Tuesday, November 5, 2013

FREE Training Camp | Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals


Gain twice the virtualization skillset. Cover more ground.

Here's your chance to expand your virtualization skillset for FREE – and become invaluable to your company, clients and customers. Register now and save your seat for this FREE, full-day event in your local area:

NYC on 12/4 & Las Vegas on 12/5. 

Join Microsoft at this free, one-day technical workshop on Microsoft Virtualization for VMware IT professionals. Experienced Technical Evangelists will guide you through key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. Complete all the hands-on labs and you'll walk away ready to build your own lab environment for further evaluation and testing.

This event will help you to:

  • Ramp up your knowledge of Microsoft virtualization technologies
  • See how your existing VMware skillset translates in a Microsoft environment
  • Compare and contrast the key Microsoft and VMware technologies
  • Leverage available Microsoft tools to help manage a VMware environment
  • Learn more about the upcoming enhancements to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

At a high level, as part of this course, you'll learn about the following topics:

  • Hyper-V Configuration, Clustering & Resiliency
  • Virtual Machine Mobility, Backup & Replication
  • Managing Hyper-V with Virtual Machine Manager
  • A look at System Center 2012 R2 Preview
  • VMware: Management, Integration, and Migration

Session Requirements:
In order to participate in the labs, please bring a modern laptop. Click HERE for more detailed system specs. All participants registering for the event should download Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 Preview.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Windows 8.1 Deployment Tools

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 is the newest version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and offers support for the deployment of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8. Download the toolkit, explore what else is new in MDT 2013, and find quick start guides to help you get started at www.microsoft.com/mdt.

Download the latest deployment tools, which include support for Windows 8.1: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013, Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1, and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

For help with Windows 8.1 you can go to the Spingboard Series for Windows 8.1 on TechNet


Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals



It’s difficult to believe that Windows 8 was introduced only a year ago, and yet today its successor, Windows 8.1, is ready for widespread adoption. 

Based on Windows 8.1 Enterprise, this free ebook uncovers what’s new and provides a practical, high-level overview for IT professionals to begin deployment planning. With technical insights and guidance from award-winning author and Windows expert Ed Bott, you’ll get a head start on evaluating Windows 8.1 Enterprise and its new features and enhanced capabilities for deployment, mobile device management, security, virtualization, app management, and more. Download this free ebook today.

Download Here

I encourage you to become a regular visitor at the Springboard Series on TechNet: http://www.microsoft.com/springboard


Free on-demand Jump Start training System Center 2012 R2

Prepare for the release of System Center 2012 R2 with this on-demand Jump Start. Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman along with several other presenters show how the next version of System Center delivers an end-to-end cloud management stack through advanced integration with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure. Watch it here and download the free product trial.


Free on-demand Jump Start Training Server 2012 r2

Get ready for launch: Free on-demand Jump Start training explores what’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 nearly here, now is a great time to view this demo-rich Jump Start training designed to show IT pros the new capabilities and features available in Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Corey Hynes, Lead Architect and President of holSystems, demonstrate these new capabilities through numerous scenarios and demos. Watch it here and download the free product trial.



Free migration to Windows 7 course on MVA

Get ready for Windows XP end of support: Free migration to Windows 7 course on MVA

Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014. Now is the time to plan your Windows XP migration to Windows 7. This new MVA course describes the steps to take and the tools that will help make the migration and setup process seamless while providing business continuity. Register now.

free ebook – Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals



Whether you’re new to the Windows Azure platform or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. Most Windows Azure services are described in some detail, with screenshots used to demonstrate some of the multitude of capabilities of the platform. This book has lots of under-the-hood insights and expert tips written by Microsoft insiders who develop, test, and use the Windows Azure platform

Download the book here

Friday, October 11, 2013

Free Microsoft Insights Event Sign Up Now

What is Microsoft Insights?


Microsoft Insights is a live online event on Tuesday, October 29th designed to help inspire and guide attendees’ technology skills advancement, whether they are just starting out or striving for new opportunities. The event features an interactive expert panel discussion on emerging opportunities in technology, the earning potential they represent, and the skills required to excel.

Our panel of experts will share their views on technology training and careers, covering:

  • Opportunities in the fast-changing technology world
  • How specific job roles are evolving
  • Earning trends associated with different paths

Esteemed panelists include:

  • Shravan Goli – President of Dice
  • Barnaby Dorfman – Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, PayScale.com
  • Maureen Majury – Director for the Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology (CoE for ICT) at Bellevue College
  • Bill Symonds – Internationally recognized education reformer, speaker, and author of the Harvard Graduate School of Education “Pathways to Prosperity” report

Who should attend?

IT Pros, Developers, Students, Educators, Partners, Job Changers, and anyone interested in a technology career

Why should they attend?

Two great reasons to attend Microsoft Insights:

1. Attendees will learn about emerging opportunities in technology fields, get insights on the wealth of training and resources available to help get ahead, and get help deciding if certification is right for them.

2. By signing up and attending, attendees will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a Microsoft Certification exam pack for one’s choice of MCSA: Windows Server 2012; MCSA: SQL Server 2012; MCSA: Windows 8; or any MCSD Certification. Check out the rules for more details. 

How can people register to attend?

Register at www.microsoftinsights.com!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

Whether you’re new to the Windows Azure platform or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. Most Windows Azure services are described in some detail, with screenshots used to demonstrate some of the multitude of capabilities of the platform. And for the experienced we have lots of under-the-hood insights and expert tips written by Microsoft insiders who develop, test, and use the Windows Azure platform.

Introducing Windows Azure

Get the free ebook HERE

Download  companion content.

  1. Click the following link:

    Download the companion content.

  2. Click Save.
  3. Locate the .zip file on your computer. Right-click the file, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions.
Support issues

Companion content is hosted for Microsoft Press by O'Reilly Media, distributor of Microsoft Press books. If you need assistance, please contact mspinput@microsoft.com or O'Reilly Customer Service.


Any errors that have been reported since this book was published are listed on this book's errata page.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Free Training at Microsoft Stores

The Cre8tive workshop series introduces attendees to four different forms of art using Windows 8.1 products are your medium; Photography, Art, Music, and Movies.

Receive hands-on training delivered by our expert staff, course reference material, and all the necessary tools to create your piece.

Take the workshop that interests you or the entire series to deliver a masterpiece using a component of each.The Cre8tive workshop series introduces attendees to four different forms of art using Windows 8.1 products are your medium; Photography, Art, Music, and Movies.

Receive hands-on training delivered by our expert staff, course reference material, and all the necessary tools to create your piece. Take the workshop that interests you or the entire series to deliver a masterpiece using a component of each.

Cre8tive Photography

Learn the techniques pro shutterbugs use, like the Rule of Thirds, angles, perspective, and other tips in the photography workshop. You’ll also be introduced to Adobe Photoshop Express, Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery tools to fix red eye, adjust focus, set mood, and crop images to make your shots more compelling.

Cre8tive Art

Let your imagination run wild in our art workshop with tools and applications for creating art or modifying images. Use Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery, Adobe Photoshop Express, WordBrush, and PowerPoint to change the mood, add effects, and more to create an original piece of art that expresses your creativity.

Cre8tive Music

From composers to rock stars, this workshop shows you how to create original music using Music Maker Jam. Choose your genre, create your composition, add harmony and adjust tempo to articulate your sound. We’ll even show you how to share the finished product with your friends using Xbox Music and SkyDrive.

Cre8tive Movies

This cinematic workshop teaches you how to add movement to your photographs and paintings using Windows Essentials Movie Maker and BLINK Clipets. Plan your story, shoot footage using the Surface Pro, and compile it all in post-production. Edit, add effects and sound, and share your award-winning masterpiece.

Find out more HERE


Friday, September 13, 2013

Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card

Trade in your IPAD for $200 dollars at Microsoft Store ( NOW UP TO $350.00)
How to redeem this offer
  • Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.
  • Looking to upgrade your tablet? Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro.
    • Surface RT
      The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
      Starting at $349
      Learn more
    • Surface Pro
      The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365.
      Starting at $799
      Learn more
  • See store associate for more detail.
Valid September 5, 2013 until October 27, 2013.
See here for more Info

Some cool add-in for Office

This information is taken from the Microsoft Education Lab are of office downloads site.


Chemistry Add-in for Word

Add-in: Interactive Classroom

Works with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft OneNote 2010, and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007

This add-in connects a teacher’s PowerPoint presentation to students’ OneNote notebooks. During a presentation, teachers can:

  • Poll students with multiple choice, true/false, or yes/no questions.
  • Distribute the lesson to students with OneNote.
  • Include real-time ink and text annotations.

Students can answer and respond through their individual OneNote notebooks, hand-held clickers, or computers, and the results display in the presentation.

Students also get consolidated notes that match those of the instructor so they can keep track of what they need to learn.

Download Interactive Classroom


Microsoft Mathematics Add-in for Word and OneNote

Add-in: Microsoft Mathematics Add-in for Word and OneNote

With this add-in, you insert an advanced math problem (from algebra to calculus, physics, or statistics) and then click to simplify complex expressions or to solve.

Use these advanced math computational and graphing capabilities to:

  • Plot a function, equation, or inequality in two or three dimensions, and save the results.
  • Solve an equation or inequality.
  • Calculate a numerical result.
  • Compute the inverse of a matrix, matrix operations, list operations, and integrals.

Download Microsoft Mathematics


Chemistry Add-in for Word

Add-in: Chemistry Add-in for Word

This add-in offers semantic authoring, including symbols and conventions.

Download Chemistry Add-in for Word


Math worksheet generator

Add-in: Math worksheet generator

Enter a sample problem, and then let the generator build an entire worksheet.

Download Math worksheet generator

Mouse Mischief

I was doing a little surfing today and found this cool free app…

Mouse Mischief can transform teaching and learning in the classroom. Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, allowing teachers to create interactive presentations that engage and excite every student in the classroom. Approximately 525 students, each with his or her own mouse, can answer multiple choice questions and draw on a shared screen. You can download Mouse Mischief free of charge.

So have a PC add USB HUB and lots of mice and now your PowerPoint's become active with students interacting with the instructor


Mouse Mischief is an add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 that allows teachers to create and play multiple-mouse lessons that students interact with on a single display, individually or in teams, by using their own mice.

This bring interactivity to the students with out them having computers and you can control the classroom.

Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0

This Jump Start is designed to teach the busy IT professionals, admins, and help desk persons about how to use PowerShell to improve management capabilities, automate redundant tasks, and manage the environment in scale. Learn how PowerShell works and how to make PowerShell work for you from the experts Jeffrey Snover, the inventor of PowerShell, and Jason Helmick, Senior Technologist at Concentrated Technology.

This is off the Microsoft Virtual Academy Site

This is an easy way to learn a very important tool needed when working with windows

Click HERE

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

RansomWare SCAM

My mother get a phone call say there is a issues with her computer and they are going to turn the computer off unless … Is this a scam?

My friend got an email saying that illegal materials were found on my computer and it would be locked until I paid a fine. Is this a scam?

Yes, this sounds like a common blackmail scam called ransomware. Ransomware is an email, website or pop-up window or a phone call  that displays warnings about possible illegal activities and demands payment before you can access your files and programs again. Delete the email and report it immediately.


What to do if you think you have been a victim of a scam

If you suspect that you've responded to a phishing scam with personal or financial information, take these steps to minimize any damage and protect your identity.

  • Change the passwords or PINs on all your online accounts that you think might be compromised.

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. Check with your bank or financial advisor if you're not sure how to do this.

  • Contact the bank or the online merchant directly. Do not follow the link in the fraudulent email message.

  • If you know of any accounts that were accessed or opened fraudulently, close those accounts.

  • Routinely review your bank and credit card statements monthly for unexplained charges or inquiries that you didn't initiate.



Monday, September 9, 2013

Learn for free about Microsoft Products at Microsoft Virtual Academy

As I sit here at the ChannelPro SMB Forum Fall 2013, i was taking to some computer dealers and vars, who did not know some free resources the help train you staff… 

The  Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)  is a free training site for you to learn about Microsoft Products.

Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses.  

Developers who want to learn how to build apps for the web, Windows or Windows Phone can explore our courses on App Development training, HTML5 training, C# training, and Windows Phone app development.

IT Pros who are looking to evaluate, deploy, administer, update, and manage infrastructure in their organization should checkout our online courses on Windows Server training, Windows 8 training, Windows Azure training, and Microsoft Virtualization.


This site covers for example

Licensing Windows 8

This course covers Windows 8 licensing, identifies the type of user for each edition, and reviews the channels through which these editions can be purchased. At the end of the course we will review licensing Windows 8 for specific customer scenarios

You can take  this course here 

Microsoft Licensing Fundamentals

In this course we will look at licensing basics and clarify the various ways to acquire licenses for Microsoft software and services to help you choose the right licensing for your company’s needs. We will then review the benefits available with Software Assurance and how organizations can transition to cloud services.

You can take  this course Here 

Operating and Managing a Secure Windows 8 Environment

Keep your users safe and protect your infrastructure by using advanced Windows 8 technologies like AppLocker, BitLocker, and Windows Firewall. In this course, you will explore the security and privacy options in Windows 8 and learn how to manage a secure Windows 8 environment.

You can take  this course here

Jump Start on Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

Live MVA Jump Start on September 13: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

If you’re already familiar with database fundamentals and you’ve worked with SQL Server, this Jump Start will help you take your skills to the next level. Learn about data manipulation and how to alter tables with demos presented by the experts: Brian Alderman (CEO and Founder of MicroTechPoint) and Tobias Ternstrom (Microsoft Program Manager in the SQL Server division). This Jump Start will also help prepare you for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-461.

 Register now.

Second chance Voucher for Microsoft Tests are back

Second Shot FAQ

What Is Second Shot?
The Second Shot offer provides a free retake exam if you do not pass your exam the first time. If you purchase a Microsoft Certification exam pack using the Second Shot offer, you will have one (and only one) retake for each of the exam in the exam pack.

How long is the Second Shot offer available?
You will have to get a  Second Shot voucher code, schedule an exam, pay for your exam, take the exam the first time and take your retake exam before the voucher expiration date. Check your voucher for the expiration date.

Which exams qualify?
The Second Shot offer currently applies to academic IT professional and developer certification exams (all exams with a 072 and 073 prefix). The offer also includes all Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams beginning with the 098 prefix.

Retake an exam for free

Earn a Microsoft Certification and prove your skills with current technologies and solutions. Passing Microsoft Certification exams can be tough, but for a limited time, you’ll get a free second chance to succeed.

With Second Shot, if you fail your exam the first time you take it, you can use the same voucher for your retake exam.

Second Shot is available for the regular-priced individual technical exams with a prefix of 070 or 071, and for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams administered through Prometric. See details and restrictions below. The Second Shot offer is available until May 31, 2014.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Register for your Second Shot voucher.

    Experienced technology professional? Request your Second Shot voucher for individual technical exams

    New to technology? Request your Second Shot voucher for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams

  2. Schedule and pay for your exam at Prometric using your voucher code.

  3. Take your exam.

  4. If you don’t pass the exam, use your voucher to register for the same exam again at no charge.

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 r2 Released to MSDN and Technet

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro RTM builds (as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds) to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions.  They have Not released the Enterprise version of windows 8.1 yet.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release



Microsoft has released another free ebook offering from Microsoft Press. Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release (ISBN 9780735682931), by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now. This book is based on the Preview release and will be updated to cover Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM.

Info from Microsoft site

the PDF version of this title here

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Free ebook: Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model


Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model describes a storage architecture that some experts are calling a game changer in the infrastructure industry. Called the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage (HCS) solution, it was developed as a way to integrate cloud storage services with traditional enterprise storage.

The author, Marc Farley, works at Microsoft on hybrid cloud storage solutions as a senior marketing manager. The book includes a Foreword by storage industry expert and noted blogger Martin Glassborow, better known in the industry as Storagebod.

The book includes seven chapters:

Chapter 1  Rethinking enterprise storage
Chapter 2  Leapfrogging backup with cloud snapshots
Chapter 3  Accelerating and broadening disaster recovery protection
Chapter 4  Taming the capacity monster
Chapter 5  Archiving data with the hybrid cloud
Chapter 6  Putting all the pieces together
Chapter 7  Imagining the possibilities with hybrid cloud storage

You can get the book Here

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET®)


CSET is a desktop software tool that guides users through a step-by-step process to assess their control system and information technology network security practices against recognized industry standards. The output from CSET is a prioritized list of recommendations for improving the cyber security posture of the organization's enterprise and industrial control cyber systems. The tool derives the recommendations from a database of cyber security standards, guidelines, and practices. Each recommendation is linked to a set of actions that can be applied to enhance cyber security controls.

This tool is free and supplied by DHS

Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) Fact Sheet

Onsite Consultation and Self-Evaluation Fact Sheet


Downloading and Installing CSET

A set of video tutorials have been added to Version 5.1 of CSET. The DVD version includes both the regular videos and a full set of tutorials with closed captioning added. Because of size limitations, the full DVD content could not practically be downloaded from the Web.  To address the size issue, two downloads are now available.  The first is the application without videos, (similar to Version 5.0) and the second is the set of regular videos.  To receive the closed captioning version you must request the DVD from DHS.

The two files are:

            CSET51 (the application), and  CSETVideos (the video tutorials).


Link to Software