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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: Are you ready to begin the Quest of the Cloudwalker?

    Hark beleaguered IT Professionals! We know of the evils which plague you daily—mountains of help desk tickets, crashing computers, ridiculous requests from management, and far, far worse. But fear not, for we have felt your misery and despair, and created a fantastical world where you can use your hard...
  • Blog Post: All that is Data Protection Manager (DPM) and more!!!

    I wanted to give everyone a heads up on a new resource where you can to learn more about Data Protection Manager (DPM). Jason Buffington a good friend of mine and XBOX live partner in crime has started a blog here: Jason's World He also has a great introductory post on DPM 2007 here: DPM 2007 is on the...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Private Cloud in a Month: Protecting Private Cloud Workloads with System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager (DPM)

    Being able to protect your Private cloud is one of the more important things you can do. With so many moving parts how do you approach this. If you are leveraging System Center 2012 for the many other components of your infrastructure, than I would highly recommend you look at Data Protection Manager...
  • Blog Post: Come and Get It: Data Protection Manager 2010 Release Candidate – now available

    My good friend Jason just let me know that everyone can: COME AND GET IT !  What are you getting?  The greatest data protection tool on the market, Data Protection Manager.  Well the product has hit a major mile stone and Jason just announced the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 is now available...
  • Blog Post: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer - Randy Pausch

    I was sad to find out today that Randy Pausch had passed forward into a better life. I was deeply moved by his speech and the way he lived. You can read the full article here: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer For those of you that have not scene the last lecture it is worth your time. ...
  • Blog Post: Bringing you the technology you really want to hear about!

    Good evening all my listeners. :-) Huh, what did I say, listeners, shouldn't I have said readers? Not in this case my friends. In January, I decided to take a page out of the Michael Murphy TechNet Radio playbook and helped out on some TechNet Radio interviews. I interviewed two exciting folks, Arpan...
  • Blog Post: Simply Amazing, Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

    If you have never scene this talk, I highly recommend it, it is about 10 minutes long and worth every second.  I guarantee it will touch you.  It is an shorter version of a full lecture that he gave, and you can click on his name to learn more and see the full lecture.  Thank you Randy...
  • Blog Post: No Fooling: Use the New TechNet Subscription code TNITQ406 to save 25% for your Favorite IT Pro

    Happy April, we had a change of the program and the code, the new code to get a discount ! I hope everyone is starting off with a great spring. What a better way to celebrate Spring than giving your favorite IT Pro a new TechNet subscription and you can save 25% with TNITQ406!!!!! Just Use TNITQ406...
  • 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: Finally someone gets it about the PC vs. Mac commercials

    I started writing this post to help drive awareness over some of my mild frustration with the Mac vs. PC commercials.  While during the process of writing this post about Time Machine and Shadow Copy, a friend of mine, thanks Dave, sent me this great article, which I think sums my thoughts up nicely...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date October 18th! Release for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server R2

    Wow Big Announcements all around today.  The first one I saw was that we are announcing on October 18th the release of the “R2 Wave”": Windows Server 2012 R2 System Center 2012 R2 Windows Intune The evaluations will be available through the TechNet Evaluation Center .  You can read the...
  • Blog Post: Get Dialed into System Center

    I just came across a great new blog around System Center. The System Center team put up their team blog here: Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog This blog is still young and I know they will have some great information with the products currently in their launch schedules. There first post has a lot...
  • Blog Post: Where have I been a tale of: Relocation and Refrigerators

    So I have been quiet for a long time since I have been somewhat quiet over the past few months.  Well it has been a whirlwind, so if your interested read on.  Business Tale: So my career side I have decide to take a bit of change inside of Microsoft and step away from technical evangelism for...
  • Blog Post: Register Now: System Center Universe 2013

    For the second year, Catapult Systems is thrilled to announce the return of System Center Universe 2013 …this year with more galaxies!  Last year’s event focused on the System Center 2012 release.  This year’s event will offer usage based scenarios and presentations covering System Center 2012...
  • Blog Post: Breaking into Vegas! The Code Room Episode 3

    Have you ever wanted watch the White Hats and Black Hats battle for the security of Las Vegas? Well guess what you can! The 3rd episode of The Code Room is going to show just that, and answer the question what happens when a Hacker gets in and how to defend against it! The Code Room: Breaking Into Vegas...
  • Blog Post: Two System Center betas Announced: System Center Essentials and Data Protection Manager

    I just got wind of two System Center Essentials 2010 More information on SCE here: Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenteressentials/archive/2009/09/29/sce-2010-public-beta-is-here.aspx Main Site: www.microsoft.com/SCE SCE 2010 is designed specifically for mid-sized organizations...
  • Blog Post: Agility Now (Part 07 of 10): Painless Data Protection: Webcast (10-18-2006)

    Good day all my data protectors! Thank you for attending the web cast on the painless data protection, part 7 of 10. I hope you are all enjoying all 10 parts of the web cast series and if you have not had a chance to see the first 6 parts take a look at my previous entry on the series for more information...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Infrastructure as a Service - Windows Azure and System Center 2012

    In Part 6 of our Windows Azure IaaS series I welcomes John Savill, Founder of SavillTech to discuss how Windows Azure and System Center 2012 work together. Tune in as we chat about the importance of System Center Orchestrator, App Controller and Service Manager as well as how these components integrate...
  • 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: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Jason Buffington (Part 2..DPM Style)

    I had another great chance to talk with Jason on Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM 2012). We touch on the new additions to version 4 of DPM that IT Pros will like. We also discuss Jason's new book " Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers" , that covers best practices on...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Toledo, Oh and Detroit, Mi (5/08/2007 and 5/10/2007)

    Good morning Toledo and Detroit! Again thank you for everyone coming out and enjoying the events! I had a lot of fun and I hope you learned as much as I did from the events. BTW, yes the MAN command for PowerShell commands works. I glad everyone liked the short video with the first known IT Pro support...
  • Blog Post: 20 Days of 20 Ways – Get Started with Migrating and Deploying Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure VMs

    As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! In February, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been worked together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started. Here...
  • Blog Post: Could Not Make MMS? Get DIGITAL…

    MMS that is.  If you were like me you may not have been able to make MMS, but wanted to see the sessions.  Well guess what you can!  Check out DIGITAL MMS! If you missed a session or were you unable to register for MMS before the record-breaking sell out this year? No problem, join us...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Data Protection Manager: Webcast (2-28-2006)

    Good Afternoon all my young Data Protection Manager Jedi’s (and you know who you are J )! Thank you for attending the web cast on Data Protection Manager, (DPM) as promised here is the scrubbed Q/A log (you kept Chris Avis very busy!). Also huge thank you to Jason from the product froup hoping...