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FREE Windows Server 8 Beta Download and System Center 2012

clock May 23, 2012 04:03 by author scottker

There is a lot of buzz around the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the new Metro style application environment.  The other aspect of the next release of Windows is the server component that also has new capabilities.  There are a host of new  IIS enhancements that make it easier to manage your web applications.  Also, Hyper-V now has an extensible switch that is ripe for developers who want to create add-ons.  If you haven’ t had a chance to explore the next release of Windows Server, please take a moment to download and install the FREE Windows Server 2012 Beta now.  If you would prefer to have a preinstalled VHD, you can also download that from the download site.  My team mate, Harold Wong recently wrote a blog post with steps needed to take that VHD and configure your system to boot from it without having to install or repartition your hard drive giving you a no touch way to check it out.

Check out PC Magazines article on 10 Killer new features of Windows Server 8

Most developers are probably aware of Windows Azure and the benefits offered by a Platform as a Service public cloud offering.  As environments mature, more and more organizations are exploring hybrid cloud solutions.  There are definite benefits that a private cloud offers that may not be available in a public cloud offering.  Would you like to use a self-service portal to request a fully configured development environment that can be deployed quickly without any intervention from you?  Would you like to have insight into how your application is running during QA with direct integration with Visual Studio?  This is absolutely possible with System Center 2012!  I would encourage you to work with your IT folks to explore the Microsoft Private Cloud offering and how it can also be used to seamlessly manage an Azure environment using App Controller in addition to the afore mentioned items.  Download the evaluation bits for System Center 2012 today.

-Scott



Hiring an IT Pro Evangelist in the San Francisco Bay Area

clock April 4, 2012 06:02 by author scottker

I am still currently recruiting for the IT Pro Evangelist role in the San Francisco bay area and have been since December 2011.  We are still taking resume’s and will likely take resume’s until at least the end of April 2012 before scheduling any in person interviews.  The process for this role is going to be a little slower than others.  The information on the role is at the bottom of this post.

If you are interested in the role, check it out here.

I have also written a little job faq that you can view here.

Did you know that Microsoft has been names the Worlds #1 Workplace?  Check it out by clicking on the image below.

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IT PRO Evangelist

Job Category: Sales
Location: United States, CA, Mountain View
Job ID: 78290772965
Division: Sales

IT Professional Evangelist Job Description
Are you an experienced IT Professional with a broad skill set in deploying, monitoring, troubleshooting, managing and supporting Microsoft and non-Microsoft infrastructure solutions? Have you been paying attention to the current trends around cloud computing - public, private, hybrid? Do you love technology? Do you find opportunities to share your technical knowledge with others?
If you are a strong technical talent with experience and a passion for the Microsoft core technologies, we want to meet you!
The IT Professional Evangelist (ITE) is a member of the Audience Evangelism Team in Microsoft’s West Region Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) group tasked with driving IT professional satisfaction and platform adoption through online (blogs, webcasts, etc…) and in-person activities (events, user groups, customer engagements) in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this hands on technical role, your core mission will be leading Microsoft customers to understand how to take advantage of existing and new virtualization solutions and how to successfully transform businesses by deploying solutions in Microsoft private, public and hybrid clouds. You will also help your fellow IT professionals understand how to take advantage of innovative Microsoft management solutions spanning from on-premise to the cloud.
This is a highly technical role focused on Microsoft core infrastructure technologies such as: Windows Server 2008 R2, System Center, Microsoft’s private cloud, Hyper-V and Virtualization technologies, SQL Server 2012, Windows 7 and other emerging core infrastructure technologies such as Windows 8. The ITE leads by example and invests heavily in cultivating productive, influential partners and community leaders.
Key responsibilities of the role are:
• Drive satisfaction with Microsoft, Microsoft tools and Microsoft platform technologies
• Drive adoption of next generation virtualization technologies, Windows client platform and private cloud adoption
• Lead Microsoft-driven events such as TechNet Events and product launches
• Engage the broad IT professional community in partnership with community leaders
• Engage with the broad IT professional audience through online channels
Qualifications include:
7+ years of experience with Microsoft core infrastructure products (Windows Server, Active Directory, Exchange, Lync, SQL, etc.), experience delivering outstanding presentations to audiences of various sizes, and persuasive communication skills is required. Passion for and knowledge of current and future technology with solid knowledge of enterprise global IT requirements and competitive offerings required. Strong candidates will have deep involvement with the Microsoft IT professional community either as an MVP, User Group Leader, or influential blogger. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business information systems or computer science preferred. Recent Microsoft Certifications (MCTS, MCITP, MCSE, MCT, MCM, MCA), A broad familiarity with recent Microsoft technologies including Windows Server 2008 R2, System Center, Hyper-V and Virtualization technologies, Windows 7, etc. is a plus. Moderate travel (20-30%) is anticipated. Preferred location is San Francisco, CA.



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