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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: IT Pro Momentum Windows 7 Goes to Class

    This a project that is near and dear to my heart on setting up a classroom with Windows 7. What problem did you set out to solve? Setup training environment at a non-profit organization for their users that travel across the globe.  The training environment would use low-cost netbooks and need a...
  • 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: Attention Dayton, SharePoint User Group meeting on Nov. 9th

    Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know of a great upcoming meeting on Nov. 9th from 6-8 p.m. for the NEW SharePoint group in Dayton.: DAYSPUG   They have their kickoff meeting, and it promises to be a good one!   Their main speaker will be Shane Young, Microsoft SharePoint MVP. Shane...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) Launches: Learn about the Cloud In the Cloud!

    MVA is a new online training portal aimed at IT Professionals, and anyone else,  who want to learn new skills and enhance existing ones for cloud computing environments.   The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers no-cost, easy-access training for IT professionals who want to get ahead in cloud...
  • 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: New Horizons SpecTECHular Event Resources

    Thank you for everyone who attended my sessions at the New Horizons SpecTECHular in Dayton and Cincinnati.  As promised, I had several resources I wanted to share with everyone after the event on some of the topics we discussed during the event. Windows 7 XP Mode resources: Great guide here: http...
  • 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: 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: Detroit Launch Questions and Answers from May 25th

    Thank you so much for coming to the launch event in Detroit, I hope everyone had fun and learned something new in Office 2010 or SharePoint 2010.  I had several questions from the event and here they are: Q: What type of database did I use for the PowerPivot Demo (relational or a cube)? A: The database...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Windows 7 Deployment Firestarter: Presentation Slides

    I have been asked by quite a few folks where can I get the slides from the TechNet Events Windows 7 Deployment Firestarter events we are currently delivering, we are still delivering them and you can register here: Registration Now: TechNet Events Windows 7 Deployment Firestarter Here are the slides...
  • 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: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Office 2010 part 2

    Welcome to part 2 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 on how MAP can help streamline...