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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: Cloud OS MVP Roadshow --- Dallas January 14, 2014

    Join us as Windows IT Pro technical director and MVP Sean Deuby discussed how you can build and scale in the cloud. In this exciting ½ day event, learn how to: Confidently virtualize everything, including mission-critical SAP and Oracle workloads Take advantage of software-defined networking to free...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free Technical Training on many topics and yes training on Cloud!

    Looking for a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you needed to take advantage of the opportunity Cloud computing offers IT professionals? The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers no-cost, easy-access training for IT professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. MVA guides you...
  • 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: What does Microsoft have to offer Students?

    My good friend Sarah (aka: the codinggeekette) just recently wrote this great post.  If you are a student, know a student, or just interested in seeing some of the great resources Microsoft offers students you need to check out Sarah’s fantastic post:: Why Microsoft + Being a Student = Awesome If...
  • 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: 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: Attention Students Quiz #5 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #5 opens today at 8:01 p.m. EST (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST 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 1 of the Imagine Cup...
  • Blog Post: 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS): Getting Started!

    Another great month and another great series.  This month we are going to be talking about Windows Azure IaaS .  As many you may know on April 16th 2013, the Windows Azure team announced that Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks ) was released for General...
  • 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: 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: 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: IT Pro momentum and helping Diabetes patients and families

    As you can imagine from the title of this one, it is an simply amazing project.  This project was made possible by using the program to help solve a problem  To learn more keep reading and comment and let me know your thoughts. Objectives of the project:   Record keeping, report generation...
  • 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: Attention Students Quiz #4 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #4 opens today at 8:01 p.m. EST (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST 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 1 of the Imagine Cup...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to be a TechNet Subscriber? Use TMSAM09 and you will save 25%

    Good morning everyone, I want to mention we are still offering the discount for the TechNet Subscriptions.   Due to the continued success of the program, it is back again this year and the savings have been increased to 25%!!!!! Just Use TMSAM09 when ordering your new subscription. Click here...
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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: TechNet Radio Community Corner: Deduplication with Veeam and Windows Server 2012

    Community Corner is back and a couple of familiar names jumpstart the series with a great discussion around deduplication solutions from Veeam and Windows Server 2012 . Listen in as Matt Hester and Product Strategy Specialist from Veeam, Chris Henley discuss ways in which you can reduce storage space...
  • Blog Post: Get It Now: System Center 2012 RC now available for download

    Go get it @ http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9796988 . Here’s some bedtime reading while you watch the download, download. ======= A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Windows 7 Laptop Project completed with Server in the Future

    Another IT Pro momentum project for laptops and the driver support exists for the products.   This also demonstrates how the program is going to be used to gain knowledge for certifications and future server deployments.  Great little momentum project! Objective: Demonstrate that existing...
  • Blog Post: VOTE NOW: Peoples Choice Awards for Imagine Cup

    Make a difference and vote for your favorite today:  VOTE NOW  
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Lab Experiment SharePoint in Windows Azure IaaS (7of 31)

    Yup you read that right you can put SharePoint in Windows Azure IaaS.  Today Keith does a great job of taking you through all the steps to put SharePoint 2013 in the cloud.  He does a great job outlining all the steps, from configuring AD to configuring SQL and SharePoint all up in Windows...
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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 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...