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  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 30 of 30: Certification Tips To Get Your Career Ready For The Cloud

    It’s the end of the month, and the last of our 30 days of cloudy goodness is here!  In today’s blog post, one of the most genuinely certifiable gentlemen I know, Brian Lewis , points you to some resources to help you get on track for cloud readiness.  And by you, I mean YOU.  You need...
  • 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: Deploying VMs and Cloud Services – Migration and Deployment (Part 14 of 19)

    Are you building a highly virtualized datacenter? “Yep.” Are you calling it a private cloud ? “Of course. Isn’t it?” No. Well, at least not if virtualization is ALL you’re doing. Part of the definition that Microsoft uses for a “cloud’ (which...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: More New System Center 2012 RCs and Betas Available Today

    Great news! More betas and release candidates of the System Center 2012 tools are available today for download! Like many of you, I have been waiting patiently for these gems, and I can’t wait to start playing with them. These round out the pre-releases of tools that allow you to support private...
  • Blog Post: I want my.. I want my.. I want my Hyper-V Cloud (“Cloudy April” - Part 16)

    “Kevin.. Was that title a reference to a certain 80’s song and award-winning video ?" It was.  But I had to add the word “Cloud” to the phrase, because that’s what we’re talking about today: The Hyper-V Cloud .  The idea here is that by using Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V , SCVMM 2008...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Your chance to get a $20 Microsoft Store coupon, and maybe win a laptop!

    This is cool. Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff. And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process. “Huh? Seriously?” Well.. in a sense. We’re announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly 5,000) number of people to...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Does VMware get it?

    Does VMware understand the value of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and have the ability to support your “Hybrid Cloud”?  And can they back up their service with a solid Service-Level Agreement comparable to Microsoft ’s? Of course they can.  At least I think they can.  Do you think...
  • 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: The Cloudy Summary (“Cloudy April” - Part 30)

    If you’re living under a rock (or have better things to do) you may have missed the fact that all this month (April 2011) I’ve been creating one post each day having something to do with “the cloud”. “Yeah. I saw that.” And today, as a grand finale, I thought...
  • Blog Post: Serve Yourself (“Cloudy April” - Part 28)

    As you may recall from part 16 ( Hyper-V Cloud ), one key aspect of what we define as “a cloud” has to do with it providing some level of “self-service”.  You provide a portal or some other method of requesting and then being granted IT resources.  “Yeah, I’d love to let my users do that, Kevin...
  • 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: Cloud on Your Terms Part 7 of 30: Hyper-V for the VMware Professional

    We’re no fools. We know that if you’re using Virtualization in your business, you're very likely using or have considered using VMware. And we also know that you may be considering Hyper-V for an additional (or alternative) virtualization platform. At least I hope you are. That said, and...
  • Blog Post: Here Are Your Microsoft Virtualization Event Resources

    November 2011 - January 2012 IMPORTANT Software Evaluations – Get ‘em here: http://aka.ms/Evals "WAG" = Windows Administrator Groups (on LinkedIn) with Subgroups for user groups by geography – http://aka.ms/WAG Future Live, In-Person Event Information: TechNet Events (for IT...