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12 Years being Full of I.T.

That’s right!  This blog is 12 years old today!  Yep.  12 years ago today I entered my very first blog post.  And in the years that followed, it was a pleasure to bring the latest-news, technical resources, and sometimes just silly tech stuff to your browser of choice. I know I haven’t been around much… Read more

Windows 8.1 for Business: Series Wrap-up and Resources

Well.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news (//Build) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “Windows 8.1 for Business”.  For this final article of the series, I’m going to… 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

What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft, responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog – In the Cloud – we recorded these three… Read more

Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers ($150.00… Read more

A New Blog Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2

Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“VMware or Microsoft?”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States.  The… Read more

Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription, suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux without the need for local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous opportunity to gain hands-on experience with… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–The Naked Server

“Heh heh… You said naked.” Yep.  But when I say “naked servers”, I mean bare-metal servers.  “So.. was that just a trick to get more people to read this article?” Yes. “Okay.  Proceed…” And by bare-metal servers, I mean.. a server that has no operating system installed.  It’s racked-and-stacked and plugged into power and network,… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Not All Memory Management is Equal

In the context of virtualization and virtual machines, I think it’s safe to say that memory management is important.  Efficiently allocating and/or recovering memory to/from virtual machines addresses several important questions, such as: How many virtual machines can I run on this physical host? How efficiently can my machines run if some of them need… Read more