Tech Days in San Francisco from May 2–3, 2013

I am always asked if there are any good training events happening that have great technical speakers.  I thought I would mention that there is an event called Tech Days taking place in San Francisco (at the Microsoft downtown office) on May 2nd and 3rd.  The list of speakers include the following: Mark Minasi Jeff…

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IT Camp Resources for Events taking place from March – April 2013 in Southwest area

I have finished holding two IT Camps in my territory (Lehi, UT and Tempe, AZ) with three more to go (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego).  I wanted to make the PowerPoint Decks available to everyone.  I have put them up on SlideShare where you can download them.  I am also embedding them here to…

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Server Virtualization: You Want to Hot-Add What?! (Part 2 of 20) by Kevin Remde

For those of you who use Hyper-V or are looking to (evaluating it), I’m sure you are curious as to what Virtual Machine settings can be changed or what virtual hardware can be added to a VM while it is up and running.  If you haven’t paid attention to this, then you definitely want to…

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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: http://ohours.org/officehours/29244 March 11, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29245 March 18, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29246 Although you don’t necessarily need to sign up at the OHours site,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Windows 8 App Madness Challenge for Students

On Wednesday, the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge for Students was announced and has some pretty cool “prizes” The challenge is only for students who are a legal resident of the US and at least 18 years of age.  (For a full eligibility requirements, visit: https://aka.ms/AppMadnessOfferTerms). Participation is very simple, just create and have your…

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Migration and Deployment: How To Migrate or Transfer Files And Settings To Windows 8 From Windows 7, Vista or XP (Part 4 of 19)

In Part 2 and Part 3, Kevin and Keith (respectively) showed how to use MDT and System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager to deploy Windows 8 (and Windows Server 2012).  The next obvious question is what if you are looking to migrate files and settings from your original Windows 7 installation to your newly installed…

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