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  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 30 of 30: Certification Tips To Get Your Career Ready For The Cloud

    It’s the end of the month, and the last of our 30 days of cloudy goodness is here!  In today’s blog post, one of the most genuinely certifiable gentlemen I know, Brian Lewis , points you to some resources to help you get on track for cloud readiness.  And by you, I mean YOU.  You need...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge–Exam 70-410–Deploy and configure DNS service

    As some of you may be aware, our team is in the process of documenting and referencing preparation materials for the certification exam 70-410 : “ Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 ”.   In this article, my goal is to point you to learning resources around deploying and configuring...
  • Blog Post: Early Announcement: The “Career Assist”

    Well.. Ken Rosen announced it early .. so it’s fair game. And it’s just cool enough to warrant a blog post. On Friday of this week the folks at Microsoft Learning will officially announce a new benefit to the “Second Shot” program that they’re calling “Career Assist”. Basically, when you sign up for...
  • Blog Post: Did you know it’s “Computer Science Education Week”?

      “No, I didn’t know that.” I didn’t either… until just this morning when I received an e-mail about it.  Apparently December 6-12, 2009 is officially Computer Science Education Week .  And it’s about time, if you ask me. Microsoft Research has also joined the cause, and provided resources...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s “Being What’s Next in I.T.” Event Resources

    As usual, here is the online version of the event resources I’ll be handing out to my central U.S. IT Camp Event attendees for the next several months. It is likely that this online version is even better, because A) it contains even more than what I could fit onto one page, B) items may have...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Are you experienced?

    We start this new week of articles in our series, “ VMware or Microsoft? ” with a nod to the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s album and song, “Are you experienced”.  “Why?” Because whenever I hear the question, “are you certified?”, I think of professional certifications.  And when I think of professional...
  • Blog Post: It’s Friday: Time for a little bragging…

    Today I took and passed the VMware VCP5 certification test. “Wait.. huh?!  You got certified on VMware ?” Yes, I did.  I am now a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5.0.  The powers-that-be realize, as I and my teammates do, that it’s important to be well-versed in what’s happening...
  • Blog Post: And now for a little shameless bragging…

    Good morning, all. I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to you just a little bit of bragging. And a challenge. “Oh great.. what did you do now, Kevin?” This week I’m in Seattle, Washington, attending Microsoft’s bi-annual internal technical training event...
  • Blog Post: Cool: New Career Planning Resources

    Microsoft Learning has a new site (and really a global campaign) devoted to helping you plot out your career, and to help you then find the trainings and resources that can help you get there.  From the site: “Today, more than ever, your career is the best investment you can make. Microsoft provides...
  • Blog Post: Are You Cloud-Certified? (“Cloudy April” - Part 12)

    How certified are you? “Same as you.” Of course you are. I’m an MCITP: Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. I was also an MCSE on Server 2003, 2000, 2000: Security, and MCSE on NT 4. I was even an MCP on Windows 3.11 . “Wow.. you’re old.”...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms: 30 Part Series

    For those of you who missed any of these and want to catch up, here is a list that I will keep updated with links to the team’s (Me, Brian Lewis , John Weston , and Matt Hester ) posts. And don’t forget to go to http://aka.ms/evals if you want to evaluate any of the foundational software...
  • Blog Post: MCSE News Update: More Details

    Immediately after my previous blog post about the new cloud-centric MCSE certifications , I received an instant message and an e-mail from the group responsible for it. They thanked me, and then asked if I would please share some additional information. So the following text comes directly from that...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?��Can I get an app with that?

    How do you know that the application you want to run on a virtualized machine is actually supported to run on a virtual machine? “You ask the vendor?” Which vendor?  The virtualization vendor or the application vendor? “Umm… both.” It’s definitely a good idea to do that.  But there are some...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: New Microsoft Certs Align to Cloud–The MCSE is back!

    Hot off the newswire : Today Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related. “Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’.  Huh?!” That’s right. ...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Trial and Subscription Rights – TechEd 2013 Favorites

    At the keynote on Monday of TechEd NA (June 3), we made some pretty big announcements around how Windows Azure Trials and various subscription benefits would be changing. So for today’s edition of our “ TechEd 2013 Favorites ” series, I thought I’d briefly introduce you to some surprising changes to...
  • Blog Post: Tell your boss I said you should register for TechEd North America 2013. Now.

    Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time already knows what a HUGE fan of the Microsoft   TechEd conference I am.  And this year I am hoping to be there again.  (If you’re a Microsoft group who is looking for booth or lab proctor help, send me an e-mail!!!)  But whether...