As many of you know I left Microsoft to pursue other adventures when I did my first gig with Rakuten in the fall of 2013. The plan was, according to the managers I spoke with, for me to return to Microsoft when I got back from Japan. That obviously did not happen. I will not … Continue reading I’m Back!
I want to thank all of you who commented - both publicly and privately - on my losing my status as a Microsoft MVP. Let me sum it all up, and hopefully answer all of your questions. 1) I was informed on Monday that I was not being renewed. However this was several weeks after … Continue reading My parting words as a Microsoft MVP
I was having a conversation this week with a colleague about his plans to create a hybrid-cloud environment by moving many of his datacenter workloads onto Windows Azure. After all, it makes plenty of sense – eliminating new capital expenses and reducing ongoing operational expenses just makes sense. “And once we have tested it, we … Continue reading Cloud-Based VDI!!! No.
This week-end’s grand opening of the Microsoft Store in Square One (Mississauga, Ontario) has been a truly amazing time. Saturday was busy all day – people lined up to buy Microsoft Surface devices, Xbox One, games, software, accessories, and some simply came to get concert tickets. Whatever the reason, there were hundreds of people here … Continue reading Microsoft Store Grand Opening Weekend
What a day... I arrived at Square One reasonably early this morning expecting to be one of the first people in line to get into the new Microsoft Store. I wasn't even in the first 200! Fortunately I had registered as an MVP and was ushered into the VIP section.This is not my first Microsoft … Continue reading Microsoft Store #84 (Square One!)
A few days ago I posted a quick post called Free Skype Premium for a year! and I got a few interesting questions about the voracity of the offer. Some of you were worried that it was a scam, and believe me I am the first person to say you should be skeptical. However before … Continue reading Skype Collaboration Project, and quick tips to detect Phishing scams
Folks you will not want to miss this! Microsoft Press is giving away the ebook Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2: Technical Overview. It is written by Mitch Tulloch, Symon Perriman, and the System Center team... and is a great way to get up to speed on Microsoft's private cloud! Check it out at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/12/16/free-ebook-introducing-microsoft-system-center-2012-r2.aspx.
For those who missed the virtualization jump start, the entire course is now available on demand, as is the link to grab a free voucher for exam 409. This is a single exam virt specialist cert. I would encourage you to take the exam soon before all the free spots are booked. Full info … Continue reading Become a Virtualization Expert!
Over the past few days I have received an incredible number of you asking what happened, if I am okay, and if I will be alright. I can assure you I am. Let me explain. A great many of you have known me as a Microsoft contractor. I have been for quite some time, first … Continue reading Thanks for your support!
Wednesday morning I was sitting at my desk when a pop-up appeared on my screen. It was actually an Internet Explorer window, and although it was written entirely in Japanese, I suspected immediately that it was a scam, a fraud, malware, or something. Why? It had a very old Microsoft logo on it (from the … Continue reading Warning!
Recently I was explaining Windows To Go at a client site. We had a few interesting discussions about the power as well as the limitations of the security features. One attendee asked a couple of good questions: 1) Is there any way to block the ‘on-lining’ of your Windows To Go key in other installations … Continue reading Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour
Dan Stoltz asked me to republish this article, and it is well worth it! Check out all of the links – a lot of great material! -MDG It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series. Here is brief summary of what we covered so far… Windows Server 2012 R2 … Continue reading What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1
While he may not be very well know to the Microsoft community, Mike Laverick is a legend in VMware circles. Mike owns a blog called RTFM Education, a source of white papers for VMware technology, although he did start out as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He now works for VMware as a Senior Cloud Infrastructure … Continue reading A response to a VMware article… written by someone I respect.
In response to a series of articles I wrote recently about my laptop bags (What IS your laptop bag) and about my luggage (The Price of Quality) I was recently called an elitist snob. “Mitch, it is fine that you want to spend hundreds of dollars on your laptop bags, but in all fairness you … Continue reading Neither a Snob Nor an Elitist…
Warning: The following post was written by a scripting luddite. The author readily admits that he would have difficulty coding his way out of a paper bag, and if the fate of the world depended on his ability to either write code or develop software then you had better start hoarding bottled water and cans … Continue reading Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with Windows PowerShell