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IT Time: TechNet Radio – Halloween Special! Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0

Does your datacenter go bump in the night? Are you haunted by the thought of managing thousands of processes that could be automated? Well boys and girls Dr. Scripto and his faithful sidekick are here to help combat Scripto-Nite and provide us with their Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0 for Windows Server… Read more

Virtual Machine Topology Generator Using PowerShell and XLM as a VM Workhorse – Read on….

The system is designed to demonstrate how to leverage the new PowerShell present in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. To get the same scripts go to: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Virtual-Machine-Topology-edd9883a VMT can build a series of Virtual Machines,including inner VM automation, based on a defined XML file. This XML file is easy to customize to your own… Read more

Windows 8 IT Pro Tools–Microsoft “Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8

Overview Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652 Windows Deployment is for IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows across an organization. Check out the newest toolkit available for Windows 8. The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio:The Ins and Outs of Windows Azure Web Sites for IT Pros

Blain Barton welcomes Windows Azure Technical Evangelist, Brady Gaster to the show as they discuss Windows Azure Web Sites and how this can greatly benefit IT Pros who manage their company’s web presence. Tune in and learn about this great new service, as well as what happens underneath the hood when you spin up a… Read more

Part 8 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

    In this Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can simulate a migration from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012 Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. If you’re looking for a hands-on learning experience but don’t have time to attend a TechNet event, TechNet Virtual Labs allow you… Read more

Part 7 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Endpoint Protection

    In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn more about System Center 2012 Configuration Manager’s security component – Endpoint Protection.   Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. TechNet Virtual Labs allow you to quickly and easily try out Microsoft’s newest products for free in 90… Read more

Part 6 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Software Updates

    In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can start learning about how to administer Software updates using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. Check out this preview of the lab, see what exercises are available and then go ahead and get… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – Get Your Script on! Check out PowerShell Saturdays

Blain Barton and The Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson are back for today’s show as they discuss PowerShell Saturday events. Tune in as they chat about what topics will be covered, how you can register as well as how you can start one in your own area. After watching this video, follow these next steps: Step… Read more

Part 5 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Advanced Software Distribution

  In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about advanced software distribution within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Tune in and take a tour of the lab, see what exercises are available as well as how to set-up and get started. Click here to try out the Virtual… Read more

Part 4 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Basic Software Distribution

    In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about basic software distribution within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Check out this preview of the lab, see what exercises are available and then go ahead and get started with System Center 2012.   Click here to try out… Read more

Part 3 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Managing Clients

    In this short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can easily start learning about how to manage clients within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.   Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. If you’re curious about client management capabilities within System Center, the TechNet Virtual Labs allow you to… Read more

Part 2 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Content Management

    In this short installment of the Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about content management within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.   Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. If you’re looking for a hands-on learning experience but don’t have time to attend a TechNet event, TechNet… Read more

Part 1 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Application Management

    In this short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about application management within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. If you’re curious about app management capabilities within System Center, the TechNet Virtual Labs allow you to quickly and easily try out Microsoft’s newest products for free in 90 minutes… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio:(Part 1) Implementing a Secure Cloud Infrastructure with Azure VMs and Virtual Networks

Microsoft MVP Regional Director and Principal Owner of Homnick Systems, Joe Homnick, joins for us for today’s show as we talk about Windows Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service features. Tune in for part one of this series as we cover Windows Azure Virtual Machines, licensing and pricing, what VHD Deploy options are available as well… Read more