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  • 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 Desktop Search Deployment: You say MSI, I say .exe, now you can have both!

    I just got word of something extremely fantastic! On the 22nd we added a new download option for Windows Desktop Search! You can know download a .MSI file. In the past the download was only a .exe file and the instructions to make a .MSI was not the greatest answer to enterprise deployment. This is a...
  • 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: Did you get my email? Yes, but it took forever!

    Hopefully we are all receiving email almost nearly instantaneously. Sometimes however email is flowing only roughly faster than maple syrup in Vermont during December. In other words it can be slow, and aside from making sure we have the cable plugged in , we cannot find the cause. So what could be happening...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...
  • Blog Post: Hot Off the Presses: New Search Case Study

    This case study presents the key decision points, architecture design and definition, and test criteria and results from a scalability and performance test conducted at the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC) in Redmond, Washington. It is intended to provide strategic information about designing...
  • Blog Post: No File Left Behind: Windows Desktop Search (WDS)

    A few weeks ago, I started diving into a fantastic free tool for your desktops. The tool is called Windows Desktop Search (WDS). WDS is a search engine allowing you to search across all the types of information on our systems. From your email, documents, photos and music, WDS will help break down the...
  • 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: Announcing Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSS Express)

    Yesterday we announced some huge news the addition of two new search products for you! Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express (MSS Express) and you you even try the release candidate (RC) of the express version today, just visit: www.microsoft.com/EnterpriseSearch...
  • Blog Post: Good Search Articles

    As a lot of you know I am pretty passionate about search and I have seen some articles on the topic that I wanted to share with everyone. There are some great comments around our future strategy and even how we have deployed the technologies internally. In the first piece of news, Satya Nadella, a Corporate...
  • Blog Post: Windows Desktop Search (WDS) Patch and WSUS Information

    Normally when I have been writing about search it has been some great news, well I had a few of email me an issue regarding the recent published patch release for Windows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.01. This was an optional patch originally however we released a new revision and WSUS is set to approve update...
  • Blog Post: Anything is possible, I am published, you can Search on it!

    Guess what! It’s official! I am now a published author!! <Hold for applause> If you picked up the latest issue of TechNet Magazine, you undoubtedly flipped immediately to page 54, where you found my article on Windows Desktop Search article, titled: Find Anything with Windows Desktop Search...
  • Blog Post: Heartland IT Pro User Groups

    One of the great aspects of my job is I get to work with a lot of different user groups and meet lots of people from the IT Pro community.  Well I did my best to get a list of all the IT professional  user groups I work with in the Heartland territory (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 Search Technical Drilldown: Webcast (03-12-2007)

    Thank you for spending time with me on the webcast to get an overview Search in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007. I really enjoy this technology, so much so that I even wrote an article on topic. You can read the article here: Find It All with SharePoint Enterprise Search . Here are some other resources...
  • Blog Post: Cincinnati, OH Questions and Answers: Gear Up for New Solutions (9-12-2006)

    Good morning Cincinnati! (and I do apologize for forgetting to change my good morning slide, I know you are not Cleveland. ) J Thank you for attending the TechNet Event in Newport! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did! I enjoyed being able to talk and show you some of the exciting technology...
  • Blog Post: Writing, writing and more Writing!

    Good afternoon everyone! Well I have had the privilege to be published again, not just once but twice! I really enjoy writing for TechNet magazine , it is a great magazine and if you have not had a chance to read it is a fantastic to keep us IT Pros in the know. I feel a bit remiss for not blogging sooner...
  • Blog Post: CES 2008: Bill Gates CES Keynote and he "Slashes" Xbox 360 Guitar Hero III (kinda)

    Want to watch BillG on stage almost playing Guitar Hero III?  Well click on the the picture to check out the 2008 Keynote. The Guitar Hero III demo is at the end, however I recommend not fast forwarding (unless that is all your interested in  :-)  )  Overall it is a great keynote...
  • Blog Post: New Promotion: Save 15% With TN3MNA06 On a New TechNet Subscription!

    We have a new promotion for TechNet Professional Subscriptions from now until June 30, 2011 purchase a new TechNet Subscription Professional and save 15% with TN3MNA06 . By using TN3MNA06 you can save 15% on a new TechNet Professional Subscription! Click here to get your TechNet Subscription: Purchase...
  • Blog Post: Are you a TechNet Subscriber? Use TMSAM09 and I can save you 15%

    Happy Friday Boys and Girls!  Due to the success the program from last year, it is back again this year and I can save you 15%!!!!! Just Use TMSAM09 when ordering your new subscription.  I also have a big announcement based on your feedback the code:  <drum roll please> TMSAM09 can...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show – registration now open

    Is your IT Infrastructure fully dedicated to just one technology solution? Chances are you work in a heterogeneous environment that includes a variety of technologies from Microsoft®, Linux, MySQL and Apple. Integration becomes vital in order for your core business applications to maintain business flow...
  • Blog Post: VOTE NOW: Peoples Choice Awards for Imagine Cup

    Make a difference and vote for your favorite today:  VOTE NOW  
  • Blog Post: Got Search? Windows Search 4.0 and the Multilingual User Interface Pack for WS 4.0 Previews Available Today!

    The next generation of desktop searching is here and it has a brand new name: Windows Search 4.0 This is the next version of our desktop engine and really helps improve the instant search of your computer. Windows Search 4.0 helps you find and preview documents, e-mail messages, music files, photos,...
  • Blog Post: You be the Judge: What is the best search engine: Live Search, Google or Yahoo?

    You get to be the judge, click on the picture below and got the search-off web site , click the picture below, run a search and click the check in the upper right to vote.  Happy Searching!
  • Blog Post: Windows Search 4.0 Desktop Performance tips and considerations

    Doing a lot of work with Windows Search I have learned how the tool works and I have worked with a lot of great folks at corporate to help put together some fantastic information on performance tips and considerations.  Also in this post I wanted to talk about some of the key improvements we have...