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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Can I do that with Office 365? (So many questions. So little time. Part 23.)

    Alex M asked several questions about Office 365 at our TechNet Event in Kansas City: “Do we need to purchase Office 365 for resources (for example: conference rooms)?” ”Can the user access Office 365 from work PC as well as his personal PC from home?” ”If we are using cloud services, why do we need any...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 28 of 30: Cloud PowerShell

    Back in part 23 of our series I wrote about Windows Azure , and some of the tools that IT Pros have at their disposal for the sake of managing and monitoring it. One of those tools of course is PowerShell . And today in part 27, Matt Hester writes about how PowerShell (one of his favorite things) can...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is RTW

    RTW = Released to the Webitubes Wow.. what a big week. The System Center 2012 release, the official naming of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 , and now the newest version of the MDT - Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 – is released and available for download . For those not familiar with it, the MDT...
  • 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: Put your ADFS in the Cloud - 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

    Welcome to another installment of our May series of articles – “ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ”.  Today I’m going to describe a scenario, a problem, and then propose a solution.    The Scenario : Single Sign-On support using Active Directory , Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Why Office 365 and not Google Apps?

    “It’s been said that the secret to a good marriage is to understand that ‘it must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal.’ Microsoft has 20 years of expertise in the enterprise arena , and the release of Office 365 a year ago only extends that commitment. Our commitment...
  • Blog Post: Stop putting whip holders in your horseless carriages. (And what does that have to do with the cloud?)

    “ Computing is undergoing a seismic shift from client/server to the cloud, a shift similar in importance and impact to the transition from mainframe to client/server. Speculation abounds on how this new era will evolve in the coming years, and IT leaders have a critical need for a clear vision of where...
  • Blog Post: The Springboard Series Tour Is Back, and Partly Cloudy! (“Cloudy April” - Part 14)

    They’re back!  Once again the road to TechEd is paved with Springboard Series goodness.  The new tour starts May 2, 2011 in Toronto, and wings its around the country for several stops, delivering lots of great sessions and useful information, all on their way to TechEd in Atlanta. “But is it...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Office 365 is HERE!

    Finally.. the day we’ve been waiting for.  Office 365 has been released to the web.  The beta is over.  The horses are out of the gate.  Office 365 is available for purchase.  Here’s how their home page introduces it: “It's familiar Microsoft Office collaboration and productivity...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators - MigrationWiz and Office 365

    Yes!  My first in our new “Cloud Innovators” series of interviews is now live! About This Video We’re kicking off a new series today with Sr. IT Pro Evangelist Kevin Remde as he examines some of the top innovative companies who are using Microsoft Cloud solutions to help others improve their IT...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's Resources: The Transformation of IT– From Virtualization to the Cloud

    Follow Kevin on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KevinRemde Technical Question E-mails: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Positive Feedback E-mails (my boss): Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com FREE Software Evaluations – Get ‘em here: http://aka.ms/Evals "WAG" = Windows...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 24 of 30: Hybrid for Public Cloud

    Back in part 2 of this 30 part series, John Weston introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you. Today in Part 24 , he continues the discussion with a look at some examples of using public cloud services that extend...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators - Determining your ROI with Office 365

    Recently, as a new installment of our “Cloud Innovators” series on TechNet Radio, I had the pleasure of talking with Shahrouz Malekpour of Ezy Consulting. His company provides a service and a tool to help businesses determine what their investment will be when choosing Office 365 as their...
  • Blog Post: Your Office in the Clouds. 24x7. “365” (“Cloudy April” - Part 22)

    Do you manage an Exchange organization?  What about a company SharePoint?  “Yeah.. but we’re a couple versions back.”  You’re in good company.  I hear that a lot.  There are some amazing capabilities in the latest versions - Exchange 2010 and SharePoint 2010 , but as usual, moving...