New Technical Blog

It’s been several months since I moved out of the TAM role into my present role as Support Escalation Engineer working on our System Center Configuration Manager product.  This is a big and complicated enterprise solution with lots of moving parts and it’s taken a long time to feel like I’m prepared to start posting…

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Final Blog Post…

For everyone who has been following this blog in past months and years (though I’m not sure it’s even been active for years!), thank you.  As a TAM at Microsoft I have always maintained a passion for technology and have held a desire to share that passion with others.  To that end, I recently interviewed with…

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Useful Administrator Resource – Microsoft Reliability Workbooks

Today I learned about a resource available for administrators of many of Microsoft’s most popular products.  For those who are tasked with day-to-day management of such products as Active Directory or Exchange, it’s sometimes difficult to know what needs to be done on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.  It’s also difficult to know whether you’ve considered everything before…

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Windows Server 2012 Self-Study Guide (The Fundamentals)

As I start this blog entry, it’s been nearly 8 months since I created my last self-study guide.  For those of you following this blog, I apologize for the long gap.  All I can say is that the requirements of work and life, coupled with a mountain of good intention, has seemed to push this…

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Lync 2010 Self-Study Guide

I have received numerous requests for a self-study guide focused on Lync, so in this post I’ve decided to turn to that technology (and since preview information on Lync 2013 is also coming out, I’ll include a bit of that at the end as well).  Before I get started, however, I’ve provided a brief definition…

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Microsoft Project 2010 Self-Study Guide

Though it’s taken a while for me to get to it, as promised I am focusing this post on self-study material for Project 2010.  For those of you who might be wondering what Project 2010 is all about, the following brief definition may be useful.  “Select the right tools for today and tomorrow. Microsoft Project…

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Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Self-Study Guide

I had not initially planned on this being my next self-study guide, but a request from my someone on my team recently has led me to this topic.  With so much work going on for customers to get off Windows XP due to the coming “end of support” date for it (on 4/8/2014 per the…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Complete Edition)

As promised, now that I’ve finished producing the 7-part series on self-study items for the System Center 2012 suite of products, I am circling back and consolidating these separate parts into a single study guide.  This post is for those who prefer to have all of their System Center 2012 study resources in a single…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 7 – Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager)

Finally, after much time and many installments, we finally come to the last two components that make up System Center 2012!  In this post, I’ll cover Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager.  As usual, I will focus on the self-study material that is freely available from Microsoft so that you and your team can get…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 6 – Orchestrator and Service Manager)

In this post, we’re turning to two more components of System Center 2012, Orchestrator and Service Manager.  For those of you who need a brief summary of these System Center components, I’ve provided brief definitions below: Orchestrator – “Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring,…

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