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March 11, 2010

Exam-A-Palooza

THE NAME OF THIS TESTING STATION IS CHARLENE, SIR!

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 9, 2010

A Few Thoughts About Mid-Market IT

Big thanks to Eric Beehler for inviting me to appear on CS Techcast 110 this week. We talked at length about some of the unique challenges facing mid-market IT.

Although the conversation was spurred mostly by the news of Microsoft’s cancelling Essential Business Server v2, we discussed a wide range of topics, including cloud-based services (big shock there) and virtualization.

If you want to skip ahead, my section starts at the 12:52 (or so) mark.

I’ll admit, it was kinda weird being on the other side of the microphone. Flashbacks of SBS Show kept running through my head, but being on the other side of the desk made this the fastest, easiest webcast I’ve ever done.

Check it out. Hope you like it.

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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) || ||

February 23, 2010

Goodbye Kitty

Just when I thought my trip last Sunday couldn’t get any worse, upon arriving at the Silver Cloud in Redmond at 2a in the morning, I saw this at the far end of the check-in counter…

 Poor Kitty. Just not the same without him.

First, I thought “Cool! Kitty’s finally getting his props.” Then I looked a little closer…

Keep reading!

|| posted by chris under freebie, nostalgia, rx, thumbs down, travel || comments (2) || ||

February 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Unveiled

Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Mobile 7 today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Let's start with...the Start screen.

First off, it’s got a new naming convention: Windows Phone. Second, it has a brand-spanking new UI…finally!

Keep reading!

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