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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: 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: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 1)

    Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 1) Download: WMV | WMA In this demonstration-rich, question and answer webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus and deployment guru...
  • 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: 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: How to clean up your boot loader BCDedit

    My co-worker Chris Avis   just did a blog post about how to clean up your boot loader.  In the West IT camps they are passing out a VHD file that people can use to test the new features of Private Cloud.  It is easy to use bcdedit to add an option to boot to a vhd file. But undoing this...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 cloud solution takes the best advantage of the cloud...