MCITP: Server Boot Camp, Virginia Beach

It was REALLY last minute… on Friday I got a mass e-mail from a training provider scrambling to replace a trainer who had cancelled at the last minute.  By some miracle of scheduling I was available; after a few hours of back and forth e-mails I booked my flight for Sunday to be at the … Continue reading MCITP: Server Boot Camp, Virginia Beach

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Certifications Alone Do Not Make the Pro

An interesting post appeared in a newsgroup that I monitor today. A desktop support technician in the United Kingdom lamented a colleague who had attended a two week MCSE boot camp and indeed earned that certification. Unfortunately he later encountered a number of simple issues that he could not resolve, including one with regard to … Continue reading Certifications Alone Do Not Make the Pro

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!

Uninstall the VMM Agent from Server Core

I found myself with a weird problem this morning. Most of the time I manage my virtualization environment with System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  However because of a client project I have re-implemented System Center Essentials 2010, which has most of the VMM components that I use integrated into it.  In order to add virtualization … Continue reading Uninstall the VMM Agent from Server Core

A Brief Comparison of Features Between VMware and Hyper-V (Guest Blogger)

A few months ago Chris Childerhose, a consultant and MCITP with a local Microsoft Partner, impressed me when the afternoon of Day 5 of my class on Windows Server Virtualization (10215A) he sat the exam 70-659 and scored a perfect 1000.  He has since gone on to pass the remaining exams to earn the certification … Continue reading A Brief Comparison of Features Between VMware and Hyper-V (Guest Blogger)

Windows MultiPoint Server 2011: The future of the classroom and so much more!

One of the things I love about coming to events like TechEd is that I am able to see and learn about new products, as well as meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.  On the second day of TechEd 2011 I had the opportunity to do all three simultaneously!  I interviewed Dean Paron … Continue reading Windows MultiPoint Server 2011: The future of the classroom and so much more!

Cover Your A$$ – Secure Your WiFi Now!

I honestly hate saying ‘I told you so.’ For years I have been telling everyone who will listen (and a lot of people who didn’t want to) about the importance of securing wireless networks.  I’ve told stories about the possible consequences, and have scared some of them into doing the right thing.  Unfortunately far too … Continue reading Cover Your A$$ – Secure Your WiFi Now!

IT Pro Connection & the TechNet Flash

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft released Microsoft iSCSI Software Target for download, and I was thrilled.  I immediately decided to write about it, but before publishing what would end up the first of three articles, I decided to ping my buddy Rick Claus, IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft Canada, and ask him if he … Continue reading IT Pro Connection & the TechNet Flash

Is VMware Still the King? How long can that last?

Recently Computer Dealer News (www.computerdealernews.com) released a list of Microsoft’s top 12 rivals.  If you read through the analyses on the list some of the companies listed should be keeping Mr. Ballmer awake at night.  However one rival on that list – VMware – has a very different tune. It is folly to deny that … Continue reading Is VMware Still the King? How long can that last?

Creating a Multi-OS Deployment Point with MDT!

Hey folks, I know for months you’ve been on me because the screen shots in my Multi-OS Deployment Share post were lost. Today I am glad to say that I have created a video of it for the DPE team, and am glad to share it with you here! Remember, this video creates the deployment … Continue reading Creating a Multi-OS Deployment Point with MDT!