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  • Blog Post: Modernizing your Infrastructure: The FREE Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

    Welcome to another in our new series of “ Modernize your Infrastructure ” articles. Today I’m pleased to share with you the details of yet another free and easy-to-use assessment tool from Microsoft . The purpose of this tool is to help you answer the following important question: ...
  • Blog Post: A Useful List of Windows 8 or 8.1 Resources for IT Pros

    Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for tweeting about this. Mary Hutson is maintaining a very useful list of “top Microsoft Support solutions for the most common issues IT Pros experience when using or deploying Windows 8 or 8.1.” She updates the list every quarter; the most recent being just two days ago (Aug...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 for Business: Series Wrap-up and Resources

    Well.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news ( //Build ) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “ Windows 8.1 for Business ”. For this final article of the series, I’m going to leave...
  • Blog Post: Doesn’t Windows 8.1 require more hardware than Windows 7? (Series: Windows 8.1 for Business)

    Logically, it makes sense. Forever it seems whenever any software company comes out with a new version of their product, the added features and functionality require extra hardware. In the case of operating systems, that seems especially true. Software vendors are always trying to build their solutions...
  • Blog Post: Can I use Windows 8.1 without a touchscreen?

    Even if you’ve never tried Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 , you may have seen the advertisements showing off the lovely colorful “touch-first” interface (previously known as the “Metro” UI). Even some people using a traditional old non-touch laptop will reach out and touch the screen when they first encounter...
  • Blog Post: Why can’t I just use the desktop in Windows 8.1?

    Well, you can. In fact, my friend and coworker Jennelle Crothers explains it all for you in today’s article in our “ Windows 8.1 for Business ” blog series. She writes… “Ask anyone who uses a computer for every day work tasks, they might say that they LIVE on the desktop and can’t be bothered with the...
  • Blog Post: Do you really need a start menu?

    One of the reasons some people weren’t comfortable with Windows 8 from the beginning was for the lack of their familiar start menu. In today’s article in our “ Windows 8.1 for Business ” series, my friend Matt Hester delivers the run-down on the benefits of the Start Screen vs. the old Start Menu, and...
  • Blog Post: Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business

    Welcome to March! And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP . I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows...
  • Blog Post: Help Shape Microsoft’s Cloud Technologies: Join the IT Pro User Panel

    IT Professionals: Have you ever been deep in the guts of a gnarly infrastructure deployment, automation, configuration, trouble-shooting or similar task, and thought to yourself something like this: “Why didn’t that darn product team at Microsoft make this tool work better, more like what I need it to...
  • Blog Post: What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2?

    Active Directory .  You know it.  You love it.  You’ve loved it since it made its introduction back in Windows 2000 Server .  Over 90 percent of the world’s business IT relies on Active Directory for local user and machine management, authentication, policy application, and directory...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Private Cloud in a Month – The Complete April 2013 Series

    In April of 2013 our team’s blogging focus was on how to build your Private Cloud . I hope you found our articles informative, that you have downloaded your free System Center 2012 SP1 trial, your Windows Server 2012 evalution, and have started your Windows Azure FREE TRIAL . Here is our...
  • Blog Post: My Favorite “Feature” (So many questions. So little time. Part 30)

    For my 30th posting in this series, I thought I’d tackle a couple of really tough questions posed by John at our Columbus, Ohio TechNet Event : Well, John… this of course would require me to enter an opinion here on my blog.  And I don’t think I’m allowed to give my opinion of Windows 8 or Windows...
  • Blog Post: And the worst kept secret today is…

    Y’all heard that we released a new preview for consumers of Windows 8, right? Windows 8 Consumer Preview
  • Blog Post: Where CAN’T You Use Hyper-V? (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 11.)

    A question I’ve actually heard several times before came up again at our TechNet Event in Kansas City several weeks ago: “Can I use Hyper-V as a VM (within Windows 7)?” No. “Can you elaborate?” Absolutely. First of all, Hyper-V is a role added to Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Migration and Deployment - The Full Series

    In February of 2013, the US-based IT Pro Technology Evangelists wrote up 20 articles in our 19-part series, “ Migration and Deployment ”. “Huh? 20 of 19?” Well.. I provided a series introduction in part 0. (Don’t computer people always start counting at zero?) But...
  • 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: Deploy Windows 8 Apps with System Center – Migration and Deployment (Part 16 of 19)

    We’re in the home stretch! It’s the last week in February, and we only have a few more days of our “ Migration and Deployment ” series of articles left. And wrapping out our final four, we’re going to tackle the topic of Windows 8 applications. What options do we have, and...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft Announces the Windows 8 Editions (SKUs)

    This is great… Today Microsoft announced that there will be three (count ‘em.. 3 ) editions of Windows 8 when it goes on sale – presumably later this year.  “Wait a sec…only three?  Didn’t Windows 7 come in 6.. or more?” Yep.  Three.  Brandon LeBlanc writes on the Windows Team Blog...
  • 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: 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: (Episode 17) Windows 8 Tips: Security and Privacy

    In part 5 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas   and I briefly introduce you to some of the new security-centric improvements in Windows 8 . There’s never been a better time to build for Windows!  Join the App Builder Program and learn about...
  • Blog Post: Free Tools for Windows Deployment (and a light touch deployment demo) - Migration and Deployment (Part 2 of 19)

    Today in part 2 of our “ Migration and Deployment ” series, we discuss the free tools that can make it very easy for you to deploy Windows 8 (and Windows Server 2012 , although we’re focusing today on Windows 8) in a small to mid-sized business environment. There are two toolsets...
  • Blog Post: (Episode 9) Windows 8: Deployment Options – Part 1

    In this episode of “Reimagining Windows”, I welcome Sr. Product Manager Michael Niehaus to the show.  We discuss the tools, technologies, tips and tricks that are available to enable the efficient deployment of Windows 8 onto new or existing hardware.  Tune in for part 1 of our discussion as...
  • Blog Post: (Episode 18) Windows 8 Tips: Tweaks and Customizations

    In part 6 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas and I show off some of the new kinds of customization options found in Windows 8 . There’s never been a better time to build for Windows! Join the App Builder Program and learn about the Windows ecosystem...
  • Blog Post: (Episode 19) Windows 8 Tips: Explorer Tricks

    In part 7 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas   give us a quick introduction to some of the new File Explorer (formerly “Windows Explorer”) features and capabilities. There’s never been a better time to build for Windows!  Join the App Builder...