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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: Windows 8.1 for Business: Series Wrap-up and Resources

    Well.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news ( //Build ) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “ Windows 8.1 for Business ”. For this final article of the series, I’m going to leave...
  • Blog Post: Doesn’t Windows 8.1 require more hardware than Windows 7? (Series: Windows 8.1 for Business)

    Logically, it makes sense. Forever it seems whenever any software company comes out with a new version of their product, the added features and functionality require extra hardware. In the case of operating systems, that seems especially true. Software vendors are always trying to build their solutions...
  • Blog Post: Can I use Windows 8.1 without a touchscreen?

    Even if you’ve never tried Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 , you may have seen the advertisements showing off the lovely colorful “touch-first” interface (previously known as the “Metro” UI). Even some people using a traditional old non-touch laptop will reach out and touch the screen when they first encounter...
  • Blog Post: Why can’t I just use the desktop in Windows 8.1?

    Well, you can. In fact, my friend and coworker Jennelle Crothers explains it all for you in today’s article in our “ Windows 8.1 for Business ” blog series. She writes… “Ask anyone who uses a computer for every day work tasks, they might say that they LIVE on the desktop and can’t be bothered with the...
  • Blog Post: Do you really need a start menu?

    One of the reasons some people weren’t comfortable with Windows 8 from the beginning was for the lack of their familiar start menu. In today’s article in our “ Windows 8.1 for Business ” series, my friend Matt Hester delivers the run-down on the benefits of the Start Screen vs. the old Start Menu, and...
  • Blog Post: Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business

    Welcome to March! And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP . I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows...
  • Blog Post: The Case for the Offline Backup

    Over the past several weeks, my teammates have all contributed to a very valuable series of blog articles entitled “ Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pros ”. They’ve covered topics such as how to get started in planning, and Server Virtualization and how it applies to Disaster Recovery, and testing...
  • 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: Help Shape Microsoft’s Cloud Technologies: Join the IT Pro User Panel

    IT Professionals: Have you ever been deep in the guts of a gnarly infrastructure deployment, automation, configuration, trouble-shooting or similar task, and thought to yourself something like this: “Why didn’t that darn product team at Microsoft make this tool work better, more like what I need it to...
  • Blog Post: How can Hyper-V Server be a member of a cluster? (So many questions. So little time. Part 54.)

    At our IT Camp in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Kris asked me a valid question. “How does a Hyper-V Server (not the full windows install) do clustering if you can’t install the cluster role?” Kris’s question is a good one, because we had just been discussing how limited Hyper-v Server is in terms of what...
  • 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: TechNet Radio - Understanding BYOD: How to Make it Happen (Part 2)

    Yuri Diogenes and I are back for Part 2 of our BYOD solution series. In today’s episode we explore some of the technologies from Microsoft and how you can implement them into your organization’s BYOD strategy. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 ...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio - Understanding BYOD: What it Means for My Company (Part 1)

    In this two part series with Sr. Knowledge Engineer Yuri Diogenes , we explore the world of “Bring Your Own Device” ( BYOD ) scenarios and how more IT organizations are trying to support it. In part one we try to help explain the benefits, challenges and considerations that need to be made around BYOD...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019 BIG NEWS! I promised there would be some news on SQL Server 2005, and it happened today. Paul Flessner announced today some good news, and some GREAT news. The good news: Database Mirroring will not be included in the release coming November 7. “Huh...
  • Blog Post: Gimme a "Do-Over"

    Just saw this offer in the MCP Flash newsletter… Certified Do-Over: Retake a Microsoft Exam for Free Your chances to pass any Microsoft IT Pro or Developer exam just doubled. Register for this offer by May 31 before taking your exam. If you do not pass on...
  • 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: More RTMs: System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010!

    (RTM = Released to Manufacturing) Holy cow.. what an incredible few days it’s been.  Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 hit RTM just three days ago , and today we have two more products “shipped”: System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 .  For SCE 2010 and...
  • Blog Post: Resource Page for Windows Server 2003 Administration Series Webcast (Part 4 of 12) Group Management

    Resource Page for TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 4 of 12): Group Management (Level 100) Wednesday, March 2, 2005 1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8) Here are some resources relating to the webcast topic...
  • Blog Post: It's Tuesday! It's PATCHday!

    Yep… today is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, which means that when they are available, new updates and security patches go live. And today there are a couple moderate, several important, and even a few CRITICAL updates now available to download, test, and install. More information here. There is...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: VMware Should Be Worried (Part 31 of 31)

    Here it is! …the last day of the month, and the last day of our series of “ 31 Days of our Favorite Things ”! And today, my buddy Matt Hester is going to tell you why you should consider Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 over VMware . In summary: Nothing and nobody scales to...
  • Blog Post: Extend Your Private Cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Networks and Windows Server 2012 - 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

    So now that we’ve been talking about building virtual machines in Windows Azure , and extending your datacenter into “the cloud”, we need to actually make the connection.  But how does one actually build the Windows Azure Network, and then that subnet our local subnets? Keith Mayer gives us the...
  • Blog Post: Yes, we're giving away software again...

    It's time to consider coming to our live Microsoft Across America events. I mean it. Seriously. You'll want to be there. Not only will you be getting a great overview of Windows Vista , the 2007 Microsoft Office System , and Exchange 2007 , but we're also giving a free copy of Office 2007 Professional...
  • Blog Post: Breaking TechEd 2008 news: TechEd 2008 Registration is OPEN!

    Yes indeed!  My favorite conference of the year, Microsoft TechEd , is now taking "Early Bird" registrations. "Early Bird?" Yeah.. if you register between now and Friday, April 4, 2008, you'll save $200 off the $1,995 regular price.  "Um.. let's see.. that would be...