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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: TechNet Radio: Sneak Peak 1 MVA Live Event - Modernizing Your Data Center

    Jennelle Crothers and myself give you a sneak peak into what we are going to be discussing on our upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy event – “ Modernizing Your Data Center ” on Tuesday, October 28th . Tune in for part 1 of this MVA Live Event teaser and be sure to register for this FREE, live online...
  • 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: Tech Ed 2014 Live Streaming Sessions this week ...

    Can’t make it to Houston this year for TechEd 2014? No worries – just join us online via Tech Ed Live Streaming all week long from the keynote and technical breakout sessions. At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about...
  • 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: Getting Started with Client Hyper-V

    Windows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client. This provides support for several scenarios including: Test Lab: This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 , among...
  • Blog Post: Setting Static IP Address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    One of the questions I have been asked for a while is how do you set static IP address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Well you can, check out my friend John Savill’s great article to see how: Set Azure VM Static IP Address While it is like a DHCP reservation for the VM itself (the VM is still DHCP...
  • 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 4) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - High Availability

    Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze continue their look into Hyper-V from the view of a VMware admin’s perspective and in today’s episode they discuss in detail high availability and how to set up and manage a Hyper-V cluster. [ 3:17 ] What does high availability look like in vSphere and how does it compare...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals - Free Training - Register Now!

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning is hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals ” is open and will be delivered...
  • Blog Post: Get-PowerShell_Script_Explorer -NOW

    I just learned about a new tool currently in development now call the Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell®. Currently the tool is in Release Candidate, and it will help you find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Talks About Imagine Cup Solve

    You may have seen several of my blog posts around Imagine Cup , well it seems Bill Gates is getting to see a lot of this first hand.  He wrote a great blog article here talking about students and imagine cup: Real-World Solutions from World's Youth Imagine Cup Solve This is a new program to provide...
  • 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: Last Chance Students: Tonight Take Quiz #8 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge

    This is the Last Call, Quiz number 8 Opens tonight at 8:01p.m. est! Quiz 8:  January 31, 2011 January 30, 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...
  • Blog Post: Get it now: Free Download Microsoft iSCSI Target to help with Live Migration (LM) and High Availability (HA)

    If you have ever wanted to use Live Migration (LM) and High Availability (HA) you had to have shared storage . This shared storage can be in the forms of SAS, iSCSI or Fiber Channel SAN. For many environments this isn't an issue, but there are some specific scenarios where customers need LM and HA and...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Not Your Father's Command Line Part 23 of 31: HUGE Announcements, Disagreements, Best Practices and A Party…Oh My!

    Happy Monday! Alright this post will be a bit out of the usual, but how many times do you get tell folks you have a book and it is publicly available? (Technically this is my second but who is counting lol :-) So here goes: Available NOW: Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Getting Connecting with System Center 2012 App Controller to Windows Azure (Part 12 of 31)

    In today’s part Kevin takes a quick step by step look at connecting System Center with Windows Azure.   In particular Kevin showcases App controller and shows how easy it is to get connected.  Take a look at his post here: Step-by-Step: Connecting System Center 2012 App Controller to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Friday Night Geek Card Game: Threat modeling game

    Thanks to my friend Tim , I am going all in with the Threat Modeling Game!    This is a fun way to learn about Elevation of Privilege Attacks and response.  Here is the overview: Elevation of Privilege (EoP) is the easy way to get started threat modeling. It is designed to make threat...
  • Blog Post: 20 Days of 20 Ways – Get Started with Migrating and Deploying Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure VMs

    As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! In February, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been worked together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started. Here...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students: Tonight Take Quiz #7 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge

    Quiz number 7 Opens tonight at 8:01p.m. est! Quiz 7:  January 14, 2011 January 13, 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...
  • Blog Post: 20 Days of Server Virtualization: Virtual Networking in Hyper-V (Part 9 of 20)

    In Windows Server 2012 , we have really enhanced the Hyper-V role.  One feature in Hyper-V that really got an overhaul is the virtual networking.    From  Virtual Machine Queue, IPsec task offloading, Single-root I/O virtualization(SR-IOV), and Live migration on Server 2012 Hyper...
  • Blog Post: How to Convince Your Boss to Send you to Tech·Ed 2011 in Atlanta

    In a tough economic climate, it can be difficult for managers and HR teams to understand the business value of sending staff to the Tech·Ed conference because of the upfront costs.  Here are some talking points to help you make the case for Tech·Ed to your management.  There is also a custom...
  • Blog Post: Could Not Make MMS? Get DIGITAL…

    MMS that is.  If you were like me you may not have been able to make MMS, but wanted to see the sessions.  Well guess what you can!  Check out DIGITAL MMS! If you missed a session or were you unable to register for MMS before the record-breaking sell out this year? No problem, join us...
  • Blog Post: Interviewed: Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

    Normally I am the one giving the interviews, well the table was definitely turned on me this time.  David Giard was able to sit me down for a few minutes after my event in Columbus, OH.  We had a brief chat on Windows Server 2008 R2 and what you can expect to get from the product. Take a look...