Migration and Deployment: A look at Windows 8 AppLocker (Part 19 of 19) by Matt Hester

One of the challenges faced by most IT Departments is the concept of control over a user’s desktop / computer.  What I mean by this is how does the IT Department allow users to have flexibility in running applications and configuring their work computer while at the same time “locking” down access to applications that…


Migration and Deployment: Windows 8 App Policy and Sideloading Apps – Step by Step (Part 17 of 19) by Tommy Patterson

In Part 16 of the Migration and Deployment Blog Series, Keith Mayer went over details on how to deploy Windows 8 applications using System Center 2012 SP1.  In Part 17, Tommy Patterson looks at the same deployment scenario but without System Center 2012 SP1.  He covers the topic of “Side Loading” the apps.  I am…


Migration and Deployment: Step-by-Step - Deploying Windows 8 Apps with System Center 2012 SP1 (Part 16 of 19) by Keith Mayer

For any organization that has deployed applications to Windows 7 (or Windows XP and Windows Vista), the mechanism(s) that were used will most likely work for deploying those same applications to Windows 8 desktops.  The unknown entity for most organizations is the deployment of the new Windows 8 based GUI applications.  The good news for…


New Blog Series: Migration and Deployment

in January, we did a blog series called 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud.  We got a lot of great feedback and so we decided to continue doing a new series each month.  For February, we are focusing on Migration and Deployment. We decided to give ourselves the weekends off on this series, so…


IT Camps On-Demand – Windows Server 2012: Direct Access

We continue to deliver IT Camps in the US focused on Windows Server 2012. As I’ve pointed out in the past, we worked hard to hit as many cities as possible, but we know it’s not possible to get to every city in the US. With that in mind, I worked with our marketing team…


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….


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 (http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2011/10/17/upcoming-west-region-technet-events-in-november-2011.aspx).  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…


Planning for a Private Cloud – Part 1

There are pros and cons to every job in every company.  In my role as an IT Pro Evangelist (ITE) here at Microsoft, I get to use the latest and greatest versions of our software.  Since my role is a technical one, I also get paid to be technically adept at all the upcoming products…


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…