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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: System Center 2012 OpsManager and Windows of Maintenance (So many questions. So little time. Part 15)

    At our TechNet Event in Saint Louis several weeks ago, Aubrey M. asked: “Will there be an option in System Center 2012 Operations Manager to schedule maintenance windows, such as for patch Tuesday?” So.. you’re asking if you’ll have a way to tell Operations Manager ,...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: New System Center 2012 Licensing Model Announced

    Today during the “ Private Cloud Day ” live webcast event, Microsoft announced a pretty big change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite. Bottom-line.. it’s no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012 . (Well.. actually two...
  • Blog Post: Which SCOM Should We Install? (So many questions. So little time. Part 18.)

    In Saint Louis a few weeks ago at our TechNet Event , John B asked us: “We are only running System Center Configuration Manager 2008 and now want to run SCOM .  Should we install 2008 or 2012?” Well, first off, John.. that’s a pretty cool trick that you have SCCM 2008 while the rest of the world...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 2 of 3)

    Continuing on where we left off from our part 1 screencast yesterday , when we discussed the downloads and the prerequisites and what you needed in place for the installation; today in part 2 we discuss how to configure your servers. “Is it really all that complicated, Kevin?” Actually...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it: The Private Cloud Webcast

    Y esterday the big news from Microsoft was the announcement of and new details around the new System Center 2012 product, delivered via live Webcast.  I was very happy to be able to watch the webcast with John Weston and 88 of our closest friends in Saint Louis during our TechNet Event . “I wasn...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 3 of 3)

    Whoo boy! Finally! Part 3 of 3! The story so far… In Part 1 we showed you how to download all that you need, and put it in its proper place. In Part 2 we setup and pre-configured the destination servers properly. And today in our final chapter, we actually run the Unified Installer. Oh...
  • Blog Post: Best of Q&A for the TechNet Webcast: Thrive Live Chat! - Virtualization

    As promised, here are the “Best of Q&A” from the live chat I helped to deliver on September 2, 2009, entitled “ TechNet Webcast: Thrive Live Chat! - Virtualization ” A BIG THANK YOU to my guest, Shanen Boettcher, for such a wonderful conversation and some great information for IT Pros around getting...
  • Blog Post: Best of Q&A from the IT Manager Webcast: IT Manager Community Chat with Kevin – Virtualization

    As promised, here are the “Best of Q&A” from the live chat I helped to deliver on September 3, 2009, entitled “ IT Manager Community Chat with Kevin – Virtualization ” A BIG THANK YOU to my guest, Shanen Boettcher, for such a wonderful conversation around Virtualization and the value that businesses...
  • Blog Post: Transparency: What guides Microsoft to improve server products and reduce your TCO?

    Here’s another TLA for you all to learn: CEC . Microsoft’s Common Engineering Criteria . The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria is a set of engineering requirements and guidelines that govern all of Microsoft’s server products. The idea here is that we build products that work well together, and...
  • 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: Questions (with Answers) from our Twin Cities TechNet Event

    Greetings! "Well.. if that photo doesn't get you fired, Kevin... nothing will." Oh, I sincerely think there are worse things I could do. And I will certainly NOT be trying to get myself fired anytime soon. Anyway - I wanted to get these questions (and now ANSWERS!) up on my blog today. These were asked...
  • Blog Post: Savings. TechNet Subscriptions. What could be better?

    IMPORTANT UPDATE : This promotion and promotion code have expired. Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. Whenever I present a live TechNet Event , I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber . Usually about 1/3 of the audience raises their hand. Considering...
  • Blog Post: Remember BDD? Well.. forget BDD. Remember MD.

      "Huh?" For a couple years now I've been singing the praise of "these three little letters that, if you remember nothing else from my presentation, I want you to remember: BDD!"  Business Desktop Deployment. BDD is one of many " Solution Accelerators " Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How many agents are in System Center 2012? (So many questions. So little time. Part 12.)

    Tighe asked this question at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis several weeks ago: “System Center 2012 - one agent for all products?” That’s a great question, Tighe.  Naturally one might assume that if we’ve changed-up how we sell System Center 2012 now as one product rather than a suite of separate...
  • Blog Post: What does AVIcode do? (So many questions. So little time. Part 20.)

    In Saint Louis at our TechNet Event several weeks ago now, Chuck S. asked about AVIcode … “App Insight - performance data?  Component timing?  Event Logs?  Database events?  (what is tracked in AVIcode ?)” That is a very good question.  For those of you not already aware of what...
  • Blog Post: Check Out My 5 New Windows Server 2008 R2 Screencasts

    Hey IT folks, Back on July 30th, 2009, I presented what ended up being a pretty highly rated webcast on Windows Server 2008 R2 entitled “How Windows Server 2008 R2 Affects Your IT Infrastructure” . And as I’ve done in the past, I promised that soon after I would record the demos and get them up on...
  • Blog Post: IT Managers – This hub’s for YOU!

    Breaking News: The IT Manager Community Hub is LIVE! Spread the word! For several months now, I’ve been working with people in the Microsoft BMO on this project, which started because of a recognition that IT Managers – people who lead IT people and run IT organizations – haven’t been served as well...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms part 13 of 30: System Center Operations Manager

    Today in lucky part 13 of our 30 day “Cloud on Your Terms” series , my friend (and the guy who hired me at Microsoft) John Weston introduces you to System Center Operations Manager 2012 . Read it HERE. And if you have missed any of the series posts, check out my summary post for links to all of the articles...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms part 12 of 30: Partner Spotlight - Veeam

    Today we have a guest writer!  Doug Hazelman of Veeam Software shares some ideas on why it’s important to have common management for your private cloud. Read their article HERE. And if you have missed any of the series posts, check out my summary post for links to all of the articles available so...
  • Blog Post: A New Blog Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2

    Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“ VMware or Microsoft? ”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States...
  • 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: NEW Bigger Discount on TechNet Plus Subscriptions!

    IMPORTANT UPDATE : This promotion and promotion code have expired. Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. Whenever I present a live TechNet Event , I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber . Usually about 1/3 of the audience raises their hand. Considering...
  • Blog Post: Four NEW System Center 2012 Virtual Labs are LIVE

    Yes indeed! Today Microsoft has made 4 new free virtual labs available. This gives you a great opportunity to try out some of the basic operations of some of the new suite of System Center tools. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructure and Application...
  • 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...