Category - interviews

Interview with Brad Anderson – behind the scenes of PCIT

I get to talk to some very cool people in my role at Microsoft. I managed to get some time with Vice President of Windows Server and System Center – Brad Anderson.  I learned about the concept of how Microsoft goes about planning out it’s releases of software with the concept of Pillars made up of uber-scenarios addressing customer issues – Way cool stuff!

I chat with Brad about the People Centric IT pillar and some of the scenarios and technologies that fall under that Pillar with regards to the preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Brad has a blog that he’s using to cover these pillars in more depth (providing context) and linking out to all sorts of Engineering blogs who cover more technical details around the technologies supporting these scenarios. This portion of the blog series has two guest posts By Paul Maydield:

  • Post 1 about users data on all sorts of devices (ms and non ms)
  • Post 2 about the consistent management experience and user experience.

The whole blog series can be viewed in his “In The Cloud” blog.

Some of the topics covered in this interview:

  • [00:58] How Microsoft approaches building product and services.
  • [04:42] Where did the design pillars come from?
  • [06:39] Going deeper into scenarios from People Centric IT.
  • [14:41] What software revisions are required to enable these technologies?
  • [19:03] What’s involved to get these blog posts crafted?
  • [23:43] In The Cloud Blog, comments and Next Steps section.
  • [25:08] WorkFolders example for People Centric IT scenario
  • [28:05] Any “Ah-ha moments” from the Demos used in your keynotes?
  • [29:18] What’s planned for the next posts in the series?

New things in Group Policy for Windows Server 2012

I was on point for The Edge Show recently and decided to talk with my buddy Zach Alexander a PM on the Group Policy team on what’s new and cool in Group Policy these days. Three things immediately came to mind:

  • Infrastructure Status
  • Remote Update on client systems
  • Improved Resultant Set of Policy.

I helped him do some screencasts of the three demos a while ago for the group policy blog so I called in my favour to have him come on the show and talk shop. Have a look at this episode.

TechEd 2012 Countdown–Certification News T-6

Part of this new gig at Microsoft at Corp is helping out drum up information and excitement around big scale events like TechEd.  My partner in crime Joey Snow and I record these TechEd Countdown shows and publish them once a week.  It’s a hoot! This time we have Melissa Bathum from Microsoft Learning (MCT Readiness and certification) joining us to talk about certification benefits and offers at TechEd NA.

Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012 demo

I sit down with Josh Heller once again to talk about the coolness that is Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. Think of when you have the generic Access Denied Error 5 that comes up for your users – usually resulting in a whack of support calls and queries.  Now you can use attributes in AD, meta-data in your documents and auto-classification of files to simplify all your Access Issues.

This is some seriously cool stuff!

Powershell V3 interview with Don Jones

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. Don Jones – PowerShell guru at the 17th level and I sit and talk about PowerShell V3. He shares some things that are really cool as well as some nuggets you might not be aware of.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 interview

I sit down and chat with Michael Niehaus about all the goodness that is in the new release of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012. I use it all the time for lab machine deployment or quickly re-deploying systems from USB sticks.  He talks about Driver Injection and the options you have to keep that monster under control.

Direct Access in Windows Server 2012 Demo

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. It was a lot of fun getting them done!

I chat with the man – Josh Heller about some frickin cool Direct Access technologies in Windows Server 2012. I live and die by remote access, since I am on the road a lot and I am stoked about what the new Direct Access story is with Windows 8. Guess what? Easier to deploy, scalable and no longer UAG dependent!

Service Templates in SCVMM 2012 interview

I thought I’d post up some of the interviews I did at MMS in Las Vegas the other week. It was a lot of fun getting them done!

I chat with Stephen Barrons about Service Templates, what then heck they do and how they are different the simple machine templates in SCVMM 2012.  Turns out they are actually quite useful and should be in the toolkit for all Virtualization Administrators using SCVMM 2012 in your environments.  Oh – they are also Multi-Hypervisor aware and can play nicely with VMWare and Citrix besides working with Hyper-V only.


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