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  • Blog Post: Launch day at Best Buy What fun!

    I spend 5 hours last night and 12 hours today at the Best Buy by my house. It was lots of fun. I got to train the floor staff on how to demo Vista/Office and all the upgrade options, pricing and the features of it. This morning we handed out t-shirts, pens, wrist bands, buttons, stickers to everyone...
  • Blog Post: Go search yourself

    About once every 6 months or so I go MSN search or Google my name. Everyone does it right? Well I put in "John Weston Microsoft" it was amazing how many hits came back. My two blogs, events I have done, webcasts, Radio shows, user groups all kinds of things. I even found many sites that refer to my...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: An Introduction to Lync Mobile Features

    About This Video Brian Crum, a Product Marketing Manager from the Lync team joins us today, as we discuss the recent release and features found in Lync Mobile . Tune in as we cover an array of topics from key features to how to get started, as well as deployment, management and security considerations...
  • 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: VISTA FOR $49.99!!! (ok, only two copies after you buy one retail Ultimate)

    I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago. MSNBC and news.com had articles back on 1/18 about it. Here is the deal. Buy Vista Ultimate. Then get up to two copies of Home Premium for $49.99 each. here is where you get exact information on how to get this program. www.windowsvista.com/familyoffer...
  • 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: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 2)

    Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 2) 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: Bill Gates Letter on Age of Software-powered communications

    This letter was released today by Bill Gates. Here is the link to the letter if you didn't get it in email today. Published: October 16, 2007 By Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation If you’ve been in the work force for 20 years or more, you can remember a time when the pace of business—and life...
  • 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: SkyDrive and Windows 8

    Yesterday on the Windows 8 Blog Steven Sinofsky posted a great blog about how Windows 8 and SkyDrive will work together. There is already an app for Windows 8, and the Windows Phone for Skydrive. I use them both, they are great!   Everyone get’s a free 25 Gig storage on SkyDrive, but you have...
  • 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: Microsoft is Hiring in Dallas, TX Open House January 28th

    We will be hosting an Open House at our Las Colinas, TX campus Saturday, January 28, 2012. This will be an opportunity for prospective candidates to mingle with folks on our team as well as some of our Recruiters. We will post more information on the Events page of this blog as details become available...
  • 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: Windows Vista Mystery game

    Have you heard about the Mystery game? If you love Vista, you will love this. www.vanishingpointgame.com Mysterys all over. Solve the puzzles and you will be put in the drawing for some great prizes. I wish I could win the trip to almost outerspace.....
  • 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: 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 console Set your default policies Enroll...
  • Blog Post: Novell Religion

    Novell Religion I have met several people here that are religious about Novell. They love Everything RED! I am not going to try to change their minds. It is not worth the time. I am in the keynote here at GWAVACON and a Novell VP of marketing is talking. He is discussing the November 2 partnership...
  • 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: Exchange 2007 Recipients Webcast

    I am getting ready to do a webcast this morning on Exchange 2007 Recipient Management, Policies, and permissions. Come join the fun. If you can't join live the same link should get you to the recording of the session. If I get a bunch of questions, I will post the questions and answers here on my...
  • Blog Post: Launch questions BDD VISTA

    Well yesterday was our first Launch events. Exchange 2007, Vista, and Office 2007. We had great questions from the audience. Our content is technical. It still amazed me how many people haven't seen that much of Vista yet. We showed how to deply it using BDD. People asked some great questions. My favorite...
  • 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: MS extends support on XP Home and Media center

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-24ExtendedSupportWindowsMA.mspx is the official press release. Until April 2009 for full support and then Extended support for 5 years after that!
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 that you get at Launch events

    Apparently the directions to Download/install the Office 2007 that we are giving away at our events isn't very clear. When you download it, you are prompted for a trial key, don't use that one use the key give out in your kit from the event. Also be careful of the printing on the keys. The Ink will smear...