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Live! 360 Day 1 and Day 2

Live! 360 activities unofficially started on Sunday, November 17th at Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Early registration opened and a group was formed for the Dine-A-Round event at Universal’s City Walk. The Dine Around began at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for appetizers and drinks. From there, groups split up based on interest. I joined […]

TechMentor vs Tech Ed

On Twitter, @bbnetman asked this question: “How does TechEd differ from TechMentor?” I attended Tech Ed back in 2007 and 2008, but I have never been to TechMentor. I was afraid to reply in a tweet and send a wrong answer, so I decided to do a little research. First of all, Tech Ed is […]

CBT Nuggets Trainers at TechMentor

CBT Nuggets Trainers at TechMentor

DonGregTechMentor2013If you’re going to TechMentor, you have the chance to see two CBT Nuggets trainers in person!

The illustrious Greg Shields and Don Jones will be speaking at the event. Don will be speaking on PowerShell and IP management in Windows Server 2012. Greg has a four-part conference on building a Microsoft Private Cloud with Hyper-V & VMM 2012.
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Microsoft Certified Career Day on March 12th

Microsoft Certified Career Day on March 12th

Microsoft will be holding an online Certified Career Day on March 12th. The focus of the event will be to help IT Certified Professionals become “cloud ready”. Let’s face it, cloud computing is getting more and more attention from businesses and the ITCertPro needs to understand how to implement and support the cloud infrastructure.

A new study by market intelligence firm IDC reveals global businesses are adopting cloud computing at an escalating rate, with fewer “cloud ready” IT professionals available to administer cloud computing services. One in four IT positions worldwide is currently unfilled and 28% of those are cloud computing related–that’s more than 1.7 million open positions. In 2015, an estimated 7 million job computing jobs will be vacant.

Why vacant? Hiring managers can’t find “cloud-skilled” IT candidates, citing a lack of training, certification and experience as the top reasons cloud computing positions are not filled. To bridge this IT cloud skills gap, employers need professionals with the right set of skills that will help business move forward.

Certified Career Day is an interactive, LIVE panel discussion with IT industry experts who will be your Cloud career counselors for the day, providing you with guidance to help advance your career to the Cloud. Certified Career Day is a full day of events featuring leading experts in the IT and cloud computing industry (all times are Pacific Standard Time):

  • 8:30am      Virtual Doors Open. Get behind-the-scenes commentary.
  • 9:00-10:15      Live Industry Panel Broadcast. An live panel discussion with IT industry experts who will be your Cloud career counselors for the day, providing you with      guidance to help advance your career to the Cloud.
  • 10:15-10:30      Special Guest Interview with Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow. In this exclusive interview with Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, Wes      Miller, VP of Research at Directions on Microsoft, will bring this discussion to the technology level as they explore the challenges organizations will encounter when migrating workloads to the cloud and the      key capabilities IT professionals and organizations will need as they make      this transition.
  • 10:30-11:30      Windows Server Live Product Session. Join Microsoft Product      Specialists Rick Claus and Joey Snow for a special session to help you      better understand how to the get the training you need to transform your      IT operations and deliver a whole new level of business value.
  • 11:35–12:35      SQL Server 2012 Live Product Session. Join Microsoft Product Specialists Dandy Weyn and Jennifer Moser for a deep dive into this data      platform and explore mission critical evidence, breakthrough insights and cloud on your terms. You will gain an understanding of the Business      Intelligence scenarios SQL Server 2012 delivers to organizations and what training you need now, to help enable this capability.

Check out the full agenda at

If you are wondering what cloud computing is, I recommend that you spend some time at this FREE online event. The difficulty with cloud computing is that there are so many definitions of cloud computing. At Microsoft Certified Career Day, you can get to know Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing and understand what skills employers are looking for to support their Microsoft cloud platforms.

And did I mention that it was FREE! Did I also mention that you could win an Acer Tablet?

What are you waiting for? Go register NOW! at

(Thank you to Microsoft for providing information for this article)

ITCertPro is a Premier Social Media Partner for TechMentor 2013

ITCertPro is a Premier Social Media Partner for TechMentor 2013

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CBT Nuggets Now Offering Monthly IT Subscriptions


CBT Nuggets is now offering a monthly subcription to their entire IT Video Training Library for $99/month. That’s right! For $99/month you get access to their entire IT library including series on Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, Juniper, and much more. Your subscription also includes ExamPrep, so you can make sure that you are ready to take the certification exam.

If you would like a tour of the IT Training library, contact Birk at CBT Nuggets through ITCertPro’s order page. That way, you can see it before you buy it.

My TechMentor Orlando 2011 Experience

My TechMentor Orlando 2011 Experience

In March of 2011, I attended TechMentor 2011 in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Yacht Club at Walt Disney World. I enjoyed it very much and it was a conference well worth my time to attend.

Monday of the the conference was devoted to pre-conference sessions. I attended a half-day session with Bruce Mackenzie-Low on Windows Crashes and Hangs: Simple Steps in Finding Every Root Cause. It was a terrific session on how to troubleshoot blue screen types of errors. It was a very useful session and I left it feeling that it was something that I could use in my daily job. I actually ended up using some of his techniques to troubleshoot a problem I had at work.

Tuesday was a regular conference day. The keynote was given by Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing: A Lapsed Economist’s View. I went to a couple more sessions by Bruce Mackenzie-Low on troubleshooting and then went to lunch. The food was delicious. In fact, during that week, I had a few speakers tell me that we had some of the best food that they ever had at a conference. I did not expect anything less at a Disney hotel property. We sat down at tables labeled with topics to help promote conversation. Speakers sat down with attendees at the tables which added to the experience.

One of the conference lunch highlights was a luau hosted by Train Signal. It was nice to get out of the conference hall for a while and get outside on a the hotel’s beach with the other attendees. At one point, I thought how surreal this event was: A Hawaiian style meal, in a New England sea shore setting, on a man made beach, in the middle of Florida! I tell you, only in Orlando!

Access to the speakers is incredibly easy to get at a TechMentor conference. For example, at one point I caught Mark Minasi in the hall between sessions. We started up a conversation about a British TV show we both enjoy called “The IT Crowd”. At other conferences where I have seen Mark Minasi, you are lucky if, after standing in a long line, you actually get five minutes to ask him a technical question from his session! And I did get to meet my favorite IT Training video instructors: James Conrad of CBT Nuggets and J. Peter Bruzzese and Ed Liberman of Train Signal. They were just as friendly and knowledgeable in person as they were in their videos.

The main quality of a TechMentor conference that makes these kind of experiences possible is the size. TechMentor is a smaller conference and it makes possible these interactions with not only the speakers, but other conference attendees. During an evening social,  it was possible to get to know many of the other attendees, as conversational groups would form and recombine throughout the night.

TechMentor 2013 is coming up next week, March 4-8 and will be held at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Fl. Registration is still open and you can save $400 by clicking here.

If you miss TechMentor 2013 in Orlando, you can attend the conference in Las Vegas at the Tropicana, September 30 – October 4. You can get more information about the Las Vegas TechMentor 2013 conference here.