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  • 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: Houston Here I Come

    I have the pleasure of presenting on Windows Azure IAAS next week in Houston! On September 5th, YOU are welcome to join me for FREE, as long as seats last! (Oh, and you have to cover your travel costs) This event will be held at the Microsoft Houston Office starting Thursday, September 05 at 9:00 AM...
  • 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: Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Step-by-Step Workplace Join, Bringing Peace of Mind for BYOD

    In Kevin Remde post this week he talked about many new features for Windows Server 2012 R2 Active directory. You can find his great post here: What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2 . One of the new functionalities he mentioned was Workplace Join. Workplace join allows you to deal with...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft? Get the “Scoop” on Hyper-V during VMworld

    Welcome to today’s post in the series and we are taking a brief break in the technical comparison, just for today!  We wanted to make sure anyone attending VMworld had a chance to meet our good friend Varun, talk virtualization with Hyper-V and get some FREE frozen custard!  Check this out...
  • 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: In Like a Lion out Like a PowerShell!!! Register Now!

    In the month of March Ed Wilson is going to be running a PowerShell Webcast series and if you are at all interested you should sign up.  Ed is truly a PowerShell ninja master and this will be a great series.  Click on the links to Register today ! 3/12/2012 11:00:00 AM (PST):  PowerShell...
  • 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: 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: SpiceWorks "Cloud Challenge" Sweepstakes!

    Want to try out all the cool new IT Pro features in Windows Server 2012 , but don’t have spare hardware to test it on? Build your very own Windows Server 2012 Lab in the Cloud for FREE with the Windows Azure cloud platform, and Enter for a chance to win one of the following fantastic prizes...
  • 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: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation

    Keith Mayer and myself kick off our new multi-part series today on how you can build your hybrid cloud environment with Windows Server 2012 ,  System Center 2012 and Windows Azure by laying down a quick overview of what we can expect for the series as well as diving into the new features found in...
  • 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: Announcing Outlook.com

    Really interesting changes and they are already happening, if you have an email log in.  From the main post: Today, we're starting to deliver on that goal with a preview of the new Outlook.com - modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes. Webmail was first introduced with HoTMaiL in 1996...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson (Microsoft Scripting Guy) Is Coming Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group July 21st

    Ed Wilson is coming to Columbus to talk all about PowerShell at the Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group on July 21st.   Ed is well known in the PowerShell community and considered an expert.  You can learn more about Ed here: Hey Scripting Guy Blog Learn PowerShell Click here to register...
  • 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: Awesome Chance to win Cash for your App in the MoDev Windows App Contest

    Just this week on 10/1, some friends at MoDev announced a contest, for a chance to win cash prizes, totaling $10K. My favorite part, is that you can actually control whether or not you win, with a public vote, which will occur after the contest entry period ends on 12/31. You just have to get your friends...
  • Blog Post: New Promotion: Save 15% With TN3MNA06 On a New TechNet Subscription!

    We have a new promotion for TechNet Professional Subscriptions from now until June 30, 2011 purchase a new TechNet Subscription Professional and save 15% with TN3MNA06 . By using TN3MNA06 you can save 15% on a new TechNet Professional Subscription! Click here to get your TechNet Subscription: Purchase...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 7 of 30: Hyper-V for the VMware Professional

    One of the common tasks we perform as IT Pro evangelists is the art of using synonym’s.  Not the stuff we put on our toast but the ability to translate technical terms from different products.  The conversation generally goes, I did this in product XYZ what is it called in product ABC. ...
  • Blog Post: Get Free System Center Management Pack from Veeam

    After MMS Veeam made a great announcement for  FREE 10 sockets of Veeam Management Pack The Veeam Management Pack 10-Pack - a free VMware monitoring solution exclusively for new Veeam MP customers worldwide who are using Microsoft System Center 2012.  The Veeam Management Pack 10-Pack includes...