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Happy Holidays – Get some time off and enjoy the holidays with your family!

I’m getting ready to go on vacation and holiday leave until the new year, but wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Thank you for following and attending my IT Pro events this year. Please join my Meetup at Florida IT Professionals so you can get the upcoming events for the new year. If… Read more

ITPalooza at Nova University is tomorrow 12/3 – Not too late to sign up and attend!

ITPalooza is around the corner so if you have not registered for this great IT event you can still do so here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-3rd-annual-itpalooza-tickets-11999006351 Register FREE, but promise to bring two unwrapped toys valued at least $12 each for the Toys for Tots donation! I have 2 sessions going for Microsoft BizSpark as well as… Read more

D-Series VM’s for Microsoft Azure, read more….

I’ve been getting some questions from customers about the D-Series VMs so that I would report this info. D-Series VM’s provide great performance for applications needing fast, local (ephemeral) storage or a faster CPU; however, it’s important to understand a little about how the system is configured to ensure you’re getting an optimal experience. For… Read more

Windows 10 Training – Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros

Simon May is doing a Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros, check it out: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/windows-10-technical-preview-fundamentals-for-it-pros?CR_CC=200502153&loc=zOTlocz&prod=zWin8z&tech=zOttechz&prog=zMVAz&type=zEVz&media=zWCz&country=zUSz… Read more

Mark Russinovich take a week to deep dive into Azure IaaS for IT Pros!

This is must attend for those of you that are working on IaaS in Microsoft Azure. Mark’s the man that always steps up to deliver the hard core IT perspectives on Azure. He is then joined by heavy hitters Rick Claus and other team members. https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/Level-Up-Azure-IaaS-for-IT-Pros?WT.mc_id=11101-iaas-for-it-pros-event-&loc=zTS1z&prod=zWAz&tech=zCLz&prog=zMVAz&type=zTRz&media=zWCz&country=zUSz  … Read more

Florida IT Server Group Meeting Weds Nov 12th, 6pm with Adnan Cartwright – Microsoft Innovation Center

The User Group is giving free tickets to the Miami VS. Buffalo game at Sun Life Stadium – Nov 13th at this meeting. Just take a Microsoft Virtual Academy course at https://aka.ms/go-mva  take a screenshot of the completed online course and send adnanc@fisg.onmicrosoft.com First come first serve basis. ___________________________________________________________________________ Configuring Microsoft Azure Services In this… Read more

Tickets still available for Dolphins VS. Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium

IT Pro Camp Inc. still has tickets for the game to win them you can go to https://aka.ms/go-mva and take the Microsoft Azure online assessment “DEVOPS – An IT Pro Guide” at http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/devops-an-it-pro-guide  and take a screenshot of your COMPLETED online assessment and send the screenshot to Marybak@microsoft.com You will be able to pick your… Read more

Attention ticket holders for Nov. 13th Dolphins vs. Bills game – Please RSVP for the TechTailgate party

  Attention ticket holders of the Nov. 13th Dolphins vs. Bills game:  with proceeds of TechWeekend@theDolphins event, we’re hosting a TechTailgate party and buying a couple grand worth of food and beer.  Please RSVP for the TechTailgate party here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-tailgate-at-the-dolphins-tickets-14042410227 If you want to participate but don’t have a Dolphins vs. Bills game ticket, use… Read more

TechNet Radio: (Part 3) BYOD and Design Considerations

 https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/TechNet+Radio/TechNet-Radio-Part-3-BYOD-and-Design-Considerations Kevin Remde welcomes back Yuri Diogenes to the show as they continue their discussion around the benefits, challenges and considerations businesses must make around Bring Your Device (BYOD) and how IT organizations can support it.   [2:46] Why don't you give us a summary on the concept of BYOD? [6:20] I understand that recently you… Read more

Tech Weekend @ the Dolphins tomorrow Oct 25th and 26th, hope to see you there!

Sponsored by Citrix and Microsoft, Grand Prizes will be awarded for the use of the Podio API, Submission of Windows Phone & Store apps to the Store, Web App – Real Time Data, Best UI/UX. Whether you're a gamer, student, or just someone who uses the internet sometimes, all you'll need is a laptop and… Read more

Microsoft Ignite is our commercial technology event that brings together our audiences, May 4th – 8th 2015 in Chicago! Read more…

Microsoft Ignite is our commercial technology event that brings together our audiences, content and best-of experiences across TechEd, SharePoint Conference, Project Conference, Microsoft Exchange Conference, Lync Conference and Microsoft Management Summit. If you've attended TechEd or Microsoft Management Summit, this is the place for you to be. It's everything you've come to know and love… Read more

US Imagine Cup 2015 Kicks off! Check it out!

This year you can choose when you want to compete. The 2015 US Imagine Cup Competition offers two opportunities to compete – one starting now and with the first deadline in November (Fall Competition) and one starting in November and with the first deadline in January (Spring Competition). Choose the competition season that best fits… Read more

Imagine Cup Champs Meet Bill Gates…Read on…

  Our 2014 Imagine Cup World Champions, Team Eyenaemia from Australia, made a triumphant return to Seattle recently – and met Bill Gates! You can read all about their meeting at Bill’s gatesnotes blog and don’t miss the great video. Very cool stuff. Of course, they didn’t just meet Bill. The team spent a week… Read more

Matt Hester and Jennelle Crothers join us for today’s show as they discuss their upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy event – “Modernizing Your Data Center” on Tuesday, October 28th. Tune in for Part 1

Matt Hester and Jennelle Crothers join us for today’s show as they discuss their 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 training event!… Read more

Register Now! – Modernize Your Datacenter Online IT Camp! Check it out! October 28th!

If you are an IT Pro looking ahead to next year’s Windows Server 2003 end of life, sign up for this informative look at data center modernization options. Review the four major steps for planning a migration project, and find out what you need to update your data center to match your workloads. Join experts… Read more

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 is now available for download

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 is now available for download. I had this is a recent article about converting physical to virtual machines and now it is out! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 For free training also visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy at ; https://aka.ms/go-mva… Read more

Reminder – Tampa IT Pro Camp still open – October 18th at Keiser University in Tampa! Sign up here,

Registration for the IT Pro Camp in Tampa is now open for Attendees, Speakers and Sponsors! This is a community event with multiple speakers and sponsors with food and giveaways! Sign-up now!  http://www.itprocamp.com/tampa2014/ IT Pro Camp, Inc is now a 501C3 charity, so invoices as well as their IRS Tax Id will be sent to… Read more

Windows 10 Technical Preview Download is here, read more….

Windows 10 Technical Preview is up on MSDN. If you are an IT Professional please join the Windows Insider Program to give us feedback. We’re listening. We are wanting to get as much feedback as possible from our IT Professionals out there! You can join by going to https://aka.ms/windows10insiders On MSDN… Read more

FinTank 2014 at Dolphins Stadium Oct 24th and 25th – Hackathon and IT Sessions

Sponsored by Citrix and Microsoft, Grand Prizes will be awarded for the use of the Podio API, Submission of Windows Phone & Store apps to the Store, Web App – Real Time Data, Best UI/UX. Whether you're a gamer, student, or just someone who uses the internet sometimes, all you'll need is a laptop and… Read more

Reminder – Tampa IT Pro Camp October 18th at Keiser University still open – sign up here!

Registration for the IT Pro Camp in Tampa is now open for Attendees, Speakers and Sponsors! This is a community event with multiple speakers and sponsors with food and giveaways! Sign-up now!  http://www.itprocamp.com/tampa2014/ IT Pro Camp, Inc is now a 501C3 charity, so invoices as well as their IRS Tax Id will be sent to… Read more

Registration Open – Tampa IT Pro Camp at Keiser University in Tampa

Registration for the IT Pro Camp in Tampa is still open for Attendees, Speakers and Sponsors! This is a community event with multiple speakers and sponsors with food and giveaways! Sign-up now!  http://www.itprocamp.com/tampa2014/  IT Pro Camp, Inc is now a 501C3 charity, so invoices as well as their IRS Tax Id will be sent to… Read more

Step-By-Step – Migrating Application Servers to Windows Server 2012 R2

Today’s opportunities to move from on-premises to the Cloud is greater than ever. In the past you had to thinking about hardware, think about location, think about disaster recovery. In today’s world all you have to do is migrate to the cloud and leave the hardware and capital expenditures to Microsoft. I have been having… Read more

Join us at the Dolphins Stadium for FinTank 2014 – Hackathon and IT Sessions

Sponsored by Citrix and Microsoft, Grand Prizes will be awarded for the use of the Podio API, Submission of Windows Phone & Store apps to the Store, Web App – Real Time Data, Best UI/UX. Whether you're a gamer, student, or just someone who uses the internet sometimes, all you'll need is a laptop and… Read more

Step-By-Step: Migrating Web Servers to Windows Server 2012 R2

In many of my IT Camps over the last 13 years I ask how many people have an updated topology map? Most of them just look at me with a blank face. Some raise their hands but not many. “It’s not that IT Administrators plan to fail, it’s that they failed to plan” Just something… Read more

James Quick and Shahed Chowdhuri – Promoting MVA Construct 2 Video Tutorial- MSDN Channel 9 Video

Interested in developing games with Construct 2? Check out a promo video of my colleague James Quick and I on MSDN’s Channel 9 (with DevRadio host Jerry Nixon,  to promote our upcoming video tutorial on Microsoft Virtual Academy. Short URL: https://aka.ms/DR140919 Full URL: https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/DevRadio/Microsoft-DevRadio-MVA-Live-Event-Developing-Games-with-Construct-2 Free Registration To register for the course, simply go to Microsoft… Read more

TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Introduction to Migrating Server Workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

[4:13]  What does end of support for Windows Server 2003 mean? [5:23] Migration vs. Upgrade. Which option is best? [15:02] What migration tools are available? [16:01]  Migrating foundation services (Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, File Services & DFS, Web Servers, SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint Shortened URL if you would like to share on Twitter or Facebook,… Read more

Part –25 – Kevin Remde walks us through #PowerShell DSC for Configuration Management

About today’s article: “Make it so! Traditional configuration management of server and application workloads can be complicated. In the past, configuration management has often required us to build and maintain lots of scripts with complex conditional logic to handle all possible states of a server when deploying a new configuration to it.  PowerShell Desired State… Read more