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  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Beta 2 shipment for TechNet Plus subscribers

    Like many of you, I have a TechNet Plus subscription . It includes Microsoft software (released and beta). Unfortunately, Windows Vista Beta 2 wasn’t complete for the TechNet June mailing cutoff date. I received a newsletter notice that indicates we are getting ready to mail the disks. Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Guess who's giving away Xbox 360's ???

    Me and my posse , that's who!!! We're going to give away an Xbox 360 to some lucky person at each live TechNet Seminar. I'm still checking on the exact information, but here's what I do know... Starting next week, we'll have one Xbox 360 to give away at each live seminar. You can get a view of all of...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Azure webcast - now available for viewing

    In Q1 we did a number of events in the Central Region of the US on the topic of Azure.  Budgets being what they are these days, we can’t go everywhere but fear not, we recorded the sessions from the Nashville, TN event.  Here are the links to those recordings.  You can watch the streaming...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RTM is now available for TechNet subscribers !!!

  • Blog Post: TechNet Library Lightweight View – now ready for testing

    Since the release of the new Lightweight view for the MSDN Library in April we’ve been hard at work enabling a similar Lightweight experience in the TechNet Library. Like the MSDN Lightweight view, our goal for the TechNet Lightweight Library is to strike a balance between features and performance while...
  • Blog Post: Register for the SQL Server 2008 Roadshow – act now!

    Come and learn more about SQL Server 2008 and the new enhanced capabilities of the product.  We will be exploring security and database management, how to best manage your data, and what’s new in business intelligence with SQL Server 2008.  Don’t miss this half-day event that will give you...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond – Springboard Virtual Roundtable

    Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows® 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group Policy, BitLocker To Go™, DirectAccess, BranchCache™, and AppLocker™ then get tips on troubleshooting, deployment, and application...
  • Blog Post: How do you get update information?

    We are re-organizing and streamlining technet.microsoft.com and you will see some really big changes right after the new year.  As we progress towards those milestones, I thought I would ask you a few questions around the topic of Update Management. The first question is, “ How do you get information...
  • Blog Post: How would you like a complimentary copy of Office Professional 2007?

    Unless you're still partying like it was 1999, you realize it's now the year 2007. A little bit has happened since 1999 and we've been busy producing great products. We're going to give away one of those products at the TechNet events... you might have heard of it... Microsoft® Office Professional 2007...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Presents: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT

    TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT Come spend a day with us to explore Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned...
  • Blog Post: Stuff to do between commercials

    If the big game gets boring this weekend, here are some sites to visit that went online in the past week or two. See this comic site @ http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/cool-stuff/comic/default.mspx . And of course there's http://hellosecureworld.com .  You'll need a pretty decent pipe to...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2010 - Day 4

    There have been so many good sessions throughout the TechEd Europe 2010 conference I didn’t think it could get much better.  Wrong.  The sessions I attended on the fourth day were very good.  Really really technical sessions.  The kind of sessions that make your brain hurt. First...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 released

    Matt Hester beat me to it. Well, not really. We'll just let him think he did. Matt posted some information about the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 release so check out his blog post. I was going to post some information this weekend but backed off because I hit some issues I reported to the...
  • Blog Post: Look kewl while recording

    These should make for some new and interesting video recordings. Grin. Yea, the shades are a 720p camera. Get the specs on the specs.
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 is now on the TechNet Plus Subscriber downloads

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 is now available on the TechNet Plus Subscriber download center.  All 3.5GB can be had in a variety of languages.  If you aren’t familiar with the product, now’s the time to start trying it our with your Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 and ESX servers...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup US Finals - Photography

    Chris Henley   spent some time in Los Angeles California this last week working with college and university students from around the United States.  They were competing in the Imagine Cup Finals in the categories of photography, software design, and game design.  He was so impressed with...
  • Blog Post: “Talk TechNet” Episode 1 - GPOs with Jeremy Moskowitz - Register Now!

    Next Wednesday we launch the “ Talk TechNet ” show.  Keith Combs and I are the hosts and each week we’ll have a guest on the show that is a subject matter expert on some facet of Microsoft products and technologies.  We are starting off the show with twice weekly episodes on Wednesday and Friday...
  • Blog Post: How much power is your PC consuming?

    Adam Carter just posted an interesting video over at http://edge.technet.com about PC power consumption.  I thought it was pretty interesting.  See http://edge.technet.com/Media/How-much-power-does-your-PC-consume/ for the details and of course the video.
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Chris Henley and Tony Safoian discuss online services

    Chris Henley speaks with Tony Safoian, Sr. CEO at SADA Systems around Online Services based on Tony's specialty of working with online implementations with his customers. They talk about the strategic value of online space, some challenges and concerns to move towards the online infrastructure, success...
  • Blog Post: The TechNet Plus subscriber download area is revamped !!!

    Not too long ago the TechNet Plus subscriber download area was revamped.  I wasn’t terribly fond of the navigation methods used on that revamp so of course I sent some email on various occasions asking for a change.  Apparently a lot of you did the same thing. Tada!  Ask and we shall receive...
  • Blog Post: My new adventure starts tomorrow

    The Dallas Cowboys should certainly be thinking that after nearly getting skunked by the Green Bay Packers, but this isn’t about them, it’s about me. Monday, November 16 I start a new job.  I am not leaving Microsoft.  I still dig working here.  I am joining the team that is responsible...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Subscriptions – new changes launched

    You have more choices now. And if you never used the included supports calls, then you now have the ability to go for a cheaper subscription now called Standard.  Here are the SKU descriptions: Microsoft® TechNet Subscription Standard: Tailored to help IT Professionals evaluate, test, and troubleshoot...
  • Blog Post: Audit and Compliance Reporting for DirectAccess

    I had the pleasure of talking to one of the authors of “ Compliance Reporting: First Step in Controlling Client Cloud Access ”.  Dan Griffin is a Microsoft MVP and Security Software Consultant with JW Secure Incorporated and co-authored this article with Microsoft Architect Lee Walker. The conversation...
  • Blog Post: June TechNet "Best Of" Webcasts Posted

    Sadly, they have posted the June "Best Of" TechNet webcasts. I am sad because I am no longer the top of the list like I was in May . It would help if I had actually delivered a webcast in June. Ha!!! Bad doggie. :) Anyway, go see the June webcasts . As you're doing that, pay attention to the website...