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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: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Working with Task Sequences (Part 5)

    In this part we will take a look at how to build a task sequence, that will allow you to put together all the components necessary for your Windows 8.1 deployment. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Working with Deployment Shares (Part 4)

    In this part, you will get to take a look at the basic building block in an MDT environment, the deployment share. This will house all the files to help provision and build your desktop. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Installing the Tools (Part 3)

    In this part of the series we will take a look at how to install the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK). Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Deployment Pre-Requisites (Part 2)

    In this part I talk about some of the under the hood requirements you need to have in place before you begin building your deployment environment. Enjoy! Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www.microsoft...
  • 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 our next Jump Start, “Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise” 6-17/ 6-19

    Join our next Jump Start, “Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise” free online training event, June 17‒19, featuring seasoned experts, who dive deep into Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server, BYOD, and more. Explore virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), disk deduplication and tiering, and the Remote Desktop...
  • 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: Windows 8.1 For Business: Remember Our Good Friend Group Policy

    Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops. For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well. Group Policy is one...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 for Business: Oh Start menu, how do I miss thee…or do I?

    One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my Start menu. These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our Start menu. I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally understand your frustration...
  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery: What about Fluffy the Cat and Saving Your Desktops?

    Disaster recovery is about being able to get your business back up and running as quick as you can after the disaster happens. Throughout this series, my teammates have focused on the Infrastructure side of the house, servers, virtual machines…etc. You can see the full series here: Disaster Recovery...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Understanding BYOD: How to Make it Happen

    Kevin Remde and Yuri Diogenes are back for Part 2 of their BYOD solution series and in today’s episode they explore some of the technologies from Microsoft and how you can implement them into your organization’s BYOD strategy. [ 2:39 ] Let's talk about device registration and management of BYOD devices...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Understanding BYOD: What it Means for My Company

    In this two part series with Sr. Knowledge Engineer Yuri Diogenes and Kevin Remde we explore the world of “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD scenarios and how more IT organizations are trying to support it. In part one we try to help explain its benefits, challenges and considerations that need to be made...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 6 of 30: What Cloud Goodies Can I Find in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    If you have been running Windows Server 2008 R2 (W2K8R2) you may have upgraded to SP1.  You may have not know why you did, but just saw it as an update and installed it.  Or maybe you are one of many that waited to deploy W2K8R2 until SP1.  In either case you might not know what you don...
  • 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 Windows 7 Goes to Class

    This a project that is near and dear to my heart on setting up a classroom with Windows 7. What problem did you set out to solve? Setup training environment at a non-profit organization for their users that travel across the globe.  The training environment would use low-cost netbooks and need a...
  • 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: Attention Students Your Last Chance for Round 1: Quiz #6 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #6 (the last quiz, your last chance to get into the challenge!) opens today at 8:01 p.m. EST (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, do you know a student or are you going back to school and can you answer a question...
  • 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: Migration and Deployment: A look at Windows 8 AppLocker Part 19

    One of the Technologies we introduced with Windows 7 was AppLocker. AppLocker presented a great new way to control what applications could run on your desktop environments. Now if this sounds familiar to what Software Restriction Policies (SRP) do for your environments, it is important to understand...
  • Blog Post: Get it now, just Launched: IT Investigators!

    One of the exciting things I have gotten to do for the last few months is be a part of new online radio show with my brother in arms, Keith Combs.  The show is called IT Investigators.  We get to talk to folks like yourself running their business on Microsoft technologies, as well as learn...
  • Blog Post: Students Are You Up for a Challenge? Enter the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge NOW!

    Well we the Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge is back again and I have just one question for you?  Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, do you know a student or are you going back to school and can you answer a question like this then your ready for Round...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students Quiz #4 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Ready NOW!

    Quiz number 4 just opened up a little but ago!  Get in an get registered! Quiz 4:  November 18, 2010 November 17, 8:01 p.m. EST  (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST) Click here to register: http://imaginecup.com/register If you are not familiar with the challenge, the Imagine Cup...
  • 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. ...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Favorite IT Pro Happy for the Holidays and save 25% on a new TechNet Subscription with TMSAM09

    Good morning everyone, I want to mention we are still offering the discount for the TechNet Subscriptions.   Due to the continued success of the program, it is back again this year and the savings have been increased to 25%!!!!! Just Use TMSAM09 when ordering your new subscription. Click here...