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Seasonal, Semi-Addictive, and Definitely Cloud-Worthy

Just for fun… Check out the game that the Microsoft UK Partner Network folks created.  It’s a fun game (built with Silverlight and running in Windows Azure, of course), where you try and get Santa Claus bouncing higher and higher on the cloud. “Is that all?” Yep.  It’s simple, but addictive.  And it suits me… Read more

Stop putting whip holders in your horseless carriages. (And what does that have to do with the cloud?)

“Computing is undergoing a seismic shift from client/server to the cloud, a shift similar in importance and impact to the transition from mainframe to client/server. Speculation abounds on how this new era will evolve in the coming years, and IT leaders have a critical need for a clear vision of where the industry is heading.” … Read more

Just For Fun: My Footage of the Grand Opening of the new Microsoft Store at the Mall of America

Yeah… I had some fun attending this event, and shooting this video on Saturday morning.  A couple of fun things to notice: Ray Ozzie is in the house Not everyone knows how to spell MICROSOFT…. Read more

Breaking News: P2V Migration for Software Assurance is RTW!

RTW = Released to the Web-i-tubes Remember back in late September when I blogged about this cool toolset that, starting with a physically installed Windows XP machine, you would end up with a fresh install of Windows 7 AND that original Windows XP machine running as a virtual machine in XP-Mode? “Yeah.. that sounds really cool! … Read more

TechNet “Firestarter” Event Resources: DEPLOYMENT!

Hello all!  Below is the online version of the Resource Page that I’m handing out at my TechNet Events over the next several weeks.  I hope you find them useful! -Kevin UPDATE: If you want the PowerPoint files, they can be viewed or downloaded from HERE. —– E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Feedback… Read more

Kevin’s Microsoft Virtualization 360 Resources

E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Feedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com Follow Kevin on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KevinRemde “WAG” = Windows Administrator Groups (on LinkedIn): With Subgroups for user groups by geography – http://tinyurl.com/y8u2z35 Future Live, In-Person Event Information: TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremde MSDN Events (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com IT Managers… Read more

How to quickly virtualize your users XP desktop for their use from within Windows 7

This is a really exciting scenario:  You want to get your user(s) upgraded to Windows 7, but they’ve got XP systems with applications that they just can’t do without.  For some reason, the applications won’t work under Windows 7. “Hey Kevin – Isn’t that what XP-Mode in Windows 7 is for?” Exactly.  For those of… Read more

Breaking News: Windows Small Business Server 7 Preview Is Available For Download

Seems like just the other day the preview of the newest member of the family, Windows Small Business Server codename “Aurora” was available for download.  I say “newest member of the family”, because “Aurora” is a server for small businesses of 25-or-fewer PCs.  SBS 2008, the most recent released version of Small Business Server, allows… Read more

In the “Too Funny Not To Share” category…

IT joke forwarded to me by a good friend… During a recent password audit, it was found that a user was using the following password: “MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento” When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one… Read more

TechNet Central Region Events are back! Windows 7 Deployment “Firestarter” Events are LIVE!

That’s right.  We’re coming to a town near you.  “Or at least near me if I live near one of the cities listed below?” Well, yeah..  But anyway, we know that there are a lot of you who are just starting or still wondering about deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 to your businesses,  so… Read more