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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 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: 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: 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: CHALLENGE: What does this number represent?

  • Blog Post: Help Wanted: How do you Pronounce Azure, I say Pretty Blue

    So what do you really think about Cloud Computing?  I know you all have an opinion.  Whether it is good, bad, or ugly we want to hear from you!  Tell us what you think via the online survey below. Click here, tell us more, and make your opinion heard: Tell Us What You Think About Cloud...
  • Blog Post: The Systems Management Server 2003 Operating System Deployment (OSD) Feature Pack: Webcast 2-10-2006

    What a great web cast, and thank you for attending the web cast as promised (although a bit delayed) here are the scrubbed Q/A log (you kept John Baker very busy!). Please comment if you need more information. I mentioned a great web site where you can down load the slides and individual demos for this...
  • Blog Post: Visit with MITPUG on August 9th

    Good morning MITPUG! I am sorry for posting this so late, but I first want to Thank you all for allowing to come and speak to everyone on the 9 th , I had a lot of fun and I look forward to coming back to visit! Folks if you are in the Michiana and South Bend area check them out: http://www.mitpug...
  • Blog Post: Available NOW!: Windows Search 4.0 and the Multilingual User Interface

    The next generation of Windows Desktop search is now available!  This release signifies a fantastic step forward with common code!  The version will be the same for Vista and XP.  I will have more information on another post on speed and reliability improvements.  Very exciting and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide screencast - Search and Organization Overview Part 1

    I hope you have enjoyed all the screencasts I have recently posted. I would like to welcome you to the last 3 screencasts. These screencasts are broken into three parts and they are all about helping you keep your digital world organized. We live in an age where nearly everything is digital. Documents...
  • Blog Post: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer - Randy Pausch

    I was sad to find out today that Randy Pausch had passed forward into a better life. I was deeply moved by his speech and the way he lived. You can read the full article here: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer For those of you that have not scene the last lecture it is worth your time. ...
  • 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: Vista Product Guide Screencasts going live!

    I wanted to share with you another new project that the TechNet team is working on. Over the next 5-6 weeks we are going to be releasing some screen cast demos from the Vista Product guide to our blogs. These demos are going to be short tidbits (usually under 10 minutes long) that will cover a specific...
  • Blog Post: Second Part of Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld Commercials is live

    I really enjoyed the second part of the commercial, let me know what you think, click on the picture: New Family Video Part 2 of Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld
  • 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: Cleveland and Columbus, OH Questions and Answers: Gear Up for New Solutions (8-22-2006 and 8-24-2006)

    Good day all Cleveland and Columbus! I really had a great time talking about the future of Microsoft products. The conversations we had in both cities was fantastic and I look forward to coming back to town! After I got back home, I noticed the question from both events were very similar so I combined...
  • Blog Post: Simply Amazing, Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

    If you have never scene this talk, I highly recommend it, it is about 10 minutes long and worth every second.  I guarantee it will touch you.  It is an shorter version of a full lecture that he gave, and you can click on his name to learn more and see the full lecture.  Thank you Randy...
  • Blog Post: Me and My New Router Part 1

    I would like everyone to welcome a new additional to my networking family a Linksys WRT350 Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link , (the other more important addition to my family happens April 21st.  ;-)).  After getting some new laptops for work, I realized that my existing router would...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Dogtown LLC Powered by Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    Here is a great little upgrade project for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Company name: Dogtown LLC Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? Yes Objectives of the project:  Migrate my home office from 3 workstations running a mixture of Windows Vista and XP and no servers...
  • Blog Post: Attention Ohio Area IT Pros, Register Now for Dayton IT Pro Camp Wed., Jan., 18, 2012

    The Dayton IT Pro Camp is a FREE , daylong Camp for IT Pros featuring Microsoft Cloud Technologies. During the day, we will have presentations on Hyper-V, SharePoint, Office365 and Azure. In addition, we will have a cloud security presentation and presentations from the Vendors who have agreed to support...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for Windows 7, what about compatibility?

    Some of you may be thinking about Upgrading to Windows 7 and not sure where to start, if you have to think about a few things here are some great resources to help you. Start here to access all the great compatibility tools for Windows 7: www.windows.com/compatibility Live now in English Available also...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Screencast: More Reliable and Interoperable Browsing

    Okay this is the last screencast in this quick 3 part series I hoped you enjoyed all 3 screencasts and let me know what you think. For the last but not least part I wanted to talk briefly about the new improvements in reliability and compatibly inside IE8.  While IE8 displays content in its most...
  • Blog Post: How do you get ready for BitLocker?

    Good evening everyone, one of my teammates John Baker was asked this question during an event, he posted a quick blurb on how to make this work with Ultimate and Enterprise with an KB here:   I've already installed Windows Vista on a single partition and now i want to enable BitLocker, can I???
  • Blog Post: Are your IT Pro Skills hot?

    CIO magazine had an interesting article, in which they listed: The 9 Hottest IT Skills for 2009 They listed the 9 skills as: Programming/Application Development Help Desk/Technical Support Project Management Networking (No not Facebook) Business Intelligence Security Web 2.0 Data Center Telecommunications...