Mark Minasi Asks Questions About Cloud

At another Connections conference show, Richard talks to the one-and-only Mark Minasi about his keynote at the conference in this RunAs Radio podcast. Mark aims his sights at cloud computing, asking the important questions about pricing, reliability and implementation challenges.

When Mark Minasi attended his first lecture about computers in 1973, he learned two things. First, computers are neat. Second, many technical people are very nice folks… but they can put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things. Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers easier and more fun to understand. He’s done that by writing over a thousand popular computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating systems and networking to crowds from two to two thousand.

Awarded “Favorite Technical Author” by CertCities four times out of four, Mark is probably best known for his Mastering Windows Server and Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could “do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of watching paint dry.” While this has led to many very tempting offers from Sherwin-Williams, he’s decided to stay with his first and best love… technology.

Jeremy Moskowitz Troubleshoots Group Policy

While at DevConnections, Richard talked to Jeremy Moskowitz about what every IT person needs to know about troubleshooting group policy in this RunAs Radio podcast.

Jeremy Moskowitz is a Group Policy MVP who runs Moskowitz, Inc., a company specializing in Microsoft consulting and education. Since becoming one of the world’s first MCSEs in Windows NT and Windows 2000, Jeremy has performed Active Directory, Group Policy and Windows management planning and implementation for some of the world’s largest organizations. He has been seen at some of the world’s largest conferences including Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft MMS, MCP Magazine’s TechMentor, and Windows Connections.

He is the noted author of multiple books on Windows. His most popular book is Group Policy: Management, Troubleshooting and Security, the flagship title in the “Mark Minasi Windows Administration Series.” He also has a book about Windows & Linux integration, entitled Windows & Linux Integration: Hands On Solutions for a Mixed Environment.

Jeremy is a frequent contributor to Microsoft Technet Magazine, REDMOND Magazine, Windows IT Pro Magazine and others. Jeremy runs GPanswers.com and WinLinAnswers.com, two Web sites to help people get their tough Group Policy and Windows / Linux questions answered.

Mark Minasi Digs Into Office And Presentations

There should be an image here!In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard talks to Mark Minasi about Office 2010.

Mark talks about his frustrations with Office (mostly Outlook). The conversation spends more time on PowerPoint than you would think possible, leading to talking about presentation style and value. Ultimately, this is a conversation about how people learn, and how folks like Mark can make that work better for you.

When Mark Minasi attended his first lecture about computers in 1973, he learned two things. First, computers are neat. Second, many technical people are very nice folks… but they can put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things. Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers easier and more fun to understand. He’s done that by writing over a thousand popular computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating systems and networking to crowds from two to two thousand.

Awarded “Favorite Technical Author” by CertCities four times out of four, Mark is probably best known for his Mastering Windows Server and Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could “do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of watching paint dry.” While this has led to many very tempting offers from Sherwin-Williams, he’s decided to stay with his first and best love… technology.

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Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

There should be an image here!If you’re a systems administrator, Windows Server 2008 R2 can help you streamline workflows, automate functions, virtualize, and get the most out of Windows 7. And with the step-by-step instruction in this comprehensive guide from leading Windows authority Mark Minasi, you’ll get there even faster.

This book not only walks you through Windows Server 2008 R2 from the ground up, it also describes features and workarounds to help you optimize your Server 2008 environment. It’s packed with information — you’ll soon master the new Active Directory, Remote Desktop Services, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, and much more. This is the perfect go-to reference on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Coverage includes:

  • Getting up to speed on all the new technology and features in R2
  • Performing a clean, manual installation on a virtual or lab machine, or doing an unattended installation
  • Understanding Server Core and what is new in Windows Server 2008 iPv4
  • Creating a one-domain, one-location, simple Active Directory (AD)
  • Managing user accounts, group policies, and files and filesharing
  • Setting up routing, VPNs, additional sites in Active Directory, and more
  • Adding Mac clients and administering Remote Desktop Services
  • Updating your system with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Mark Minasi Digs On Windows 2008 R2

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Mark Minasi about the state of Windows today. There’s a bit of discussion about Vista (Mark seems to be its only fan), then over to Windows 7 (it’s Vista with love!), but most of the discussion focuses on the chocolatety goodness of Windows 2008 R2. Mark digs into Active Directory Undelete, Managed Service Accounts and more.

When Mark Minasi attended his first lecture about computers in 1973, he learned two things. First, computers are neat. Second, many technical people are very nice folks… but they can put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things. Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers easier and more fun to understand. He’s done that by writing over a thousand popular computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating systems and networking to crowds from two to two thousand. Awarded “Favorite Technical Author” by CertCities four times out of four, Mark is probably best known for his “Mastering Windows Server” and “Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance” books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could “do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of watching paint dry.” While this has led to many very tempting offers from Sherwin-Williams, he’s decided to stay with his first and best love… technology.

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Mark Minasi Digs Into Azure

While still at Windows Connections in Las Vegas, Richard and I talked more with Mark Minasi. This time the conversation was a bit more serious, digging into Microsoft’s Cloud Computing technology called Azure. Happy New Year!

When Mark Minasi attended his first lecture about computers in 1973, he learned two things. First, computers are neat. Second, many technical people are very nice folks… but they can put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things. Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers easier and more fun to understand. He’s done that by writing over a thousand popular computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating systems and networking to crowds from two to two thousand. Awarded “Favorite Technical Author” by CertCities four times out of four, Mark is probably best known for his “Mastering Windows Server” and “Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance” books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could “do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of watching paint dry.” While this has led to many very tempting offers from Sherwin-Williams, he’s decided to stay with his first and best love… technology.

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Cloud Computing? Windows 7? Hear Mark Minasi’s Take On Them.

Mark Minasi is a true character, and always a fun guy to have a conversation with. While in Las Vegas at the Connections conference, Richard Campbell and I had a couple fun discussions with Mark, including one on the concept of cloud computing, and in the context of Microsoft’s recent Azure announcement.

Mark’s take on the whole cloud computing thing is an interesting one. You can listen to our conversation with him via the RunAs Radio show link (Site|MP3).

While you’re at it, you might also be interested in our other interview discussion with Mark that we did in Vegas, in which we covered (sort of, and among many other random things) Windows 7 (Site|MP3). It’s a little crazy and chaotic, but was also a lot of fun.

Enjoy.

Mark Minasi Talks Windows (7 And Otherwise)

At Windows Connections in Las Vegas, Richard and I talk to Mark Minasi about… well, just about everything. It’s a silly show, but Mark does dig into the history of Windows and his thoughts on the upcoming Windows 7. Hey, it’s Christmas — have some fun!

When Mark Minasi attended his first lecture about computers in 1973, he learned two things. First, computers are neat. Second, many technical people are very nice folks… but they can put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things. Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers easier and more fun to understand. He’s done that by writing over a thousand popular computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating systems and networking to crowds from two to two thousand. Awarded “Favorite Technical Author” by CertCities four times out of four, Mark is probably best known for his “Mastering Windows Server” and “Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance” books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could “do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of watching paint dry.” While this has led to many very tempting offers from Sherwin-Williams, he’s decided to stay with his first and best love… technology.

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