Microsoft Virtual Academy: Live Q&A!

The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next FREE & PUBLIC event Live Q&A: Introduction to Hyper-V on Wednesday April 3rd, from 8:30 am – 10:30am PST with virtualization experts Jeff Woolsey & Symon Perriman. Ask your customers to join this live online event designed... Continue Reading →

It’s Official: My SIXTH MVP Award Category

Two weeks ago 1,400 Microsoft MVPs gathered in Redmond, Washington (the MotherShip, as some call it!) to ‘geek out’ for three days (or as many as six for some, depending on pre-day and post-day events).  We spent at least two and as many as four days in closed-door sessions with the product teams for which... Continue Reading →

CanIT! (Pro)

For years I have followed, worked with, and looked to the IT Evangelism team at Microsoft Canada for guidance and direction.  My first encounter with them probably dates back to 2003 (before there was an actual team), but I really started to get to know them in 2005.  When Rick Claus came to speak to... Continue Reading →

Virtualization Lessons–Both Positive and Negative!

As I sit in the back of the room for Microsoft Canada’s Virtualization Boot Camp Challenge today I see that the lab environments that we are providing to the attendees actually mimics the setup I use for my Virtual Partner Technology Advisor (vPTA) sessions.  As such, I am seeing a lot of potential for attendees... Continue Reading →

IT Virtualization Boot Camp

Hey folks!  The IT Professionals Community of Greater Toronto and Microsoft Canada are getting together to bring you this amazing opportunity!  This Saturday (January 21st) and next Monday (January 23rd) we are doing a full-day Virtualization Boot Camp!  The cost is only $25, with Damir Bersenic (Senior IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada) leading the way... Continue Reading →

How to get a head start on the NEW Management and Virtualization Competency

Normally when I find an interesting and relevant article I will retweet it or possibly post a link to it here.  However since so many of my Microsoft Partners and students have either achieved or are striving to achieve the MPN Virtualization Competency, I asked Eric Ligman for permission to re-publish his very clear article... Continue Reading →

Microsoft Virtualization Learning Resources

It is amazing how many people ask me what resources are available for someone who wants to learn Microsoft Virtualization and then get certified with either the MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) or MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional).  After all, they are all over the place. The first place to look is Microsoft. According to... Continue Reading →

Hyper-V Training–10215AE is now available in E-Learning!

I am asked all the time what are the best resources available to learn Hyper-V and the associated technologies – from the hypervisor to System Center, Failover Clustering, data protection, remote desktop and so much more – and the answer is simple: Take the course. Microsoft Learning’s course 10215A is an excellent offering that I... Continue Reading →

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA):

Occasionally there is an announcement or new offering worth calling special attention to and the teams at Microsoft wanted me to make sure everyone saw this one: Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA): http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ MVA has been around for a few months and we are trying to raise awareness about its existence to the broader community.  I... Continue Reading →

Gartner agrees with me… Hyper-V is for real!

In September Microsoft Canada contracted me as a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor, tasking me with evangelizing Microsoft virtualization solutions.  One of the reasons I was such a good fit for the role is that I am very familiar with both Microsoft’s and VMware’s server virtualization solutions – I teach and consult on both platforms.  I... Continue Reading →

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