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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 […]

Congratulations to ITCertPro’s Live! 360 Conference Pass Winner!

Congratulations to our Live! 360 Conference Pass Winner, Jeff Collins. Jeff will get to enjoy 5 days and choose from over 200 sessions from 4 events: Visual Studio Live!, SharePoint Live!, SQL Server Live!, and Modern Apps Live!. Jeff’s first reaction to the news: Thank you very much!! I will be able to attend and […]

TechMentor Las Vegas This Week

TechMentor Las Vegas is this week, September 30th – October 4th. On Monday, Attendees enjoyed Pre-Conference sessions from Don Jones, Greg Shields, Mark Minasi, John O’Neil Sr., and Richard Taylor on topics including Power Shell, System Center & Private Cloud, SharePoint, and Office 365. Our contest winner, Lynn Carroll (@LynnCarroll) has been sending tweets from the […]

The Care and Feeding of Bootable VHDs

Like many ITCertPros that have been studying Microsoft technology, I have worked with virtual machines for studying the technology as well as supporting production servers. I have used Virtual PC, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V to create virtual environments to learn about software before I take a certification test. Having a computer that could boot multiple […]

Live! 360 Pass Giveaway!

As a Premier Social Media Partner, ITCertPro is giving away a conference pass ($2,195 value) to Live! 360 , to be held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, November 18th – 22nd. The winner will be responsible for getting to Orlando and hotel arrangements, as travel and lodging are not included. Live! 360 is actually […]

I Am Going To TechMentor Orlando 2011!

I Am Going To TechMentor Orlando 2011!


TechMentor is coming to Orlando March 14-18 and I am finally going to have the opportunity to attend! TechMentor is a five day conference targeting IT System Professionals and is held twice each year. In the Spring, it is held in Orlando and in the Fall it is held in Las Vegas. This year’s TechMentor Orlando will be held at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort.

I have heard about the TechMentor conference for years, but I have never had the opportunity to go before. On the website, the organizers (1105 Media, publishers of great IT magazines and websites such as Redmond Magazine) promise an environment where sales pitches are thrown out the windows and unbiased, technical training from experts prevails. There are 11 technical tracks consisting of 60 sessions.

The 11 technical tracks are:

clip_image001 Active Directory Management and Architecture

clip_image001 Advanced Troubleshooting for Servers and Applications

clip_image001 Architecting and Administering Microsoft Exchange

clip_image001 Automated Windows Deployment

clip_image001 Deep Dive: Becoming an ESXpert!

clip_image001 Don Jones’ PowerShell Boot Camp

clip_image001 Getting More out of your Existing IT Investment

clip_image001 Deep Dive: MCITP – Server Administrator Certification Mini Boot Camp

clip_image001 Security and Malware Protection

clip_image001 Deep Dive: Windows Deployment University

clip_image001 Windows PowerShell

clip_image001 Tutorials

clip_image001 Virtualization

According to the agenda, Monday and Friday are considered Pre and Post conference sessions. Most of the sessions are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The conference brochure pdf can be downloaded here.

A special highlight this year is a PowerShell Boot Camp taught by Microsoft MVP, Don Jones. The boot camp is taught Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16. There is a special registration fee if you want to include the PowerShell boot camp as part of your conference.

I am looking forward to listening to and possibly meeting some of my favorite video instructors. James Conrad from CBT Nuggets and Ed Liberman and J. Peter Bruzzese from Train Signal will be there.

Oh, and did I mention that Mark Minasi will be giving the Tuesday keynote on “Cloud Computing: A (Lapsed) Economist’s View”?

Now, do you want to join me at this conference that is full of information that you can use right now on your job? Right now, on the TechMentor website, they are offering early bird pricing until February 18th that gives you $200 off the standard price. However, I have been given a TechMentor discount code for first time attendees to TechMentor to receive $400 off the five day conference. When you register, use discount code UGTM6 and first time conference attendees will receive a $400 discount off the five day conference.

If you cannot be at the conference with me physically, then check back at my blog or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I will be posting updates from the conference.

I hope to see you at TechMentor!

Congratulations to Our Microsoft Certified Career Conference Pass Winner!

Congratulations to Our Microsoft Certified Career Conference Pass Winner!


Congratulations to Kamlesh Rao who won the free pass to the Microsoft Certified Career Conference! I hope that you will learn a lot during this 24 hours of Career Information coming up online on February 17th.

Registration is still open. Microsoft Certified Professionals qualify for a special discount. Check your latest MCP flash for details.

Win a Pass to the Microsoft Certified Career Conference

Win a Pass to the Microsoft Certified Career Conference

Microsoft Certified Career Conference February 17, 2011

The next Microsoft Certified Career Conference will be held on February 17, 2011!

The Microsoft Career Conference is a 24-hour virtual event where you can:

  • meet potential employers
  • hone your technical skills
  • acquire job-seeking skills
  • network with fellow professionals
  • glean career advice from real-life experts in the field,

Some of the highlights you will find are:

  • Cloud Computing Talent…What is it?  A conversation with Chandra Prasad, one of the world’s foremost authorities on cloud computing.
  • Deep dive into the Microsoft Masters program, featuring content from official MCM training courseware.
  • Podcasting Your Way to a Job. Podcasting is the perfect tool to open doors, build relationships, and grow your career. Michael Surkan podcasts about job searching, entrepreneurs, and the economy under his alter-ego, The Optimistic Bear. (NOTE: I am looking forward to this one!)
  • Fresh perspectives from top-notch Tech·Ed speakers, including Asli Bilgin, Joao Paulo Clementi, and Niraj Bhatt.
  • Round II of the wildly popular Are You Careerable? game show with all new content and prizes.

TrainSignal Instructors Ed Liberman and J. Peter Bruzzese will also be on hand again to offer training on Active Directory (Liberman) and Exchange (Bruzzese).

Here is a link to the current agenda for the conference.

The cost of the conference is $50 and registration is open. However, Microsoft has generously provided a free pass to the conference to give away to one of my lucky blog readers.

Here is how to enter to win the free pass to the Microsoft Certified Career Conference:

  1. Comment on this article telling me why you want to go to the Microsoft Certified Career Conference.
  2. You can obtain a second entry by visiting the ITCertPro Facebook page and clicking on the Like button or just click on this button:
  3. The contest will close on Saturday, February 5th at 11:59 PM EST. I will then randomly pick a name from the comments and Facebook likes. I must have a valid email in order to contact you in case you win. In the case of the winner being on Facebook, I will try to contact you through Facebook.
  4. You can only enter once on the blog and once on Facebook.
  5. I will also announce the winner on this blog.

Good luck to all and I hope to see you at the Microsoft Certified Career Conference!

New Book Reviews Coming

I am pleased to announce that I have partnered with O’Reilly Media, Inc. to bring new book reviews to As you may know, last year, O’Reilly became the distributor of Microsoft Press titles for North America. In the coming weeks, I will be posting reviews of Microsoft Press titles that have been provided to me through O’Reilly’s reviewer program.

The biggest change that O’Reilly has made in the last year is higher availability of MS Press titles in electronic format. O’Reilly is behind Safari Books Online and has been a pioneer in digital publishing innovations. You can visit the O’Reilly Media store and purchase digital titles of their books in four DRM-free formats: Android .APK, .epub (compatible with Nook and other eReaders), Kindle compatible .mobi, PDF and DAISY. O’Reilly also offers an “Ebook Deal of the Day” where you can purchase a digital title for as little as $9.99.

I wish to thank O’Reilly Media, Inc. for this opportunity. Hopefully, you will gain some great information from my reviews to help you make a more educated decision on your IT book purchases.

Hotmail and Phishing Scams Revisited

Hotmail Scams have been a popular topic on I wrote the original post as a warning to people that might receive a scam email, but are not sure what to do.

I want to make one thing perfectly clear: I do not work for Microsoft Hotmail. I cannot offer direct support. I cannot stop these emails from coming in to your inbox. Hotmail’s SPAM protection is pretty good, but, as with all SPAM protection, it is not perfect.

For Hotmail, unfortunately there is only electronic suppot. There is no phone support unless you have a paid Hotmail account.

Electronic support is located here:

If you suspect that someone has taken over your account, then follow this link:

I hope that these links help with getting your Hotmail problems resolved. Please feel free to comment and let me know if I can provide more information.