Join Me at TechEd North America and Come to my Session: June 3-6 New Orleans!

TechEd 2013 North America will take place June 3-6 in New Orleans.  TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s products, solutions, tools, and services.  I have had the privilege to speak at TechEd the last couple of years and this year I was…

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20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS):

Here are all the parts of the Wndows Azure IaaS Series, please check as this post will be updated daily.  If you want to see a particular scenario let us know and email me at mhester@microsoft.com .  Also remember you can sign up for a FREE Windows Azure 90-Day Trial here:  Get Started TODAY with…


20 Days of 20 Ways – Get Started with Migrating and Deploying Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure VMs

As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! In February, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been worked together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started. Here is the team listed…


Microsoft IT Camp—A Hands on Experience–Sign Up Now!!!!

Here is the latest info on the Microsoft IT Camp series as we dive into how to get your datacenter ready for the cloud and beyond. Join us at a FREE Microsoft IT Camp for hands-on labs, demos, and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts. Here’s your chance to learn more about getting your datacenter…


Migration and Deployment: A look at Windows 8 AppLocker Part 19

One of the Technologies we introduced with Windows 7 was AppLocker.  AppLocker presented a great new way to control what applications could run on your desktop environments.  Now if this sounds familiar to what Software Restriction Policies (SRP) do for your environments, it is important to understand the difference between the two.  SRP are still…


Migration and Deployment Series Playing Catch up!

As some of you noticed we have been delivering another series this month focusing on Deployment and Migration on several scenarios.  This post is do you caught up some of the great posts we have delivered over the last couple of weeks. 6.  Requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation If you want to…


Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – December Sweepstakes

You could win a FREE exam voucher pack for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 certification! In December 2012, we are sponsoring an “Early Experts” Challenge Sweepstakes for IT Pros located in the US!  To be eligible, you’ll just need to complete one new Knowledge Quest on Windows Server 2012 between Dec 3rd and Dec…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: Turn Up the ThermoRSAT in Windows Server 2012 (Part 24 of 31)

I know we all want to remotely manage our servers because the datacenters are just too cold!  Unless it is a hot day then of course you will “hardware maintenance” to do.  In a nutshell everyone wants to remotely manage your servers.  I know everyone’s first choice to remotely manage the servers is PowerShell, naturally. …


31 Days of Our Favorite Things: At Your Service With Windows Server 2012 (Part 2 of 31)

Welcome to day 2 of our series of 31 of our Favorite things with Windows Server 2012!  Today Brian covers the new administrative interface Server Manager.  This is such a great new way to not only manage your local servers but the many other servers in your infrastructure.  From the one interface you can start…


Does your Group Policy need a GPS?

If your like me you can lost in the thousands of policies in Group Policy.  As new applications, operating systems, or other add-ons . While searching around one of my favorite technical nuggets in Group Policy, I found something new (at least new to me) called: Group Policy Search (GPS) With the help of Group…