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  • Blog Post: VMware Pro? Gear up on Hyper-V through Microsoft Early Experts

    Are you a VMware Pro? In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform...
  • 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: Windows Server 2003 R2 Webcast Series

    Windows Server 2003 R2 Webcast Series – Extend Connectivity and Control in Your Environment Did you know that there is a new version of Windows Server 2003 coming? Did you know there are new features coming in Windows Server 2003 that will help you extend your connectivity and control your management...
  • 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: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: Yes, there is an “I” in Team. The NIC Team in Windows Server 2012 (Part 7 of 31)

    Happy Sunday! It’s my turn again to provide today’s article in our series of “ 31 Days of our Favorite Things ”. And today I am pleased to introduce to you the topic of NIC Teaming . “’Introduce’? But, Kevin… I’ve been doing NIC Teaming for years...
  • 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: Longhorn - Windows Server Virtualization and Server Core

    This is a really cool screencast - definitely worth sharing. It shows off some exciting new technologies coming in the next version of Windows Server (still codename "Longhorn"). Can you say "8 core"? "8 core?!" I knew you could. We're showing off for the first time support for an 8 core virtual...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the US

    Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning (otherwise known as “IT Camps”) from now through mid-October. Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid...
  • Blog Post: Resource Page for Windows Server 2003 Administration Series Webcast (Part 6 of 12)

    Resource Page for TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 6 of 12): Managing and Administering Printers (Level 200) Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8) Here are some resources relating to...
  • Blog Post: Does my SAN support ODX? (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 46)

    Dan asked this at a TechNet Event IT Camp a few months ago… For those of you not familiar with it, ODX stands for Offloaded Data Transfer (or, I suppose, “X-fer”). It is a capability that some storage vendor solutions have to offload the transfer of data. “Um.. duh!”...
  • Blog Post: Check Out My 5 New Windows Server 2008 R2 Screencasts

    Hey IT folks, Back on July 30th, 2009, I presented what ended up being a pretty highly rated webcast on Windows Server 2008 R2 entitled “How Windows Server 2008 R2 Affects Your IT Infrastructure” . And as I’ve done in the past, I promised that soon after I would record the demos and get them up on...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Safety Center is... LIVE!

    beta Yes indeed… your PC can be more secure and healthy. The Windows Live Safety Center is a place where anyone can quickly tune up their PC. There are three “Service Centers” where you can Protect Clean up and Tune up your PC. There is also an online community forming there as well...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Did you know that there’s no extra charge?

    This week at VMWorld the VMware faithful are learning all about the latest news and updates from their virtualization vendor.  And hopefully at the same time Microsoft is able to reach them with some free custard and some good information to help them understand: What Hyper-V can do, and that You...
  • Blog Post: Resources for TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 1 of 6): Planning and Deploying SharePoint Server 2007

    Here are some resources relating to part 1 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled " SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 1 of 6): Planning and Deploying SharePoint Server 2007 ". I hope you find them useful. Kevin — Microsoft Office 2007 Online - Home Page http://office...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Are you experienced?

    We start this new week of articles in our series, “ VMware or Microsoft? ” with a nod to the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s album and song, “Are you experienced”.  “Why?” Because whenever I hear the question, “are you certified?”, I think of professional certifications.  And when I think of professional...
  • 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: Resources for TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 6 of 6): Keeping Control of Your SharePoint Sites with IT Governance

    Here are some resources relating to part 5 of the SharePoint Server 2007 webcast series I'm presenting, entitled " SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 6 of 6): Keeping Control of Your SharePoint Sites with IT Governance ". I hope you find them useful. Kevin — SharePoint Series Landing Page http...
  • Blog Post: Travelin' Man - This Week's FREE TechNet Briefings

    This week is another travelin’ TechNet Briefings week for me. I’ll have the pleasure of presenting live events in Illinois and Wisconsin: June 21 – Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center 201 SW Jefferson Street Peoria, ILLINOIS 61602 Phone: 303-673-8900 June 23 – Madison,...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series (Part 10 - VPN and RAS) Q-and-A

    Here, is this week’s “best of” Q&A log from the webcast. Sincere thanks again to my teammates for doing such a great job helping to answer questions! I give them the bulk of the credit for the information in this document. You guys are the best! Also I want to make sure also...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell 2.0 - Gonna be SWEEET

    A friend and board member of a local user group pointed me to a recent article in BetaNews , talking about some cool new capabilities in the next version of Windows PowerShell .  According to the CTP 2 download page (yes, you can download a Community Technology Preview version of 2.0), here are...
  • Blog Post: Finally! Cable HD to Media Center PCs!

    Yeah! I know a lot of people have been waiting for this. (Not me, however.. I don’t yet have a Media Center. <sigh> They are so cool…) Previously, if you wanted HDTV to play or be recorded through your Media Center, it had to come from an over-the-air HDTV broadcast. Today, however, Microsoft...
  • 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: NEW! Hands-On Datacenter Scenarios and Windows Azure Events

    This just in… The demand has been so great for more information about using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services as an extension of your datacenter and IT Operations, that we’ve decided to schedule a few more FREE events to close out the end of our fiscal year here in Central Region...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in SCVMM 2012 - (“Cloudy April” - Part 27)

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager ( SCVMM ) 2008 R2 is a powerful virtualization management tool.  It does a great job of organizing and managing your virtualization hosts, clusters, virtual machines, and libraries of resources (virtual hard disks, saved machines, machine templates, profiles...