Monthly Archives: February 2012

My 2012 MVP Global Summit Experience (So Far)

I really only have a couple of things to say. First and most important is to say THANK YOU MICROSOFT for bringing all of together to Share in the vision, provide feedback, and listen to our feedback to expand the vision. Second and if I am totally honest our team of SharePoint MVPs have become my best friends, we share so many things in common and have have so many of the same issues that it would almost be impossible for us not to become close. But none of this would have been possible since we come from all corners of the world and may never get to spend enough time together to form these relationships if it wasn’t for the MVP Summit. So, once again I am humbled by the knowledge of my peers and look forward to any opportunities that are available to spend more time with them.

Thank you Melissa and Microsoft for making the 2012 MVP Global Summit and the SharePoint Server MVP Group one of the best experiences of my life and I look forward too hopefully being involved for many more years..





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MVP Nation Post MVP12 Event–March 2nd and 3rd

MVP Nation offers the rare opportunity to learn directly from the esteemed Microsoft MVPs in a deeply technical environment. With a focus on the new Windows 8 technology, the two-day event will allow attendees to create their Windows 8 road map. MVP Nation is a gathering of three well-established communities. First are the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) who are award-winning technical experts focused on all Microsoft product groups. Second are community members who rarely have the opportunity to interact directly with the MVPs in a public event. Community members include IT Pros, consultants, resellers, channel partners and in-house IT staff. Third are the community sponsors who can connect with MVPs and attendees to create amazing technology products and services.

"After our first MVP Nation last year in Seattle, we’re back with a focused two-day deep dive on everything Windows 8" shared SMB Nation founder Harry Brelsford. "The primary emphasis will be on server-side topics along with content on desktop, mobility and tablet issues. Windows 8 is a topic that impacts everyone whether you are an IT pro, developer, user. This event is for everyone who wants a deeply technical experience. We liken it to graduate school for geeks. We joke that no wimps are allowed at the two-day brain explosion!"

This should be a blast and I look forward to seeing everyone there that doesn’t have to fly on Friday.




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Laptop Crucial vs Samsung SSD Drive Comparison with Lenovo W510

Hi All,

I just replaced a Seagate Momentus 750GB drive as my primary drive in my Lenovo W510-CTO 16GB RAM,i7 x920 with a Samsung 830 512GB SSD. the Samsung came with Norton Ghost but since I was running Windows Server 2008 R2 I used Aomei Partition Assistant 3.0 Server Edition and it completed the copy of the partition without a hitch after I resized the 750GB primary boot partition to 512GB in about 4 hours. I also have a Crucial 512GB SSD M4 and have provided the test results from Crystal Disk Mark v 3.01 x64 Edition as part of this post for the 3 drives listed above.

  • Seagate Momentus 750GB
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  • Samsung 830 512GB SSD
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  • Crucial 512GB SSD M4
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I was surprised by the better performance provided by the Crucial. Obviously performance overall has been greatly improved. the only reason I installed the Samsung was so I would have the spare Crucial I purchased off Amazon available in case Windows 8 Public Beta is released in the next few weeks and to that end I may keep the Samsung installed as my primary but I think I will return the Samsung and purchase another Crucial regardless.

One thing the Samsung has going for it is the drive design is very appealing just not appealing enough to get around the performance issues.

I hope this post helps someone else in making decisions on which SSDs to use in their laptops.

What have your results been, what are the best performing SSDs on the market? Note: I sold my Corsair Extremes due to a problem with them going to sleep and not restarting.


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Office 365 Saturday Microsoft Conference Center Februrary 25th 2012


Directions to Microsoft Building 33 Conference Center Business Center Desk 425-703-1800 The Microsoft Conference Center is at the main Microsoft Headquarters Campus in Redmond in the eastern suburbs of Seattle, across Lake Washington.  From SeaTac Airport: Exit the airport northward and take SR-518 to the east until
it becomes I-405, which you then follow north toward Bellevue for about 16 miles, until you reach SR-520.



From I-405 in Bellevue Exit onto SR-520 East, toward Redmond Go about three miles to the 40   Street Exit and you are almost there
Turn RIGHT (East) onto NE 40th St
Turn RIGHT (South) onto 159th Ave NE
Bear LEFT (South) onto NE 36th Way
You will see Executive Briefing Center – Round the corner to the left and arrive at the Conference Center at 16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052

  • From I-5 in Seattle Take I-5 Exit 168B, onto SR-520 East Take SR-520 about 10 miles across the Lake Washington floating bridge, through Bellevue
    Take the 40th Street Exit and you are almost there
    Turn RIGHT (East) onto NE 40th St
    Turn RIGHT (South) onto 159th Ave NE
    Bear LEFT (South) onto NE 36th Way
  • You will see Executive Briefing Center – Round the corner to the left and arrive at the Conference Center at 16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052


This event would not be possible without the support of the Event  Sponsors. The event sponsors have covered all of the expenses required to provide you with a high quality conference at absolutely no cost to you. So stop by their exhibits and websites, learn about their offerings and let them know that you appreciate their sponsorship of this event.


  • imageSpeakers
    Many of the speakers have rearranged their travel schedules so they could
  • deliver the benefit of their knowledge and experience to you.  Review the list of speakers and their accomplishments you will find authors, MVP’s and recognized experts in their fields. Let them know that you appreciate their
    time and knowledge.
  • Volunteers
    Here in the Puget Sound, we are pretty darn lucky to have such a vital User Group community that 30 people have said yes to volunteering to make this event a success.  These are the people that registered you, put up the signs and provide support in each session.
    • Event Organizers
      It started months ago, just a few emails at first and then it took shape. The coordinating committee has handled all of the logistics, found the funding,
    •                                      scheduled the speakers and developed the website to bring you this event.  
  • imageYou
    It wouldn’t be much of a party without you.  You heard about the event, blogged, tweeted and told your friends. Your registrations and enthusiasm provided the energy that drove the organizers and sponsors to push ahead.
  • Help make this event a success
    If you see something that needs doing, offer a hand. If you are picking up after a session and you notice a cup, plate or can that was left behind please pick it up. If you have a suggestion that would make this event or future events better, let us know. Most of all…. Enjoy.


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Microsoft Building 33 Conference Center Business Center

Desk 425-703-1800

I cant wait to see everyone about 11:00am this morning its going to be a blast to kick off the MVP Summit 2012 with such an awesome event…. Be there soon…..

Don’t forget SHAREPINT

Rock Bottom Brewery
550 106th Avenue NE
Suite 103
Bellevue, WA 98004


Northwest Harvest at MVP Summit 2012

Charity: Northwest Harvest

When: Saturday February 25, 2012 (11 days left)

Where: Seattle, WA

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The unemployment rate in Washington State as of September 2011 was 9.1%, and while this is slightly lower than the national average, there are still a great number of people going hungry. You can help! On Saturday, February 25th, the Saturday before the MVP Summit, GeekGive is organizing volunteers to work with Northwest Harvest in the Seattle Area. Join MVPs from around the world in this unique opportunity to give back to the community, network with your peers, and enjoy the Seattle area a bit more.

Who can participate?: Anyone! You don’t have to be an MVP or even a geek.

Sponsors: A big thanks to the Microsoft MVP Award Program for sponsoring this event!

Job Site: We will be working at the Northwest Harvest warehouse in Kent, WA.

The warehouse address is:

22220 68th Avenue South (a/k/a West Valley Hwy)
Kent, WA 98032-1915

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Volunteers must wear close-toe, flat shoes; no sandals or high heels for safety. Please wear comfortable, casual clothing and dress in layers as the building can be warm or chilly!

Please do not come if you are sick; the safety and wholesomeness of the food is always a primary concern.


Complete schedule with meeting location will be available shortly.

11:45 AM – Sign in and lunch at Westin hotel lobby
12:00 PM – Announcements
12:15 PM – Transportation to the job site
1:00 PM – REQUIRED onsite safety talk and orientation
1:15 PM – Packing food
3:00 PM – Transportation back to Westin hotel
5:00 PM – Dinner meet up at TBD

FYI I will be attending the Office 365 Redmond event and unable to make this event. However, I wanted to publish and increase awareness, its for a great cause and you don’t have to be an MVP to attend.




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