Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • VMware Pro? Gear up on Hyper-V through Microsoft Early Experts

    Are you a VMware Pro?  In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire can improve your career options and prepare you to face new IT demands.

    Join Early Experts! We'll help you get certified!

    What is Early Experts?

    Microsoft Early Experts is a free, online study group for virtualization professionals who want to extend their Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure knowledge with official Microsoft certifications.  We've organized our high-impact learning resources into online Knowledge Quests that include concise videos, prescriptive study materials and hands-on practice with real products.  Complete the weekly quests at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility to stop and review certain topics when you need more time.

    Rewards and Prizes (U.S. Only)

    Complete the online Quests and receive a completion badge suitable for printing or sharing online to showcase your new skills with Microsoft virtualization!  In addition, IT Pros located in the U.S. are eligible to win one of several cool prizes during monthly prize drawings in April, May and June 2014. **

    Rewards, Prizes and Certification: Join Early Experts today!

    If you're located outside of the U.S., you're certainly still welcome to join us and take advantage of the Early Experts study materials to help you prepare for certification.

    The clock is ticking … Join us today!

    Early Experts study groups are forming now for existing VMware / Virtualization professionals targeting the following Microsoft certification:

    Join Us: Become our next Early Expert!

    **NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to IT Professionals who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. states or D.C., 18+. Sweepstakes ends on June 30, 2014. See Official Rules.

  • Windows 8.1 for Business: Series Wrap-up and Resources

    Windows BlogWell.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news (//Build) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “Windows 8.1 for Business”.  For this final article of the series, I’m going to leave you with some useful resources that you should be watching and following regularly (other our blogs, of course).

    The Build 2014 Site
    Keynote and session recordings are available.  Whether or not you’re a developer, you’ll find some good information there.

    The Windows Client page on TechNet
    This is the starting point for all Windows client information that IT Pros will need to know.  “Presented by the Springboard Series for IT professionals, this site offers technical resources, free tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of your Windows client infrastructure.”

    The Windows Blog
    ”Scaling Windows Phone, evolving Windows 8.”

    The Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation
    Get the 90-day free trial

    The Springboard Series Blog
    Well worth following, this blog is a great source of information on the latest and greatest.  For example, every IT Pro should read Ben Hunter’s excellent entry – “Windows 8.1 Update: The IT Pro Perspective

    The Springboard Series Insider Newsletter
    “Get the latest news, resources, tools, and guidance to help you deploy Windows 8.1, migrate from Windows XP or Windows Vista, and manage your existing Windows client infrastructures successfully—and with less effort.“

    And of course, follow @msspringboard on Twitter.

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    “Anything else coming up, Kevin?”

    I’ll see you in Houston May 12-15 for at TechEd!