Office Hours on Mondays in March 2013 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Microsoft Tempe Office

I am holding Office Hours in the Microsoft Tempe Office (60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1200, Tempe, AZ 85281) from 10 AM – 2 PM on the following Mondays in March: March 4, 2013: March 11, 2013: March 18, 2013: Although you don’t necessarily need to sign up at the OHours site,…


Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge

Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge The Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge provides a FREE online study group with certification exam preparation materials for quickly learning about the latest version of Windows Server! The Challenge involves a series of Knowledge Quests – starting with the Apprentice Quest below – and each Quest ends with…


I am now a VMware Certified Professional!

On February 13, 2012, I wrote a post titled “Virtualization Certification(s) – Is it really worth it?”.  In that post, I mentioned that I have quite a few Microsoft based certifications and was pursuing my VMware VCP5 certification.  I did take the time (and money) to attend the official VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage Course…


Great Virtualization Certification Study Blog Series by my Teammate, Chris Avis

My teammate, Chris Avis, has started a great blog post series on preparing for the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Exam (70-659).  Not only does the information provide a great study guide to taking the exam, this is GREAT general purpose information on the technology that is useful for learning the product or getting…


Virtualization Certification(s) – Is it really worth it?

First, let me say that I am a big proponent of technical certifications.  That is the reason why I have my Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Server Administrator, MCITP Enterprise Administrator and MCITP Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2007 and 2010.  Once upon a time, I also had my Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), MCSE (precursor to MCITP),…


Upcoming IT Camp Events in West Region – Updated 2/15/12

In the West Region, Chris Avis and I are hosting a set of events in the March and May / June timeframe. In November 2011, we tried out a new format for events which we called IT Camps. This new format included the ability for the attendees to select the topics that would be discussed….


TechNet Event – Phoenix, AZ (November 17, 2011) Recap

Sorry I’m a bit late with the recap for the Phoenix / Tempe Event last week. For the summary of Cloud Computing and what a Private Cloud really is compared to On Premise datacenters, Public Clouds and Hybrid Clouds, please see my recap from Los Angeles. I do want to repost the links for the…


West Region IT Camps in November and December

On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame (  I am now writing a follow up post to make everyone aware of another set of events that will be taking place in conjunction with our TechNet Events.  The…


IT Camp – Windows Administration in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (1:00 PM–5:00PM)

For all those IT Professionals who administer some aspect of Microsoft servers and desktops and live in Las Vegas, I wanted to let you know that I am holding a last minute event in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (that’s 5 days from now).  I do apologize for the short notice, but I am…


Tech Ed 2011 (Atlanta, GA) Short Recap

I had the opportunity to attend Tech Ed 2011 in Atlanta, GA from May 16th through 19th.  I thought I would recap some of my experiences from the past week.  Tech Ed is one of the best opportunities for IT Pros to gather and get the latest and greatest information on a plethora of Microsoft…