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  • Blog Post: Where is that evaluation download?

    We IT Pro Evangelists are often asked, “Hey.. Where can I find the download to try out such-and-such software?” And after I find out what they actually meant by “such-and-such”, I usually just tell them essentially to “google it on Bing ”. But that’s not sufficient. So what I am doing instead, on this...
  • 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: Cloud on Your Terms Part 27 of 30: Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials and the Cloud

    “Hey Kevin – Is the cloud just for big companies?” Absolutely not. Certainly some implementations (private clouds, for instance) make more sense in organizations that A) are able to take advantage of delivering IT as a Service for their business units, and B) can justify the kind...
  • Blog Post: I want to learn PowerShell. Where are the sample scripts?

    “Kevin, I just want to start using it with some already-built examples. That’s how I learn best.” You’re in luck! The PowerShell Script Explorer Release Candidate was just, um.. released. Here’s the description from the download page: Microsoft® Script Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate Windows 8 Enterprise–90 Days for FREE

    If you’re not already a TechNet or MSDN Subscriber, you have another option for trying out Windows 8 .  Microsoft has made  90-day free evaluation downloads available. Check out the Windows 8 Evaluation FAQ HERE , and then GO HERE to get the bits!
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluations Are Now Available

    Gentlemen, start your downloads!  (Ladies, too!) The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  Those products include: Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: More New System Center 2012 RCs and Betas Available Today

    Great news! More betas and release candidates of the System Center 2012 tools are available today for download! Like many of you, I have been waiting patiently for these gems, and I can’t wait to start playing with them. These round out the pre-releases of tools that allow you to support private...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Private Cloud in a Month – The Complete April 2013 Series

    In April of 2013 our team’s blogging focus was on how to build your Private Cloud . I hope you found our articles informative, that you have downloaded your free System Center 2012 SP1 trial, your Windows Server 2012 evalution, and have started your Windows Azure FREE TRIAL . Here is our...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Free IT Camps – “Being What’s Next In IT” - Open for Registration!

    Our next set of IT Pro events (“ IT Camps ”) in the US Central Region have been scheduled and are now officially open for registration! The events are free, go from 9:00am to 3:00pm , and include some light breakfast and lunch. But most importantly, they are full of new and useful information...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Release Candidate is available for download

    Overview Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. ...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 is RTW

    RTW = Released to the Webitubes Today Microsoft releases the next version of the MAP Toolkit.  MAP, in case you weren't aware, stands for Microsoft Assessment and Planning.  And a brand new version (v6.5) is now available to download . “What does it do?” I’m glad you asked.  The MAP Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Impact on PRO when upgrading SCOM and SCVMM to System Center 2012 (So many Questions. So Little Time. Part 4.)

    This question was asked by Aubrey M at our Kansas City TechNet Event last week… “If you have PRO enabled between SCOM 2007 R2 and SCVMM, how will that affect the upgrade process for these two systems?” (For those of you who haven’t heard of PRO, check out this resource .) The short answer is that upgrading...
  • 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: Buh-Bye TechNet Subscriptions

    “Don’t you mean, ‘ Buy TechNet Subscriptions’, Kevin?” Nope.  The TechNet Subscription is no more.  Today Microsoft announced that, as of August 31, 2013 we will no longer be selling the TechNet Subscription , in favor of better free trials and evaluations (such as those found at http://aka...
  • 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: Breaking News: System Center 2012 RTM eval is avalable to all

    Wonderful news!   Today at the Microsoft Management Summit going on in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced the availability of System Center 2012 .  You can start your evaluation downloads now : http://aka.ms/PvtCld Pass it on!
  • Blog Post: What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

    A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft , responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog - In the Cloud – we recorded...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 23 of 30: Windows Azure for the IT Professional

    You might recall that in April 2011 I introduced you (or perhaps re-introduced you) to Windows Azure in part 6 of my “ Cloudy April ” blog series. Windows Azure , in case you’ve forgotten (or have been living under a rock) is Microsoft’s Platform as a Service ( PaaS ) offering...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 22 of 30: My Private Private Cloud

    Back in Part 10 of our “Cloud on Your Terms” series, I discussed the goals of building my own test environment – which I refer to as my “ Private Private Cloud ”. It was the first in a series of screencasts and blog posts showing the process of building your own test environment...
  • Blog Post: Here Are Your Microsoft Virtualization Event Resources

    November 2011 - January 2012 IMPORTANT Software Evaluations – Get ‘em here: http://aka.ms/Evals "WAG" = Windows Administrator Groups (on LinkedIn) with Subgroups for user groups by geography – http://aka.ms/WAG Future Live, In-Person Event Information: TechNet Events (for IT...
  • Blog Post: Launch Day! Windows Server 2012 is available today!

    Yessir!  According to the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform page, And that’s today!  Go to THIS PAGE to set up a reminder that at 8:00AM Pacific (10:00AM Central) time, the launch is happening. “Where will the Windows Server Launch be taking place?” Online.  Go to www.windows-server...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows Server 2012

    Download the Evaluation ISO Download the Evaluation VHD Windows Server 2012 is available.  It offers businesses and service providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud-optimized infrastructure.  Windows Server 2012 helps organizations connect securely across premises and helps...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 4 of 30: What does System Center 2012 offer “The Cloud”

    What Makes A Cloud? The most current NIST definition of Cloud Computing states that, in order for you to have a computational “cloud”, you have to have the following essentials: On-demand self-service Broad network access Resource pooling Rapid elasticity Measured service...