing journey and help you manage a wide range of different devices in your organization. Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, returns to keynote both days at...
  • 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: System Center 2012 Conf Manager for 280K nodes

    This video is from How Microsoft does IT internally. Great summary of how we manage 280,000 client machines on our network. If you want to download a free 180 trial of this software go to http://aka.ms/syscntr . Yes this video is also on Youtube Enjoy!
  • 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: 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: 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 and configure groups to help organize the computers...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 on From End to Edge and Beyond Episode 18

    About This Video In this episode, Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes interviewed John Weston, IT PRO Evangelist at Microsoft. During this interview John Weston talked about Private Cloud using System Center 2012. John presented the value proposition of System Center 2012 and explained how System Center can...
  • 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...