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  • Blog Post: Harold Wong's Most Excellent Exchange Adventure

    Just before Christmas, Harold Wong went on a “most excellent” adventure, dude. Harold delivered a fourteen part webcast series on Exchange Server 2003 . I had the pleasure of helping field many of the questions. As you know, we record the webcasts for on demand playback. However, in the past...
  • 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: PCIe ExpressCard 34/54 - your next laptop killer feature

    Introduction When you start looking at the feature set for your next laptop purchase, look very closely. At first glance, many of the new laptops appear to have two pcmcia card slots. Look more closely because most likely one of those slots is a PCI Express ExpressCard 34/54 slot. My team is getting...
  • 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: Got SQL 2005?

    Normally I don’t repost stuff that is available from microsoft.com, but this is just too juicy to resist. For months now it’s been fairly difficult to get your hands on the new version of SQL Server. Usually Beta code is pretty easy to get. Sure, you could download SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Express Edition...
  • Blog Post: Karma

    Experience teaches us a lot. You tend to get a sixth sense about certain situations. I started to feel the bad karma about ITPROADD-62. It’s a massive SQL Server session where we show how to build a clustered SQL Server environment inside Virtual Server VM’s. It all started when I realized the session...
  • Blog Post: What would you put on your business card if you could?

    Hugh has some really funny cartoons and business cards . If you’ve looked at his blog, you’ll notice he’s got more talent than most companies. What would you ask him to draw for your card? Or better yet, what would people tell him to draw for you? Now that might be fun. For the record...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show Webcast - live this week on 5/6/2009

    On Wednesday May 6th, we’ll be broadcasting the Interop Road Show .  Actually it’s going to be a bit of a simulcast.  Matt Hester will be in Downers Grove, IL doing a live delivery of the sessions, and we’ll pick up the audio and demonstrations via the magic of Microsoft LiveMeeting. In addition...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment webcast now available

    Yesterday Baldwin Ng delivered a nice webcast on the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment v2.0 release. This webcast is now available for on demand viewing so you can watch it with the Live Meeting wrapper. Or download it and watch/listen later at your leisure. Baldwin did a real good job of describing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Compare Series kicks off next week

    When you get a moment, checkout the webcasts I'll be doing starting next Wednesday. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux (Level 200) Wednesday, January 23, 2008...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Trip Wires

    A number of changes and improvements have been made to SQL Server 2005. Did I really need to state that? One of the big improvements is in the management and security area. The SQL Management Object (SMO) infrastructure replaces much of what used to be accomplished using SQL-DMO. SMO is tightly integrated...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Webcasts - 4/17 through 5/17

    Monday the TechNet Team kicks off some of the really serious stuff around Windows Vista from an IT Pro perspective . I’m going to lead things off with a look at security changes implemented inside the new client operating system. We’ll discuss group policy objects, Windows BitLocker drive...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Security Guide coming - download and webcast information

    The Vista Security Guide will be released to Beta on September 6 th exclusively through Microsoft Connect. It will be available to anyone who signs in with a Windows Live ID (formerly Passport) account at this URL: https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=820&InvitationID=VSG-P74P...
  • Blog Post: Fun With Themes

    I had lots of fun yesterday at my San Antonio SQL Server 2005 seminar. During the demos, while doing backups and other processing intensive tasks, I gave up some performance to run a few funny videos. You can see the videos at http://escapeyesterworld.com/ . They are a riot. Here’s a look at the desktop...
  • Blog Post: What on earth is a labcast?

    I think we need to start a whole new dictionary with words the have “cast” in them. Very recently I found out Harold Wong and Chris Avis are doing some labcasts. I have bad rock and roll ears so I had to ask them what the heck they were talking about. It’s an interesting way to deliver...
  • Blog Post: Want to win a Ferrari ???

    No, we aren't talking about the sleek Italian sports car, but we are talking about a kewl Acer Ferrari laptop. In fact, we are giving away several and you'll have a chance to win one by checking out the webcasts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/events/newballgame.mspx . As always, please check out...
  • Blog Post: The UNIX Haters Handbook

    While doing some research for an upcoming screen-cast I’ll be posting in the next couple of days, I stumbled across an interesting book on the Microsoft Research servers. The book lives at Daniel Weise’s MSR website and can be downloaded from another download location . See the notes about...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Webcast for the IT Pro - registration now open

    What is Windows Azure™ ? When should I use it? How does it apply to my job?  Whether you’re an IT Professional, Developer or Architect, we’ll address your top of mind questions about cloud computing in this informative webcast delivered by some of our top technologist. In this session, we will discuss...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server Stuff Happens

    Most likely you’ve seen some of the press around Virtual Server 2005 R2 today. Matt Hester delivered some recent webcasts on Virtual Server and has some good information on the announcement and the question/answer log from the last webcast he did. Now if I can just get my team to run Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Podcasting is now available from blogs.technet.com

    Over the next few weeks, you’ll start to see more and more audio (podcasts) and video (screencasts) originate from http://blogs.technet.com . You may have noticed in the past couple of weeks we upgraded the website. One of the new features that was implemented is podcast support. We don’t actually store...
  • Blog Post: http://edge.technet.com launches !!!

    As you can see at http://edge.technet.com , we are launching a new online portal for IT Pros. Expect to see lots of content in the form of podcasts, screencasts and videos. I have some interesting stuff coming. My EDGE id is KingCobra. Head on over and register if you want a cool name, before all of...
  • Blog Post: Running LAMP on Windows Server 2008 - webcast and screencasts now available

    I don't know about you, but that title sounds odd to me. Why on earth would you run the LAMP stack on Windows? Well for one thing LAMP commonly refers to Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. So running LAMP on Windows Server 2008 really means running it in a virtual machine and the only supported method for...
  • Blog Post: I never win didley, but these people did !!!

    Do you ever see those contests and wonder if anyone really ever wins? Well you need not wonder about the promotions we've been doing for the webcasts. To refresh your memory, on December 29, I posted some information on how to win a Ferrari laptop and other prizes. I know that was just before the New...
  • Blog Post: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure - links from the webcast

    Today we kicked of an eighteen part webcast series titled, “A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure”. As with any good name, most of us are referring to it internally as SWMI (pronounced Swimee). During the course of part one, I did some desktop sharing to show you the various areas on the web...