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Not at TechEd? Check out the Live Stream Events

At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about—and demo—some of the remarkable new capabilities and functionalities we are going to deliver to the IT and developer industry.

Can’t make it to Houston this year for TechEd 2014? No worries – just join us online via Tech Ed Live Streaming all week long from the keynote and technical breakout sessions. 

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In this article, I’ve included the schedule for this week’s TechEd sessions that will be live streamed and the registration link you can use for joining us online.  Hope to see you there virtually!

Don’t miss these TechEd Live Stream sessions!

We have a full week planned of great technical content via the TechEd 2014 Live Stream sessions. Be sure to tune in for these topics …

Day Time Session Title Primary Speaker
5/12/2014 09:00AM – 10:30AM Central Time Tech Ed 2014 Keynote Session Brad Anderson,
Corporate Vice President, Windows Server and System Center
5/12/2014 11:00AM – Noon Central Time Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Server Adam Hall; Andrew Conway; Demi Albuz; Jason Leznek
5/12/2014 01:15PM – 02:30PM Central Time Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover Jeffrey Snover
5/12/2014 03:00PM – 04:15PM Central Time RemoteApp for Mobility and BYOD Demi Albuz;Samim Erdogan
5/12/2014 04:45PM – 06:00PM Central Time Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel Greg Ramsey;Jason Sandys;Johan Arwidmark;Kent Agerlund;Steve Thompson
5/13/2014 08:30PM – 09:45AM Central Time INTRODUCING: The Future of .NET on the Server Scott Hanselman;Scott Hunter
5/13/2014 10:15AM – 11:30AM Central Time DEEP DIVE: The Future of .NET on the Server David Fowler;Scott Hanselman
5/13/2014 01:30PM – 02:45PM Central Time Group Policy: Notes from the Field – Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting Jeremy Moskowitz
5/13/2014 03:15PM – 04:30PM Central Time Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Overview Session Demi Albuz;Robin Brandl;Thomas Willingham
5/13/2014 05:00PM – 06:15PM Central Time TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition Aaron Margosis
5/14/2014 08:30AM – 09:45AM Central Time Making Sense of the Microsoft Information Protection Stack Chris Hallum
5/14/2014 10:15AM – 11:30AM Central Time Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing Mark Minasi;Mark Russinovich
5/14/2014 01:30PM – 02:45PM Central Time Entity Framework: Building Applications with Entity Framework 6 Rowan Miller
5/14/2014 03:15PM – 04:30PM Central Time Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious Don Jones
5/14/2014 05:00PM – 06:15PM Central Time What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Jeff Woolsey
5/15/2014 08:30AM – 09:45AM Central Time Real-World Windows 8.1 Deployment: Notes from the Field Johan Arwidmark
5/15/2014 10:15AM – 11:30AM Central Time Async Best Practices for C# and Visual Basic Mads Torgersen
5/15/2014 01:00PM – 02:15PM Central Time VDI Deployment Walkthrough John Kelbley;Rich McBrine;Robin Brandl
5/15/2014 02:45PM – 04:00PM Central Time 2014 Edition: How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Your PC Starts? Matthew Reynolds

Join TechEd from wherever you are.

Use the link below to register for the TechEd Live Stream to watch the sessions online this week – live from Houston TX.

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Join the discussion! What are you most excited about?

Which of the announcements, new features or enhancements are you most excited to begin leveraging in your IT organization? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments area below!  In addition, be sure to follow us online via the #MSTechEd hashtag on Twitter.

Toward a DevOps Culture of trust

Jessica DeVitaI’ve just finished the most fantastic book called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and I want you to read it too. I picked it up on the recommendation of @realgenekim and I’m so glad I did. It’s a leadership fable, and it gets to the heart of team dysfunction. Each of the layers of dysfunction build on one another until the whole system collapses or nearly so.

In what I would call the most dysfunctional work environment I’ve been in, I recall sitting in my boss’s office, I felt red faced and ashamed. He was telling me that I’d been “grandstanding” in a meeting about a software problem, I was frustrated by the errors and inconsistencies the user was experiencing and how I perceived the response as lackluster. As I sat there looking at the wall, trying to compose myself, I saw those “Successories” posters, with the beautiful picture and a pithy statement like “There’s no I in TEAM”. I wonder if this is when I was supposed to “Lean In”. How you show up in crucial conversations can either build trust or destroy it. I responded by restating my intention for the user, and from that point on, I started to learn everything I could about effective communication and how we all play our part in it.

From my professional experience, the cost and true consequence of not being able to have candid discussions about problems that everyone knows about, but is unwilling to confront is incredibly high.  Tackling this problem requires overcoming some of our most ingrained and learned behaviors, but the rewards are worth it.   From Gene Kim,

If trust is absent in your work relationships, it might be time to look at the why. This book has helped me put those dysfunctions into greater context, and I’m glad I read it.



DevOps: An IT Pro Guide – Free Event May 7th, 2014

Register for DevOps: An IT Pro Guide:

DevOps is changing the way you do your work by accelerating delivery of software and updates, optimizing resources, and improving application quality. It can even bolster your career. Want to hear more? Join Microsoft Experts David Tesar and Morgan Webb on May 7th. This half-day session explores relevant high-level, on-premises, and public cloud scenarios, highlighting System Center, Azure, and Visual Studio Online technologies. Register today:

Rewards, Prizes, Certification and MORE! Join #EarlyExperts to add #HyperV to your #VMware wheelhouse.

In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire can improve your career options and prepare you to face new IT demands.

Join Early Experts! We'll help you get certified!

What is Early Experts?

Microsoft Early Experts is a free, online study group for virtualization professionals who want to extend their Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure knowledge with official Microsoft certifications. We’ve organized our high-impact learning resources into online Knowledge Quests that include concise videos, prescriptive study materials and hands-on practice with real products. Complete the weekly quests at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility to stop and review certain topics when you need more time.

Rewards and Prizes (U.S. Only)

Complete the online Quests and receive a completion badge suitable for printing or sharing online to showcase your new skills with Microsoft virtualization! In addition, IT Pros located in the U.S. are eligible to win one of several cool prizes during monthly prize drawings in April, May and June 2014. **

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If you’re located outside of the U.S., you’re certainly still welcome to join us and take advantage of the Early Experts study materials to help you prepare for certification.

The clock is ticking … Join us today!

Early Experts study groups are forming now for existing VMware / Virtualization professionals targeting the following Microsoft certification:

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On becoming a Microsoft Technical Evangelist


Since 2005 I’ve had the great pleasure of being the IT person for many wonderful clients here in Los Angeles. I’ve gotten to work with companies large and small, helping them mature their infrastructure and migrate to the cloud where appropriate. I’m profoundly grateful for the friendships and technical strides I’ve made with and for my customers. As difficult as it is to leave what I’ve built, I was offered an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.



I absolutely love teaching and sharing knowledge, and thats why I’m thrilled to join Microsoft as a Technical Evangelist for the IT Pro community in the West Region. I’m really excited to work with IT people and help them discover new technologies and get more out of their current environments. I’ll continue blogging and tweeting as UberGeekGirl, and I look forward to seeing you at an IT Pro camp soon!


Checking for Heartbleed vulnerability

Today has been a whirlwind of password changes and working with customers to help them understand the Heartbleed bug. They are rightfully confused and worried, especially since they are getting a lot of conflicting information. Some of them have received emails from websites essentially saying that they have no evidence of compromise so they don’t need to worry or take any action. This is a huge disservice because it’s just not true. This vulnerability affects a huge number of web servers including Yahoo, Flickr, AWS load balancers, and many more.

Here is a tool to check if websites are affected:

There’s also a Chrome extension called Chromebleed chromebleed




Take a look a a list of some of the affected websites:

At a minimum I think it’s prudent to change all your passwords for banking, email and other critical services.

Learning Ruby on Rails


I was very fortunate to get into Rails Girls LA this weekend. While it wasn’t a smooth start due to internet issues, today I’ve made some progress thanks to my coach Brian Miller.

I really wish that Meraki had been able to sponsor the wi-Fi, As not having it really limits your ability to learn web application development. Oh well, maybe next year.

If you’d like, you can follow along and try to learn a couple things with me. Go to

Depending on your version of Mac OSx, your mileage may vary.

And even if the installer looks like it’s working, you still have more work to do to verify.

Ultimately ended up grabbing another Mac that was running 10.9, and installing homebrew, and rbenv. But because of the Internet situation, I wasn’t able to proceed any further and Brian ended up copying everything from his machine to mine so that I could proceed further.


DevOps and finding your inner Brent



I’d like to thank Lars and the LADevops meet up group for having Gene Kim give a presentation in January. I’ve read his Visible Ops “Implementing ITIL in 4 steps” book, but I hadn’t read “The Phoenix Project“. I just finished it and wow, I could not put it down. It painfully describes every dysfunctional IT group and the problems they face.

One important takeaway and probably the most important, is the ability to see and control “Work In Progress” or WIP for short. This is just one part of the equation, but once you can see your WIP, it’s easier to identify the constraints. In the book, a guy named Brent seems to be both the problem and the solution to every project and process at the company. Devops says that any changes or improvements must be made at the constraint to be effective, so getting clear on who or what is your “Brent” should help you figure out how to ease that constraint.

On twitter this morning @byron_miller posted a blog about an alternate universe pondering what could happen if Brent was the recipient of all the coaching. I thought this was interesting because I see so many “Brents” in my consulting practice and it’s very rare that they get this kind of support, and I’ve often wondered whether they would be open to it or willing to be introspective about their role. Many times, Brent is a guy who is on a bit of a power trip and enjoys the fact that the company can’t do anything without him. Byron says this “Brent types can transform to be leaders. As leaders, we don’t need formality to express our desires, we need strategy, history, allies, solutions and we need to work with and through the gatekeepers to tell the DevOps story.”

“Remember, outcomes are what matter – not the process, not controls, or, for that matter, what work you complete.” The Phoenix Project.

I’d be curious how you view the Brent’s in your organization, or perhaps you are Brent. How do you see your role changing in the face of devops? Have you read this book?

TechEd | 2014

TechEd | 2014.

This year’s TechEd conference will be in Houston May 12-15. I’m really excited because this will be my first time speaking at this conference for IT pros. I will be talking about collaboration tools including Sharepoint and Yammer. Today they released the schedule builder and content catalogue, so please go take a look at start your schedule planning, as this is helpful to the organizers to know how much space to plan for each talk. I hope to see you there!

Blogging from your phone

One of the reasons I love WordPress so much is that it is incredibly easy to post a blog right from your phone. Once you know your settings and can get the configuration right it’s just very very easy to blog on the go. It’s very easy to attach a photo and you can do most of the formatting and hyperlinking that you would want to do as well.