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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: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part 7)

    In this part of the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, we are focusing on of the great solutions we introduced with Windows Server 2012 and improved in Window Server 2012 R2, Storage Spaces. Storage Spaces Overview: In Windows Server 2012 Storage became a first class citizen, from storage...
  • 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: Windows 8.1 for Business: Getting Started with Client Hyper-V

    Windows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client. This provides support for several scenarios including: Test Lab: This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 , among...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 for Business: Oh Start menu, how do I miss thee…or do I?

    One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my Start menu. These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our Start menu. I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally understand your frustration...
  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery: What about Fluffy the Cat and Saving Your Desktops?

    Disaster recovery is about being able to get your business back up and running as quick as you can after the disaster happens. Throughout this series, my teammates have focused on the Infrastructure side of the house, servers, virtual machines…etc. You can see the full series here: Disaster Recovery...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Understanding BYOD: How to Make it Happen

    Kevin Remde and Yuri Diogenes are back for Part 2 of their BYOD solution series and in today’s episode they explore some of the technologies from Microsoft and how you can implement them into your organization’s BYOD strategy. [ 2:39 ] Let's talk about device registration and management of BYOD devices...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Understanding BYOD: What it Means for My Company

    In this two part series with Sr. Knowledge Engineer Yuri Diogenes and Kevin Remde we explore the world of “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD scenarios and how more IT organizations are trying to support it. In part one we try to help explain its benefits, challenges and considerations that need to be made...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 6 of 30: What Cloud Goodies Can I Find in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    If you have been running Windows Server 2008 R2 (W2K8R2) you may have upgraded to SP1.  You may have not know why you did, but just saw it as an update and installed it.  Or maybe you are one of many that waited to deploy W2K8R2 until SP1.  In either case you might not know what you don...
  • Blog Post: DevLink Hyper-V session Questions and Answers

    I had the pleasure and speaking at DevLink in Nashville on Aug. 5th and 6th last week.  There were some good questions on Hyper-V that came up and here they are with the answers. Q: What is a reboot need when the hardware virtualization is turned on in the BIOS? A: Hardware-assisted virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing the Storage Cost for your VDI Deployments with VHD De-duplication for VDI

    With storage needs in your organizations growing exponentially over the last few years and into the future there are plenty of things you may done in the past to help keep the cost down.  Chances are you bought some kind of fancy SAN, that had all the bells and whistles to help storage work efficiently...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 19 of 30: All About the Networking

    As cool as writing and working with this series has been.  I love to talk about technology, especially technology that can help save you time and money.  When you look at the System Center products and a tool like PowerShell how can you not enjoy saving time and money.  However one of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Bringing Some Serious Games

    Here are some good reviews for some upcoming Windows Phone 7 Games, hey everyone needs a CRC every now and again. The latest Gizmodo game craze from today. “Bye Bye Brain”: Bye Bye Brain Says Hello to Windows Phone 7 The gruesome “Twin Blades” Twin Blades game preview for Windows Phone 7
  • Blog Post: Lego Fest 2011 Update Week 4: Almost Finished

    So this week it was all the little things that mattered.  While we did not build any really large kits, we did build 10 of the mini-kits.  We also have about 5 kits to build  but I think there is enough Lego bricks to build at least 10.  We are fun and not sure what do with all the...
  • 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: 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: Holiday Gift Giving --- Stay out of the dog house!

    Tomorrow I will share a gift that will hopefully keep your loved ones out of your dog house, click on the picture to see what I mean:
  • Blog Post: Finally some live Event Questions and Answers

    Alright what happens when you are on the road for so long you forget how to blog.  Well one of the things, I truly am sorry, is you lose all the fun pieces of paper with questions from live events on them.  I was able to track down most of the questions from the last several weeks of events...
  • 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: Learn About Surface 5 part video series now showing!

    My good friend and teammate Jennifer Marsman just posted a great 5 part series on Surface.  As you know from my Interview with Rick Barazza at SXSW , I think the device is awesome as well.  Enjoy the series below: Surface Development Part 1: What is the Microsoft Surface?   This is a good...
  • Blog Post: 20 Days of Server Virtualization: Taking a Look at Storage Options (5 of 20)

    Storage and where to put all the components for your virtual machines is key to your virtualization deployment.  In part 5 of the Bob, takes a great look a the different storage options.  What is even more amazing, is a some of the options fit really well inside of Windows Server 2012 . ...
  • Blog Post: MVP Contest Update and Results

    As you may recall I announced a contest Keith and I were having for MVP’s and creating a  screencast that shows PHP integration with IIS.  Unfortunately we did not receive any entries. That's right, 0, nada, zilch and for you developers entries = null.  This was a bit surprising to myself...
  • 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...