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  • Blog Post: A Virtually Great Day

    “Friday the 13th?” No.. I’m talking about the availability of a new Beta ("New Beta?" Yeah, I know.. redundant): System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 . This beta is full of features that coincide with the up-coming version of Windows Server 2008 (Windows Server 2008 R2) and the new...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's "New Efficiency": Launch Event Resources

    E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Feedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com Future Live, In-Person Event Information: TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremde MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com ...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center 2012 w/SP1 is now available to download and evaluate!

    System Center 2012 with SP1 is now available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers. “What’s new with Service Pack 1, Kevin?” I’m so glad you asked.  Check out the “ What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1 ” page for all the details.  But in a nutshell, SP1 adds capabilities to fully manage the new...
  • Blog Post: I want to learn PowerShell. Where are the sample scripts?

    “Kevin, I just want to start using it with some already-built examples. That’s how I learn best.” You’re in luck! The PowerShell Script Explorer Release Candidate was just, um.. released. Here’s the description from the download page: Microsoft® Script Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Finally! Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SHIPPED! RTM, Baby!

    RTM = Released to Manufacturing At 1:40pm Pacific (Redmond) time, the party started around the world, as both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 finally ship; that is to say, they are “RTM’d”. The bits are ready. They’ll be sent to OEMs, then made available to partners, businesses, TechNet and...
  • Blog Post: BIG Breaking News: The Windows 7 RC wait is almost over..

    “Huh?!” Yep. Release Candidate 1 (and only, I’ve heard) will be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on April 30, 2009. “Says who? All I’ve heard is leaks and rumors of leaks.” Says the Windows 7 team on the Windows 7 Team Blog . “Can I get it now?” Do you have a TechNet Plus or MSDN...
  • 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: Breaking News: It’s Here! Get the Windows 8 Release Preview!

    What a nice surprise!  Today Microsoft announces the availability of the next pre-release of the new client PC operating system: the Windows 8 Release Preview.  More details here: Building Windows 8 Blog Announcement Windows 8 Release Preview Page --- What do you think?  Let’s talk about...
  • Blog Post: RTW of two new Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides: File Services and Print Services

    (RTW = Released to Web) For those of you who may not be aware of these, the IPD Guides ( Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides ) are a series of guides that can help you with your planning.  And your design.  “Of your Infrastructure?” You got it. And today the team that makes ‘em announced...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 is RTM!

    (RTM = Released to Manufacturing – otherwise known around here as “SHIPPED!”) Finally, the latest tool in the virtualization arsenal is here.  System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 was released today.  “But what is it?” Here’s the text from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager product...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluations Are Now Available

    Gentlemen, start your downloads!  (Ladies, too!) The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  Those products include: Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News from MMS 2011: SCVMM 2012 Beta is RTW!

    (RTW = Released to the Webtubes) Today at the 2011 Microsoft Management Summit Microsoft announced the availability of the BETA of the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager – SCVMM 2012 Here are more details you should check out: The SCVMM 2012 Beta page The Download Bing it. “What are...
  • Blog Post: Available Now: RTM Version of the FREE Windows 2012 eBook

    I just learned (from the Microsoft Press Blog ) that the The Free e-Book on Windows Server 2012 is now updated to include any changes found in the final, released version of Windows Server.  Here are the formats, and the links: PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB ...
  • Blog Post: It’s a big day! …and not just musically!

    Sure.. today is a big day for Beatles fans.  (My wife is out right now picking up the pre-ordered deluxe Rockband set .)  And I’m not sure if I want to pay extra money for re-mastered “mono” recordings, when God gave me two perfectly good ears.  (PS – I also enjoy colorized B&W movies...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Critical Out-of-Band Security Update Today

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-jan.mspx This is an important one folks. “Who or what software does this impact"?” You can see the full list HERE under the “Affected Software” section. But in a nutshell it’s every OS from Windows 2000 and later on running Windows Internet...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: The Answer to “When can I get Windows 7 RTM?”

    The Windows Blog has a new post today, answering the question: “When will you get Windows 7 RTM?” “So.. when can I get it, Kevin? Has it RTM’d yet?” Well.. it hasn’t been RTM’d (Released to Manufacturing) as of the time of writing this blog post. But the fact that these dates have been announced...
  • Blog Post: RTW: Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer and the Exchange Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0

    A couple of new tools are available for those of you either in the planning stages of an Exchange 2010 deployment, or looking to verify the configuration of your Exchange organization’s configuration: Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer - Brief Description The Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer performs an...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) Release Candidate - Now Available!

    Jason Buffington announced on his blog that DPM 2010 RC is available for download . Get it HERE . “What is Data Protection Manager?” It’s one of the Microsoft   System Center set of tools for Enterprise-class IT Management.  Basically DPM is Microsoft’s solution for data protection (backup...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Corp. :: Microsoft Research Helps Novice Musicians Discover Their Inner Songwriters

      Microsoft Corp. :: Microsoft Research Helps Novice Musicians Discover Their Inner Songwriters (Title and first link in this blog post are courtesy of clicking the “Blog This” button in my browser, which launches me into Windows Live Writer .  That’s the first time I’ve tried that.  I...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Windows Small Business Server 7 Preview Is Available For Download

    Seems like just the other day the preview of the newest member of the family, Windows Small Business Server codename “Aurora” was available for download.  I say “newest member of the family”, because “Aurora” is a server for small businesses of 25-or-fewer PCs.  SBS 2008 , the most recent released...
  • 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: More Breaking News: Windows Server 2012 is ALSO Released to Manufacturing!

    I actually thought we were going to wait a day and not steal any of the thunder around the Windows 8 RTM , but today Microsoft also announces the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2012 . Here is the announcement on the Windows Server Blog . “Are we going to have to wait ‘til...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: You want PowerShell 2 on XP? Server 2003? You got it!

    I fired up my tweetdeck just a minute ago and saw this tweet from Jeffrey Snover (the architect of PowerShell ): “What does it mean? It means that the new version of PowerShell (version 2.0) is now RTW (Released to Web).  And not only PowerShell 2.0, but also WinRM 2.0 and BITS 4.0.  It’s called...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: IE8 Released!

    Breaking news: The browser that you are using right now is quite possibly out of date. Today Microsoft released the new version of the Internet Explorer browser. Internet Explorer 8 , or “IE8”. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx It’s fast . It’s cool . It’s easier...