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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: August Reminder: TMSAM09 can save you 15% off a new Technet Subscription!

    Our promotion is still going, just use TMSAM09 when ordering your new subscription and you can save 15%,  it is as simple as using the following promotion code when you go to buy your subscription: TMSAM09 Click here to get your TechNet Subscription: Purchase a TechNet Subscription Then just enter...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Gets 21 more languages

    Yesterday,  the IE team  is pleased to announce the availability of Internet Explorer Beta 2 in 21 additional  languages. The languages released today are fully localized versions of the IE8 English Beta 2. The Complete List of IE8 Beta 2 Languages Arabic Chinese (Hong Kong) Chinese (Simplified...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Subscriber Discount still being offered with TMSAM09

    We are still offering a cool 15% discount on TechNet Subscriptions.  There are more details on my original post here: Are you a TechNet Subscriber? Use TMSAM09 and I can save you 15%   As my buddy Keith hinted at in his post yesterday, there are going to be some great upcoming downloads: Are...
  • 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: Got nothing to do between now and the Superbowl?

    Well I have an idea for you.  My buddy Kai Axford did a great 8 part webcast series on Security.  As Kai puts it these are not your mom's webcasts.  These webcast are great!  Kai is a Senior Security Strategist with the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group and the series focuses...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Talking IE 8 Compatibility with Pete LePage @ TechEd Barcelona

    I caught up with Pete LePage again, this in time in Barcelona.  More importantly I caught up with him on my own turf at TechEd among all the wonderful IT Pros.  Now he was the stranger in the strange land.  We had a great conversation around how to think about Internet Explorer 8 and compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Second Life Events on Powershell

    Blain recorded a quick pitch about the upcoming second life events on Powershell: To learn more about the series take a look here: Second Life – Windows PowerShell 3-Part Series on the Microsoft Island
  • 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: TechNet Events Lexington and Louisville, KY (6/19/2007 and 6/21/2007)

    Good morning to everyone in the Bluegrass state! As always thank you Lexington and Louisville for coming to the live events last week! I truly appreciate getting to reconnect with everyone and I am glad everyone enjoyed the events! We had a fantastic time and thank you for not shooting me with the rockets...
  • 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: Look what got a facelift --- The TechNet and MSDN Websites!

    I just found a great little tidbit, off a new blog for TechNet and MSDN by John Martin . They have improved the look and feel of the websites take a look at the new sites below: TechNet MSDN To read a full write up about the change take a look here: MSDN & TechNet are Changing!   Take a tour...
  • 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...