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  • Blog Post: A Quick Look at WDS

    Here is a quick screencast looking at how to install and get started with WDS. If you liked it, what other screencasts are you interested in?
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 5) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - Virtual Machine and Service Templates

    In today’s continuing series on Hyper-V from a VMware admin’s perspective, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take a look at how you can manage your Virtual Machine environments using Hyper-V Manager as well as Virtual Machine and Service Templates found within System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - High Availability

    Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze continue their look into Hyper-V from the view of a VMware admin’s perspective and in today’s episode they discuss in detail high availability and how to set up and manage a Hyper-V cluster. [ 3:17 ] What does high availability look like in vSphere and how does it compare...
  • 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: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Understanding BYOD: What it Means for My Company

    In this two part series with Sr. Knowledge Engineer Yuri Diogenes and Kevin Remde we explore the world of “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD scenarios and how more IT organizations are trying to support it. In part one we try to help explain its benefits, challenges and considerations that need to be made...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - Storage Options

    In part 3 of their "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze , explore the world of storage and its many options for users. [ 2:44 ] What are the storage options found in VMware and how does this compare to Hyper-V? [ 12:54 ] DEMO : How to set-up...
  • Blog Post: What happens when IT and Football Collide: Cleveland Browns Style

    I am extremely excited about this post!!!!! A few weeks back our team got some really nice cameras from Sony , with the goal to do some interviews with IT folks like you. We wanted to find out how you use technology, what challenges you have and other aspects of what you do that would be interesting...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Database Discovery for SQL Server part 4

    Welcome to part 4 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 how MAP 5.0’s new database...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSS Express)

    Yesterday we announced some huge news the addition of two new search products for you! Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSS Express) and you you even try the release candidate (RC) of the express version today, just visit: www.microsoft.com/EnterpriseSearch...
  • Blog Post: Interview: In Studio with the guys from Fuller Computer Solutions Part 1

    As some of you know I was able to get on the radio with the Tom and Steven from Fuller Computer Solutions .  These guys really know what they are doing, and truly it was great to hang out with them.  In this segment, the show was introduced and we talked briefly about social media. ...
  • Blog Post: Straight from the Source: Windows Server 2008 TechNet Radio Interviews

    Of Course I have to be politically correct in my title although during the two interviews, the use of the word Longhorn was extensive. :-) We actually recorded the sessions prior to the official naming of the product, so I do get an out of jail card for that. In both interviews, I talked to two folks...
  • Blog Post: Launched @ TechEd Bytes by TechNet

    We just launched Bytes by TechNet for IT Professionals a 22 part interview series of Microsoft Influencers and Community talking about the major Microsoft product and technologies in a small tidbits of fun and consumable audio (5-7min) and video formats. The interviews were recorded at Tech-Ed in New...
  • Blog Post: Good Search Articles

    As a lot of you know I am pretty passionate about search and I have seen some articles on the topic that I wanted to share with everyone. There are some great comments around our future strategy and even how we have deployed the technologies internally. In the first piece of news, Satya Nadella, a Corporate...
  • Blog Post: Podcast: Episode 1 of The Triathlete and the Fat Guy: Our Story

    My good friend Brian and I will sharing with you tips and tricks on how we have changing our lives for a healthier lifestyle.  In this episode we talk about our story, what motivates us. -->   Comment if there are particular topics you would like us to cover...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest: Now Accepting Applications!

    Alright Keith and I are at it again and this time we want to give away the cool stuff like a: Lenovo T61P ! Okay do I have your attention now?  As some of you may recall we had a contest last time just for the MVP’s and a lot of you wanted in on the contest.  So guess what we listened and you...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Virtualization: Did You Know...

    Kevin Remde welcomes Varun Chhabra to the show as they kick off their three part “Virtualization: Did you Know…” series which will discuss facts and facets of Microsoft’s Virtualization solution that, if you are currently using some other virtualization platform, you probably didn’t know but definitely...
  • Blog Post: CodeMash PowerShell Recap and Screencast!

    PowerShell is a great tool, and if you have not started to learn, it is never too old to learn this great tool!  You are also not alone, I had the privilege to speak this year at CodeMash .  I know what you are thinking, that sounds like a developer conference and it is!  It is also so...
  • 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: Matt on the Floor at SXSW* Technology and the DJ with DJ Tina T!

    One of the great things about Technology is getting see all the fantastic uses.  During one of the many fun events at SXSW was the PhizzPop challenge , which was won by Cynergy!  During the event we had a fantastic DJ!  DJ Tina T rocked out the house and played an awesome mix of songs...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Video: A Quick Look at Office 365: (Part 2) Outlook and Office 365… a Love Story

    In this screencast I take a look at some of the advantages of Outlook 2010 connected directly to Office 365. Outlook, connected to Exchange Online in Office 365, offers a best-in-class e-mail and calendaring tools, delivering a consistent experience across the PC, phone, and browser. This helps to turn...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Windows Server Consolidation part 3

    Welcome to part 3 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 MAP toolkit has been around for years.  MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: An Interview with Mark Russinovich on Windows Azure & Security

    You're not going to want to miss this exciting episode where I had a chance to speak with Mark Russinovich , Technical Fellow for Windows Azure . As many of you know this is the guy who literally wrote the book on cyber security. Tune in as we talk about security in Windows Azure and what you can do...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Hyper-V Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2

    Keith Mayer and myself are back for part 2 of our Building a Hybrid Cloud series and in today’s episode we showcase the latest Hyper-V enhancements made in Windows Server 2012 R2 . [ 1:36 ] Series Review and Windows Server 2012 Scalability [ 8:17 ] With all of these scalability features already built...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: IT Time Halloween Special! Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0

    Does your datacenter go bump in the night? Are you haunted by the thought of managing thousands of processes that could be automated? Well boys and girls Dr. Scripto and his faithful sidekick are here to help combat Scripto-Nite and provide us with their Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0 for...
  • 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...