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,…


Sharing Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 PowerShell Scripts created by Phoenix Exchange Community Members, Lorie Brady and Lindsey Lindley

I am a very strong believer that the IT Pro community thrives when everyone shares their knowledge and expertise with each other.  In the Phoenix area, the Phoenix Unified Communications User Group have active members that don’t let competitive boundaries get in the way of helping each other out.  In the last UG meeting (July…


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…


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 (  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…


Evaluation of StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server 4

On February 21st, I wrote a post about Backup Strategies for File Servers and Exchange ( where I promised to evaluate some backup products.  I already did a write up for Backup Exec 2010 R2 and DPM 2010.  It took a little time, but I have finished my evaluation of StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server 4! Quick…