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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: A Technical Overview of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005: Web Cast (3-17-2006)

    Good afternoon everyone! Thank you for attending the web cast on Virtual Server. You kept Chris Avis and Keith Comb’s very busy with the questions. As you begin to work with Virtual Server and Virtual PC you will find that these tools are very powerful. Here are 3 articles; I posted on improving...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich demystifies Steve Gibson's claims of an intentional WMF backdoor.

    Good afternoon Everyone. I have been receiving a lot of email's on this one. While I was looking at some great utilities at www.sysinternals.com , I discovered that Mark Russinovich commented in fantastic technical detail of the recent WMF vulnerability. The bottom line of Mark Russinovich’s...
  • Blog Post: Lexington, KY and Dayton, OH: The Ultimate Pit Stop (11/14/2006 and 11/16/2006)

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As I am working off the turkey and soon to come dessert. :-) I am writing up the blog entry for the events last week. Most everyone else is napping on the coach while I am diligently following up. <hold the applause> Sometimes when I deliver live events we get the same...
  • 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: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1 Released in 32 and 64 bit flavors!

    One the great security tools for Microsoft products has a new paint job.  The MBSA is simply invaluable utility for all you administrators out there! The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is a tool designed for the IT professional that helps determine their security state in accordance...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Community Tour Recap Questions and Answers

    Let me just say: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for everyone who came to the Windows Server IT Pro Community tour.  I had a great time travelling all over the district and an even better time meeting everyone!  We had over 286 folks over the tour, not bad for an evening event, and chances are not...
  • Blog Post: Having Trouble Finding Information on Microsoft Event ID's?

    Having my typical fun day of troubleshooting, I found a great web site. the web site is eventid.net. It can be found here: http://eventid.net/ . You can search for all the Microsoft event ID’s. It also gives some great information on how to troubleshoot those Event ID’s. I have not tried the subscription...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...
  • Blog Post: We Share Your Pain (WYSP) video

    I get asked this question very frequently on where can you locate the We Share Your Pain Video. It is a fun video that shows another tool in progress at Microsoft. Enjoy! Look forward to your comments. :-) Q: Where can I get the We Share Your Pain Video (WYSP)? A: I get this question quite a bit,...
  • 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: Are you Ready for Windows EBS?

    In case you do not know , Windows EBS stands is Windows essential business server.  The launch of Windows EBS is coming soon, do you know if your ready.  Well we just released the Jumpstart Online Kit and it help you determine through a seven-step process if Windows EBS is the right fit for...
  • Blog Post: Cleveland and Columbus, OH: LAUNCH (1/23/2007 and 1/25/2007)

    Good Afternoon Columbus and Cleveland! First off THANK YOU for coming to launch! We had over 1200 Ohio IT Professional in the both cities, 1251 to be exact! That is an incredible turn out and again I cannot thank everyone enough! After the Launch in Cleveland I had the great pleasure to spend some time...
  • Blog Post: Debut of IT Heroes

    Today the SST TechNet team launched the pilot of a new weekly blogcast interview program IT Heroes: Stories from the Trenches, the real stories of men and women in IT making a difference everyday . We talk with authors, innovators and implementers about emerging technologies, troubleshooting and remediation...
  • 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: TechNet Event Questions and Answers from Columbus, OH (2/25/2010)

    Thank you for everyone that attended the TechNet event in Columbus, more importantly thank you for not booing me when I showed the picture of me holding my book.  I hope everyone enjoyed the event and I hope to see you next time I am in Columbus and remember if you have a user group you want me...
  • 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: Tulsa Technet Event Questions and Answers (8-23-2005)

    Good Morning Everyone, Thank you for your patience while I dug up the answers to your questions regarding SQL 2005. I want to say thank you to everyone came to the event. Hopefully everyone attend the Tulsa Microsoft Windows User Group that evening, if you did not make it our to the event please check...
  • Blog Post: Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2: Webcast (5-19-2006)

    Good Afternoon all my DFS enthusiasts! Thank you for attending the web cast on Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2, as promised here is the scrubbed Q/A log. I also have a few really good resources for you to help with Windows 2003R2. Here is where you can find the session documentation...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Registration is OPEN

    I know it has been open for some time, but I did want to put a quick entry up to let everyone know that TechEd registration is open. TechEd 2006, is going to be help in Boston June 11–16. There is an early registration discount of 10% if you register by April 14th. For more information go here...
  • Blog Post: What is better than an extra shot from Starbucks when studying for your exams?

    A Second Shot ! That is right the program is back and it is just a awesome as it was before. So what is it? It is a FREE second chance to pass a microsoft certification exams you take, it is not for every exam that we offer but a majority of them, check with your testing provider for more info! Think...
  • Blog Post: New Promotion: Save 15% With TN3MNA06 On a New TechNet Subscription!

    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: Are you a TechNet Subscriber? Use TMSAM09 and I can save you 15%

    Happy Friday Boys and Girls!  Due to the success the program from last year, it is back again this year and I can save you 15%!!!!! Just Use TMSAM09 when ordering your new subscription.  I also have a big announcement based on your feedback the code:  <drum roll please> TMSAM09 can...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Red Cross and IT Pros help the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina

    Don’t you think IT pros should have a television show? If you’re reading my blog the answer this question, hopefully is: YES!! Developers have a show, and even Emeril has a show. Don’t get me wrong those shows are good and I have even blogged about them ( The Code Room...
  • Blog Post: VOTE NOW: Peoples Choice Awards for Imagine Cup

    Make a difference and vote for your favorite today:  VOTE NOW