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TechNet Radio: IT Time – Private Cloud Security Basics (Part 1)

In today’s episode Sr. IT Pro Evangelists Blain Barton and Dan Stolts talk candidly about Security concerns and issues many IT Pros and organizations face today when thinking about Cloud Computing. Tune in as they discuss the Security Lifecycle, from assessing physical vulnerabilities within your company to how to defend your IT infrastructure as well… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio – Using Network Monitoring to Troubleshoot Office 365 Connectivity Issues (Part 2 of 3)

In Part 2 of the Using Network Monitor series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas demos for us Nmcap, a Command Line capturing tool which is great for capturing network traffic. Tune in as he discusses the start/ stop filter for use with specific traffic as well as circular logging and chained capture files. Click… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio – Using NetMon to Troubleshoot Office 365 Connectivity Issues (Part 3 of 3)

In Part 3 of 3, of the Using Network Monitor series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas demos for us Netsh, a tool which allows us to look at data that’s already provided by components built into Windows 7 or Windows Server. Tune in as he shows us how to capture traffic prior to encryption… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio – Using Network Monitoring to Troubleshoot Office 365 Connectivity Issues (Part 1 of 3)

In today’s episode, we welcome Lex Thomas, Principal Technical Account Manager for the US Premier Support Services Team here at Microsoft. Tune in as he guides us through this multi-part series on how you can use Network Monitoring to troubleshoot potential Office 365 connectivity issues. Click here to learn more about using Network Monitor to… Read more

IT Time–TechNet Radio – Using the Office 365 Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit with Peter Saddow

TechNet Radio: IT Time – Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Office 365 In today’s episode, we welcome Peter Saddow, Sr. Program Manager from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team as he demos for us the Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit (MAP) for use with Office 365 deployments. See how the MAP Toolkit can help… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio – Email Migration to Office 365 with MigrationWiz

In today’s episode, we’re talking email migration for Office 365. Tune in as we hear from Geeman Yip, CEO of BiTitan as he demos for us his product, MigrationWiz. Learn how with the help of this service you can easily migrate your email boxes in a matter of minutes with no hardware or software required…. Read more

IT Time–The Scripting Guy Presents: PowerShell Best Practices (Episode 3)

The Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson is back and in Episode 3 of his PowerShell Best Practices series, Ed guides us through the minefield that is avoiding scripting pitfalls, from how to combat against a lack of cmdlet support to how to properly plan for and test each of your separate functionality components, so that you… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio – Microsoft Private Cloud Community Evaluation Program

In today’s episode, we welcome Prabu Rambadran, a Technical Product Manager with the System Center Product Management group. Tune in as we discuss Microsoft’s free Private Cloud Community Evaluation Program. Learn how you can get involved as well as what training and learning resources are available so that you can become a Private Cloud expert… Read more

IT Time–Microsoft Virtual Academy–System Center VMM 2012 and Configuration Manager 2012 Course Plans

This is a great IT Time, Alan Le Marquand, the Microsoft Virtual Academy Dean of Students has returned and in today’s episode he previews the upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and Configuration Manager 2012 courses. Tune in as he covers the topics and training available as well as defines how the Consumerization of… Read more

IT Time–TechNet Radio -DNS Troubleshooting Basics with Mark Minasi

It’s IT Time and in today’s episode, Blain Barton welcomes esteemed technical author, commentator and presenter Mark Minasi to the show. Tune in for this very entertaining presentation as they discuss DNS troubleshooting basics – from how it works, how to fix it and everything else in between. If you’re interested in learning more about… Read more

IT Time–TechNet Radio 5-Part Series on Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool with Microsoft’s Mark Heneen, Sr Program Manager Office 365 Readiness Team

IT Time: TechNet Radio – Part 1 of 3 – Sr Program Manager Mark Heneen from the Office 365 Team talks about Office 365 Deployment Readiness Toolkit Are you deploying Office 365 and need some questions answered? Then look no farther, because the Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool is here to help! Join us for… Read more

IT Time–TechNet Radio Part 4 of 5–Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool with Mark Heneen – Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Online

In Part 4 of 5 in the series,  the Office 365 Deployment Readiness series, Sr. Program Manager Mark Heneen dives into deployment scenarios for Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Online. Tune in as he discusses how you should plan your for your deployment to the Cloud and what tools and resources are available to you. Click… Read more

IT Time–TechNet Radio–Part 5 of 5–Office 365 Readiness Tool with PM Mark Heneen

In this final Part 5 of 5 in the Office 365 Deployment Readiness series, Sr. Program Manager Mark Heneen discusses the importance of understanding your network environment when going through the planning and deployment stages for Office 365. He also demos the DNS records checks capability found within the tool. Click here to get the… Read more

IT Time– TechNet Radio – Private Cloud Chat with East Region IT Pro Evangelists

TechNet Video:  Live! IT Time: Private Cloud Chat (Episode 1) Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 Have questions about Microsoft’s Private Cloud solutions? If you attended one of the Live Private Cloud TechNet events below, hopefully we’ve inspired you to build out your own test environment with our downloadable evaluation products. If you did,… Read more

IT Time– TechNet Radio–The Scripting Guy Presents: PowerShell Best Practices (Episode 2)

The Scripting Guy , Ed Wilson is back for episode 2 of PowerShell Best Practices and today he covers design functions and modules, how to deal with handle errors, the importance of documenting, testing and troubles scripts, as well as how to avoid those pesky scripting pitfalls. Get the Book! Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices… Read more

IT Time- TechNet Radio– Microsoft Virtual Academy on System Center 2012 and Private Cloud

Microsoft’s Virtual Academy Dean of students, Alan Le Marquand is back and in today’s episode he previews for us what’s coming down the course pipeline with regards to System Center 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization and the rest of Private Cloud solution offerings from Microsoft. He also discusses what’s on track for possible .Net… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio: (Part 2 of 3) –Mark Heneen discusses Office 365 Readiness Tool User Identity and Account Provisioning

Part 2 of 3 – IT Time: TechNet Radio – Mark Heneen discusses Office 365 Readiness Tool User Identity and Account Provisioning http://bit.ly/nBcoFG… Read more

IT Time: TechNet Radio – (Part 1 of 3) – Blain Barton and Mark Heneen – An In –Depth Tour of Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool

  These IT Time spots are now LIVE! Part 1 of 3 – IT Time: TechNet Radio – Blain Barton and Mark Heneen – An In –Depth Tour of Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool http://bit.ly/mSnggf… Read more

IT Time–TechNet Radio: Halloween Special! Top 10 Scary Things to Avoid in Windows Server 2008 R2

In today’s episode Blain Barton welcomes fellow Sr. IT Pro Evangelists Matt Hester and Chris Henley to show, as they discuss the Top 10 Scariest things an IT Pro can avoid when using Windows Server 2008 R2. Check out the book: Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference If you’re interested in learning more about… Read more

IT Time : 3- Part Series Kicks Off –Office 365 Readiness Tool Overview with Blain Barton and Mark Heneen Senior Program Manager with Microsoft

These IT Time spots are now LIVE! Part 1 of 3 – IT Time: TechNet Radio – Blain Barton and Mark Heneen – An In –Depth Tour of Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool http://bit.ly/mSnggf Part 2 of 3 – IT Time: TechNet Radio – Mark Heneen discusses Office 365 Readiness Tool User Identity and Account… Read more

IT Time: TechNet Radio– Part 3 of 3 – Mark Heneen discusses the user experience with Single-Sign On in different locations and what requirements you need to know.

In Part 3 of the Office 365 Deployment Readiness series, Sr. Program Manager Mark Heneen dives into the Single Sign-On capabilities with Office 365. Tune in as he discusses its benefits, the user experience with single-sign on in different locations and what requirements you need to know. Part 1 of 3 – IT Time: TechNet… Read more

IT Time: TechNet Radio–Talks with Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Alan Le Marquand around the program and their 6 months anniversary

The Microsoft Virtual Academy has turned 6 months old and for all you MVA students the Academy is going strong! In today’s episode we have the “Dean” of students himself, Alan Le Marquand on the show to discuss everything the MVA has to offer. For IT Pros who haven’t heard about the MVA program, don’t… Read more

IT Time: TechNet Radio– Part 2 of 3 – Sr Program Manager Mark Heneen discusses Office 365 Readiness Tool User Identity and Account Provisioning.

Its IT Time – and in Part 2 of the Office 365 Deployment Readiness series, Sr. Program Manager Mark Heneen discusses User Identity and Account Provisioning features, so that you synchronize your on-premise directories in the cloud. Part 1 of 3 – IT Time: TechNet Radio – Mark Heneen – An In –Depth Tour of… Read more

Microsoft Evaluation Downloads: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, System Center Virtual Machine Manager RC 2012, Certifications, More

Microsoft Free Training and Evaluation Software Locations   Downloads and Training Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200061655 Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200061668 Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200061681 System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200061694 System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200061733 System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2… Read more