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  • 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: FREE Windows 8.1 Camp: Discover Key Windows 8.1 Solutions for IT Pros

    As IT professionals, it’s your job to keep up with the latest demands – ensuring your organization has the fastest, most intuitive technology and uninterrupted services, while giving people the freedom to work anywhere, anytime, on a variety of devices. Join us for the upcoming IT Camp, “Empowering People...
  • Blog Post: Key Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud Scenarios: Coming to a City Near YOU!

    You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions that you can implement today to solve pressing...
  • Blog Post: Want to go to TechMentor or Visual Studio Live? Read More to Register and Save $$$

    Last year I know quite a few of you attended one of these conferences, well they are happening again, and you can save some $$$. So if you are interested take a look below: Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas (March 10-14 2014) Much like outer space, the .NET development platform is ever-changing and constantly...
  • Blog Post: 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS): Quickly Provisioning Development / Test Environments with PowerShell

    As a lot of you know I am extremely passionate about PowerShell.  Fundamentally the language has been growing leaps and bounds over the years.  PowerShell should become the scripting tool of choice for you and your infrastructure.  Being able to leverage this fantastic language will save...
  • Blog Post: Columbus, OH, Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (3-24-2011)

    Thanks for everyone for coming out to the Columbus event on the 24th.  Thanks for all of the great questions and feedback from the event.  As promised here are some resources and the Q/A from the event. I will also be placing the slides here: TechNet Slides: Transforming IT from Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Get-Podcast -Sarah, Matt Listen Again or for the First Time: PowerScripting Podcast Replay

    If you did not have a chance to listen to Sarah and I chat with the PowerScripting guys, check out the replay below.  You will also one of the ways I get rid of problems: Episode 148 – Matt Hester and Sarah Dutkiewicz Again thanks to everyone for checking out the podcast and remember if you missed...
  • 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: Louisville, KY Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (4-13-2011)

    Good afternoon and thank you to everyone who attended the event in Louisville ! I hope everyone had a good time. As promised here are some resources and the Q/A from the event..  During the event one the folks in the room mentioned a tool on how to transition your Office knowledge to the ribbon...
  • 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...
  • 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 ,  Kevin Remde and me ) 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) Launches: Learn about the Cloud In the Cloud!

    MVA is a new online training portal aimed at IT Professionals, and anyone else,  who want to learn new skills and enhance existing ones for cloud computing environments.   The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers no-cost, easy-access training for IT professionals who want to get ahead in cloud...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Servers Talking in the Cloud (Part 4 of 31)

    Setting up your trial account in Windows Azure can be very easy to do. If you have not yet, you can visit http://aka.ms/GetAzureIaaS to get started. In part 2 and part 3 Tommy showed you how easy it is to get rolling in the cloud with your virtual systems from getting your Virtual Machines started to...
  • Blog Post: Check Out Talk TechNet every Wed. and Friday!

    Talk TechNet is a twice weekly, one hour radio show for IT Professionals hosted by Senior Program Manager Keith Combs and myself.  Each episode focuses on a specific product or technology. Listeners are encouraged to call in and discuss the topic for the day, or ask questions to help unblock a deployment...
  • Blog Post: Check them out Now: RC’s of the System Center Products

    Today Microsoft released new evaluation versions of the System Center 2012 family of products.  It is your opportunity to download and enjoy the amazing experience of using System Center.  When I think of System Center I immediately think of Virtual Machine Manager, Configuration Manager, and...
  • Blog Post: Heartland IT Pro User Groups

    One of the great aspects of my job is I get to work with a lot of different user groups and meet lots of people from the IT Pro community.  Well I did my best to get a list of all the IT professional  user groups I work with in the Heartland territory (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee...
  • Blog Post: Nashville, TN Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (4-1-2011)

    Good afternoon and thank you to everyone who attended the event in Nashville!  I hope everyone had a good time.  As promised here are some resources and the Q/A from the event. I will also be placing the slides here: TechNet Slides: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud and here...
  • Blog Post: Slides for IT Boot Camp Events

    To download a copy of a slide deck: Click on the bottom right of the PowerPoint to “View full-size presentation” In the new browser window go to the menu and click File –> Download a copy Session 1: System Center 2012 SP1 and Azure IaaS Overview Session 2: Upgrade To Windows Server 2012 Session 3...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Slides for Windows Server 2012 IT Camp

    Here are the slides from the IT Camp.  To download a copy of a slide deck: Click on the bottom right of the PowerPoint to “View full-size presentation” In the new browser window go to the menu and click File –> Download a copy Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Enhancements Windows Server 2012 Storage...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Slides: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud

    Here are the slides for the TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud.  I will also be placing the slides here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/p/tnslides.aspx   To download a copy of a slide deck: Click on the bottom right of the PowerPoint to “View full-size presentation...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 10 of 30: Kevin’s Mad House of Cloud

    Sometimes working with all of these technologies around the cloud you want to know how is that done?  Eventually you get to a point where you want to see what is behind the magic curtain.  In today’s post Kevin takes you on a tour of have he put is cloud environment together.  Some of...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013 Favorites: Community the Hidden Gem at TechEd

    This month Kevin, Keith, Brian and I are talking about some of the favorite things we saw at TechEd North America.  I also thought it would be great instead of just writing about it, I would interview the folks of some of the favorite things I saw.  In this first post I talk with Tiffany Wallace...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Camp—A Hands on Experience–Sign Up Now!!!!

    Here is the latest info on the Microsoft IT Camp series as we dive into how to get your datacenter ready for the cloud and beyond. Join us at a FREE Microsoft IT Camp for hands-on labs, demos, and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts. Here’s your chance to learn more about...
  • Blog Post: 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS):

    Here are all the parts of the Wndows Azure IaaS Series, please check as this post will be updated daily. If you want to see a particular scenario let us know and email me at mhester@microsoft.com . Also remember you can sign up for a FREE Windows Azure 90-Day Trial here: Get Started TODAY with a FREE...
  • Blog Post: Free Training: Are you ready for the Microsoft Private Cloud?

    On February 21 & 22 there is a 2-day virtual training event to learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start .  It is 100% free and open to the public register now! Sign up today at: http://mctreadiness.com/MicrosoftCareerConferenceRegistration...