Rand Morimoto

Rand is a Microsoft MVP and security specialist with expertise in Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, Windows Server, Windows Client, System Center, and Lync. Rand has over 50 international bestselling books and speaks at conferences and conventions somewhere in the world every month. Rand is also the owner of the consulting firm, Convergent Computing, http://www.cco.com which was Microsoft's Global Partner of the Year (2014) and an early adopter organization across all of the Microsoft products and services.

The Silent Passing of One of Our Industry Pioneers – Andrew Kay

The Silent Passing of One of Our Industry Pioneers – Andrew Kay

A pioneer in our industry that created one of the first portable personal computers passed away this week, and the change he made in our industry reminds us of the fast paced evolution and our need to evolve and change to keep up with...

Doing an Office 365 Migration the Right Way

Migrating from Exchange (on-premise) to Office 365 can be a smooth and successful process, or one full of surprises and challenges. Key to any migration is to make sure to plan and prepare properly, leverage expertise and best...

Solidifying Microsoft Azure Security for SharePoint and SQL in the Cloud

Best Practices to ensure data stored in SQL and SharePoint are protected when stored up in Microsoft Azure in the cloud.

Microsoft Machine Learning – Data Driven Intelligence

Microsoft Machine Learning – Data Driven Intelligence

Microsoft will be releasing for Preview a Machine Learning tool that will be built on Microsoft Azure, providing organizations the ability to build data models, analyze data, and share information across a broad range of users within...

Leveraging Microsoft Azure as your disaster recovery/failover data center

Using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to replicate VMs to Azure.

Virtual Machine Runbook for System Center Orchestrator 2012R2

This content is the documented script that we will be demonstrating at Microsoft TechEd in Houston on May 13, 2014 in session DCIM-B330 "Best Practices Integrating On-Premise Datacenters with Azure IaaS" at 10:15am-11:30am, Ballroom...

Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

For organizations that are already managing their Windows systems using Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (2012, 2012R2) that have Apple Macs in their environment, the company Parallels (maker of the virtual machine...

Top initiatives in IT operations for 2014-2015

In conversations with I.T. executives over the past couple months, I found the I.T. “projects” and initiatives that seemed to float to the top of all of the organizations fell into a handful of core initiatives. Most of the...

Microsoft's Hybrid Cloud - Extending the Datacenter to Windows Azure in the Cloud

For more than two decades, organizations built datacenters and hosted their own servers and systems within their datacenters.  The role of the Information Technology (I.T.) department was to keep these systems within their control...

The New World of IT: Cloud, BYOD, Social Media's Impact on Corporate Networking

Over the past few years, the tech industry, that for the previous two to three decades was operated in organizations as the Management Information System (MIS) department or Information Technology (I.T.) department, has undergone a...

Microsoft Exchange Calendaring Problems - A Current Perspective (Mar/2014)

Over the years, I've written what have become the authoratative guides on addressing calendar corruption, calendar delegate, missing appointment problems in Microsoft Exchange.  I've gotten a flurry of emails and calls over the past...

Choosing Office 365 for the Enterprise

Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud-hosted service that effectively provides Microsoft Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, OneDrive Pro and Yammer on a monthly fee basis. Instead of organizations having to setup, configure, patch, upgrade,...

Improvements to Microsoft's Skydrive

This past week Microsoft added a function that allows SkyDrive users to share documents for EDITING that does NOT require the recipient to have to login with a LiveID. Effectively, as long as you "share" the content for editing, the...

Virtual Networks in Windows 2012 and Azure VMs

This article addresses a key function built in to Windows 2012 that on first blush may seem like a complex technical networking feature, but that functionality has GREAT implications when extending your on-premise Windows to the...

Understanding and Implementing Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

For organizations looking to "go to the cloud", as much as Microsoft has had Azure Services that allows orgs to rewrite their apps and host them in the cloud, this new Azure Virtual Machines actually allows you to build a full blown...

Showcasing Surface Tablet and Windows 8 at the Palo Alto Microsoft Store

I had an opportunity to speak at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto, California, this afternoon and demonstrate the Microsoft Surface Tablet and Windows 8. I can't say I've had an opportunity to spend a lot of time in one of the...

Leveraging Microsoft’s SkyDrive for Cloud-based Storage

How often do you attach a picture to an email, send it to someone, only to later to want to dig up that same picture to attach and share with someone else?  Of course there’s Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, etc that all work great for...

Microsoft Surface RT or Surface Pro?

Microsoft announced the pricing and a release date for their Windows 8 Surface Pro tablet today, so the question is, do you get a Surface RT now, or wait a few weeks to get the Surface Pro.The real question is what you plan to do...

What’s New in Windows 2012

I just wrapped up a blog series on Exchange 2013, now going to focus on a blog of “What’s New” in Windows Server 2012.  Windows 2012 shipped in the summer of 2012, however I was fortunate to have been able to work with Microsoft for...

Tutorial on Using Windows 8

The first time I sat in front of the Windows 8 interface, I have to admit I was not thrilled; no Start button, I couldn’t find the control panel, things just weren’t what I was used to. That was over  two years ago in the early...

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