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  • Blog Post: IE Support Policy Information and Resources

    We have been asked several times by partners what is the support policy and EOL of Internet Explorer. There seems to be a lot of confusion over this questions and the announcements we made around Microsoft Edge (Formerly Spartan). Here is some key information about Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft...
  • 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: Computers Assisting People (CAP) helps span the Digital Divide

    One of my good buddies, Dan Hanson , just let me know about a great program called Computers Assisting People (CAP).  This program has and donated over 15,000 PCs to over 380 schools and non-profits in Cleveland (some in East Cleveland and other needy areas too).  This is an amazing organization...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Our Favorite Things: RDS improvements in Windows Server 2012 (Part 30 of 31)

    As our need to provide services and applications to our client desktops becomes more and more important, we turn to products like Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 to provide these features for our clients.  Wether you use RDS for just pure session virtualization or as a part of an...
  • Blog Post: Students are you in Round 2 of the Imagine Cup IT Challenge Yet, Quiz #2 is right around the corner!

    Quiz #2 is on: October 19, 2010 ( October 18, 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 IT Challenge is designed to highlight the art and science of developing,...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Not your Father’s Command Line Part 16 of 31: PowerShell Take Me Out To The Grid

    With PowerShell 2.0 there are some nice GUI features to help leverage PowerShell in some new and interesting ways.  In yesterday’s post Sarah showed you the ISE works .  In this post I want to take a quick look at another GUI feature of PowerShell, the cmdlet, Out-GridView.  This cmdlet...
  • 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: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Aaron Margosis on Windows Sysinternals tools

    In this interview I get to chat with Aaron Margosis, Principal Consultant at Microsoft.  We talk about Windows Sysinternals tools. Aaron currently works with US Federal government customers on Windows, security, and getting apps to run on the latest Microsoft platforms. Aaron shares the top 3 tools...
  • Blog Post: Available NOW: Windows Live Essentials 2011

    Just announced today: Windows Live Essentials 2011 available for download now . Windows Live essentials includes: Windows Live Family Safety Windows Live Mesh Windows Live Photo Gallery Windows Live Movie Maker Windows Live Messenger Windows Live Writer Windows Live Mail Download it today! Get started...