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  • Blog Post: CHALLENGE: What does this number represent?

  • 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: Help Wanted: How do you Pronounce Azure, I say Pretty Blue

    So what do you really think about Cloud Computing?  I know you all have an opinion.  Whether it is good, bad, or ugly we want to hear from you!  Tell us what you think via the online survey below. Click here, tell us more, and make your opinion heard: Tell Us What You Think About Cloud...
  • Blog Post: The Systems Management Server 2003 Operating System Deployment (OSD) Feature Pack: Webcast 2-10-2006

    What a great web cast, and thank you for attending the web cast as promised (although a bit delayed) here are the scrubbed Q/A log (you kept John Baker very busy!). Please comment if you need more information. I mentioned a great web site where you can down load the slides and individual demos for this...
  • Blog Post: Correction for Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2 web cast.

    Good afternoon everyone, I want to make a quick correction to an entry titled: Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2: Webcast (5-19-2006). On the web cast I had this question: Question : Do you have any comparison between DFS-R in R2 with Riverbed's WADS or other vendors' WAFS? Answer...
  • Blog Post: Available NOW!: Windows Search 4.0 and the Multilingual User Interface

    The next generation of Windows Desktop search is now available!  This release signifies a fantastic step forward with common code!  The version will be the same for Vista and XP.  I will have more information on another post on speed and reliability improvements.  Very exciting and...
  • 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: Feedback requested: TN2.0 is going live

    There is really one huge change that will impact us all as IT Pros. We are launching TechNet 2.0, and one of friends Keith Combs just recently blogged about it, including two 14 minute podcasts located here: TechNet 2.0 – Episode 1 – Core Scenarios and Branding TechNet 2.0 – Episode 2 – The New TechCenters...
  • Blog Post: Exchange the Next Generation

    As some of you may have heard, there are some changes to the next version of Exchange, specifically around 64 bit and that 64 bit will be the only released version. So you may have some of these questions: Why did Microsoft make the decision to offer Exchange 12 as a 64-bit only application? Isn’t...
  • 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: IT Pro Momentum Dogtown LLC Powered by Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    Here is a great little upgrade project for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Company name: Dogtown LLC Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? Yes Objectives of the project:  Migrate my home office from 3 workstations running a mixture of Windows Vista and XP and no servers...
  • 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: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Screencast: More Reliable and Interoperable Browsing

    Okay this is the last screencast in this quick 3 part series I hoped you enjoyed all 3 screencasts and let me know what you think. For the last but not least part I wanted to talk briefly about the new improvements in reliability and compatibly inside IE8.  While IE8 displays content in its most...
  • Blog Post: Are your IT Pro Skills hot?

    CIO magazine had an interesting article, in which they listed: The 9 Hottest IT Skills for 2009 They listed the 9 skills as: Programming/Application Development Help Desk/Technical Support Project Management Networking (No not Facebook) Business Intelligence Security Web 2.0 Data Center Telecommunications...
  • 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: Sign up Now: Great Valentine Gift for your favorite IT Pro a new TechNet Subscription use code TNITE06

    Open the key to your favorite IT Pro’s heart with a new TechNet subscription and save 28%!!!!!  I am sure it is the gift your favorite IT Pro wants for valentines day! Just Use TNITE06 when ordering your new subscription. Click here to get your TechNet Subscription: Purchase a TechNet Subscription...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Grand Rapids, MI and Toledo, OH (8/7/2007 and 8/9/2007)

    Good morning everyone! Thank you for everyone coming to the events! I hope everyone had a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you all again. with that said we had a lot of fantastic questions and they are listed below. Enjoy and please comment if I missed any or if you need more information! Q:What...
  • Blog Post: Enhancements to Client Access Services and Web Services in Exchange Server 2007: Webcast (8-14-2006)

    Good afternoon all of my Exchange 2007 Client Access, Thank you for attending my web cast on Exchange 2007 client access, Harold Wong and Kevin Remde did an excellent job and handled the questions that came into the queue. Please comment if you have any additional questions. Also if you can watch...
  • Blog Post: Migration and Deployment: Installing the Migration Tools (part 8 of 19)

    Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Migration Tools One of the fantastic tools we included in Windows Server 2012 are the migration tools. If you are familiar with Windows Server 2008 R2, then you are familiar with these tools. The tools can easily help you to migrate either to a Windows Server 2012...
  • 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: Migration and Deployment Series Playing Catch up!

    As some of you noticed we have been delivering another series this month focusing on Deployment and Migration on several scenarios. This post is do you caught up some of the great posts we have delivered over the last couple of weeks. 6. Requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation...
  • Blog Post: Interview: The WORLDS FASTEST SERVER!

    Can your server do 121mph?   Well the server from the folks at hostmysite.com can!  Wendy and I were walking around the floor of SXSW, we saw a drag race motorcycle on the floor.  Upon some investigation, we found the bike was actually a server, and 100% electrical.  They are also...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to the Windows Desktop Search (WDS) Solution for the Enterprise: (Webcast 6-1-2006)

    Good Afternoon Searchers! J Thank you for attending the web cast on Windows Desktop Search (WDS). I hope you enjoyed the tool and are as excited as I am about how great this tool is! I also want to send a huge t hank you to Matt Carlson for helping me out on the Q/A, as promised here is the scrubbed...
  • 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...