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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Software Usage Tracker part 6
Welcome to part 6 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we will take a look at MAP can help...
7 Sep 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Database Discovery for SQL Server part 4
Welcome to part 4 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we take a look how MAP 5.0’s new database...
23 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Windows Server Consolidation part 3
Welcome to part 3 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). The MAP toolkit has been around for years. MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments...
16 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Office 2010 part 2
Welcome to part 2 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we take a look on how MAP can help streamline...
9 Aug 2010
A few weeks ago now Frank Shaw made a post on the Microsoft blog. In his post he outlined some numbers around the performance of some of Microsoft’s key businesses. The numbers Frank put up are impressive by any standard. Various blogs have picked up Franks post and spent a fair amount...
4 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Overview part 1
Welcome to part 1 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0! The MAP toolkit has been around for years. MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that...
2 Aug 2010
Visual Reference of Key Hyper-V Technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2
Like the Windows Server 2008 R2 component poster , the Hyper-V poster is a great visual reference to better understand the key features and components of Hyper-V, and Microsoft virtualization solutions in general including: Architecture Virtual Networking Virtual Machine Snapshots (shown...
16 Jul 2010
Got Azure, Bing Maps do!
When I think about Bing Maps as a consumer of driving directions I love it, as IT, server guy I amazed when I think about how much must go into the data center to make that work. Not only for my directions but also from a data center perspective. Bing Maps is an application that has a global user...
13 Jul 2010
Seeing is Believing – Microsoft and Red Hat Collaborate
I’ll have to check Bing later for sightings…there must be a report of flying pigs…somewhere. Today Microsoft actually delivered a presentation at the Red Hat Summit ! I wouldn’t have believed it had I not been there (I was one of the presenters). The session covered the combined effort by...
25 Jun 2010
TechEd 2010 Video Diary
Got back from TechEd 2010 with a great experience. I met some old friends, made some new, attended some great sessions, and loosened up a little… I mean a lot during the nights. Working hard form 8 AM to 6 PM everyday attending sessions and taking notes, and taking care of business and working overtime...
17 Jun 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 announcements @ TechEd
TechEd was a great experience and thank you to everyone, all 428 of you that decided to see Chris and I talk about the 10 hottest topics for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators. We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, if you chose to buy our book after the session, Thank You! As...
14 Jun 2010
Microsoft VDI Licensing Primer
For VDI , Microsoft’s licensing model is VDI Standard and Premium Suites . These are great offerings and simplify the process to acquire Microsoft VDI. And in my view and for many customers, this is a cost-effective solution and I encourage IT decision makers to examine and compare Microsoft offerings...
11 Jun 2010
Cloud and Virtualization Play Big at TechEd and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Virtualizing the enterprise IT environment is a top goal for our customers, and therefore a top goal for Microsoft. Today, Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, presented the opening-day keynote at TechEd 2010 being held in New Orleans. The keynote outlined the benefits of cloud...
7 Jun 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Readiness
Customers tell us that the verified compatibility of their applications is the #1 factor driving their upgrade decisions. Verifying compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2 before the application ships promotes operational efficiency, improves scalability and reliability and over the life of the application...
2 Jun 2010
Bringing the Heat with Windows Server @ TechEd North America 2010
Ah June has arrived and with it: Microsoft TechEd North America 2010 ! as you get ready to migrate to New Orleans to see some great sessions at TechEd, let me recommend, IMHO will be one the best sessions at TechEd for all you Windows Server administrators: WSV201: 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs...
1 Jun 2010
Ten Days until Tech ED 2010 (and I can’t wait)
If you are an IT Pro this is the biggest event of the year! The who’s who of the IT world will descend on New Orleans in 10 short days to share ideas and learn from the best in the business. There will of course also be the insane parties which have become a nice side benefit of Tech Ed. Ahhhhh…...
27 May 2010
The Secret to Great Hosting isn’t Finger Food at TechEd, It’s Workloads on Windows!
TechEd North America in New Orleans is only a month away, and I’ve start thinking about those cool TechEd parties hosted by Microsoft and partners. Attending special events outside of the sessions gives everyone time to socialize and connect up. It’s a lot of work to host a successful party...
13 May 2010
Ghost Town Tech
Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way. Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank...
6 May 2010
Linux on Hyper-V Makes Even More Cents Now!
One of my early posts on this blog went into detail about value of Hyper-V, and the ability to easily backup and recover servers in new and inexpensive ways. I explained that encapsulating all sorts of (even non-Windows) operating systems in Hyper-V enables backup snapshots of running systems at...
30 Apr 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2: the Cloud is in Your Datacenter
When you think of the cloud you most likely are not thinking of stratus, cumulus, or cirrus. You are probably thinking about the many different online service offerings like: Microsoft Exchange Online Microsoft SharePoint Online Azure (Windows and SQL) Microsoft Office Web...
29 Apr 2010
RDS, VDI, and App-V User Experience
The ability to deliver a desktop with full fidelity over a network, while deploying applications on demand and with hardware independence, is an IT reality with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Application Virtualization (App-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack ( MDOP ). This...
13 Apr 2010
Best Part of Training Isn't the Class...
The end of last month (March) I spent more than a week in Seattle at Microsoft’s internal TechReady conference. TechReady happens twice a year, and is intended to provide technical training to the thousands of field-based Microsoft consulting, support, and technical sales professionals throughout...
8 Apr 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX
Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well. RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM. This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop. IT provides a great...
31 Mar 2010
Windows Server in an Amazon Cloud
This week Microsoft began allowing the modification of the terms of some of its Enterprise licensing agreements to allow large customers in the United States to run their Windows Servers in the Amazon Cloud. Larry Dignan at ZDNET posted a great article on the details of the process and the potential...
26 Mar 2010
Does Communication With A Remote Work Force Scare You?
First calm your server down, then next calm your IT administrator down as well. Now lets talk about communication and collaboration and how your servers can empower a remote workforce, that will allow your business to thrive be more focused on efficiency, innovation and productivity. ...
19 Mar 2010
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