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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: Dallas TechFest Presentation: To Cloud or Not To Cloud

    I had the privilege to speak at Dallas TechFest last week and I delivered one of my favorite sessions on cloud computing! To Cloud or Not To Cloud is my session and here is the description: Cloud computing is emerging as a promising IT service delivery vehicle. But is the question “To cloud or not to...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Sneak Peak 1 MVA Live Event - Modernizing Your Data Center

    Jennelle Crothers and myself give you a sneak peak into what we are going to be discussing on our upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy event – “ Modernizing Your Data Center ” on Tuesday, October 28th . Tune in for part 1 of this MVA Live Event teaser and be sure to register for this FREE, live online...
  • 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: Tech Ed 2014 Live Streaming Sessions this week ...

    Can’t make it to Houston this year for TechEd 2014? No worries – just join us online via Tech Ed Live Streaming all week long from the keynote and technical breakout sessions. At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about...
  • 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: Cloud OS MVP Roadshow --- Dallas January 14, 2014

    Join us as Windows IT Pro technical director and MVP Sean Deuby discussed how you can build and scale in the cloud. In this exciting ½ day event, learn how to: Confidently virtualize everything, including mission-critical SAP and Oracle workloads Take advantage of software-defined networking to free...
  • Blog Post: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Now Available In All Channels; Get It Today!

    Today we are happy to share the news that three months after its release to manufacturing and 12 months after its initial announcement at WPC 2010, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is now available through all channels. Our customers will able to purchase a copy of the server through Volume...
  • Blog Post: Talk TechNet airs 4/27 at 9am PST - Topic for the day - Virtualization

    This morning we’ll be taking questions live from you. Join us at 9am PST as we host an episode on the topic of Virtualization. Our guest this morning is Aidan Finn. Aidan has many years of experience on this topic so please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to ask a question you have. To register...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students Quiz #3 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #3  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 your ready for Round 1 of the Imagine...
  • Blog Post: First EVER: PowerShell Saturday in Columbus, OH: March 10, 2012

    I just learned about a great event coming up in March!  The very first "PowerShell Saturday"!  This is an all-day event that will provide registered attendees with the following: Chance to learn Windows PowerShell from experts in the field like Ed Wilson "The Microsoft Scripting...
  • 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: 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: Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

    Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Hybrid Cloud Integrated Storage with StorSimple and Windows Azure

    Today I welcome Marc Farely from StorSimple , a cloud integrated storage which provides primary storage, backup and disaster recovery to your on-premise datacenter. Tune in as we discuss the benefits of a hybrid cloud solution as well as how StorSimple can drastically cut storage costs and increase data...
  • Blog Post: Free US IT Pro Blog reader for Windows Phone

    One of my good friends Brian Lewis and teammates has written his first Windows Phone App.  The app will allow you to quickly catch up on all the IT Pro Blog articles., even my own.  Check it out here: http://mythoughtsonit.com/2012/12/free-us-it-pro-blog-reader-for-windows-phone/
  • Blog Post: Houston Windows Azure IT Camp (9/5/2013) Questions and Answers

    Good afternoon everyone, I apologize for the delay, here the questions I got from the camp in Houston The slide deck is at the end of the post.  Thanks to Keith Mayer and Yung Chou for the help on some of questions.  Q: How do I license SQL license be applied to Azure? A:  If you are an...
  • Blog Post: FREE Webcast 10/9: Veeam + Microsoft = Better Together

    Microsoft’s Hyper-V and VM protection is one of the hottest topics in the IT world. Join Chris Henley for an inside look on how together, Veeam and Microsoft can help to improve your Modern Data Protection™ strategy. Because when it comes to innovations in virtualization, Veeam® and Microsoft are simply...
  • Blog Post: Download. Play. Win. Microsoft Trivia Challenge!

    Want to go to MMS on Microsoft’s dime?  Want a chance to win free stuff?, Want to have your knowledge tested?  Then take on the: Microsoft Trivia Challenge!   How does it work? Download. Play. Win.  Go here to sign up: Microsoft Trivia Challenge   between January 15, 2013 through...
  • Blog Post: Register Now: John Savill’s upcoming Master Class Certified training session in Dallas on 7/8/2013

    I just found out about this and had to pass it on! John and I have been colleagues for years and I am certain that this will be an incredible training. This intensive one week event is designed to give attendees the skills required to architect, deploy and manage a Microsoft centric environment. By the...
  • Blog Post: Register Now TechNet Events Present: A Day with Microsoft Virtualization, Hyper-V, SCVMM 2012 and SCOM 2012…Oh My

    Well we are on the road again!  We are hitting the road and take a look at the events we are doing in the US at TechNet Events in the central US to see if you’ll be able to spend the day with us. “A day? I thought you guys usually do the 1/2-day TechNet Events.” Yeah, that was then. This is now...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge

    The Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge provides a FREE online study group with certification exam preparation materials for quickly learning about the latest version of Windows Server! The Challenge involves a series of Knowledge Quests - starting with the Apprentice Quest below - and each...