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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: TechEd North America 2014 Content Catalog is Live!

    Are you going to TechEd? Do you want to make sure the room is big enough for the session you want to see? Then go to the Content Catalog and register for your sessions! Content Catalog By registering for your session you help us to make sure we put the sessions in properly sized rooms! Microsoft TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Jennifer Mason on SharePoint and Office 365

    I had a lot of fun interviewing my good friend Jennifer Mason, Senior Consultant at SharePoint911.  We talked a lot about Microsoft SharePoint and recently launched Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 is essentially Microsoft Office in the cloud. Jennifer talks about some different scenarios for what...
  • 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: Chance to Win a Ticket to Microsoft TechEd 2013 and MORE … in the NEW TechEd “Cloud Challenge” (US Only)

    Build your very own Virtual Network in the Cloud for FREE with the Windows Azure cloud platform, and Enter for a chance to win one of the following fantastic prizes: One Grand Prize: Ticket to TechEd 2013 North America in New Orleans, LA ( $2,195 retail value ) PLUS a $500 VISA Gift Card. Two...
  • Blog Post: From End to Edge and Beyond - Episode 27: Windows Azure IaaS and You!

    I had the privilege to sit down and talk with Yuri Diogenes and Tom Shinder to talk about Windows Azure IaaS .   We chatted about the overall capabilities to configure and deploy VMs, security functionalities and recommendations during the migration process. I also did a quick demonstration...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet, Oliver Rist talks Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    Get the inside scoop, from Oliver Rist of the Microsoft Windows Server Marketing Team, on the best Windows Server social media spots. Matt and Oliver also discuss Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 new features: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. Tune in, and you'll also find out Captain America's birthday!
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet, Kai Axford and I get Serious about Security

    Sometimes when you think about security, you will forget about all the layers involved in securing infrastructure   Often you may forget. the physical layer, and more importantly what threats and social engineer tactics are you trying to defend against.  I had a great chance to sit down...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet, Brandon Covert and I talk IT and the Cleveland Browns

    As most of you know my favorite team is the Cleveland Browns.  As you most of you I also love technology.  Well in this Bytes by  TechNet I get the best of both worlds.  I got a chance to interview a friend of mine, Brandon Covert, Director of IT for the Cleveland Browns.  Brandon...
  • 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: How to Convince Your Boss to Send you to Tech·Ed 2011 in Atlanta

    In a tough economic climate, it can be difficult for managers and HR teams to understand the business value of sending staff to the Tech·Ed conference because of the upfront costs.  Here are some talking points to help you make the case for Tech·Ed to your management.  There is also a custom...
  • 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: Free Office 365 Jump Start 5/24-5/26 - Register now!

    Just one week after TechEd, Microsoft Learning is hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for IT Professionals looking for real-world proof of how cloud-based Office 365 enables you to solve more problems from more places. This course will be delivered via virtual classroom...
  • Blog Post: Join Me at TechEd North America and Come to my Session: June 3-6 New Orleans!

    TechEd 2013 North America will take place June 3-6 in New Orleans. TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's products, solutions, tools, and services. I have had the privilege...
  • 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: Casting Call: Microsoft Career Factor Share Your Story!

    I know you have all watched a reality show at one time or another and thought to yourself, I can do that!  Well here is your chance more importantly it is about Technology!  Right now we are looking for folks like you to share your IT journey with the world.  Right now casting is going...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Scott Hanselman

    Again at TechEd I had a chance to interview some great folks for Bytes by TechNet .  The first interview I did was with Scott Hanselman .  That may seem a bit odd since Scott is a developer.  However, this is an  important interview to listen too following articles about us trying...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Not Your Father's Command Line Part 24 of 31: PowerShell Did What!?!? How to Mitigate Risk!

    Have you ever had the moment, and it is usually right after you hit the enter key, that OMG what I have done moment.  That please, please stop moment.  Followed by the pounding of fists, weeping, and a whole lot of NO NO NO as your c: drive is being polited wiped out because of a typo in diskpart...
  • 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: 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: Bringing the Heat with Windows Server @ TechEd North America 2010

    Ah June has arrived and with it: Microsoft TechEd North America 2010 ! as you get ready to migrate to New Orleans to see some great sessions at TechEd, let me recommend, IMHO will be one the best sessions at TechEd for all you Windows Server administrators: WSV201: 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Jason Buffington

    I had yet another chance to sit down and chat with my good friend Jason at TechEd in Atlanta.  Jason Buffington, Sr. Technical Product Manager for System Center at Microsoft, discuss the latest Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr 2012). we talk about the  new additions to OpsMgr...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: I get Interviewed by Chris Henley on what else: PowerShell!

    It is always a joy when I get to sit down and talk with Chris (my friend, colleague and co-author ) and chat.  It is even better when we get to talk about PowerShell!!!!!!!  We chatted about Windows PowerShell 2.0 and how to breakdown some of the myths/misconceptions surrounding it. We also...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013 Favorites: Community the Hidden Gem at TechEd

    This month Kevin, Keith, Brian and I are talking about some of the favorite things we saw at TechEd North America.  I also thought it would be great instead of just writing about it, I would interview the folks of some of the favorite things I saw.  In this first post I talk with Tiffany Wallace...