John Weston Stories, Information, and random thoughts.

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John Weston Stories, Information, and random thoughts.

  • Why I became a VMware Certified on vSphere 5

    I know this sounds strange, but this week I became a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5. I am sure your reactions are HUH??, What?, Why on earth would a Microsoft Employee do that?  Well let me try to explain. First let me provide a little...
  • Windows Server 2012 Beta Virtual Labs

    Windows Server "8" Beta Virtual Labs Experience the beta release of Windows Server "8" firsthand in these virtual labs. You can test drive new and improved features and functionality, including server management and Windows PowerShell, networking,...
  • We Live Good Lives

    That is a quote from Rob Westover a co worker of mine here at Microsoft. He passed away on April 29th.   I have been up in Redmond this week for the services.  I built a video as a tribute to Rob, it was my way of trying to deal with it...
  • Time Change Broke my AT&T TILT Phone

    "Tilt Off" At&t..   This is my relatively new Tilt phone. I love the Windows Mobile 6 that it has.  Sunday morning it was working just fine. I unplugged it from the charger, read the 4 emails I had. Saw that I got a popup...
  • 24 Hours of Exchange Webcast

    Go check this out: The first one was last Friday, I helped with questions, man you guys have a bunch of questions about Exchange 2007. Go find out more!! TechNet Webcast Series: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 Get a comprehensive look at...
  • LAUNCH DAY. Windows Server 2008 VS 2008 SQL 2008 Q&A

    Today is the start of Launch Day. BillG will do the start in LA. Then our team will carry that out to 62 other cities around the US. I thought about what to blog about today. If you want to watch it live go to www.heroeshappenhere.com There you can also...
  • Another Postal Mystery.

    Back in the middle of September I ordered an accesory for my new HP6315 phone. It was a USB connector with a car charger option. Great way to connect my new PDA/Phone to my laptop or charge it from the car. BoxWave promptly shipped my order and the USPS...
  • Dell Frustrates me!!

    I generally like Dell. I have thought they make good machines for many years. I had a disappointment with them this morning. Back 3 years ago or so I bought a couple of desktops with printers from them. The Printers were J740's. Nice little desktop inkjet...
  • Words just can't explain this

    Do you know any of these people?
  • IT has come a long way

    I will start showing this video at my events soon.  It is a great 2 minute history of how far we have come over the last 2 decades, then goes into a short demo of what can be done TODAY with things like Office 365 and the cloud.   ...
  • A bike with no Pedals.

    OK, a break from Technology for a few minutes.   As most of you know I love exercise.  I really like being outside. The Gym isn’t for me unless that is my only choice.  Working for Microsoft we have a great benefit they will pay for...
  • The Cloud on your Terms Part 3 of 30 Getting Ready for The Cloud

    Getting Ready for The Cloud Well, you have heard all the hype, Cloud this, Cloud that, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, etc, etc, how the heck do you get ready? Your organization might not be ready to move 100% of your servers to someone else’s data center...
  • 24 Hours in a Private Cloud

    In collaboration with IEEE Computer Society, the Cloud Security Alliance and Dell, Microsoft is hosting a 24 Hours in a Private Cloud virtual event that will start May 10 th , 2012 8:00AM GMT. The event was built by the community for the community. Microsoft...
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guides

    We have Three different guides one for consumers, one for Business, and of course developers.   The consumer one: Welcome to the Windows® 8 Consumer Preview. Windows 8 has been reimagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design...
  • 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 with my Lync recordings SOLVED!

    I use Lync all the time, huge fan of it. Recently I have used it a bunch to record my presentations, others presentations all kinds of fun stuff.   I moved some files off one PC on to another that hadn’t been published yet.  I couldn’t...
  • Amazing Kinect Video

      Are you ready for the Holiday Season with Kinect?  I sure am looking forward to it. I wish it did everything in this video
  • Cloud Humor

    Thanks The New Yorker magazine. I had to share this cartoon from them.
  • Kinect for Windows

    This is from the Kinect for Windows blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/ On January 9th, Steve Ballmer announced at CES that we would be shipping Kinect for Windows on February 1st. I am very pleased to report that today version 1.0 of our SDK...
  • PowerShell Essentials upcoming webcast series

    New Webcast series coming up soon on PowerShell. 3/12/2012 11:00:00 AM - PowerShell Essentials for the Busy Admin (Part 1 of 5): PowerShell 'SmowerShell'—Why You Should Learn Windows PowerShell https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID...
  • Windows Server 2012 Top Ten Webcast May 22nd.

    Reminder to register for the May 22nd TechTrax webcast. Thanks to those that have already registered! Windows Server 2012 Top Ten Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and...
  • 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...
  • The Cloud on your Terms 30 Part Series starts TODAY

    Welcome to Day 1 of 30 days of Cloud on Your Terms! Brian Lewis , Matt Hester , Kevin Remde and myself are going to take you through 30 days of Cloud discussion, from public to private to hybrid you are going to hear about it all from a technical aspect...
  • Windows Intune new version today.

    On March 23 of this year, our team delivered the first commercial release of Windows Intune , a subscription service that offers PC management and security through the cloud along with upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise and future versions of Windows...
  • System Center 2012 Slide deck

    For presentations over the new few weeks I will be using this slide deck.   To download the slide deck, open it full screen.  Look on the lower right corner, then you will get an option to download the full deck, enjoy.   If you want to...