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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: PowerShell Not Your Father's Command Line Part 23 of 31: HUGE Announcements, Disagreements, Best Practices and A Party…Oh My!

    Happy Monday! Alright this post will be a bit out of the usual, but how many times do you get tell folks you have a book and it is publicly available? (Technically this is my second but who is counting lol :-) So here goes: Available NOW: Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month July 2008: It's Called Work for a Reason!

    For July and as I begin a new fiscal year at Microsoft.  I thought this no-nonsense book by Larry Winget is the perfect fit to get my new year started: It's Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault It is a great read, and if you need motivation check it out. I picked this book...
  • Blog Post: How can I miss you if you have not left yet?

    First off, I am back!  I really did not go anywhere but I have not posted in nearly a month.  There has been a ton of things that have kept me away from my regular post, but I am back and will be posting on a more regular basis.  So what has kept me away? Lack of football, when there is...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month for January 2008: The Truth About Food

    Happy New Year everyone and Welcome to 2008! Now I know some of you are getting ready for your News Year's resolution.  Chances are one of your resolutions is going to be to get into shape or lose weight, according the the U.S. government it is one of the popular choices (full list here: Popular...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Not Your Father's Command Line Part 31 of 31: That’s a Wrap and We are Not Done Yet!

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank you Thank You!   I cannot say thank you to all of you following this series on the blog.  Thanks for the email, suggestions and most importantly thank you for your support.  Sarah and I greatly appreciate it and we could not have done it without you...
  • 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: Filling Buckets Disney World Style

    You may have wondered where I have been, well between Office 2010 Launch events and normal travel schedule I have been busy.  However, in between all of that I was able to sneak away for a week to Disney World to celebrate our 15 year anniversary, and btw we where without kids, including: Nicole...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month for January 2007: Flags of Our Fathers

    Good day everyone! I apologize for the delay in getting this posting so late. Preparation and delivery of launch has really kept me and my teammates extremely busy. So without further delay: Welcome to the January book of the month, Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers I debated on putting...
  • 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: Book of the Month for February 2008: "Then Tress Said to Troy..."

    Good afternoon all my fellow Ohio State fans!!!! This book of the month I decided to lift my spirits as well as all of my fellow buckeye fans! Even if your not a buckeye fan, this is a good football book. The book is all about the last 115 years of Ohio State football. So the book of the month is...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month August 2008: The Blind Side

    Are you ready for football season to begin?  Are you ready to watch my mighty Buckeyes go all the way to the National Title game and win it this year?  Well I know I am!  Well I figured since training camps both college and pro are opening up, I thought it was appropriate to have the August...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month for December 2006: QBQ The Question Behind the Question

    Good day everyone! Welcome to the December book of the month, QBQ The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller . Are you tired of asking (out loud or to yourself) or hearing questions like these: Why do we have to go through all this change? Who dropped the ball? When...
  • Blog Post: Cliff Stoll Delivers a Fantastic presentation.

    As some of you know I am a Cliff Stoll fan, I even blogged his book in 2006: Book of the Month for November 2006: The Cuckoos Egg .  However, I have never heard him speak, well my buddy Kevin Remde , sent me this link to see him deliver an 18 minute presentation.  You can click on this link...
  • Blog Post: Update to a Book of the Month from August 2008

    I blogged about the book The Blind Side in August which followed Michael Oher a football player and how he grew up.  Very interesting book, you can check out my post here: Book of the month August 2008 The Blind Side Well Michel Oher is considered one of the top 5 tackles in the NFL draft right...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month for September 2009: On Being Brown

    Good day all my fellow football and Cleveland Browns Fans!  This months book is dedicated to the being a Browns fan.  The book is called On Being Brown by Scott Huler .  I normally try to pick books with appeal to everyone, but this month I went for something different.  I get teased...
  • Blog Post: Server Bedtime Story by Chris Henley

    If you are tired of reading the same old stories like Green Eggs and Ham, The Giving Tree, or any book about Pooh.  You need to check out my buddy Chris’ story he reads to his kids :   --> Happy Friday!!!!!
  • Blog Post: What does Microsoft have to offer Students?

    My good friend Sarah (aka: the codinggeekette) just recently wrote this great post.  If you are a student, know a student, or just interested in seeing some of the great resources Microsoft offers students you need to check out Sarah’s fantastic post:: Why Microsoft + Being a Student = Awesome If...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Rides Again- The Springboard Tour Dates and Cities Announced Register now!!!

    May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 - Columbus The Springboard Series Tour is back! This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT pros deal with every day. How do I...
  • Blog Post: Books of the Month for May 2010: Born to Run

    I have a lot of fun reading books, and sorry I have not been sharing more, bur I have several  good books I have been reading and I am pretty excited for this book this month:   Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall...
  • Blog Post: Book of The Month January 2009: Buyology

    Okay so you just got through the holidays with some great new gifts and goodies.  Hopefully you got you wanted and you gave even better than you got.  so now that is over did you ask yourself either of these question: Why did I buy that? Why did that person buy me that? Well this months book...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month August 2010: The Runners Rule Book

    Happy August, and happy running season.  With my goofy challenge training right around the corner, I thought I better learn the rules for running.  So this month, I chose The Runner's Rule Book: Everything a Runner Needs to Know--And Then Some by Mark Remy .  I really enjoyed the book...
  • Blog Post: New book on SQL 2008: Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

    One of my teammates Lynn Langit , just finished a new book on SQL.  Very cool stuff Lynn!  This book covers SSAS (OLAP cubes and Data Mining Structures), SSIS, SSRS and more.  The target audience is .NET and database developers. Learn more about the book from Lynn's post here: Contagious...
  • Blog Post: Students Are You Up for a Challenge? Enter the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge NOW!

    Well we the Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge is back again and I have just one question for you?  Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, do you know a student or are you going back to school and can you answer a question like this then your ready for Round...