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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: 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: Thank You and Launch Resources!

    Thank you! Thank you to everyone that attended the launch events across the nation! Personally I want to thank the ~ 3,700 (3,792 to be exact) that came out and saw me in Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Honolulu (yeah tough gig, read about where I went after Hawaii...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista, 2007 Office System and Exchange 2007, Cleveland Event (6-21-2006)

    Good day all my User Group folks from Cleveland ! I appologize for the big delay in getting this posted. Thank you for spending the evening with http://www.gcpcug.org and myself at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel . I really had a great time talking about the future of Microsoft products. I had a great...
  • Blog Post: March, where do I get to go in March?

    Can you believe it my manager told me for my first event in March I am going to have to travel ~4000 miles. My first event is on March 1st and is the last launch event for Microsoft Across America. Did I mention that the event is in Honolulu? :-) I know what you’re thinking tough life. In reality I have...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange Conference - registration is now live

    Register now @ http://www.mecisback.com/register.aspx .
  • Blog Post: Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH: LAUNCH (1/30/2007 and 2/1/2007)

    Good Afternoon Louisville and Cincinnati! First off THANK YOU for coming to launch! We had over 1000 Kentucky and Ohio IT Professional in the both cities, 1057 to be exact! That is an incredible turn out and again I cannot thank everyone enough! I also loved doing the wave, to show my good friend Michael...
  • 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: MAP 5.5 RTW

    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for free download. Download MAP 5.5 Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool...
  • 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: Key Exchange Server 2007 Scenarios: Webcast (04-23-07)

    Good evening all my Exchange Scenario Masters! Thank you for attending the webcast on Exchange Server 2007 Scenarios. We talked a lot about several topics from administration, to OWA, to LCR. Hopefully you enjoyed the webcast and you had a lot of questions. As promised here are some links to resources...
  • 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: Feedback requested: TN2.0 is going live

    There is really one huge change that will impact us all as IT Pros. We are launching TechNet 2.0, and one of friends Keith Combs just recently blogged about it, including two 14 minute podcasts located here: TechNet 2.0 – Episode 1 – Core Scenarios and Branding TechNet 2.0 – Episode 2 – The New TechCenters...
  • Blog Post: Cleveland and Columbus, OH Questions and Answers: Gear Up for New Solutions (8-22-2006 and 8-24-2006)

    Good day all Cleveland and Columbus! I really had a great time talking about the future of Microsoft products. The conversations we had in both cities was fantastic and I look forward to coming back to town! After I got back home, I noticed the question from both events were very similar so I combined...
  • 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: TechNet Events Grand Rapids, MI and Toledo, OH (8/7/2007 and 8/9/2007)

    Good morning everyone! Thank you for everyone coming to the events! I hope everyone had a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you all again. with that said we had a lot of fantastic questions and they are listed below. Enjoy and please comment if I missed any or if you need more information! Q:What...
  • 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: Enhancements to Client Access Services and Web Services in Exchange Server 2007: Webcast (8-14-2006)

    Good afternoon all of my Exchange 2007 Client Access, Thank you for attending my web cast on Exchange 2007 client access, Harold Wong and Kevin Remde did an excellent job and handled the questions that came into the queue. Please comment if you have any additional questions. Also if you can watch...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Exchange Training Camp coming to Ohio!

    begin Hank Williams Jr. visualization Are you ready for some VISTA! A Exchange 2003 and 2007 party! end Hank Williams Jr. visualization! :-) Hello Cleveland and Columbus I heading to Ohio the week of August 21st to talk Vista and Exchange! This will be a great trip, I will be in Springfield...
  • Blog Post: Does Communication With A Remote Work Force Scare You?

    First calm your server down, then next calm your IT administrator down as well.  Now lets talk about communication and collaboration and how your servers can empower a remote workforce, that will allow your business to thrive be more focused on efficiency, innovation and productivity. According...
  • 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: Last Chance Students: Tonight Take Quiz #8 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge

    This is the Last Call, Quiz number 8 Opens tonight at 8:01p.m. est! Quiz 8:  January 31, 2011 January 30, 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...