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  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 1 Training: Here I Go Again!

    Enjoy this 80’s interlude and this is an all skate song: I have decided to run in the happiest place on earth again . My main motivation for running this year, is that it is the 10 year anniversary of the Goofy challenge, and the medal looks great! As always Disney does a great job on their medals. However...
  • 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: Are you ready to begin the Quest of the Cloudwalker?

    Hark beleaguered IT Professionals! We know of the evils which plague you daily—mountains of help desk tickets, crashing computers, ridiculous requests from management, and far, far worse. But fear not, for we have felt your misery and despair, and created a fantastical world where you can use your hard...
  • Blog Post: A Quick Look at WDS

    Here is a quick screencast looking at how to install and get started with WDS. If you liked it, what other screencasts are you interested in?
  • Blog Post: Another Year of Running, Another Year in My Altra’s!

    So I know this is very late, but wow what a year! I had a great year of running in 2013, and all of my runs in my Provision 1.5 by Altra, still the best shoe on the planet. As you can see from my bling board I did a lot of running. One thing I really focused in on was my form this year, and still...
  • 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: Top Local Apps: Two Fun Games to Flag for Your Weekend Munchies

    So as we are heading into Christmas and the holidays, and I thought I would have a little fun with this Fridays post. So I decided to take you through two games I have been having some fun with. The first is a game called Bug Muncher . Very simple game you have a frog and your job as the Frog to eat...
  • Blog Post: Top Local Apps: The Bible YouVersion App

    I enjoy reading the Bible and I try to read it daily. When I am home I use the Life Application study bible , and it is a great Bible that has helped me tremendously! The only small downside is the Bible is fairly large and when I am traveling I do not always have room in my bag. I know there are...
  • Blog Post: So it Begins…Lego Fest 2011

    So My son and I love Lego , and I was asked to clean the following up, so I decided to build all the kits.  Anyone want to join me? 
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 16 of 30: Where should the DC go?

    In todays post, and for the next 4 posts we are going to share with you our experiences in building out our local datacenter in California.  Kevin does a great job of writing up a post on where to put the DC.  It all boils down with a little bit of planning, and know how you are going to handle...
  • Blog Post: Friday Night Geek Card Game: Threat modeling game

    Thanks to my friend Tim , I am going all in with the Threat Modeling Game!    This is a fun way to learn about Elevation of Privilege Attacks and response.  Here is the overview: Elevation of Privilege (EoP) is the easy way to get started threat modeling. It is designed to make threat...
  • Blog Post: Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Race Recap and Revelations!

    Wow, boy did I need this weekend! What a difference hydration makes! As you may recall I did not have the best of runs in Disney World last January ( 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon: 6 1/2 Hours and 27.3 Miles Worth Race Recap ). So on to Disneyland, I decided to do the Dumbo Double Dare...
  • Blog Post: Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)

    Yet another fun video from Marco Tempest!
  • Blog Post: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2011

    Aright everyone it is that time of the year again for my annual bold predictions for the NFL 2011 Season!  Before I get started lets recap:   Last year was my best year, while I was technically inaccurate with the lockout, I had a solid 3 out 5 correct.  So what is in store for this...
  • Blog Post: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2013

    Happy NFL opening week everyone! Welcome to my annual post and by now most of you will already know what one of my predictions will be. We will save that for later. So let’s recap my predictions from last year (you can find them here: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2012 ). I just missed my prediction...
  • Blog Post: Launched Office 365…Read all about it!

    NEW YORK — June 28, 2011 — Today, at media events around the world, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft Office 365 , the company’s newest cloud service. Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, and it brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 3: You can rebuild him….

    So here I am a bit behind again, but the travel this week was a bit heavier than I expected so sorry for the delay.  For those of you following along at home I am using the Hal Higdon Novice 2 program: Novice 2 .  So last week I mentioned I am not running Goofy this year, and the main reason...
  • Blog Post: FREE DOWNLOAD: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Documentation

    I know the holidays are fast approaching and you may be in some fantastic reading material to help bide your time.  Well do I have something for you.  How does a 116 MB, and 7,970 pages in length pdf of Windows Server documentation.    It is the entire contents of the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Comparison of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Versus vSphere 5.1- Detail

    I know in October I had this post in my series that talked about why you should choose Hyper-V over VMware: 31 Days of Our Favorite Things: No Better Time than Now to Choose Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 over VMware (Part 31 of 31)   Well one of our fellow IT Pro’s Aidan Finn posted a much more...
  • Blog Post: Meet The New Microsoft Surface 2

    Check it out! Check out Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and the new accessories at the Microsoft Store or a retailer near you beginning 22 October. Learn more on the Surface blog .
  • Blog Post: It’s Official I am in the 20th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Marathon!

    So who is with me just got the email today: Registration Confirmation for: 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Dear Matthew, Congratulations! You are now registered for 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon . Please check the event's official website for updates: http://www.runDisney.com This is for the...
  • Blog Post: Join Me at TechEd North America and Come to my Session: June 3-6 New Orleans!

    TechEd 2013 North America will take place June 3-6 in New Orleans. TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's products, solutions, tools, and services. I have had the privilege...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 9: Running Early in the Morning

    Just a quick post this morning and it is geared to everyone running in Disney or anywhere it gets hot.  I had a great run on Saturday morning, and felt strong throughout the 15 miles.  My one thought when the alarm went off Sat. at 5:30 am was, crap, I want to sleep more.  I also knew...
  • 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: 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...