TechNet Radio: Microsoft Services and IT Service Management: MOF vs. ITIL

  In this episode I interview Shawn Labelle, an Operations Architect with the IT Operational Consulting team at Microsoft. Listen in as Shawn describes the differences between the Microsoft Operations Framework and ITIL and how it can benefit IT Pros and their organizations better their processes and technology. Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 provides relevant,…

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TechNet Radio: A Tour of the Microsoft Technology Center

In this TechNet Radio episode I interview Steve Busby and Mike Jenne from the Microsoft Technology Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  Steve and Mike discuss the various services and workshops available to customers who are looking to streamline and optimize their IT environment. Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs) are collaborative environments that provide access to innovative technologies…

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TechMentor – Orlando 2011 – Register Now and Save $300!!!

If you haven’t registered for TechMentor and you’re thinking about doing so there’s a great offer you might want to take advantage of.  Register before January 5th and save $300 off your full conference registration! I’ll be presenting two sessions there: TH15 How to Automatically Migrate the User State During a Windows 7 Upgrade  …

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Atlanta Active Directory User Group Meeting, December 9th….. Topic – "Cloud Computing: A (Lapsed) Economist’s View" with Mark Minasi

Mark Minasi is speaking at our December meeting! We are very fortunate to have well known (even famous) author, lecturer and all around knowledgeable guy, Mark Minasi to share his thoughts on Cloud Computing. I heard Mark on a Cloud Computing panel at Tech Ed and I agree with him 100%. He definitely has an…

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Indian Restaurant: Indique Heights, Chevy Chase, MD

On a recent trip to our Washington DC office I had the opportunity to go to the Indique Heights Indian restaurant for dinner.  This is not your usual Indian restaurant, a little more high end, with an eclectic menu that includes some interesting Street Snacks and appetizers as well as some slightly different main course…

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New security baselines and setting packs for Windows Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, Windows 7, and Internet Explorer 8

  The Microsoft Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the release of new resources that you can use in combination with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager tool: the Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline and the Office 2010 Security Baseline, and setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Together with the tool,…

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Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 7 of 7)

Custom Edit the Deployment Wizard to Add a New Page   In the final part of the seven part series we’ll see how we can do further customizations to the MDT deployments.  We’ll use the MDT 2010 Wizard editor from CodePlex to modify our Windows Deployment Wizard.  In this demonstration we’ll create a new pane…

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Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 6 of 7)

Using Linked Deployment Points In our demonstration we have a Test deployment share that has been populated with some deployment assets suchs as application, operating systems, out-of-box drivers and packages.  So how do I easily get the deployment assets I’ve tested into a production environment?  For that we’ll use Linked Deployment Shares.  We’ll create folders…

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Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 5 of 7)

Configuring the Deployment Point to Use the Configuration Database In order for the properties populated in configuration database to be of any use, the database must be tied to a deployment point. In this demonstration we’ll look at how to configure the database rules which basically tells what needs to be queried for each of…

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