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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: 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: Part II: The Quest Continues…

    Some might remember that I blogged about this, or perhaps played this game over a year ago: Server Quest Well, the saga continues. Server Quest II is launched and ready for play. Those of us who spent too many hours playing cheesy pixilated adventure games ** about 15-20 years ago will appreciate...
  • 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: Tracking Hyper-V Dynamic Memory (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 6.)

    Justin, in our Saint Louis TechNet Event asked us: “How can we track dynamic memory over time? Application vendor's physical requirements are always too high. Resource usage over time can better right-size an app.” As of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 , you have some new Hyper-V performance counters...
  • 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: 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: IT Manager Community Chats are back!

    This Wednesday (March 16) at I’ll be hosting the first of what I hope will be many (several already scheduled… more to follow) of what we call “ IT Manager Community Chats with Kevin Remde ”.  Our first one is going to be with Microsoft’s Tharun Tharian, a Sr. Product Manager for SQL Azure. ...
  • Blog Post: SAVE MONEY on your TechNet Subscription: 28% off with NEW promotion code: TNITE04

    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 1/2 of the audience raises their hand. Considering...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: TechNet Subscription Discount!

    Those of you who also get the TechNet Flash e-mails already know this… We’ve announced a 15% discount offer for new TechNet Professional Subscriptions . “ From now until February 29th, 2012 Microsoft TechNet Flash subscribers will receive a 15% discount on a new Microsoft® TechNet Subscriptions Professional...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and SmartCards? (So many questions. So little time. Part 47)

    It’s been over a year now since I posted my last in the series “So many questions. So little time.” “ August 20, 2012 to be exact.” Yes indeed.  And now that I’m again giving my IT Camp attendees the ability to submit their questions to me in writing, their questions become a really good source...
  • Blog Post: Who are we? I’m glad you asked…

    Hi. I’m Kevin. “Hi Kevin!’ …and I’m an IT Professional Technology Evangelist with Microsoft . I’m one of nine who represent Microsoft in these 48 contiguous United States. (Maybe someone gets to go to Hawaii and Alaska now and then, but they’re not sayin’.) Anyway, I thought I would take a moment to...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Central Region Events are back! Windows 7 Deployment “Firestarter” Events are LIVE!

    That’s right.  We’re coming to a town near you.  “Or at least near me if I live near one of the cities listed below?” Well, yeah..  But anyway, we know that there are a lot of you who are just starting or still wondering about deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 to your businesses, ...
  • Blog Post: NEW: Virtualization IT Camps!

    Yes!  We’re coming back to a classroom near you (I hope) for an intense, full-day of training and hands-on with Windows Server 2012 , Hyper-V , and System Center .  If you’re using virtualization … “What do you mean, ‘if’?” Yeah, good point.  The modern datacenter is already virtualizing...
  • Blog Post: File Server Migration (So many questions. So little time. Part 38)

    This question was asked at a recent TechNet Event where we discussed Server Migration tools : For those of you not familiar with these, the Server Migration tools are best practices and utilities for moving server roles and data from old servers (Are you still running Windows Server 2003?) to the...
  • Blog Post: How do I backup a virtual machine? (So many questions. So little time. Part 42)

    Mike W asks: “When backing up a virtual machine, what files need to be backed up?” ”Do the virtual servers need to be down for the backup?” ”What considerations need to be made when doing a ‘Disaster Recovery’ of a host server?” Well Mike, you sure do ask a lot of questions .  And I don’t think...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Jump Start Recordings released!

    Just last week, Corey Hynes and Rick Claus delivered a 2-day deep-dive into the details of the next version of Windows Server coming out later this year: Windows Server 2012 .  I was privileged to be able to help with Q&A during the first day, also. “Yeah, I missed that.  I sure would have...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: The Windows Server 2012 Blog Post Series (Part 1 of 31)

    Happy October! And Happy Monday! “Grrr…” Ah.. Somebody hasn’t had enough coffee yet. Well… trust me. It is a great day. It’s the first day of a new blog post series that me and my central region IT Pro Technology Evangelist buddies are facilitating. “Who...
  • 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: 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: 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: Resources for my “Connections” presentations in Orlando, FL

    Hello all, Today finds me in Orlando Florida. I’m currently listening to Harold Wong talk about Exchange Disaster Recovery options (good stuff), but I’m not paying completely attention (obviously). But I thought I’d take a moment and direct you to the resources I put together for my three PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 2) What’s New in 2012 R2 – Transforming the Datacenter

    Microsoft Corporate VP Brad Anderson and I are back for part 2 of our "What's New in 2012 R2" series.  We discuss the new and exciting "cloud OS vision" in the next wave of Microsoft's Server and System Center products . Tune in as we take a deep dive into how your business can...
  • Blog Post: Are you subscribed? (the “15%-off” deal) (“Cloudy April” - Part 21)

    ** UPDATE: The 15%-off deal has expired. Watch the blog for updated offers at a later date. -KR ** “Hey Kevn.. what does the TechNet Subscription have to do with the Cloud?” Where do you think it comes from? In all seriousness, though… the TechNet Subscription is an excellent...
  • 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...