Passed two exams this week during the MCT Summit. I started with the 70-740: Installation, Storage, & Compute with Windows Server 2016. This was the one I studied for on the train, because I thought I was a little rusty on Virtual Machines and Clustering. But it was the simple stuff like REFS and Data Duplication that was tripping me up during the exam. Today, I took the third and final exam needed for the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification. Which of course is the 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016 exam. Again, I breezed through the difficult parts of the exam only to be hung up on a silly subnetting question. It was like I forgot how to do math. But a few extra minutes double checking my work and I knew I had it right. So that is 9 exams and 9 certifications in the last 6 months. I think I’m going to take the rest of the year off from Microsoft exams.
Join Jeffrey Snover, Jeff Woolsey, Erin Chapple, and the team behind Windows Server on October 13th as they discuss and demo the new security, application, and datacenter innovations found in Windows Server 2016—with live Q&A throughout the event.
Microsoft just announced the release of Server 2016 and System Center 2016 in September during their Ignite Event (Sep 26-30). However, you can get Tech Preview v5 now… System Center 2016 TP5 and Server 2016 TP5 and start playing around. To find out more about the Release Date, check out Windows IT Pro.
Microsoft announced today that New MCSA certifications are out for both Windows Server 2016 http://bit.ly/295AIN0 and SQL Server 2016 http://bit.ly/295AWUG. Upgrade exams are also available for those who already have earned an MCSA on Windows Server 2012 or SQL Server 2012.
Get a head start evaluating Windows Server 2016—guided by the experts. Based on Technical Preview 4, John McCabe and the Windows Server team introduce the new features and capabilities, with practical insights on how Windows Server 2016 can meet the needs of your business. Get the early, high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now. Click here for the free ebook.
Bash on Windows 10 was one of the big reveals at Microsoft’s recent Build conference. Since then, there’s been a lot of speculation about what Microsoft did to make this possible. Microsoft is starting to provide more details via blog posts and a new Channel 9 video on what’s going on under the covers.
Today I will be delivering two sessions on the new Windows 10 Features. Here is the presentation for those interested. I will be discussing information about Cortana, the New Start, Windows Hello, Microsoft Edge and so much more.
Say goodbye to passwords and say Hello to a new way of doing Multi-factor Authentication in Windows 10. Here is a 4 minute video that explains the future of security.
Are you an end user and interested in new Windows 10 Features? Well, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on exploration. From Windows Hello to the return of the Start Menu, check out this excellent presentation on Windows 10: Top Features for Consumers.
However, if you are an IT Professional you may want to go a little deeper into supporting Windows 10 in your workplace. Well, then you will also like this presentation along with Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals. Whatever your role, Windows 10 is the future and the future is now.
Over the last year, I’ve heard the word containers and docker thrown around and I was kind of curious as to what the commotion was all about. So I decided to go internet diving to see what I could find on Containers and Docker. Obviously, we start with Mark Russinovich who tells about Containers: Docker, Windows and Trends. Then a Quick Start: Windows Server Containers and Docker with the MSDN team. Finally, Jason Zander tells a little about New Windows Server containers and Azure Support.
In the cloud first, mobile first world of Microsoft they have really entered the device market today at the Microsoft Devices Event where they introduced an entire line of upcoming products. You can watch the event here.
They products that were unveiled were the new Surface Pro 4, a new Surface Book, and three new Windows 10 phones: the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550. To be honest I have my eye on the Lumina 950XL. Other new products showcased during today’s event included the Microsoft Band 2 fitness wearable and the HoloLens holographic computing device; Microsoft also announced a Windows 10 update for its Xbox One game console coming in November.
Binge on AzureCon – By now you will probably have heard of Azure and have gotten lost in a mountain of terminology, such as virtual networks, Azure SQL Databases, web apps, worker roles, Azure AD, and the list just goes on and on. Doesn’t it just make your head hurt. Well, never fear.. AzureCon is here. That right, Binge watch and learn what Azure is all about, what can be done with it, and what role you can take as an IT professional to implement it in your work environment. Your competitors are watching… don’t let the future pass you up.
That’s right! I took the Windows 10 Challenge and #RockedIT. Now through October 15, 2015, building and sharing your Windows 10 prowess could win you a trip to Seattle and a backstage pass to see all the exciting things happening across the Microsoft campus. Find out more here.
On the 20th Anniversary of the release of Windows 95 we can take a look back through the Windows history, starting off with this infographic.And don’t forget about when our FRIENDS made an instructional video on how to use Windows 95. It was really a big deal at the time, even the Rolling Stones helped start you up.
Nearly three months after the release of its previous version, Microsoft has finally released the update to Windows Server, dubbed as Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3. Find out more here.
Administrators everywhere have been waiting for these tools to land, and now they have – as part of a much larger release today, including Technical Preview 3 for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. The Remote Server Administration Tools (or, RSAT), include tools to remotely manage Windows Servers. This set, released today, allow even Windows 10 users to manage their servers. Find out more here.
A History of WIndows Inforgraphic Microsoft has indicated that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows as they will maintain the OS through a regular update process called Windows as a Service (WaaS) instead of providing service pack level updates.Check out this great infographic about the history of Windows.
Did you miss Ignite? We are hitting the road and heading to 11 cities across the US. Come join members of the Microsoft product team for interactive discussions & demos at our Mobility Transformed: The Path to Windows 10 event series. Be one of the first to learn tips and tricks for Windows 10, Office 365, and more to ensure you are on the leading edge of devices and services. Register today for our IT Pro Event: http://aka.ms/mobilitytransformed
Windows 10 is on the way and there is more information available about it all the time. In addition to all the great features included in Windows 10, one of the most exciting aspects of it is how quick and easy it is to upgrade from previous versions of Windows. Find out more here.
It is official, I have been asked to write my very first book for Manning Publications. It will be named “Learn Windows Server Administration in a Month of Lunches.” According to my writing schedule it should be available on December 4, 2015. Unless of course you are a part of the Manning Early Access Program where you can get access to the book as each chapter is written and released. http://www.manning.com/about/meap