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  • Blog Post: Thrive Live with the GM of the Server Platform!

    Shanen Boettcher, General Manager of the Server Platform group for the U.S. subsidiary, is going to be the guest of Kevin Remde at Thrive Live and IT Manager Community Talks in September. Shanen is responsible for overseeing strategy for the Microsoft server line within the U.S. marketplace. Boettcher...
  • 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: 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: 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: New Assessment and Deployment Tool for the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 Launches!

    Congratulations to the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Team!  They just launched the  third-generation of the agent-less infrastructure assessment platform called Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator 3.0 (or simply MAP).  MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Webcast Series Starts Today!

    As you are all well aware one of the hottest topics in the IT world is virtualization.  So what's the big deal?  Why virtualize my workloads?  How do I learn more about what the options are for virtualization?  These and other questions deserve some serious attention.  In consequence...
  • 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: 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...