Right Sizing Virtual Machines – Is it really important?

I have talked about Virtualization and how to configure Virtual Machines (VMs) for quite some time now.  I’m sure every IT Professional on the planet has played with some form of virtualization or other by now as well.  I think by now, we all understand the basics of virtualizing physical workloads and how to assign…


Virtualization: Is it really possible to virtualize Tier 1 Business Critical Apps?

As customers started to test the waters of virtualization within their organization, most started with the non-mission critical apps “just to be safe”.  As the comfort level increased, the majority (if not all) of the non-mission critical apps were moved into the virtualization matrix.  There are still quite a few customers who do not feel…


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…


Installation guide for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta

After I downloaded the Beta for SCCM 2012, I struggled with a few installation items so I thought I would share my experiences and write a quick Installation Guide.  This is not official by any means, but does detail what I did to get SCCM 2012 Beta installed successfully.  The details are below.  I also…


Technology Roadmap event for IT Managers

One of the common requests I receive from folks is around the Microsoft Technology Roadmap. Everyone wants to know what the future of a given product or platform will be so they can make better decisions around how to use (or buy) our technologies. I found out there is an event coming up on Thursday…


TechNet Events Presents: Meet Windows PowerShell – No Matter Who You Are

Wow, I know the month of March so far seems like a month of “advertising” and “marketing” from me, but that is not my intent.  I do need to get the word out on the May series of TechNet Events that will be hitting 5 cities in the West Region.  I will have more technical…


SQL Saturday – April 24, 2010 in Huntington Beach

Wanted to let everyone know that there is a community event (SQL Saturday) taking place in Huntington Beach, CA on Saturday, April 24th from 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM at Golden West College, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647-3197.  The event is focused on SQL Server and includes 5 tracks delivered by numerous MVPs,…


IT Pro Momentum Program Results (Office Communications Server 2007 Deployment) – Anonymous Company

Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve?  CEO demanded real-time presence info. Are you piloting or deploying the products?  Deployed.  We started with a pilot between engineering teams. Presence, IM and outlook integration was very smooth so we deployed company wide. Products used in the project (all that apply):  Windows…


November – December Best of SQL Events: SQL Scripts

Boy, it’s been quite some time since I last blogged!  Sorry about that! As promised, there is a link to the SQL Scripts that I used during my demos in my Best of SQL Launch Events in November and December. http://stewedprunes.com/blogs/stewed_prunes/archive/2005/12/15/329.aspx