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  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Sneak Peak 1 MVA Live Event - Modernizing Your Data Center

    Jennelle Crothers and myself give you a sneak peak into what we are going to be discussing on our upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy event – “ Modernizing Your Data Center ” on Tuesday, October 28th . Tune in for part 1 of this MVA Live Event teaser and be sure to register for this FREE, live online...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Introduction to Migrating Server Workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

    In part 6 of our “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ” series, Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson discuss how to get started migrating server workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for this great session on server migration from on-premises, to the cloud or a combination...
  • Blog Post: Register for Live! 360 in Orlando and save $600

    I have mentioned this conference before in the past, and hopefully one day I will get to speak at the conference. I know my buddy Rick Claus is going to speak, and will be a good session! While I am not there this year, you can save $600 by using this code: UGOR06 to register. You can register here:...
  • 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: Tech Ed 2014 Live Streaming Sessions this week ...

    Can’t make it to Houston this year for TechEd 2014? No worries – just join us online via Tech Ed Live Streaming all week long from the keynote and technical breakout sessions. At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about...
  • 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: 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: 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: Key Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud Scenarios: Coming to a City Near YOU!

    You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions that you can implement today to solve pressing...
  • 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: Attention Students Quiz #2 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #2 (sorry I missed quiz one I was OOF)  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...
  • Blog Post: Key Exchange Server 2007 Scenarios: Webcast (04-23-07)

    Good evening all my Exchange Scenario Masters! Thank you for attending the webcast on Exchange Server 2007 Scenarios. We talked a lot about several topics from administration, to OWA, to LCR. Hopefully you enjoyed the webcast and you had a lot of questions. As promised here are some links to resources...
  • 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: Register Now Nashville IT Professionals for: Growth/Survival Tools for the 21st Century

    The Nashville Chapter of AITP is having a fantastic presentation on March 11th. The chapter is welcoming in Joe A. Martin, Principal of Joe A. Martin Consulting headquartered in Brentwood, TN.  He will be discussing Growth/Survival Tools for the 21 st Century.  He will discuss personal strategic...
  • Blog Post: Bringing you the technology you really want to hear about!

    Good evening all my listeners. :-) Huh, what did I say, listeners, shouldn't I have said readers? Not in this case my friends. In January, I decided to take a page out of the Michael Murphy TechNet Radio playbook and helped out on some TechNet Radio interviews. I interviewed two exciting folks, Arpan...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to learn how integrated marketing is changing?

    I just got wind of an interesting conference, Marketing Connections , that Microsoft is sponsor of. Being a professional speaker is a great job but marketing is key piece to my success, beside the perfect voice (listen to mine here: Do I have the right stuff...err the right voice? ). So do the tried...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Jennifer Mason on SharePoint and Office 365

    I had a lot of fun interviewing my good friend Jennifer Mason, Senior Consultant at SharePoint911.  We talked a lot about Microsoft SharePoint and recently launched Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 is essentially Microsoft Office in the cloud. Jennifer talks about some different scenarios for what...
  • 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: Matt on the Floor at SXSW* Getting his Jing with TechSmith

    One of the wonderful people I met walking around the floor were the folks from TechSmith.  For those of you who have not heard of TechSmith they are a software company that creates screen capture and recording tools, that are simply great.  In fact most of the screen casts we do on the TechNet...
  • 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: Don't Be Scared LAS VEGAS: We are coming to Town on Thursday April 3rd!!!!!

      Windows Media Player Version: Challenge!!!!!!! Alright Las Vegas the Gauntlet has been thrown, Keith and I want to talk with you during breaks at the Windows Server 2008 launch.  The Launch is on April 3, 2008.  Stop by and chat with us! To register for the event go to:  Heroes...
  • Blog Post: No Fooling: Use the New TechNet Subscription code TNITQ406 to save 25% for your Favorite IT Pro

    Happy April, we had a change of the program and the code, the new code to get a discount ! I hope everyone is starting off with a great spring. What a better way to celebrate Spring than giving your favorite IT Pro a new TechNet subscription and you can save 25% with TNITQ406!!!!! Just Use TNITQ406...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond – Springboard Virtual Roundtable

    Okay I saw this post on my buddies Keith’s blog and I thought that is a great post, so I “borrowed” it. Enjoy the roundtable! Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows® 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group...
  • 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...