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  • Blog Post: ANNOUCEMENT: SCU is now available on Channel 9!

    I am excited to announce the partnership between SCU and Channel 9, allowing for all SCU content and the live SCU US event feed available via Channel 9. SCU 2015 US will take place 2/4/15 in Dallas, TX. This year’s event includes two live tracks, one of which will be featured on Channel 9 live...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Sneak Peak 1 MVA Live Event - Modernizing Your Data Center

    Jennelle Crothers and myself give you a sneak peak into what we are going to be discussing on our upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy event – “ Modernizing Your Data Center ” on Tuesday, October 28th . Tune in for part 1 of this MVA Live Event teaser and be sure to register for this FREE, live online...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Why NOW is a good time to plan for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

    In this episode Keith Mayer and myself kick off a special 6 part series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [ 1:18 ] Why should I start planning...
  • 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: 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: Got nothing to do between now and the Superbowl?

    Well I have an idea for you.  My buddy Kai Axford did a great 8 part webcast series on Security.  As Kai puts it these are not your mom's webcasts.  These webcast are great!  Kai is a Senior Security Strategist with the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group and the series focuses...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Beta Availability of ISA Server 2006 and Acquisition of a Web-Filtering Product from FutureSoft

    This is great announcement. Take a look at the whole press release here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/feb06/02-09ISAServer.mspx This is an announcement from Ted Keummert. Ted Kummert, corporate vice president for Security, Access and Solutions, discusses the acquisition and new milestones...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Talking IE 8 Compatibility with Pete LePage @ TechEd Barcelona

    I caught up with Pete LePage again, this in time in Barcelona.  More importantly I caught up with him on my own turf at TechEd among all the wonderful IT Pros.  Now he was the stranger in the strange land.  We had a great conversation around how to think about Internet Explorer 8 and compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Friday Night Geek Card Game: Threat modeling game

    Thanks to my friend Tim , I am going all in with the Threat Modeling Game!    This is a fun way to learn about Elevation of Privilege Attacks and response.  Here is the overview: Elevation of Privilege (EoP) is the easy way to get started threat modeling. It is designed to make threat...
  • 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: Go Get the Windows Server 2008 Post Event Resources!

    Thanks to our Canadian friends for posting an excellent resource for Windows Server 2008 launch events!  They have created a download that will allow you get VM configuration info, software downloads (if they didn’t get a kit or didn’t attend) demo scripts, demo videos and additional...
  • Blog Post: Toledo and Cleveland, OH Questions and Answers Take Charge of your Security (6-20-2006 and 6-22-2006)

    Good afternoon all my Northern Ohioans , I normally do not combine both sets of questions and answers into the same blog entry. However, when I was going through the list of questions from the events, the questions were surprisingly the same with some subtle variations. So I made a decision to...
  • 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: Cincinnati, OH Questions and Answers Take Charge of your Security (4-18-2006)

    Hello Cincinnati! I enjoyed coming back to Newport and I am glad we had a great turnout!Sorry for the delay, but here are the answers from the session on the 18th. As always feel free to comment if I missed any question or if you need additional information, enjoy! Q: Where can I watch that great...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Columbus, OH Questions and Answers Windows 2003R2 and Exchange SP2 (1-17-2006)

    Good afternoon Columbus! Thank you for attending the live event and I hope everyone had a great day. I look forward to seeing everyone again. There were a a few questions that I wanted to make sure I answered. So here the Questions and Answers from the event. As always feel free to comment if I missed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7

    Do you want to learn more about IE7, well Joe Stagner is at it again!!! I just stumbled on a podcast that Joe did, he was able to get Dave Massy, who is a Senior Program Manager on the IE 7 team. The podcast is amazing and has a lot of great information! Do you want to hear how IE compares to Firefox...
  • Blog Post: A Blast from the Past: Group Policy and Active Directory Webcast series

    I was doing some checking and I just realized that it has been almost 4 years since I delivered the group policy webcast series. What was very exciting for these webcasts is that it we (the TechNet Team) tried something new, Michael Murphy and myself piloted two webcasts series. I delivered group policy...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Vista availability announced!!!

    That is right folks, Microsoft is planning on releasing Vista by the Holiday Season. So get those letters to Santa ready (feel free to use my example below): Dear Santa, I have been good all year and I would like a dozen copies of Microsoft Windows Vista for Christmas and a bike. So you better...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Epicenter with Mark Kurtz from Gage

    This was a cool little demo I saw as I was walking around the Microsoft area and I ran into Mark Kurtz from Gage .  He was demonstrating a great little dashboard program called epicenter which is a project he is working on.  Epicenter uses a ton of great Microsoft hosted services and technologies...
  • 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: Evalu’08 and you could WIN a Windows Home Server!

    Do you want a chance to win the Home server to the right? Well then all you have to do is: Evalu’08 and you could win !  This is a great program and most of you probably already are doing the things necessary to get a chance to win. All you need to is download a free trial or take a Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Attention Michigan: Come out and see me, and let's talk about Security!

    Good afternoon Grand Rapids and Detroit (actually Livonia )! I am coming back to town the week of May 15 th to talk about security! It has been almost a year since I have visited the Michigan area and I am looking forward to coming back to town. For more information on the events click here: http://www...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio Interview: What's new in Internet Explorer 8?

    I had a chance to sit down and talk with Jane Maliouta, Program Manager on Internet Explorer team and talk about what is coming with Internet Explorer 8. During the interview we talked about some of the fantastic new functionality that everyone can expect. We even spend some time talking about some of...