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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Day–A Big Deal and a Big Event

    This Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Microsoft is holding a special Private Cloud   webcast .  “Special?  What’s so special?” I’ll tell you why.  Well, actually I can’t tell you all the details (because I don’t know them), but what I can tell you is that you’ll learn a lot.  The webcast...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 14 of 30: System Center Orchestrator 2012

    Consider the following chart that diagrams the delivery of “IT as a Service”.  This is what the private cloud is all about.  And the way tasks may get done in an automated fashion is going to play a very important role.  In the Microsoft solution, the tool that will allow you to create...
  • 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: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 1 of 3)

    Like many of you, I’ve been playing with the Release Candidate of System Center 2012 . And also like many of you, I have heard that there is something called the “Unified Installer”, that supposedly will allow a person to install many – or even all – of the components of...
  • 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...