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  • 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: 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: 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: MAP Your Plan for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Office 2013!

    The Solution Accelerators team just announced the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta.   Join the MAP 8.0 beta. Included in MAP 8.0 Beta are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 , preparing...
  • 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: Migration and Deployment Series Playing Catch up!

    As some of you noticed we have been delivering another series this month focusing on Deployment and Migration on several scenarios. This post is do you caught up some of the great posts we have delivered over the last couple of weeks. 6. Requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation...
  • Blog Post: MAP 5.5 RTW

    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for free download. Download MAP 5.5 Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Software Usage Tracker part 6

    Happy Friday!!! Welcome to part 6 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). --> To learn more about MAP please take a look at the following: Download MAP 5.0 Today: http ://go.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: 20 Days of 20 Ways – Get Started with Migrating and Deploying Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure VMs

    As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! In February, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been worked together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started. Here...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • 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: 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: Students Are You Up for a Challenge? Enter the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge NOW!

    Well we the Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge is back again and I have just one question for you?  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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 RTM!

    Today is big day for the next generation of Microsoft Servers, Windows Server 2012 is released to manufacturing!  You can read the full announcement: Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!   Also get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4. That’s when Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Check Out Talk TechNet every Wed. and Friday!

    Talk TechNet is a twice weekly, one hour radio show for IT Professionals hosted by Senior Program Manager Keith Combs and myself.  Each episode focuses on a specific product or technology. Listeners are encouraged to call in and discuss the topic for the day, or ask questions to help unblock a deployment...
  • Blog Post: Heartland IT Pro User Groups

    One of the great aspects of my job is I get to work with a lot of different user groups and meet lots of people from the IT Pro community.  Well I did my best to get a list of all the IT professional  user groups I work with in the Heartland territory (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Tour Recap Columbus

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  • Blog Post: Questions from TechNet Windows Deployment Fire Starter events

    Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for your patience.  Here are the questions I got from events over the last few weeks, let me know what you think and if you need more information let me know. Q: Where can I learn more about the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)? A: You can learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Camp—A Hands on Experience–Sign Up Now!!!!

    Here is the latest info on the Microsoft IT Camp series as we dive into how to get your datacenter ready for the cloud and beyond. Join us at a FREE Microsoft IT Camp for hands-on labs, demos, and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts. Here’s your chance to learn more about...
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    We have a new promotion for TechNet Professional Subscriptions from now until June 30, 2011 purchase a new TechNet Subscription Professional and save 15% with TN3MNA06 . By using TN3MNA06 you can save 15% on a new TechNet Professional Subscription! Click here to get your TechNet Subscription: Purchase...
  • Blog Post: VOTE NOW: Peoples Choice Awards for Imagine Cup

    Make a difference and vote for your favorite today:  VOTE NOW  
  • Blog Post: Get 15 Months on a TechNet Professional Subscription for the Price of 12 Months with TN3MNA06 until June 30, 2011

    We have a new promotion for TechNet Professional Subscriptions from now until June 30, 2011 purchase a new TechNet Subscription Professional and receive an additional three (3) months of service at no extra charge. By using TN3MNA06 you can receive the 3 bonus months on the TechNet Professional Subscription...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: How Microsoft IT Developed a Private Cloud Infrastructure

    I saw this case study and thought I would share, and it has some really good info into what goes into a private cloud.  Microsoft moves to the Private Cloud by planning, architecting, developing and managing the first Private Cloud solution within the Microsoft datacenter. The combination of shared...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event Deployment Screen Casts

    One of the great things I get to do is do live events.  Well my buddy John Baker has taken the sessions we are doing right now and recorded them. You can watch the sessions here: Deployment Essentials with John Baker