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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: Windows Server 2008 IT Pro track Launch Slide decks!

    While I am still working on getting the res t of the slide deck locations tracked down.  When I get the rest of the slides locations I will post them here.  I did want to share with you the slide decks for the IT Pro track sessions: What's New in Windows Server 2008: Download PowerPoint Presentation...
  • Blog Post: Ooops we did it again...Microsoft is giving away Virtual PC

    I have some fantastic news, we have just announced, we are giving away Virtual PC for free! Just like April 3rd, when we gave Virtual Server away for free . Microsoft is now offering both of our virtualization tools for no charge, free, gratis, complimentary, on the house!!!! To learn more click here...
  • 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: TechNet Events Lexington and Louisville, KY (6/19/2007 and 6/21/2007)

    Good morning to everyone in the Bluegrass state! As always thank you Lexington and Louisville for coming to the live events last week! I truly appreciate getting to reconnect with everyone and I am glad everyone enjoyed the events! We had a fantastic time and thank you for not shooting me with the rockets...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC Host Performance Tips

    I know many of you have asked me to post Virtual PC Tips and Tricks. Here are some of my suggestions for the host, in additional posts I will show tips for guest, resumable state…etc. Thanks to Kevin Remde and Keith Combs in compiling these. A majority of these tips will also work for Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Selecting the Right Candidates for Virtualization (1-16-2009)

    Thanks for attending part 2 of the webcast series and talking about how to pick the right systems to be virtualized. A huge thank you to Kevin Remde and Harold Wong for their help on the webcast! Thank you to everyone for asking a lot of great questions, if you need any more information please comment...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program: Still Accepting Applications

    As I blogged last month: Want Some Help on Piloting Microsoft Technologies like Windows 7? The program is still looking for people like you to take part, so if you answer yes to any of the following questions send me an email at mhester@microsoft.com Interested in learning more about the newest...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is giving away Virtual Server for FREE and Other News (Virtual Server offers Linux support)!

    Good afternoon Virtual Server enthusiasts! I have some great news! Today, Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition will be available at no charge, free, gratis, complimentary, on the house!!!! This is the full Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise edition available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions...
  • 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: Got Virtualization...No, then check out this?

    My teammate, and resident Virtualization expert Keith Combs has been working closely with the folks at corporate to share with you some never seen before technology. Keith did two fantastic blog posts complete with screencasts on the next wave of Windows Server Virtualization technology that will be...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkStation S10 Impressions

    Getting to evaluate a FANTASTIC high end workstation like the Lenovo ThinkStation S10 is a one of the great things about working with great teammates.  Even though Keith Combs , will not share his 8GB of memory with me he did send me a very simple email and said do you want to evaluate a Lenovo...
  • 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: 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: If this keeps up I may have to switch

    As a lot of you know I prefer virtual PC over Virtual Server for my demonstrations, during live events or webcast. Mine is just a simple usage feature why I use Virtual PC over Virtual Server. I like to be able to drag and drop between my host and guest system. This makes it very easy to create demo...
  • Blog Post: Finally some live Event Questions and Answers

    Alright what happens when you are on the road for so long you forget how to blog.  Well one of the things, I truly am sorry, is you lose all the fun pieces of paper with questions from live events on them.  I was able to track down most of the questions from the last several weeks of events...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC Guest OS Performance Tips Part 1 of 3

    Good Afternoon Everyone, I have quite a few things I want to share with all of you to help make your guest OS’s in Virtual PC run faster. Again thanks to Kevin Remde and Keith Combs who helped me put together this list. This is part 1, in Part 2 I will talk about some advanced topics (defraging...
  • Blog Post: Looking to gain Momentum for a Pilot of Microsoft Technologies?

    Do the following questions apply to you: Interested in learning more about the newest Microsoft technologies? Need help to evaluate different Microsoft products and features? Willing to test and pilot in production Microsoft beta products? Would like to have access to exclusive forums and Microsoft product...
  • Blog Post: Launch Events Questions and Answers

    Thank you everyone for coming to the launch events  and I apologize in the delay in getting the Q/A from the events!  I finally got this post done, amazing when you have some time off the road the things you can do.  So again thank you and here are the questions from launch.  Please...
  • Blog Post: Detroit, MI (Livonia) The Ultimate Pit Stop (10/31/2006)

    Good day all my Detroit ghouls and goblins! :-) I hope everyone had a great Halloween and did not have too much sugar. I had a great Halloween and I even flew home after the event to be home with the family. It was FANTASTIC. I had a great time and here is the information from the session. Here is the...
  • 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: Get full service for your PC for FREE

    Have you ever been on someone's PC and they had no security precaution. No Firewall, no virus scanners, no spy-ware tools, no pop up blockers, and they have been plugged into the Internet since the launch of Windows 95? I do not about you, but I personally do not even go near those PC's with even a CD...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC Guest OS Performance Tips Part 2 of 3 --- Happy, Healthy Drives - Defragging & Compacting your Drives

    Background on Fragmentation: The computer writes information disk into concentric circles on the hard drive, called tracks. Each track is divided into small sections, called sectors. When a file is written, the computer puts it into the first open sector. If the file is bigger than the sector, it gets...
  • 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. ...