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  • Blog Post: A Useful List of Windows 8 or 8.1 Resources for IT Pros

    Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for tweeting about this. Mary Hutson is maintaining a very useful list of “top Microsoft Support solutions for the most common issues IT Pros experience when using or deploying Windows 8 or 8.1.” She updates the list every quarter; the most recent being just two days ago (Aug...
  • 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 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: Cloud on Your Terms Part 20 of 30: San Antonio, have you seen a lot of H2O? Data Center

    Have you ever wondered how Microsoft supports so much scale online for our online services such as Hotmail, Windows Azure, Windows Live, Windows Updates, etc.? “Yes, I have. You must have a massive datacenter!” Actually, we have many massive datacenters. “More than 10, but less...
  • 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: So good. Must share.

    As a Microsoft employee and as a $MSFT stockholder, I have to confess that I was THRILLED last night when I saw this commercial for the first time on TV…     So, if you were thinking of buying that iPad..you should think again and get a real Windows 8 tablet!  (Here’s the one in the commercial...
  • 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: TechEd 2013 Favorites – The Complete Series

    The 21st annual TechEd North America conference happened this month (June) in New Orleans, and my three IT Technology Evangelist coworkers ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , and Matt Hester ) and I had the privilege of attending and taking part.  So in the interest of sharing our experiences and impressions...
  • Blog Post: Dear TechEd Diary – June 8, 2012

    Sunday is the day!  My flight leaves MSP in the morning, and by mid-afternoon I hope to be lounging by my hotel pool.  That evening I’ll be attending the Krewe of TechEd opening part / Meet-n-Greet. It’s been fun watching Twitter (#msteched) and the traffic of people who are also excited. ...
  • Blog Post: NEW SERIES: TechEd 2013 Favorites

    The introduction… I begin this post as I’m sitting at the gate in Minneapolis, waiting to board.  I’ll finish it while I’m flying south.  My name is Kevin, and I’m huge TechEd fan. “Hi, Kevin!” Hi.  I’m being joined at TechEd once again by several thousand of my closest friends, and also...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Virtualization: Did You Know...

    In Part 3 of our “ Virtualization: Did you Know…” series, Jeff Woolsey and I conclude our Top 10 list of Virtualization solution facts. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 (Windows Phone, HTML5) High Quality WMV (PC, Xbox, MCE) Missed Part 1 or Part...
  • 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: Something cool I just learned: Windows 8, Hyper-V, and Wireless Networking

    This is neat… I was searching the Intertubes (“Googling it on BING ”), looking for knowledge on some topics and some answers for future blog posts, and I happened upon one of John Savill ’s excellent series of Q&A posts on the Windows IT Pro Magazine site.   One of the articles answers...
  • 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: TechEd Memories – My Bottle Collection

    Okay.. this is purely for fun, but I thought it was time to share my collection of some of my Microsoft TechEd doo-dads with all of you.  (We are celebrating 20 years of TechEd, this year, are we not?)    TechEd is and has always been one of my favorite weeks of the year.  I...
  • 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: How fast does a touchscreen really need to be?

    I thought this was pretty interesting.. so for a lighter, geeky-cool post on a Friday afternoon, as I’m busy waiting for large file copies in my home office lab to complete, I thought I’d share it with you. Microsoft Research recorded a demonstration of how responsive a typical touchscreen operating...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 19 of 30: All About the Networking

    Have you ever been puzzled by some problem only to find out that it was related to how your network is configured? “Yes. All the time.” Of course you have. And when you add the potential complexities of supporting a Private Cloud in your datacenter, let alone extreme virtualization...
  • 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: Cloud on Your Terms Part 16 of 30: Where should the DC go?

    Disclaimer : This is a re-post of my Oct 4, 2011 blog post . But it fits our series, and it’s my content. So I am giving myself permission. Okay.. I feel like sharing this because it’s pretty stupid, but in a geeky-sort-of-way the solution was interesting enough to share. Think Chicken...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) - What’s New in 2012 R2 - Empowering People-Centric IT

    I had the privilege of welcoming Brad Anderson , Corporate Vice President for Windows Server and System Center to the show.  We discuss the latest features and enhancements made in Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune as well as several...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 26 of 30: Office 365 will not get you fired

    Are you concerned that the cloud will eat your job ? Perhaps. Every time there is a shift in how things are done based on improvements in technology or new options for efficiency, economics, scale… there is always someone crying foul. Or probably more appropriately, they’re worrying about...