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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: An In-Depth Look at SharePoint Server 2007 Search Technology: Webcast (12-17-2007)

    Good afternoon all my search aficionados!!!! Thank you for attending the search webcast and I hope you found it interesting. We had some great questions from the webcast and I have the answers below. Before I get to those I wanted to share some resources with you: Resources: Webcast resource page: Event...
  • Blog Post: Integrating the Business Data Catalog (BDC) and Applications Using Office SharePoint Server 2007: WebCast (2-5-2007)

    Good evening all of my Business Data Integrators! Thank your attending my webcast on working with the Business Data Catalog (BDC) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. I hope enjoyed the webcast and seeing all the new capabilities of the BDC. Remember one very important thing is that I...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Video: A Quick Look at Office 365: (Part 3) Power of Integration with Office 365, Outlook, and Lync Online

    In this screencast we take a look at how Office 365 along with Outlook 2010 (and even OWA) and Lync Online work together.  They provide a tight integration allowing you to take tasks, like meeting requests,  to the next level.   This integration allows you to host rich online meetings...
  • Blog Post: A New Program: Webcast Express

    Welcome to a new offering from TechNet! Webcast Express One of the great vehicles that we use in my job to keep in touch with all of you and keep up with technology are webcasts. However, I sometimes hear people will tell me that the webcasts are sometimes a little too long. Well we have answer for you...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading and Migrating to Office SharePoint Server: Webcast (04-25-2007)

    Good afternoon all of you MOSS installers! MOSS = Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Thank you to everyone for attending the web cast on Upgrading and Migrating to Office SharePoint Server 2007. I hope everyone enjoyed the session and was able to take a look at the different ways to move to MOSS 2007...
  • Blog Post: Technical Overview of Excel Services: Webcast (04-06-2007)

    Good afternoon XFD1048576, In case you’re wondering who XFD1048576 is, that is the very last cell in an Excel 2007 spreadsheet. :-) First off thank you for attending the webcast on an exciting technology in SharePoint 2007, Excel Services, I hope you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful possibilities that...
  • Blog Post: Spammers are IDIOTS!!!

    I have yet received another reason why spammers are idiots. Overall I have a huge distaste for what they try to do, but occasionally I feel compelled to educate and share some of the work that they try to do. The email below was received by my wife, and happily my wife's company email system did prevent...
  • Blog Post: 20 Days of 20 Ways – Get Started with Migrating and Deploying Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure VMs

    As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! In February, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been worked together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started. Here...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program: Still Accepting Applications

    As I blogged last month: Want Some Help on Piloting Microsoft Technologies like Windows 7? The program is still looking for people like you to take part, so if you answer yes to any of the following questions send me an email at mhester@microsoft.com Interested in learning more about the newest...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is Coming to your Campus: The Great Techxploration

    The Great Techxploration Campus Tour is a back-to-school tour travelling across the U.S. this fall!  We hope that you will join us for a fun day of Web 2.0 tech & Media Center gadgetry. We hope to demo & distribute Tips & Tricks cards to help students use technologies like Office Live...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires FAST

    Hello all of my search junkies, I have a great announcement to share, Microsoft is looking to acquire FAST.  This is an important step that not only shows how Microsoft is investing but also how important Enterprise Search is you and your business.  As with past acquisitions Microsoft will...
  • Blog Post: Did you get my email? Yes, but it took forever!

    Hopefully we are all receiving email almost nearly instantaneously. Sometimes however email is flowing only roughly faster than maple syrup in Vermont during December. In other words it can be slow, and aside from making sure we have the cable plugged in , we cannot find the cause. So what could be happening...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1 Released in 32 and 64 bit flavors!

    One the great security tools for Microsoft products has a new paint job.  The MBSA is simply invaluable utility for all you administrators out there! The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a tool designed for the IT professional that helps determine their security state in accordance...
  • Blog Post: Does your company have an Enterprise Search Strategy?

    Good evening all of my search jedi's  :-) I heard a great analyst, Matthew Brown , from Forrester talk about how important it is a to have a strategy and he did a very good job defining the steps to developing the strategy.  There is a great brief summary of the article at documentmedia.com...
  • Blog Post: Honolulu, Hawaii: Launch (03/01/2007)

    Aloha and Mahalo! Thank you to everyone for coming to the event! We had 510 IT Professionals showing the Aloha Spirit! I hope everyone had fun and more importantly learned something new about all the exciting products that we have coming out! I look forward to the next time I get to visit the beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Community Tour Recap Questions and Answers

    Let me just say: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for everyone who came to the Windows Server IT Pro Community tour.  I had a great time travelling all over the district and an even better time meeting everyone!  We had over 286 folks over the tour, not bad for an evening event, and chances are not...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio Interview --- SharePoint Virtualization

    I had a great conversation with Michael Noel on TechNet Radio, we talked about the many benefits on SharePoint Virtualization.  We also briefly discussed on what roles should be considered for virtualization.  One of the great tidbits that came up was that you could accomplish what would take...
  • Blog Post: Free Office 365 Jump Start 5/24-5/26 - Register now!

    Just one week after TechEd, Microsoft Learning is hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for IT Professionals looking for real-world proof of how cloud-based Office 365 enables you to solve more problems from more places. This course will be delivered via virtual classroom...
  • Blog Post: Enter now only a couple of weeks left to win an HP Envy? Enter the Toolbox.com Windows @ Work Contest & for a Chance!!!!

    Sign up to join the Toolbox.com IT Windows 7 Community so you can enter the Windows @ Work contest, discuss issues that arise during the implementation, configuration, administration or daily use of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. Be a part of the Toolbox.com Windows 7 Community! Here is a great...
  • Blog Post: Announcement, new event in Cincinnati talking about the power of online marketing

    LET Your Mouse Do the Marketing! Join us for this exclusive event for Microsoft Partners! Meet Jeremy Epstein, founder of Never Stop Marketing, as he shares survival strategies to grow your business in today’s online marketing environment. This event is FREE and there will be great giveaways, great food...
  • Blog Post: Finally some live Event Questions and Answers

    Alright what happens when you are on the road for so long you forget how to blog.  Well one of the things, I truly am sorry, is you lose all the fun pieces of paper with questions from live events on them.  I was able to track down most of the questions from the last several weeks of events...
  • Blog Post: Memphis and Nashville, TN: LAUNCH (1/16/2007 and 1/18/2007)

    Good DAY Memphis and Nashville! First off THANK YOU for coming to launch! I had a great time and I hope everyone really enjoyed the events! We had a little almost 1000 (974 to be exact!) Tennessee IT Professionals combined! What a phenomenal turn out, and again thank you Memphis and Nashville! As sometimes...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...