New Blog Series – Build Your Private Cloud in a Month

Now that April is upon us, the US IT Pro Evangelist team is embarking on another Blog Series for the month of April – Build Your Private Cloud in a Month.  Since the team has covered Windows Server 2012 (December 2012), Windows Azure (January 2013), Migration and Deployment (February 2013) and Server Virtualization (March 2013),…


US IT Pro Evangelist build out of Private Cloud ( Documentation

At the end of September, the Field based IT Pro Evangelists in the US got together and worked to build out our Microsoft Private Cloud solution in our lab.  We called it  The environment consists of 5 Dell R710 Servers.  We virtualized all the core infrastructure servers and all the management servers (System Center…


Bytes By TechNet Interview with Richard Campbell, host of RunAs Radio and Microsoft MVP

I had a chance to chat with Richard Campbell and get his thoughts on System Center 2012.  It’s always good to hear someone else’s take on our products.  Richard is very familiar with the Microsoft platform but at the same time, he is also independent and can share openly about his thoughts and experiences with…


Microsoft Private Cloud Summit in Los Angeles on May 22, 2012 includes 3 Tracks (Client & Device Management, Cloud & Datacenter Management and Hands-On IT Camp)

I already posted that we are having a series of IT Camps in the West Region back on April 6th.  One of the cities on the list is Los Angeles on May 22nd.  The System Center team also wanted to hold a larger Private Cloud Summit that day so rather than reschedule my IT Camp…


Microsoft Management Summit 2012 – My joint presentation with John Weston on Building a Microsoft Private Cloud using System Center 2012 Evaluation Software for a Lab

This week during Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2012, my team mate, John Weston, and I delivered a joint session on how we build out Microsoft Private Cloud in our lab using Evaluation Software of System Center 2012.  We shared our learnings (mistakes) so that those who are looking to do the same thing as us…


Cloud Intelligence Conference Follow Up from Anaheim, CA (March 13, 2012)

I had the opportunity to participate in the Cloud Intelligence Conference in Anaheim, CA on March 13, 2012.  I presented two sessions and part of the Keynote with Buck Woody (also with Microsoft).  I wanted to follow up and post my PowerPoint decks from my two break out sessions as well as provide links for…


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…


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….


System Center 2012 Announcement Today

Microsoft held a great event called Microsoft Private Cloud Day where changes to System Center 2012 were announced.  If you missed the live stream, you can watch it on demand starting at 10:30 AM PST today. With the current shipping versions of System Center products (and previous), we have always had individual products such as…