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  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 4 (and beyond)

    Dear TechEd Diary, This entry is several days over-due, but I hope you’ll understand. Towards the end of the conference the schedule is tight, and the exhaustion is real. So I thought rather than taking time out of my day on Thursday or Friday I’d just take in and enjoy the rest of the week and finish...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 3

    Dear TechEd Diary, Well diary, if you ever had any doubts about “the cloud”, they should have been eased a bit if you attended or watched the live stream of Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi’s “Mark and Mark” cloud discussion this morning. Besides being entertaining, it was very informative. It’s always...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 2

    Dear TechEd Diary, My day 2 started much as my day 1 did. “Too early?” Exactly. Sure, if there is such a thing as “too much fun”, I came close to it. But even though last night’s Exhibit Hall Reception and the later “MCP Celebration” party at Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun, I managed to get home before...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 1

    Here’s a quick post with some of my photos so far. Trying out a neat photo album feature by just dragging multiple photos into Windows LiveWriter. Included are a couple of shots from the Krewe Meet-n-Greet last night, and random shots of people and food. Now I’m off to another session… TechEd Day 0 PM...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 0

    Dear TechEd Diary, It’s the day before TechEd, which leads to my 3rd favorite week of the year (just behind Christmas/New Year and Easter/Holy week). My flight appears to be on-time. The day here in Minneapolis will be a good one, weather-wise. It will be nice in Houston, too. I haven’t packed much yet...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Back!

    Happy Monday! “Monday? It’s Thursday, dummy.” Right. But it feels like Monday. Today is the dreaded first day back to work after a nice long Christmas and New Year vacation. For many (like me), it’s the most difficult-to-get-out-of-bed morning there is. So this note to...
  • Blog Post: WinFS: Living? Dead? Living-Dead?

    WinFS: What’s up? Readers who follow Microsoft news and blogs already have probably seen the buzz in the blogosphere concerning the fate of WinFS; the “file system as (or in a) relational database”. Apparently rumors of it’s death are based on the fact that members of the product...
  • Blog Post: Got an e-mail about Hyper-V...

    From the ol' mail bag... I just received this e-mail, and thought I'd share it plus my response here on my blog: Hi Kevin, I find your virtualization webcasts very good. I plan to investigate setting a DR solution using Hyper V with our systems in a different site Currently we have approx 12 physical...
  • Blog Post: Oh no!.. It's Microsoft BOB, reincarnate!

    Got an e-mail today on my personal Windows Live Hotmail account. It was an invitation to the Windows Live Messenger Cafe . Oddly (and sadly, or even amusingly.. take your pick) enough, it actually didn't arrive in my inbox. It was in junk e-mail. [ insert *Rim-Shot* sound effect here ] It is a rather...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's TechEd Video Diaries - Part 5 of 5 - June 13, 2008

    Dear Video Diary, Here it is.. the last day of TechEd 2008 US IT Pro.  This morning I got together with some teammates and had a little video/screencasting/editing/publishing discussion.  (Thanks Keith!)  Then I took one of my coworkers to the airport.  I did get back in time to attend...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Diary Day 2 – June 8, 2010

    Dear TechEd Diary, After breakfast at the hotel with some teammates (it’s nice to know someone with access to the concierge room), the morning was spent editing videos from the previous two days.  Hopefully by the time you’re reading this you’ve already enjoyed the footage and embarrassments documented...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Windows Vista SP1 Details Announced

    Today the company released details on what the upcoming first Service Pack for Windows Vista will include. You can check out these details here at the Windows Vista TechCenter , and specifically here
  • Blog Post: I can't do WHAT?! Why can't I create my own slipstreamed installation of Windows Vista SP1?

    "Can I slipstream Windows Vista SP1 into an existing install image?" Nope.  Well, not directly, anyway. "Um.. but when I get SP1, I want to upgrade my deployable .WIM images with the new bits.  I can't do that in an offline way like I can with other updates?" Sorry. ...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Announcement Rumor

    An e-mail thread I've been a following at Microsoft has had me excited to talk about this, and now that it's been blogged by others I feel I can let the "cat out of the bag" and post about it as well. Stanislas Quastana's blog confirms the rumor of a new area for Microsoft... even, dare I say, a new...
  • Blog Post: More product release speculations...

    Gartner is saying nice things about Windows Vista and 2007 Office these days. I'm sure this is (or it should be) very encouraging to the product teams. (Might be good for the stock price, too. <hint hint>)
  • Blog Post: TechEd Diary Day 3 – June 9, 2010

    Dear TechEd Diary, It was another long day of sessions, followed by another long night of parties. Actually, the first party was really a user group meeting disguised as a party. My teammate and friend John Weston helped organize the first meeting for the group, and they used the fact that TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Geeky Techno Dream

    Okay.. I tweeted this.. So I better elaborate here in my blog. Currently I am in Seattle attending an internal Microsoft technology training event called “TechReady” (this is “TechReady 7”, for those of you counting).  I think all the cool tech I saw demonstrated yesterday has entered my dreams...
  • Blog Post: Heroes happen { here } Launch Video Diary 7 - Des Moines

    From April 24, 2008... Didn't take a lot of video during this day - so it's a short diary entry. Enjoy! Double-click to get the full-screen view!
  • Blog Post: Ooo.. Microsoft buying Citrix would be cool…

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10249161-75.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 What do you think? Last week I attended a few presentations by both Citrix and VMware , and heard all about their respective VDI solutions. Citrix has always built amazing things and added pretty decent...
  • Blog Post: Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Gotta keep moving!

    There’s a theory that a Shark needs to keep moving, or else it will die. “Is that really true?” Do I look like Jacques Cousteau ? I don’t know. You look it up. But I think the same can be said for virtual machines. “They’ll die?” Stop interrupting...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye 'Longhorn'... Hello 'Windows Server 2008'

    Yes! It's finally official! BillG announced it at WinHEC today. Now we all have to train ourselves to stop saying "Windows Server Codename: Longhorn" and just say "Windows Server 2008". "Kevin! I thought it was going to ship by the end of this year? Does this mean I'm going to have to wait until '08...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Diary Day 4 (Last of 5) – June 10, 2010

    Dear TechEd Diary, Unlike TechEd of years past, Thursday marked the very last day of the conference.  I went to a few sessions, but the best part of the day was the all-attendee party held for us at Mardi Gras World .  Food, live music, oppressive heat (wow.. it was hot in that warehouse) and...
  • Blog Post: Twouble twying to Twitter?

    Web 2.0. Social Bookmarking. Social internetworking. I finally have some "downtime" (translation: I'm not traveling. I'm working from home. And I don't have any pressingly urgent events to gear up for at the moment), so I thought I'd try out some of the cool ways people are communicating and keeping...
  • Blog Post: Heroes happen { here } Launch Video Diary 8 - Grand Rapids

    Yes.. this is my last one!  Unless I get the call to fill in for another presenter, I am done with all of my Heroes Happen { here } events.  It's been a blast.  Every event was full of IT Pros who really enjoyed learning more about Windows Server 2008 .  I don't know if it was everybody...
  • Blog Post: Full of I.T. Shark Week: When will Microsoft admit defeat? (So many questions. So little time. Part 45)

    This question came from a land-lubber coward** (meaning: didn’t give his/her name) at a TechNet Event IT Camp in Minneapolis… (**Just joking, friend. I thanks for coming to the event!) I absolutely love this question. There is so much genuine passion in this topic, and believe me...