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  • Blog Post: ANNOUCEMENT: SCU is now available on Channel 9!

    I am excited to announce the partnership between SCU and Channel 9, allowing for all SCU content and the live SCU US event feed available via Channel 9. SCU 2015 US will take place 2/4/15 in Dallas, TX. This year’s event includes two live tracks, one of which will be featured on Channel 9 live...
  • 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: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    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 , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Breaking into Vegas! The Code Room Episode 3

    Have you ever wanted watch the White Hats and Black Hats battle for the security of Las Vegas? Well guess what you can! The 3rd episode of The Code Room is going to show just that, and answer the question what happens when a Hacker gets in and how to defend against it! The Code Room: Breaking Into Vegas...
  • Blog Post: Two System Center betas Announced: System Center Essentials and Data Protection Manager

    I just got wind of two System Center Essentials 2010 More information on SCE here: Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenteressentials/archive/2009/09/29/sce-2010-public-beta-is-here.aspx Main Site: www.microsoft.com/SCE SCE 2010 is designed specifically for mid-sized organizations...
  • Blog Post: REGISTER TODAY: Get your Tech Tune-up on Nov. 2, 2011 a Great Event for IT Pros

    Technology is leaving the traditional business world behind. Learn how to leverage the right technology to jump start business growth and get ahead of the curve!  On November 2, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (ET) in Blue Ash, OH  there will be a Tech Tune-Up to help brush up your skills on 4...
  • Blog Post: All that is Data Protection Manager (DPM) and more!!!

    I wanted to give everyone a heads up on a new resource where you can to learn more about Data Protection Manager (DPM). Jason Buffington a good friend of mine and XBOX live partner in crime has started a blog here: Jason's World He also has a great introductory post on DPM 2007 here: DPM 2007 is on the...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Private Cloud in a Month: Protecting Private Cloud Workloads with System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager (DPM)

    Being able to protect your Private cloud is one of the more important things you can do. With so many moving parts how do you approach this. If you are leveraging System Center 2012 for the many other components of your infrastructure, than I would highly recommend you look at Data Protection Manager...
  • Blog Post: Come and Get It: Data Protection Manager 2010 Release Candidate – now available

    My good friend Jason just let me know that everyone can: COME AND GET IT !  What are you getting?  The greatest data protection tool on the market, Data Protection Manager.  Well the product has hit a major mile stone and Jason just announced the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 is now available...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students Quiz #2 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #2 (sorry I missed quiz one I was OOF)  opens today at 8:01 p.m. EST (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST 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...
  • Blog Post: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer - Randy Pausch

    I was sad to find out today that Randy Pausch had passed forward into a better life. I was deeply moved by his speech and the way he lived. You can read the full article here: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer For those of you that have not scene the last lecture it is worth your time. ...
  • Blog Post: Bringing you the technology you really want to hear about!

    Good evening all my listeners. :-) Huh, what did I say, listeners, shouldn't I have said readers? Not in this case my friends. In January, I decided to take a page out of the Michael Murphy TechNet Radio playbook and helped out on some TechNet Radio interviews. I interviewed two exciting folks, Arpan...
  • Blog Post: Simply Amazing, Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

    If you have never scene this talk, I highly recommend it, it is about 10 minutes long and worth every second.  I guarantee it will touch you.  It is an shorter version of a full lecture that he gave, and you can click on his name to learn more and see the full lecture.  Thank you Randy...
  • Blog Post: No Fooling: Use the New TechNet Subscription code TNITQ406 to save 25% for your Favorite IT Pro

    Happy April, we had a change of the program and the code, the new code to get a discount ! I hope everyone is starting off with a great spring. What a better way to celebrate Spring than giving your favorite IT Pro a new TechNet subscription and you can save 25% with TNITQ406!!!!! Just Use TNITQ406...
  • Blog Post: Attention Ohio Area IT Pros, Register Now for Dayton IT Pro Camp Wed., Jan., 18, 2012

    The Dayton IT Pro Camp is a FREE , daylong Camp for IT Pros featuring Microsoft Cloud Technologies. During the day, we will have presentations on Hyper-V, SharePoint, Office365 and Azure. In addition, we will have a cloud security presentation and presentations from the Vendors who have agreed to support...
  • Blog Post: Finally someone gets it about the PC vs. Mac commercials

    I started writing this post to help drive awareness over some of my mild frustration with the Mac vs. PC commercials.  While during the process of writing this post about Time Machine and Shadow Copy, a friend of mine, thanks Dave, sent me this great article, which I think sums my thoughts up nicely...
  • Blog Post: Sign up Now: Great Valentine Gift for your favorite IT Pro a new TechNet Subscription use code TNITE06

    Open the key to your favorite IT Pro’s heart with a new TechNet subscription and save 28%!!!!!  I am sure it is the gift your favorite IT Pro wants for valentines day! Just Use TNITE06 when ordering your new subscription. Click here to get your TechNet Subscription: Purchase a TechNet Subscription...
  • Blog Post: Students are you in Round 2 of the Imagine Cup IT Challenge Yet, Quiz #2 is right around the corner!

    Quiz #2 is on: October 19, 2010 ( October 18, 8:01 p.m. EST  (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST) ) Click here to register: http://imaginecup.com/register If you are not familiar with the challenge, the Imagine Cup IT Challenge is designed to highlight the art and science of developing,...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–The Complete Quick List

    As Many of you know over the last month and a half we delivered a 35 part series on VMware or Microsoft. You can check out the whole list below. We hoped you enjoyed the series, and please let me know if you have any questions! Series Introduction What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor? ...
  • Blog Post: Get Dialed into System Center

    I just came across a great new blog around System Center. The System Center team put up their team blog here: Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog This blog is still young and I know they will have some great information with the products currently in their launch schedules. There first post has a lot...
  • Blog Post: Agility Now (Part 07 of 10): Painless Data Protection: Webcast (10-18-2006)

    Good day all my data protectors! Thank you for attending the web cast on the painless data protection, part 7 of 10. I hope you are all enjoying all 10 parts of the web cast series and if you have not had a chance to see the first 6 parts take a look at my previous entry on the series for more information...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Infrastructure as a Service - Windows Azure and System Center 2012

    In Part 6 of our Windows Azure IaaS series I welcomes John Savill, Founder of SavillTech to discuss how Windows Azure and System Center 2012 work together. Tune in as we chat about the importance of System Center Orchestrator, App Controller and Service Manager as well as how these components integrate...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Talks About Imagine Cup Solve

    You may have seen several of my blog posts around Imagine Cup , well it seems Bill Gates is getting to see a lot of this first hand.  He wrote a great blog article here talking about students and imagine cup: Real-World Solutions from World's Youth Imagine Cup Solve This is a new program to provide...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich demystifies Steve Gibson's claims of an intentional WMF backdoor.

    Good afternoon Everyone. I have been receiving a lot of email's on this one. While I was looking at some great utilities at www.sysinternals.com , I discovered that Mark Russinovich commented in fantastic technical detail of the recent WMF vulnerability. The bottom line of Mark Russinovich’s...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Jason Buffington (Part 2..DPM Style)

    I had another great chance to talk with Jason on Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012). We touch on the new additions to version 4 of DPM that IT Pros will like. We also discuss Jason's new book " Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers" , that covers best practices on...