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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: Interop Road Show Screencasts

    As some of you know I have been delivering road shows across the country.  We even did a simulcast with a webcast from the Downers Grove event.  This event we did a great job, although the demo videos may not have been the best quality, but you can see that web cast here: Integrate Your IT...
  • 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: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Heterogeneous Server Environment Inventory part 5

    Welcome to part 5 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010).  The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage.  In this screencast we take a look at how MAP performs...
  • 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: 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: It’s Not That Important

    We have all been there, your driving, you hear your cell phone ring, ding or beep, trust me it is not that important and here is why (please take a minute to read the article): Child killed in 3-car accident in Columbia Heights It is probably like hundreds of other similar stories you have seen. ...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Linux in Windows Azure (Part 11 of 31)

    Yes you saw that right, today Keith takes a look at Linux in Windows Azure.   This should hopefully come to as no surprise, that Windows Azure Virtual Machines has support for non-Microsoft OS’s.  This is one of the key aspects of Windows Azure, remember we have talked about cloud on your terms...
  • 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: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Consider This, Reasons for Using Windows Azure IaaS (Part 16 of 31)

    Writing an article on for recommendations and considerations can be tough. It is even tougher when Windows Azure Virtual Machines (the IaaS) is currently in customer preview. With that sad the first best practice is to avoid putting production workloads in the cloud, unless your willing to risk While...
  • Blog Post: VOTE NOW: Peoples Choice Awards for Imagine Cup

    Make a difference and vote for your favorite today:  VOTE NOW  
  • Blog Post: Attention: Columbus, OH and Los Angeles, CA: Interop Roadshow events just added, sign up now!

    We recently just added two cities to the road show tour: Columbus and LA just got added for June 23rd and June 25th respectively.  Here are the registration links: Columbus Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:30 AM - Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 8:00 AM Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – What OS to Choose?(Part 3 of 31)

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.  You might think when you are creating your Windows Azure Virtual Machines, the only choice you would have is Windows Server technologies.  You actually have quite a few to choose, from Windows Server, to Linux, to your own images.  You have plenty of choices...