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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and SmartCards? (So many questions. So little time. Part 47)

    It’s been over a year now since I posted my last in the series “So many questions. So little time.” “ August 20, 2012 to be exact.” Yes indeed.  And now that I’m again giving my IT Camp attendees the ability to submit their questions to me in writing, their questions become a really good source...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–VDI: A Look at Supportability and More!

    “A little bit of history first.  Virtual Desktop computing has been slowly etching its way into more IT plans year over year.  The advantages can be enormous when isolating the end user into a virtual desktop that looks and acts like their regular everyday PC.  Of course the ROI has been...
  • Blog Post: Key Keynote Notes – TechEd 2013 Favorites

    So here it is, Day 3 of TechEd, and I’m already two days late on the first of our “ TechEd 2013 Favorites ” series.  (sigh)  But if you’ve ever been to a TechEd, or any other big conference like this, you know that it’s hard to find a spare moment to do things other than A) attend, and B) enjoy...
  • Blog Post: What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2?

    Active Directory .  You know it.  You love it.  You’ve loved it since it made its introduction back in Windows 2000 Server .  Over 90 percent of the world’s business IT relies on Active Directory for local user and machine management, authentication, policy application, and directory...
  • Blog Post: More Free Online Training on May 16 - Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start

    This is going to be good!  The folks at the Microsoft Virtual Academy are once again hosting a full-day online training event on May 16, 2013 from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time.  The title: Windows Azure for IT Professionals . Make Windows Azure Your Datacenter! This Jump Start will help you understand...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Does VMware get it?

    Does VMware understand the value of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and have the ability to support your “Hybrid Cloud”?  And can they back up their service with a solid Service-Level Agreement comparable to Microsoft ’s? Of course they can.  At least I think they can.  Do you think...
  • Blog Post: 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – The Complete Series

    As many of you may already know, this month my Microsoft US DPE Central Region teammates ( Matt Hester , Brian Lewis , and Keith Mayer ) and I are blogging about “ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ”. Throughout this month I’ll be adding links, making any updates...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: Let’s get dynamic with our access control (Part 26 of 31)

    So you have files to secure… “Yeah..” And forever you’ve been using security groups in Active Directory , and file and/or share permissions in Access Control Lists (ACLs), right? “Uh huh. What’s wrong with that?” Nothing. But what if I were to tell...