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Dear TechEd Diary, Well diary, if you ever had any doubts about “the cloud”, they should have been eased a bit if you attended or watched the live stream of Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi’s “Mark and Mark” cloud discussion this morning. Besides being entertaining, it was very informative.  It’s always great to hear the opinions of someone as important as Mark Russinovich is to Microsoft, and to the industry we serve.  And it’s a good look under the hood of not only what we’re doing now, but there are hints of what’s coming.  And to me, it’s very exciting. The session, if your interested, is DCIM-B386 – “Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing”.  At the time of this writing, the recording isn’t yet available.  But it will be soon. The talk took the form of an informal interview, with Mark asking Mark the questions.  “Huh?” Mark Minasi asked Mark Russ... (more)

Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 2

Dear TechEd Diary, My day 2 started much as my day 1 did.  “Too early?” Exactly. Sure, if there is such a thing as “too much fun”, I came close to it.  But even though last night’s Exhibit Hall Reception and the later “MCP Celebration” party at Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun, I managed to get home before midnight.  Plus, there’s not much to do in the area around my hotel.. so that’s another reason to call it a night. Today I kicked off the day with a very good session on migration strategies for moving from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization.  (Session DCIM-B412, in... (more)

Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 0

Dear TechEd Diary, It’s the day before TechEd, which leads to my 3rd favorite week of the year (just behind Christmas/New Year and Easter/Holy week).  My flight appears to be on-time. The day here in Minneapolis will be a good one, weather-wise.  It will be nice in Houston, too.  I haven’t packed much yet, but a quick hour of playing today’s game #1: “Which old conference or funny t-shirts best represent who I am?” is going to be playing out very soon. Last night and early this morning I suffered through all the tweets and Facebook messages from friends in #theKrewe.  These are t... (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 leave you with some useful resources that you should be watching and following regularly (other our blogs, of course). The Build 2014 Site Keynote and session recordings are available.  Whether or not you’re a developer, you’ll find some good information there. The Windows Client page on TechN... (more)

Doesn’t Windows 8.1 require more hardware than Windows 7? (Series: Windows 8.1 for Business)

Logically, it makes sense.  Forever it seems whenever any software company comes out with a new version of their product, the added features and functionality require extra hardware.  In the case of operating systems, that seems especially true.  Software vendors are always trying to build their solutions not to fit today’s hardware, but what hardware will be available tomorrow – trying to forecast what the hardware specs will look like for the mass market in order to take advantage of hardware “state of the art” when their software finally goes on sale. So it should follow that... (more)