Matt Hester's WebLog

Candygrams for the IT Pro on Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure, Windows 8, PowerShell, Cloud and Office 365

Deploying Windows 10 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)

One of my passion areas in Windows technology is deployment. With recent changes in Windows 10...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 01/28/2016

Azure in 5 Minutes: Customize the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal

In this brief screencast, I take you through the basics of customizing the Microsoft Azure Preview...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/04/2015

Azure in 5 Minutes: A Quick Tour of the New Azure Portal

In this brief screencast, I take you through the basics of the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal. For...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/03/2015

IE Support Policy Information and Resources

We have been asked several times by partners what is the support policy and EOL of Internet...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/01/2015

Upgrading to build 10122 of Windows 10

Good morning everyone. If you are a part of the Windows 10 Tech Preview, you may have been taking...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 05/29/2015

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015: Race Recap!

Alright so I know this is almost 3 months late, but life happens. I took a new job inside Microsoft...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 04/29/2015

Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!

As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 04/28/2015

Want to see what is coming in the Microsoft Cloud take a look at the Cloud Platform Roadmap

I get asked all the time “…when will Microsoft’s cloud platform get XYZ feature or variations of...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 02/04/2015

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015: Race Week!

I am so sorry I have not posted my training as much as I would have liked to. This training year has...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 01/06/2015

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 18 Training: All About the Hydration, even when it is Cold.

As I am coming off a great 20 miles this last weekend. I am reminded of an important topic and that...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 11/13/2014

Dallas TechFest Presentation: To Cloud or Not To Cloud

I had the privilege to speak at Dallas TechFest last week and I delivered one of my favorite...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 10/24/2014

ANNOUCEMENT: SCU is now available on Channel 9!

I am excited to announce the partnership between SCU and Channel 9, allowing for all SCU content and...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 10/23/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 15 Training: Damn Half Recap and a bit of modification!

Happy Monday everyone! Another P.R. and another week closer to Disney! Before I talk about Damn...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 10/22/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 14 Training: Songs that Get Me Going #3

Happy Training week 14! Here are 3 more songs I love to run to. Enjoy! Too Close by Alex Clare Come...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 10/15/2014

TechNet Radio: Sneak Peak 1 MVA Live Event - Modernizing Your Data Center

Jennelle Crothers and myself give you a sneak peak into what we are going to be discussing on our...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 10/14/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 13 Training: Tyler Rose 1/2 Recap

Two letters: P. R. This Sunday I ran the Tyler Rose 1/2, this was the last race in my four seasons...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 10/08/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 12 Training: 4 Months and many miles away!

Sorry for another delay, another fun few weeks of travel on the horizon for me. I am about 4 months...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 10/02/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Introduction to Migrating Server Workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

In part 6 of our “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series, Blain Barton and Tommy...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/22/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 10 & 11 Training: Tips for Travel and Your Training (and Goofy Giveback information)

I write this post as I am on the road this week (this is why you get the bonus day). This gave me...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/19/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 5) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Hybrid Cloud Management and Automation

In part 5 of our "Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud" series, Yung Chou and...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/15/2014

Microsoft Virtual Academy New Course: VMware to Hyper-V Migration

Are you interested in the benefits of Microsoft virtualization with Windows Server 2012 R2 and...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/10/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 9 Training: Songs that Get Me Going #2

Happy Monday, welcome to the 2nd version of songs that get me going while running and working out....

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/08/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning Hybrid Cloud Virtualization

In part 4 of our “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series, Blain Barton and Keith...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/06/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning Hybrid Cloud Networking

Kevin Remde and Keith Mayer continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/05/2014

5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2014: Cleveland Browns Edition

Happy NFL season everyone! I hope this year will be better than last year’s predictions which you...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/04/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 8 Training: I Learned Something New

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great long weekend. This past week was actually a nice recovery...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/03/2014

Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Step-by-Step: Building Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks (Part 14)

In today’s part of the series I take you on a quick tour of one of the key building blocks in any...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 09/03/2014

Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Hyper-V over SMB (Part 8)

In today’s post in the modernizing your infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, I am going to talk...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/27/2014

Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part 7)

In this part of the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, we are focusing on of the...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/26/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 7 Training: Hottest Half Race Recap and Thoughts

I had a solid week of training this week! My long run for the week was supposed to be 9 miles, but I...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/25/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning a Hybrid Cloud Storage Architecture

Kevin Remde and Dan Stolts continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/25/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Why NOW is a good time to plan for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

In this episode Keith Mayer and myself kick off a special 6 part series on “Modernizing Your...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/18/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 6 Training: Plan and Creative in Your Training

Happy Monday! Week 5 was a solid week of training even with a very busy schedule. During training, I...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/18/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 5 Training: Songs that Get Me Going!

Happy Monday! The training so far is going really well, and had a great 7 mile run last week with my...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/11/2014

Register for Live! 360 in Orlando and save $600

I have mentioned this conference before in the past, and hopefully one day I will get to speak at...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/07/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 4 Training: Listening to your body

Happy Monday! Last week was not as solid of a week as I would like, but I had a little bit of knee...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 08/04/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 3 Training: Adding Races to your Training Plan

Okay so I missed posting last week but I did my training and I am really enjoying the plan! I know...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 07/28/2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 1 Training: Here I Go Again!

Enjoy this 80’s interlude and this is an all skate song: I have decided to run in the happiest place...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 07/14/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 10) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Monitoring, Measuring & Learning for Continuous Improvement

Concluding our special “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/30/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 9) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Scaling Cloud Applications

In part 9 of our “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer and Yung...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/27/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 8) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Rollback Plan? What rollback plan?

In part 8 of our “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer and...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/26/2014

Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Putting MDT and WDS Together (Part 6)

In this part we put all the parts together, to have your first deployment environment ready to go....

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/25/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 7) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Configuration Management

In part 7 of our "Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud" series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/24/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Automating for Predictability

Continuing our “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Yung Chou welcomes Sr....

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/23/2014

Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Working with Task Sequences (Part 5)

In this part we will take a look at how to build a task sequence, that will allow you to put...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/20/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 5) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Testing in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online

In Part 5 of our “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Tommy Patterson...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/19/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Source Control in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure & Visual Studio Online

In Part 4 of our “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer welcomes...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/18/2014

Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Working with Deployment Shares (Part 4)

In this part, you will get to take a look at the basic building block in an MDT environment, the...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/18/2014

TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Enabling Self-Service On-Demand Developer Environments in the Cloud

In Part 3 of our “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Blain Barton and Keith...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/16/2014

Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Installing the Tools (Part 3)

In this part of the series we will take a look at how to install the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit...

Author: Matt Hester Date: 06/13/2014

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