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  • 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: Windows 8.1 For Business: Remember Our Good Friend Group Policy

    Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops. For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well. Group Policy is one...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students Your Last Chance for Round 1: Quiz #6 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #6 (the last quiz, your last chance to get into the challenge!) 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...
  • Blog Post: Migration and Deployment: A look at Windows 8 AppLocker Part 19

    One of the Technologies we introduced with Windows 7 was AppLocker. AppLocker presented a great new way to control what applications could run on your desktop environments. Now if this sounds familiar to what Software Restriction Policies (SRP) do for your environments, it is important to understand...
  • Blog Post: Does your Group Policy need a GPS?

    If your like me you can lost in the thousands of policies in Group Policy.  As new applications, operating systems, or other add-ons . While searching around one of my favorite technical nuggets in Group Policy, I found something new (at least new to me) called: Group Policy Search (GPS) With the...
  • Blog Post: Toledo, OH: The Ultimate Pit Stop (11/02/2006)

    Good afternoon Toledo! I am sorry for the delay, I had trouble finding all the great questions from the event, and I am not sure I got them all. someone from the event gave an excellent suggestion to use Microsoft OneNote. that was an excellent suggestion and it you are the one that suggested it please...
  • Blog Post: What do you get when you cross a slight case of Insomnia with Group Polices?

    What do you do when you wake up at 4am and you cannot sleep and have to be relatively quiet. The choices are quite amazing when you think about it: Watch commercial TV (I did not know a potato peeler could do all that and for a mere $19.95) Surf the Web Check Email Play XBOX So I did what all good...
  • Blog Post: Having Trouble Finding Information on Microsoft Event ID's?

    Having my typical fun day of troubleshooting, I found a great web site. the web site is eventid.net. It can be found here: http://eventid.net/ . You can search for all the Microsoft event ID’s. It also gives some great information on how to troubleshoot those Event ID’s. I have not tried the subscription...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free Technical Training on many topics and yes training on Cloud!

    Looking for a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you needed to take advantage of the opportunity Cloud computing offers IT professionals? The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers no-cost, easy-access training for IT professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. MVA guides you...
  • Blog Post: Integrate Your IT Environment, Roadshow Questions, Answers, and Resources

    Thank you so much for everyone who attended the Interoperability roadshow the events have been great so far and I am glad we have had a chance to talk about integration. In the events I have delivered I have some great questions and I have some answers for you on this post. This roadshow also show us...
  • 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: 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: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 Webcasts get caught up and Join in the fun!

    If you have not noticed the TechNet team is currently delivering a 24 part webcast series on Windows Server 2008.  We are almost half way down with the webcasts, with part 11 being delivered right around the corner on April 9th.  Well here are the thinks for the upcoming webcasts as well as...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Windows Server 2008 R2 – Group Policy Improvements

    Over the next several posts I am delivering some of the many great administrative benefits to Windows Server 2008 R2.  In this screencast I take you through a quick tour on the new filtering group policy settings and targeting of the settings preferences.  Comment and let me know if you have...
  • Blog Post: Launch Events Questions and Answers

    Thank you everyone for coming to the launch events  and I apologize in the delay in getting the Q/A from the events!  I finally got this post done, amazing when you have some time off the road the things you can do.  So again thank you and here are the questions from launch.  Please...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3): Webcast (11-15-2006)

    Here is the link to the Part 2 webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3) Here are the questions and answers for Part 2: Question : I am trying to find a way with GPO to redirect the Favorites folder to the server Answer: This one was something I thought was done by default however, I found...
  • Blog Post: Memphis and Nashville, TN: LAUNCH (1/16/2007 and 1/18/2007)

    Good DAY Memphis and Nashville! First off THANK YOU for coming to launch! I had a great time and I hope everyone really enjoyed the events! We had a little almost 1000 (974 to be exact!) Tennessee IT Professionals combined! What a phenomenal turn out, and again thank you Memphis and Nashville! As sometimes...
  • Blog Post: Detroit, MI (Livonia) The Ultimate Pit Stop (10/31/2006)

    Good day all my Detroit ghouls and goblins! :-) I hope everyone had a great Halloween and did not have too much sugar. I had a great Halloween and I even flew home after the event to be home with the family. It was FANTASTIC. I had a great time and here is the information from the session. Here is the...
  • Blog Post: What does Microsoft have to offer Students?

    My good friend Sarah (aka: the codinggeekette) just recently wrote this great post.  If you are a student, know a student, or just interested in seeing some of the great resources Microsoft offers students you need to check out Sarah’s fantastic post:: Why Microsoft + Being a Student = Awesome If...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...
  • 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: Attention Students Quiz #5 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #5 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 Cup...
  • Blog Post: Get full service for your PC for FREE

    Have you ever been on someone's PC and they had no security precaution. No Firewall, no virus scanners, no spy-ware tools, no pop up blockers, and they have been plugged into the Internet since the launch of Windows 95? I do not about you, but I personally do not even go near those PC's with even a CD...
  • Blog Post: IT Time - TechNet Radio - Halloween Episode - "Top 10 Scariest things an IT Pro can avoid when using Windows Server 2008 R2"

    I got to spend some time with my good friends Chris and Blain on the IT Time “Halloween” episode we discussed  the Top 10 Scariest things an IT Pro can avoid when using Windows Server 2008 R2.    As you can tell the episode was a bit different.  Have fun! Check out the book: Windows...
  • Blog Post: Group Policies and Access Denied

    One Technologies in Active Directory I am extremely passionate about is Group Policy and I would love to write some more articles on Group Policy, but I want to make sure I publish topics that are of interest to you. So if you would like see more on group policy please comment to this blog entry and...