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Yessir!  According to the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform page, And that’s today!  Go to THIS PAGE to set up a reminder that at 8:00AM Pacific (10:00AM Central) time, the launch is happening. “Where will the Windows Server Launch be taking place?” Online.  Go...
Today Microsoft is unveiling a new global brand.  The old is history.  Sure, you’ll see it around for quite awhile (like on my formerly-official presenter shirts), but going forward, this is the new face of Microsoft: “Seriously?  You’re changing the logo after all...
If you’re not already a TechNet or MSDN Subscriber, you have another option for trying out Windows 8.  Microsoft has made  90-day free evaluation downloads available. Check out the Windows 8 Evaluation FAQ HERE, and then GO HERE to get the bits!
Yes indeed!  It’s short notice, but I’d love to see about 30+ IT Pros from the area on Thursday, August 30th.  We’ll be holding an IT “Mini-Camp”, where we’ll discuss and give you some hands-on time with Windows Server 2012 and the new version of Hyper-V virtualization. He...
Overview Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more...
Dan asked this at a TechNet Event IT Camp a few months ago… For those of you not familiar with it, ODX stands for Offloaded Data Transfer (or, I suppose, “X-fer”).  It is a capability that some storage vendor solutions have to offload the transfer of data. &ldq...
I received this question at a TechNet Event IT Camp in Minneapolis a few months ago… Can Chuck Norris write PowerShell scripts?  Naturally.  And only he can run his PowerShell scripts under MS-DOS 6.1. It’s a little know fact that, after codename “Monad&r...
Today I took and passed the VMware VCP5 certification test. “Wait.. huh?!  You got certified on VMware?” Yes, I did.  I am now a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5.0.  The powers-that-be realize, as I and my teammates do, that it’s important to be well-versed...
In this final day of Shark Week! on Full of I.T., we will do a quick comparison of storage capabilities between Hyper-V and VMware’s vSphere 5.0.  Hyper-V 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 and in the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 have some new capabilities and new capacities in ...
Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers! “What about other folks? When can I buy it?” If you’re a Microsoft Software Assurance customer, you’ll ...
“It’s been said that the secret to a good marriage is to understand that ‘it must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal.’  Microsoft has 20 years of expertise in the enterprise arena, and the release of Office 365 a year ago only extends th...
Why is the “English” version of the Windows 8 download on TechNet is actually a little larger than the “English-United Kingdom” download?   Is it because we Americans use longer words, or, like, inject other um stuff into like sentences and stuff?  Do we require additiona...
Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers!  So if you subscribe, go to the site and get ‘em while they’re hot! “What about other folks?  W...
There’s a theory that a Shark needs to keep moving, or else it will die. “Is that really true?” Do I look like Jacques Cousteau?  I don’t know.  You look it up.  But I think the same can be said for virtual machines. “They’ll die?&rdq...
Yes indeed!  It’s SHARK WEEK on FULL OF I.T.!   This is the week of the year that we get aggressive here on the blog!  We stir up the waters and bait the hooks with tasty I.T. goodness!  We rip our competitors to shreds!  We… “Hey Kev...
This question came from a land-lubber coward** (meaning: didn’t give his/her name) at a TechNet Event IT Camp in Minneapolis… (**Just joking, friend.  I thanks for coming to the event!) I absolutely love this question.  There is so much genuine passion in this t...
“Kevin, I just want to start using it with some already-built examples. That’s how I learn best.” Try it out!You’re in luck! The PowerShell Script Explorer was just released-to-manufacturing (RC). Here’s the description from the download page: Microsoft® Script Explorer for Window...
I actually thought we were going to wait a day and not steal any of the thunder around the Windows 8 RTM, but today Microsoft also announces the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2012. Here is the announcement on the Windows Server Blog. “Are we going to have to wait ‘...
Wow.. I don’t think I need to tell you that this is a very exciting day for PC users and, really, for a world of people who depend upon computers to improve their lives; both work and personal. And selfishly, it’s especially exciting for me, as I happen to be here in Redmond, and on ...
Some of you may be aware that this week another big Microsoft conference is happening in Toronto.  The Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) for 2012 is in full swing.  And like all of these kinds of conferences, there are usually big announcements and reveals and important info...
Just last week, Corey Hynes and Rick Claus delivered a 2-day deep-dive into the details of the next version of Windows Server coming out later this year: Windows Server 2012.  I was privileged to be able to help with Q&A during the first day, also. “Yeah, I missed that....
“Seriously, Kevin?  Are you going to VMware User Groups now?” Yes, I am.  As an IT Professional, and as one who does his best to represent the IT Professional Community as a whole, I think it’s useful to keep in touch with as many technologies and as many other IT Pros as po...
Monday at TechEd North America 2012, pretty much as I described it in my previous diary entry; but now in video form! Enjoy   PS – You’ll see me in this video, near the end.  You have been warned.
I’m finally getting a chance to compile some of my video footage from TechEd North America 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  This one here was taken using my still camera (not too bad, actually), and just shows a quick glimpse of my day on Sunday, June 10. Enjoy… Sunday, June 10, 2012–...
Have you ever attended the TechEd Jam Session?  If not – you’re really missing out.  Last night we were at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Pointe Orlando.  Thanks to CommVault for sponsoring it this year! Rather than try to describe it, here’s a quick video diary for you… ...
Okay.. this is purely for fun, but I thought it was time to share my collection of some of my Microsoft TechEd doo-dads with all of you.  (We are celebrating 20 years of TechEd, this year, are we not?)    TechEd is and has always been one of my favorite weeks of the...
Great day #1 of TechEd 2012! Last night’s Krewe of TechEd party at Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun.  Thanks to all of the sponsors that made it possible.  This morning I started the day very early.  The “Twitter Army” held a 7:30am “briefing”, which I attended....
I’ve arrived!  The early morning flight went great, and I got lucky with my ride to the hotel.  Not long before I landed, my friend Dan Stolts had e-mailed the team and asked if anyone needed a ride in his car.  My text to him reached him as he was just 10 minutes aw...
Sunday is the day!  My flight leaves MSP in the morning, and by mid-afternoon I hope to be lounging by my hotel pool.  That evening I’ll be attending the Krewe of TechEd opening part / Meet-n-Greet. It’s been fun watching Twitter (#msteched) and the traffic of people who are...
Jeff asked me for this at a recent TechNet Event… That’s a fair question, Jeff.  For several years, I have been promoting TechNet Subscriptions in pretty much every way available to me.  It is a great resource that, even if I weren’t a Microsoft Employee, I would yearly p...
The following question was asked by Joobly-Goop (not his real name) at a recent TechNet Event, in the context of our doing a Boot-From-VHD configuration and then dual-booting into the Operating System that was in the Virtual Hard Disk (.VHD) file… I certainly understand your confusi...
Mike W asks: “When backing up a virtual machine, what files need to be backed up?” ”Do the virtual servers need to be down for the backup?” ”What considerations need to be made when doing a ‘Disaster Recovery’ of a host server?” Well Mike, you sure do ask a lot of quest...
At a TechNet Event a couple of months ago, Ken W. asked : “If I'm running many guest VMs, do you recommend NIC teaming additional NICs for guest traffic?  Or just adding them and keeping them separate and control per guest settings?” For those of you not familiar with ...
Adam asked this question at a recent TechNet Event… Well, Adam, you’re asking me to share my opinion.  At this stage of the release cycle, I’m not sure that I’m allowed to share my own opinion.    And of course I want to point you to the blogs that hold the official c...
Microsoft has just made available the new pre-release of Windows Server 2012!   GET IT NOW!
What a nice surprise!  Today Microsoft announces the availability of the next pre-release of the new client PC operating system: the Windows 8 Release Preview.  More details here: Building Windows 8 Blog Announcement Windows 8 Release Preview Page --- What do yo...
Thanks to our friends at Oakwood Systems, I have a series of free, hands-on “kick start” events to tell you about.  Here’s the text from an e-mail I just received: What is the best way to determine if Windows Azure might be a fit for your organization? Microsoft is off...
This is neat… I was searching the Intertubes (“Googling it on BING”), looking for knowledge on some topics and some answers for future blog posts, and I happened upon one of John Savill’s excellent series of Q&A posts on the Windows IT Pro Magazine site.   One of the arti...
Recently, as a new installment of our “Cloud Innovators” series on TechNet Radio, I had the pleasure of talking with Shahrouz Malekpour of Ezy Consulting.  His company provides a service and a tool to help businesses determine what their investment will be when choosing Office 365...
Good question, Todd.  And unfortunately I don’t know the details enough to give you a precise answer.  But I will say that no matter what Windows Server 2012 has in it, it isn’t a supported platform for the current RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version of System...