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March 11, 2010



This week kicked off Hell Week, certification-wise, for me.

Currently I’ve got a total of four exams scheduled this week. I’m slated to take:

70–648 TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations (which I passed this Monday, actually)

70–646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

70–669 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization (Beta)

70–624 TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops

To be honest, that’s really a total of five exams, since 70–648 is actually a combination of the 70–640 and 70–642 exams.

And ALL this is in addition to the beta for 70–693 I took last month, and the pair of exams (70–579 and 70–659) that I took in a single morning while at MVP Summit 2010.

Since I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m eyeing two REAL mindkillers, 70–643 and 70–647, for next week.

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March 5, 2010

EBS Has Left The Building

Even in a sequined jumpsuit, a skeleton is still dead.

Instead of my typically convoluted Funcave windup involving some theoretical physics, Bluetooth and comic book lore a la “The Big Bang Theory,” I’ll just come right out and say what’s up this time:

Essential Business Server = DEAD

That’s officially official as of right now, which should be 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard time on March 5th, 2010. So what does that really mean?

In the immediate term, it means there will be no v2 of Essential Business Server. Not ever. Which is a damned shame, because v2 was looking completely and totally badass.

Keep reading!

|| posted by chris under beta, business, clueless, hardware, it pro, kma, mid-market it, migration, nostalgia, opinion, rant, rx, shoutout, thumbs down, thumbs up, time, travel, virtualization, webcast || comments (2) || ||

August 24, 2009

Beta TS Exam for Exchange 2010 Available Now


If you want to try to get a seat for the beta TS exam for Exchange 2010, here’s the info you need…

  • The exam you want: 71–662 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
  • Registration code: E14J

Full details are available at Beta Exam Announcements.

And if you get in, then good luck!

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August 22, 2009

For All You Mecha Lovers Out There

Smith & Tinker are the uber-cool folks who bought the FASA licensed properties back from Microsoft. Which really means only one thing…

Gigantic fighting mecha action!

This is REAL MechWarrior. Not that warmed-over Xbox crap version!

Check out the whole trailer for MechWarrior 5 right here. Yummay!

|| posted by chris under beta, game, hardware, nostalgia, robot || comments (1) || ||

April 24, 2009

Where I’ll Be In 2009 Redux

 My other car is a JETPACK! I made this kickass pic into a piece of even more kickass Facebook flair. Ping me if you want me to send it to you!

Forget the whirlwind. 2009 now feels like someone just strapped a jetpack to my back and flipped the “On” switch without telling me. Problem is…the person who did that? Me!

Here’s the latest rundown with relevant links to all the talks, places, and conferences currently on my schedule.


14 – Webcast: Using System Center Essentials with Essential Business Server

20 – IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour, Huntsville AL (click to register)

27 – IT Alliance, Atlanta GA (cancelled)


1 thru 11 – The Career Express Tour, Atlanta GA, Charlotte NC, Philadelphia PA, Cincinnati OH, Indianapolis IN, St. Louis MO, Kansas City KS, Denver CO, Santa Fe NM, Phoenix AZ, Las Vegas NV, Los Angeles CA

11 thru 15 – Tech-Ed North America 2009, Los Angeles CA (click to register)

15 thru 17 – SMB Summit, Dallas TX (OFFICIALLY POSTPONED)


1 – IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour, Pensacola FL (click to register)


13 thru 16 – Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, New Orleans LA (click to register)


17–20 – CMP XChange ‘09, Washington DC (tentative)


2 thru 4 – SMB Nation, Las Vegas NV (tentative)

You know what really rocks tho? A new service call TripIt. Besides helping me track all my travel info in one super easy-to-use spot, TripIt also shows me which of the people I’m linked to will be nearby at the same time. Social networking for travel, which rocks! If nothing else, it helps cut down immensely on all the “You gonna be there? I dunno, YOU gonna be there?” back-and-forth that typically happens in the back channel around events.

You can sign up for TripIt at If you want to add me as a TripIt contact after you join, jump here:

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