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  • 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: TechEd North America 2014 Content Catalog is Live!

    Are you going to TechEd? Do you want to make sure the room is big enough for the session you want to see? Then go to the Content Catalog and register for your sessions! Content Catalog By registering for your session you help us to make sure we put the sessions in properly sized rooms! Microsoft TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Cincinnati, OH Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (4-6-2011)

    Good afternoon and thank you to everyone who attended the event in Cincinnati ! I hope everyone had a good time.  Again thank you for the patience with the projectors it turned out to be a crossed cable at the projector, but thank you for Thinking Pink during the event.  As promised here are...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–The Complete Quick List

    As Many of you know over the last month and a half we delivered a 35 part series on VMware or Microsoft. You can check out the whole list below. We hoped you enjoyed the series, and please let me know if you have any questions! Series Introduction What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor? ...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Aaron Margosis on Windows Sysinternals tools

    In this interview I get to chat with Aaron Margosis, Principal Consultant at Microsoft.  We talk about Windows Sysinternals tools. Aaron currently works with US Federal government customers on Windows, security, and getting apps to run on the latest Microsoft platforms. Aaron shares the top 3 tools...
  • Blog Post: Dayton, Ohio Questions and Answers SQL 2005 (10-4-2005)

    Good Morning everyone, Once gain thank you for all that attended the event in Dayton! It was a fantastic event and I am glad I got to come back. I also had a chance to attend the DANPA user group on Tuesday night. That was fantastic as well, and the subway sandwiches where great! If you live in the Dayton...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Cleveland, OH Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (3-22-2011)

    Thank you to everyone who attended the event in Cleveland, I had a great time and a lot of great conversations, here is the Q/A and resources from the event. I will also be placing the slides here: TechNet Slides: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud and here: TechNet Event Slides I also...
  • Blog Post: How do you get ready for BitLocker?

    Good evening everyone, one of my teammates John Baker was asked this question during an event, he posted a quick blurb on how to make this work with Ultimate and Enterprise with an KB here:   I've already installed Windows Vista on a single partition and now i want to enable BitLocker, can I???
  • Blog Post: Grand Rapids and Detroit, MI Q/A Windows Deployment Fire starter 10-19 and 10-20 2010

    Thank you to everyone who attended both the events in Detroit and Grand Rapids last week.  It was great seeing everyone, and I look forward to coming back and visiting again!  Also we had the support of two great User Groups in the area.  From Grand Rapids we had Richard talk about West...
  • 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: TechNet Event Questions and Answers from Detroit, MI (2/11/2010)

    Thank you for everyone coming to the Detroit event on the 11th, we had over 200 folks in the room very cool.  Next time lets shoot for 300, tell your friends, family and children all are welcome.  :-)  Also I want to thank all the support for my book and I greatly appreciate it not being...
  • Blog Post: Registration Now: TechNet Events Windows 7 Deployment Firestarter

    Happy Monday one and all!  I am VERY Pleased to announce Registration is Open for our Windows 7 Deployment Series!  The first event starts October 12th, with my good friend and teammate Brian Lewis, so register below now!   We are going to look at great and easy ways to Deploy Windows...
  • Blog Post: Grand Rapids, MI Q/A TechNet Event: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud (3-15-2011)

    Thank you to everyone who ventured out to Grand Valley State last Tuesday!  Thank you for making the drive more importantly thank you for all of the questions you asked during the event!  I have put together the Q/A from the session.  If you have any additional questions please comment...
  • Blog Post: Surface Area Configuration (SAC) tool Command Line Utility for SQL Server 2005

    I normally do not post an entire article, so I apologize for the length. For this posting specifically, I had no choice the online article was not working properly with the links so I decide to bring this directly from the books online for SQL 2005. I hope you enjoy the article, the SAC Utility is fantastic...
  • 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: Detroit, MI Questions and Answers Take Charge of your Security (5-18-2006)

    Good Day Detroit ! Again thank you for coming out and seeing me at the event and I hope to see you next time I am in town. You asked a few questions during the show, so here are the answers. The wireless scripts that I used in the show are available on the DVD ( drive: \Security Tools\Whitepapers) or...
  • 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: Coming to Ohio: Come out and see me, and let's talk about Security!

    Good afternoon Toledo and Cleveland! I am coming back to town the week of June19 th to talk about security! I am looking forward to coming Ohio and we have a great event in store for everyone. I am hoping to go out and see my beloved Cleveland Browns but looks like I am going to miss all the fun camps...
  • Blog Post: Breaking into Vegas! The Code Room Episode 3

    Have you ever wanted watch the White Hats and Black Hats battle for the security of Las Vegas? Well guess what you can! The 3rd episode of The Code Room is going to show just that, and answer the question what happens when a Hacker gets in and how to defend against it! The Code Room: Breaking Into Vegas...
  • Blog Post: Cincinnati Launch Questions and Answers from May 6th (redo)

    Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for coming to the event on May 6th and thank you for waiting patiently for these questions while I was on vacation.  So without any more delay, here are the questions from the launch event in Cincinnati on May 6th. Sorry for the repost of these questions, but...