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  • 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: 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: Talk TechNet airs 4/27 at 9am PST - Topic for the day - Virtualization

    This morning we’ll be taking questions live from you. Join us at 9am PST as we host an episode on the topic of Virtualization. Our guest this morning is Aidan Finn. Aidan has many years of experience on this topic so please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to ask a question you have. To register...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Not your Father’s Command Line Part 13 of 31: The Provider Active Directory Style

    In the last couple of posts we have taken a look at working with providers and using the registry provider .  In this post we are going to use a provider near and dear to networks everywhere, the Active Directory provider.  Working with the Active Directory provider is just one way to work...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students Quiz #3 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #3  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 like this then your ready for Round 1 of the Imagine...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Windows 7 Enhanced Security and Control: Introduction

    So as some of you have seen I did 4 brief screencasts on Windows 7 and some of the security improvements.  Well I had a camera, got a liitle bored it was one rare moments I had some extra time,  and I had a green screen.  I decided to record an overview of the enhancements for Windows...
  • Blog Post: MAP 5.5 RTW

    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for free download. Download MAP 5.5 Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool...
  • Blog Post: Come and Get It: Data Protection Manager 2010 Release Candidate – now available

    My good friend Jason just let me know that everyone can: COME AND GET IT !  What are you getting?  The greatest data protection tool on the market, Data Protection Manager.  Well the product has hit a major mile stone and Jason just announced the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 is now available...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students Quiz #2 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Today

    Quiz #2 (sorry I missed quiz one I was OOF)  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 like this then...
  • Blog Post: Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing the Storage Cost for your VDI Deployments with VHD De-duplication for VDI

    With storage needs in your organizations growing exponentially over the last few years and into the future there are plenty of things you may done in the past to help keep the cost down.  Chances are you bought some kind of fancy SAN, that had all the bells and whistles to help storage work efficiently...
  • Blog Post: Windows MDOP 2010, Why this matters to you!

    You have probably heard the term MDOP before and wondered what it is and why it is important to you.  MDOP stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and it will help take your Windows 7 deployments to the next level.   MDOP provides value to your existing infrastructure, but...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Windows 7 Enhanced Security and Control: BitLocker and BitLocker to Go

    One of the great enhancements you may used in Windows Vista was BitLocker.  BitLocker is designed to help protect the information on your hard drives in case of a lost or stolen hardware.  Which hopefully you agree the information is worth more than the hardware (may be a close second). ...
  • 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: Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond – Springboard Virtual Roundtable

    Okay I saw this post on my buddies Keith’s blog and I thought that is a great post, so I “borrowed” it. Enjoy the roundtable! Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows® 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Not your Father’s Command Line Part 18 of 31: So You Deleted A User…On Purpose

    We have all been here before.  Maybe you have deleted a user either accidentally or on purpose.  Regardless you may need to get the user back with all of their properties, group memberships, security identifiers..etc.  In prior versions of Windows Server deleting a user could cause administrative...