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MVP Roadshow Tampa FL

The “Transform the Datacenter” MVP Roadshow was held at the Microsoft office in Tampa FL on Monday Sept 22, 2014. Many kudos to Adnan Cartwright. Due to an illness in the family with our first presenter (Telmo Sampaio), Adnan had to step in at the last minute to do both the first and second presentations.

Topics covered new features in Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V 4.0, migrating from  Windows 2003, public/private/hybrid clouds, Azure and more. More than half of the presentations were live demos, with lots of questions throughout. One comment from an attendee: “I can’t wait to get into Azure!”.

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MVP Roadshow in Tampa

On Monday Sept. 22, 2014, Microsoft and Microsoft MVPs will be sponsoring a half day free seminar entitled “Transforming the Datacenter MVP Roadshow” at the Microsoft Office in Tampa Florida.

Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow

But don’t let the title dissuade you from attending. Topics for this session will include:

  • Migrating from Windows Server 2003
  • Comparing public, private and hybrid cloud approaches
  • New features in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Understanding Microsoft Azure service offerings
  • Getting started with moving data, apps and services to the cloud
  • And much more!

We know that you have busy schedules, and so we have planned this morning’s event to be packed full of information. We will start with breakfast at 9am, with three sessions, followed by lunch during a final Q&A session. We plan to have things wrapped up by 1:15pm.

Register for the event now! and read more details on this free seminar.
Please note: when registering, you can skip the field labeled invitation referral code.

  • Date: Monday September 22, 2014
  • Time: 9am to 1:15pm
  • Location: Microsoft Office. 5426 Bay Center Dr, Suite 700, Tampa FL 33609

Attending the 2013 Microsoft MVP Global Summit

I have been a Microsoft MVP for Windows Server Small and Medium Business (formerly SBS) for ten years. One of the great honors I have as an MVP is the chance to attend the annual MVP Global Summit conference in Seattle.

This conference is an opportunity for MVP’s from around the world to come together, and to meet and interact with the Microsoft product team members for our respective products. There are nearly 4,000 MVPs worldwide representing 95 countries. Currently there are 36 MVPs worldwide selected to the Windows Server Small & Medium Business product line.


I will be attending this year’s event from November 18-21, 2013 in Bellevue/Redmond WA.

However, I am not looking forward to the weather forecast for next week Smile


SMBNation 2003 – A Look Back


SMB Nation will be holding it’s 2013 fall conference in Las Vegas on Oct 10-12, 2013.


IMG_0131Harry Brelsford and his staff have come a long way from the very first SMB Nation, which was held in Indianapolis, Indiana in September, 2003.

I thought it would be fun to view some photos from that first conference (click here for photo gallery).



Managing for Success 2012

I worked with Karl Palachuk two weeks ago at Microsoft’s TechEd technology conference in Orlando. He and I were both facilitators at TechEd’s Birds of a Feather sessions during the week.

This past week (Jun 26-28) Karl did something very interesting – he put together a three day, 18 hour online conference titled “Managing for Success 2012”. I was very impressed with the speakers chosen, the range and depth of information presented, the professionalism with each presentation, and most importantly – the fact that they stayed on time!

Kudos to Karl for a job well done!

SMB Online Conference

TechEd 2012 Thoughts

A008 (Large)s a Microsoft MVP for Small Business Servers and a Small/Medium Business (SMB) I.T. consultant, the conferences, seminars and user groups that I routinely attend or speak at are usually geared for the SBS/SMB marketplace. And that’s all great!

So to have an opportunity to attend and work at Microsoft’s TechEd North America conference (7,000+ attendees) this week was a huge thrill and honor for me.

002 (Large)I had a chance to meet, interact and speak with I.T. professionals  representing everything from large financial and commercial companies to colleges and universities.

The convention floor was jammed pack with vendors and presenters. I have done my share of “manning a booth” at conferences but this was amazing.

I understand that it took 3 weeks to set up the hundreds (if not thousands) of workstations that were available for use.

I was asked to facilitate two of the TechEd’s Birds of a Feather sessions. The first was on Advanced Architecture for Microsoft Sharepoint 2010, and the second was on Windows Multipoint Server Deployment.