Free (as in beer) Windows Server 2012 training

imageI’ve been working with Windows Server “8” since last September when it first peeked outside of the internal deployment servers at the Build conference. Because I was not part of the engineering group or product team – I had the same level of access all the rest of the public had.  Time moved forward and things changed in January when I moved to “The Mother Ship” and joined the Corp Evangelism team. A little more access, but mostly connections to some really smart people talking quite candidly about Windows Server “8” and the upcoming Beta release. Now it’s getting even closer with an RC coming around the corner soon.

I believe it’s time to take this to the next level and share the goodness that is Windows Server 2012.

Are you ready for some serious pay dirt on Windows Server 2012? Are you ready to evolve your Datacenter (regardless of it’s size) and your skills to a new level of capabilities?

I’ve created and will be delivering a 2 day online FREE event with Microsoft Learning called a JumpStart.  It’s going to take place on June 20th and 21st in-between TechEd North America and TechEd Europe. I recruited my good friend Corey Hynes to help deliver this monster of a online event and will have a plethora of help from product teams, IT geeks and helpers all around answering questions and interacting in the live chat room. In short – it’s going to be an all around Windows Server 2012 party my friends!

Here’s the official write up.

Windows Server 2012:
Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution

Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there is a vast number of new features in this release that will enable you to Cloud-Optimize your IT.

Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Microsoft Partner Corey Hynes will walk you through their personal favorite feature sets while answering why and how each one will have a positive impact on improving your day-to-day IT environment. These accelerated, engaging and demo-heavy sessions are guaranteed to get you excited and ready to try them yourself.

We’re loosely going to be breaking this up into for chunks over two days. The breakdown is organized into the following categories:

  • Beyond Virtualization
  • Manageability
  • Storage technology
  • Remote access / networking

Go check out the registration page for more details on what is being covered from a technology perspective.

Register Here

Did I mention it’s Free (as in beer)?

Windows PC SCAM help via Microsoft Canada

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Even though I moved to the “Mother Ship” here in Redmond back in January – I still get emails, texts, Tweets and Facebook Updates about someone who has had a relative / friend who has unfortunately been scammed by some FRICKIN’ A** Holes social engineering their way into their PC. The “technicians from Microsoft” are slick, say the right things, play on the fear of the individual and their lack of knowledge about technology and inevitably convinces them to either:

  • sign up for a security service that makes their system more infected and has their data and machine held hostage for regular payments
  • allows them to install malware on their system thinking that it is some sort of anti-virus
  • harvests information for identity theft and credit card scams / skimming
  • takes control of their email / social accounts to impersonate them online and scam their friends as well

It just goes on and on. It’s very infuriating and frustrating hearing about it and can be quite difficult to help them out remotely – I’d rather drive to their home and fix it personally out of principal – but that just won’t work.

What can YOU do about it? Well – first step in solving the problem is INFORMING yourself and ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS – friends, relatives, play-group friends, kids ball teams / hockey teams – just get this information out there.

The number ONE law of computer security (paraphrasing here) is “if a bad guy can persuade you to run his/her program on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore”.  This applies if you allow others to socially engineer you into installing software yourself or allowing them to remote into your system.

My friends back at Microsoft Canada have had a go at creating an InfoGraphic to help get the information out as well as what to do if you have been scammed. Feel Free to Download it, share it out, post it up on Facebook – tweet it – whatever you like – just get the word out!

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TechEd 2012 Countdown–Certification News T-6

Part of this new gig at Microsoft at Corp is helping out drum up information and excitement around big scale events like TechEd.  My partner in crime Joey Snow and I record these TechEd Countdown shows and publish them once a week.  It’s a hoot! This time we have Melissa Bathum from Microsoft Learning (MCT Readiness and certification) joining us to talk about certification benefits and offers at TechEd NA.

Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012 demo

I sit down with Josh Heller once again to talk about the coolness that is Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. Think of when you have the generic Access Denied Error 5 that comes up for your users – usually resulting in a whack of support calls and queries.  Now you can use attributes in AD, meta-data in your documents and auto-classification of files to simplify all your Access Issues.

This is some seriously cool stuff!

Powershell V3 interview with Don Jones

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. Don Jones – PowerShell guru at the 17th level and I sit and talk about PowerShell V3. He shares some things that are really cool as well as some nuggets you might not be aware of.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 interview

I sit down and chat with Michael Niehaus about all the goodness that is in the new release of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012. I use it all the time for lab machine deployment or quickly re-deploying systems from USB sticks.  He talks about Driver Injection and the options you have to keep that monster under control.

Direct Access in Windows Server 2012 Demo

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. It was a lot of fun getting them done!

I chat with the man – Josh Heller about some frickin cool Direct Access technologies in Windows Server 2012. I live and die by remote access, since I am on the road a lot and I am stoked about what the new Direct Access story is with Windows 8. Guess what? Easier to deploy, scalable and no longer UAG dependent!

Service Templates in SCVMM 2012 interview

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. It was a lot of fun getting them done!

I chat with Stephen Barrons about Service Templates, what then heck they do and how they are different the simple machine templates in SCVMM 2012.  Turns out they are actually quite useful and should be in the toolkit for all Virtualization Administrators using SCVMM 2012 in your environments.  Oh – they are also Multi-Hypervisor aware and can play nicely with VMWare and Citrix besides working with Hyper-V only.