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 Microsoft Virtual Academy: Live Q&A!

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 It’s Official: My SIXTH MVP Award Category

Ottawa & the NCR… Let’s Get Virtual!

If you are an IT Pro in the National Capital Reason, we have an event for you!  On Friday, February 17th and again on Saturday, February 18th Microsoft Canada’s Evangelism team is bringing the IT Virtualization Boot Camp to you! Damir Bersenic and I will be hosting the event, for two days of geeking out… … Continue reading Ottawa & the NCR… Let’s Get Virtual!

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 CanIT! (Pro)

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 Virtualization Lessons–Both Positive and Negative!

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 IT Virtualization Boot Camp

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

Have a Cup of Coffee (or two!) on us…

What a great deal… Microsoft Canada has posted a link to download the Release Candidate editions of System Center <fill in the blank> 2012, which are all in pre-release and ready to test (and are fully upgradeable to the final RTM versions!) directly.  However because the total package is about 6GB, it will take a … Continue reading Have a Cup of Coffee (or two!) on us…

Are You Virtual? CLICK HERE!

For months I have been talking to you about the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  Are you registered?  If you do it now you can get access to all sorts of great learning tools on Virtualization and other Microsoft Technologies!  If you click here and let me know that you did, you can win!  I am going … Continue reading Are You Virtual? CLICK HERE!

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 Microsoft Virtualization Learning Resources

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

Real Help in a Virtual World

As you know I spend a lot of time discussing virtualization, both as a vPTA for Microsoft Canada and as an MCT.  There is a lot of information out there to help IT Pros at every level, from getting started to the graduate-level super-high-end questions.  The problem is finding it, and when you do find … Continue reading Real Help in a Virtual World

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 Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA):

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