IT Pro Tech Update 2012 – Call for Speakers and Sponsors–Southern New England

      Mark your calendar for Wednesday May 2, 2012!  Join us for the first annual IT-Pro Tech Update 2012.  This event will focus on the next phase of information technology with topics including:  virtualization, Windows 8, interoperability, security, and private cloud.    This is a multi-session, multi-track event so it will draw a…

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Free TechNet Webcast Series–Private Cloud

Free TechNet Webcast Series – Private Cloud kicks of today! Click the individual sessions below to register.  Notice times are listed in PST time zone! You will NOT want to miss this… 1/18 : Register: TechNet Webcast: Career Progression: Getting Ready for the Cloud (Level 200) on 1/18/2012 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM PST….

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How to build a FREE Private Cloud using Microsoft Technologies

Chris Avis is a friend and colleague.  He created a pretty detailed blog post on how to create a private cloud.  I was planning on writing a similar post but found this one and decided to link to his. I hope you find his post helpful.  He goes through … Architecture: Hardware Requirements: Software Requirements:…

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Pay Yourself First-Learn How With Passive Learning-Free Training From Microsoft On Just About Any Topic–Virtualization, Cloud, Phone, Server, Client, SharePoint, SQL, Many, Many More

Key To Almost Infinite Knowledge – Passive Listening… Do you make the time to keep up with technology?  If you are not expanding your knowledge, you are falling behind.  With the job market the way it is, you would be smart to keep learning.  I know we are all busy and doing more now than…

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Virtualization + Cloud = lots of buzz but what does it mean to IT Professionals

Virtualization + Cloud = lots of buzz but what does it mean to IT Professionals? News and Notes from Your Senior IT Pro Evangelist – Dan Stolts (ITProGuru) The following will be covered:   Virtualization + Cloud = lots of buzz but what does it mean to IT Professionals? Virtualization => Cloud: Definitions and Progressions…

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Management and Deployment 2011 Firestarter – TechNet Events – Resources

Keynote – Stop putting out fires: Proactive IT infrastructure management Do you feel like you’re always in crisis mode? Do you want to learn what it takes to become a proactive and rationalized IT shop? Are you ready for the cloud? In this session, we will address these issues and more as we explore the…

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How To Expand and Extend To Increase Capacity On A Virtual Hard Disk The Easy and Fast Way–Solve the problem of “Out of Disk Space on Drive C” Forever

Before following these instructions… PLEASE backup your machine.  The best way to get a good backup of a machine is to do an export.  So please, export the machine or at the very least test your backup procedures to make sure they are valid.  Also, if you want a way to do this through a…

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Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 SP1

I am walking through the installation of SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 on a new server that I just setup in my demo environment.  Hope this is helpful.  First lets look at the system requirements.  If you want to setup your environment with multiple servers or you want to do a custom install you can find…

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How To Install IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 For Use With SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1

I am starting with a sysprep’d Windows Server 2008 R2 Server.  I have allocated 2 processors and 512mb memory to the guest using dynamic memory.  Once I get the system up and running, I will bump up the memory to be close to what I actually need but I will leave it dynamic.  I need…

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How To Hot Add Storage To A Hyper-V Guest–Super Simple And No Service Interruption

  Hot Add Storage was added to Hyper-V at version 2008 R2. From the Hyper-V Manager Right-click the machine you want to add storage to, select Settings.  This will bring up the settings window. Click On SCSI Controller in the left pane.  If you do not have a SCSI Controller, you will have to turn…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 SP1- Did You Know You Could Do This

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 is available for download using your MSDN or TechNet Subscription or from http://Connect.Microsoft.com.  You can also download a trial from http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/virtual-machine-manager/vmm-try-it.aspx# Notice you can download the 2012 BETA if you like also.  I hope to checkout 2012 Beta in the next few days and do a blog…

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Running Windows Server 2008 R2 on Your Desktop or Laptop

If you want to use Windows Server 2008 R2 on your Desktop or Laptop, there are a few things you will likely want to do… 1) Enable the “Desktop Experience” Feature  (Start – Administrative Tools – Server Manager – Features – Add Features) 2) Enable Wireless LAN Service {if you have a wireless card} (Start…

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Cloud For The Masses–The ITProGuru Answers Is the Cloud a Fad or a New Paradigm

As an IT Professional I have been working with the predecessor to the cloud for many years. The predecessor of course is virtualization.  We (IT Pro’s) have been taking advantage of many virtualization technologies including: Server Consolidation,  Desktop Virtualization, Application Virtualization, Presentation Virtualization, Storage Virtualization and a number of other technologies.  We have been doing…

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Remote Desktop Services–How To Change Settings For All Users

Have you ever wanted to change some settings for all users in a Terminal Server or Remote Desktop Services Session environment?  Do you know there is a really cool command line tool that is used to install application called “Change User” that can also be used to propagate any number of settings to all users…

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Cloud is HUGE– Presentation Skills Are A MUST So Do Yourself a Favor And Get Smart on How!

It is kind-of mind blowing how much IT has changed in the last 5 –10 years.    Where were we in terms of virtualization 10 years ago?  There were virtualization products on the market but they were pretty much focusing on workstation virtualization.  The server virtualization market was pretty much non-existent. Even 5 years ago server…

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