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Why can’t I just use the desktop in Windows 8.1?

Well, you can.  In fact, my friend and coworker Jennelle Crothers explains it all for you in today’s article in our “Windows 8.1 for Business” blog series.  She writes… “Ask anyone who uses a computer for every day work tasks, they might say that they LIVE on the desktop and can’t be bothered with the… Read more

Do you really need a start menu?

One of the reasons some people weren’t comfortable with Windows 8 from the beginning was for the lack of their familiar start menu.  In today’s article in our “Windows 8.1 for Business” series, my friend Matt Hester delivers the run-down on the benefits of the Start Screen vs. the old Start Menu, and provides some… Read more

Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business

Welcome to March!  And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP.  I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows… Read more

The Case for the Offline Backup

Over the past several weeks, my teammates have all contributed to a very valuable series of blog articles entitled “Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pros”.  They’ve covered topics such as how to get started in planning, and Server Virtualization and how it applies to Disaster Recovery, and testing your recovery plans.  And they’ve discussed technologies… Read more

Hey IT Campers! It’s time for an Azure IT Camp!

Yes, in the U.S. we’re coming to a town near you with some free training and hands-on experiences again – this time covering Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2 to support hybrid cloud scenarios. Here’s the description of the event from the registration pages: Build Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Windows Azure and System Center… Read more

Help Shape Microsoft’s Cloud Technologies: Join the IT Pro User Panel

IT Professionals: Have you ever been deep in the guts of a gnarly infrastructure deployment, automation, configuration, trouble-shooting or similar task, and thought to yourself something like this: “Why didn’t that darn product team at Microsoft make this tool work better, more like what I need it to do?” If you see yourself in this… Read more

How can Hyper-V Server be a member of a cluster? (So many questions. So little time. Part 54.)

At our IT Camp in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Kris asked me a valid question. “How does a Hyper-V Server (not the full windows install) do clustering if you can’t install the cluster role?” Kris’s question is a good one, because we had just been discussing how limited Hyper-v Server is in terms of… Read more

Learn Microsoft Virtualization in Your Own Easy-to-Build Virtual Lab

Many of you in the U.S. may be familiar with the Microsoft “IT Camps” that we host now and then, where we teach you some great stuff and then give you the opportunity to work with the technology through hosted hands-on lab exercises.  These free in-person events have become very popular.  They’re so popular, in… Read more

TechNet Radio – Understanding BYOD: How to Make it Happen (Part 2)

Yuri Diogenes and I are back for Part 2 of our BYOD solution series.  In today’s episode we explore some of the technologies from Microsoft and how you can implement them into your organization’s BYOD strategy. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 (Windows Phone, HTML5)… Read more

TechNet Radio – Understanding BYOD: What it Means for My Company (Part 1)

In this two part series with Sr. Knowledge Engineer Yuri Diogenes, we explore the world of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) scenarios and how more IT organizations are trying to support it. In part one we try to help explain the benefits, challenges and considerations that need to be made around BYOD. Download MP3 (Audio… Read more