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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: VMware Pro? Gear up on Hyper-V through Microsoft Early Experts

    Are you a VMware Pro? In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform...
  • Blog Post: Hey IT Campers! It’s time for an Azure IT Camp!

    Yes, in the U.S. we’re coming to a town near you with some free training and hands-on experiences again – this time covering Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2 to support hybrid cloud scenarios. Here’s the description of the event from the registration pages: Build Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Learn Microsoft Virtualization in Your Own Easy-to-Build Virtual Lab

    Many of you in the U.S. may be familiar with the Microsoft “IT Camps” that we host now and then, where we teach you some great stuff and then give you the opportunity to work with the technology through hosted hands-on lab exercises. These free in-person events have become very popular. They’re so popular...
  • Blog Post: Our Serieses

    What is the plural of Series? (And how is it pronounced?) Well.. that’s not so important. What’s important is that we – the Technology Evangelists of Microsoft DPE in the U.S. have been busy busy bloggers these past several months. You’ve seen many articles, and many links to...
  • 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: TechNet IT “Mini-Camp” Event–August 30, 2012 in Minneapolis (Edina), Minnesota

    Yes indeed!  It’s short notice, but I’d love to see about 30+ IT Pros from the area on Thursday, August 30th.  We’ll be holding an IT “Mini-Camp”, where we’ll discuss and give you some hands-on time with Windows Server 2012 and the new version of Hyper-V virtualization. Here is the text from...
  • Blog Post: Build a lab for free on Windows Azure–Migration and Deployment (Part 15 of 19)

    I’m pretty sure that if you have been following my (or any of my teammates) blogs recently, you know a little something about Windows Azure . You probably also know that you can get a free 90-day trial of Windows Azure very easily, with no obligation. The benefit of that is that it becomes very...
  • Blog Post: TechNet “Firestarter” Event Resources: DEPLOYMENT!

    Hello all! Below is the online version of the Resource Page that I’m handing out at my TechNet Events over the next several weeks. I hope you find them useful! -Kevin UPDATE : If you want the PowerPoint files, they can be viewed or downloaded from HERE. ----- E-mail Technical Questions...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Free Private Cloud “Jump Start” Training

    Microsoft has just scheduled a FREE 2-day training course entitled “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start” , happening on February 21st-22nd , 2012 from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST .  Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology...
  • 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: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the Central US (September Edition)

    UPDATE: The FULL list of our events for September and October is now live. Go to THIS BLOG POST instead. -Kevin Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning;...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: TechNet Subscription Discount!

    Those of you who also get the TechNet Flash e-mails already know this… We’ve announced a 15% discount offer for new TechNet Professional Subscriptions . “ From now until February 29th, 2012 Microsoft TechNet Flash subscribers will receive a 15% discount on a new Microsoft® TechNet Subscriptions Professional...
  • Blog Post: Who are we? I’m glad you asked…

    Hi. I’m Kevin. “Hi Kevin!’ …and I’m an IT Professional Technology Evangelist with Microsoft . I’m one of nine who represent Microsoft in these 48 contiguous United States. (Maybe someone gets to go to Hawaii and Alaska now and then, but they’re not sayin’.) Anyway, I thought I would take a moment to...
  • Blog Post: Get the FREE e-Book on Windows 8 for IT Pros

    It has been mentioned in other places , but I thought it would be worthwhile to remind all of you IT Pros out there that there is a free e-Book available just for you – to introduce you to Windows 8 and what it means for you and the people and businesses you support. Here are the links to the three formats...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Jump Start Recordings released!

    Just last week, Corey Hynes and Rick Claus delivered a 2-day deep-dive into the details of the next version of Windows Server coming out later this year: Windows Server 2012 .  I was privileged to be able to help with Q&A during the first day, also. “Yeah, I missed that.  I sure would have...
  • 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: How much can virtualization really do? (So many questions. So little time. Part 8.)

    In our Saint Louis TechNet Event last week, Kurt asked several questions relating to virtualization and Hyper-V : “Any issues with running SBS, SQL, and application server on same machine?” “How do I set up multiple drives within a virtual server?” “What is the...
  • Blog Post: Free Global Event–24 Hours in a Private Cloud

    http://bit.ly/24hipc Get yourself 5 of those “5 Hour Energy” drinks, set your alarm clock, and join the WORLD for this amazing opportunity to learn all about the Private Cloud solutions from Microsoft .  Here’s the description from the registration page: Every organization has the power to employ...
  • Blog Post: Available Now: RTM Version of the FREE Windows 2012 eBook

    I just learned (from the Microsoft Press Blog ) that the The Free e-Book on Windows Server 2012 is now updated to include any changes found in the final, released version of Windows Server.  Here are the formats, and the links: PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB ...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the US

    Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning (otherwise known as “IT Camps”) from now through mid-October. Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid...
  • 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: US Central Region TechNet Events are Here!

    How will your IT organization consider using “the cloud”?  Is there even an option for you; and if so, what does it look like? Next month we start our new series of events focusing on how IT is being transformed into a dynamic, service-based resource for your business.  To do this you need...