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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: New Event Series: Windows Azure Kick Start

    Thanks to our friends at Oakwood Systems , I have a series of free, hands-on “kick start” events to tell you about.  Here’s the text from an e-mail I just received: What is the best way to determine if Windows Azure might be a fit for your organization? Microsoft is offering your organization the...
  • Blog Post: Best of Questions and Answers from TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 5 of 6): SharePoint Server 2007 Security, from Service Accounts to Item-Level Access

    Hi! Below are the best of the questions and answers that occurred during our TechNet Webcast entitled, " SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 5 of 6): SharePoint Server 2007 Security, from Service Accounts to Item-Level Access " John Weston was kind enough to help out with the questions and answers...
  • Blog Post: March 2009 - TechNet Unleashed Event Resources

    E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Feedback e-mail to my boss: Harry Caldwell – HarryCal@microsoft.com Future Live, In-Person Event Information TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremde MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com...
  • Blog Post: SHARE THIS with your kids, please!

    This is the most inspiring thing I’ve seen all year (so far).  Way back when, someone very wise told me, “Kevin, you should seriously think about getting into computers.”   I had been hacking around with a music sequencing program on my Dad’s Apple ][+, and from them minute he said that to...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft WebsiteSpark

    Today we’re launching a new opportunity for web developers in small companies (10 or fewer employees) who would like a free “leg-up” from Microsoft . “Visibility, support and software for professional Web Developers and Designers - at no upfront cost!” is what the heading on the site reads. Here...
  • Blog Post: What does AVIcode do? (So many questions. So little time. Part 20.)

    In Saint Louis at our TechNet Event several weeks ago now, Chuck S. asked about AVIcode … “App Insight - performance data?  Component timing?  Event Logs?  Database events?  (what is tracked in AVIcode ?)” That is a very good question.  For those of you not already aware of what...
  • Blog Post: Resources for TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 6 of 6): Keeping Control of Your SharePoint Sites with IT Governance

    Here are some resources relating to part 5 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled " SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 6 of 6): Keeping Control of Your SharePoint Sites with IT Governance ". I hope you find them useful. Kevin — SharePoint Series Landing Page http...
  • Blog Post: RTM News: Visual Studio 2008

    "Here you go again, Kevin... talking about stuff for Developers and not just for IT Pros." Yep.  And I do so unashamed.  I will never forget, and look back fondly at my own Software Engineering days.  So once in awhile I'm going to put things here for all of my developer / software...
  • Blog Post: Kick-Start your Azure Cloud Development Skills

    Are you interested in learning the ins-and-outs of working with Windows Azure ?  Wondering how to get started cheaply - as in “for FREE”?  We’re giving you a chance to spend a day with some of the nation’s leading cloud experts and for you to learn how to build a web application that runs in...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events: We may be coming to your town!

    “Really? My town?” Well.. okay. Not everyone’s town. But our schedule of live, free events in the US for IT Pros is done and live and available for you to see now on the TechNet Events site. “What are you guys covering this time around?” I’m so glad you asked! Here is the event summary and session...
  • Blog Post: FREE Boot-Camp for Windows Phone 7 Developer Wannabe’s

    …and if you’re a developer, you definitely wannabe. Microsoft is holding some free “boot camp” style events soon for developers interested in learning Windows Phone 7 development .  “Boot camp?  What’s that?” It’s a full day of intense introductory training; in this case training on how to...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: While I was away, the Windows 8 bits hit TechNet and MSDN!

    Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers!  So if you subscribe, go to the site and get ‘em while they’re hot! “What about other folks?  When can I buy it...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 RTMs are now available to TechNet and MSDN Subscribers

    This just in today… According to the Windows blog , S. Somasegar’s blog , and the In the Cloud blog , today Microsoft has made the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers to download. Also now available...
  • Blog Post: Connect your Azure PaaS to your IaaS – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 24 of 31)

    As you know, we’ve been talking about Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for the entire month. “Really?  I thought you were talking about Windows Azure and virtual machines.” Yes, that’s true.  And these virtual machines can be the foundation of or an extension of a Private Cloud outside of...
  • Blog Post: Heros Happen {here} - The Comic Series

    If you've been keeping up with the goings-on around the looming launch of Windows Server 2008 , SQL Server 2008 , and Visual Studio 2008 , you've more than likely heard the theme: Heros happen {here} . And naturally there has been a lot of creative effort around getting the word out. Here is another...
  • Blog Post: Today “the NEW efficiency” starts…

    Today, September 24, 2009, in three cities in the U.S. we’re holding our first of what we internally are calling the “trifecta launch” events, launching Windows 7 , Windows Server 2008 R2 , and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 . In fact, this morning I was up bright and early and in front of a movie theater...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's TechNet Event Resources: April-June 2010 (Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Launch!)

    TechNet Event Slides and Additional Resources http://www.technetevents.com/resources 25%-OFF Special TechNet Plus Subscription Promotion – Yes, save nearly $100 off of a new TechNet Plus Direct Subscription! Use Promotion Code TNITQ404 (that’s 4-ZERO-4) at http://www.microsoft.com/technet...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Office Hours at the Mall of America Microsoft Store

    This is going to be fun!  My two other local (Minneapolis/Saint Paul area) Technology Evangelists and I are holding office hours at the Microsoft Store at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.  Jeff Brand , Adam Grocholski , and I will be making ourselves available to chat with you about...
  • Blog Post: Building Cloudy Apps (“Cloudy April” - Part 24)

      Are you a developer? “No.” Well, perhaps you’re not.. but someone reading this blog is.  And they may have seen my articles about Windows Azure or the Windows Azure Appliance and may be wondering how exactly they’re going to get started building applications for it.  “Okay.. for the...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: SQL Server 2008 is RTM!

    ( RTM = Released to Manufacturing) Yes indeed.. today the newest version of the best database software platform anywhere reached a major milestone.  It’s ready!  You can read the PressPass announcement here. And here is the official press location for all things SQL Server . And of course,...
  • Blog Post: Why .NET 3.5? (So many questions. So little time. Part 39)

    Good question, Todd. And unfortunately I don’t know the details enough to give you a precise answer. But I will say that no matter what Windows Server 2012 has in it, it isn’t a supported platform for the current RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version of System Center 2012 . “Why...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 3) What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Modern Business Applications

    Brad Anderson and I wrap up our 3 part What's New in 2012 R2 series.  In today's episode we discuss how you can better enable modern business applications in your IT environment with the Windows Azure Pack .  Tune in as we go in detail about how IT Pros will be able to impact their organization...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta 1 for MDC Attendees

    (NOTE: I didn’t write this blog post.  It was sent to me in hopes that I would post it.  It’s geared more towards developers, some of whom do read my blog now and then – so I thought it was worth sharing.  -Kevin)   Breaking news!!! Attend an upcoming MSDN Developer Conference and...
  • Blog Post: A Great Opportunity to Learn Windows Azure Development

    “Oh here you go again, Kevin… Talking about development topics in an IT Pro blog…” Hey.. I thought we had established the fact that many IT pros are also software engineers and developers.  Or perhaps their friends are.  So whether you’re a developer, and aspiring developer, or an IT Pro with...