Robert Borges

About Robert... I have been in the IT industry since 1993 focusing mainly in networking. Though I got an early start as an amateur computer enthusiast, and wrote my first database app at age 12, I started my professional career working in the MIS department of one of the largest liquor distributors in the northeast. I started out there as a systems operator on the company’s two mainframe systems. From there I moved into PC support, and help design and implement the company’s first client-server network… This was back in the days of Win NT 3.51. I also worked on my first migration to NT 4.0 back then. From there I went on to work with Novell 3.x and 4.x along with Windows domains and active directory environments. Working my way up from technician, to specialist, to administrator, and eventually all the way up to Sr. Engineer. I spent many years working for consulting firms, 9 of which I owned and operated my own firm. Over the years, I have worked with (at an expert level) various versions of: Windows client and server operating systems (including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016); various virtualization technologies (Hyper-V, VMware, etc.); MS-SQL server 6.5- 2014 R2; Exchange 4-2016, and much more. I am now vCIO at Spade Technology, Inc. focusing on Information Technology strategy including: cloud computing, IT Infrastructure & Architecture, IT Security, and Cloud Computing platforms & technologies (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS). Outside of my day job, I serve as president of the board of Boston User Groups, Inc., as well as IT-Pro User Group. In 2017/2018 Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award, with a focus of Microsoft Azure cloud, for my efforts in the IT community. I am in a constant state of learning about new products, and new versions of products. Many of which we end up implementing in lab environments and sometimes for our clients. I have a very broad range of expertise and experience. It is my goal to share some of this experience on this blog to help enrich the IT community.

Most commented posts

  1. Importing & Exporting Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2012 R2 — 11 comments
  2. Windows Server 2012 Feature: Share Nothing Live Migration in Hyper-V — 6 comments
  3. A Real IP Phone System "On The Cheap" — 5 comments
  4. Using SYSPREP Before Creating a System Image — 4 comments
  5. What printers work best with a Windows Remote Desktop Server? — 4 comments

Author's posts

When is a computer too old? The Cloud may be changing how we think about this.

When is a computer too old? This question is getting harder and harder to answer. Traditional PC lifecycle thinking says that a PC is efficient to use up to 4 years old, and no longer cost effective to use beyond 5 years old. This is because the cost of maintaining the system is greater than the value of this old PC or laptop. Continue reading

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Video: Microsoft’s Updated SkyDrive will be Integrated into Windows 8

Microsoft has announced an update to their popular cloud storage system SkyDrive (part of the Microsoft Live.com family of free cloud services). With this update SkyDrive will essentially be part of the Windows 8 metro style interface. There will also be integration to allow access to your SkyDrive from the Windows Explorer window in Windows 8. This will make it as easy to access your SkyDrive as is your My Documents folder. Continue reading

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Closing a Crashed or Hung Application using the Windows Task Manager

Windows Task ManagerRegardless of how much time and money software companies put into writing their programs, we still have application crashes. An application crash is when a program or part of the operating system ceases to function properly. Preventing application crashes is usually difficult since the only way to permanently ensure you never get a crash again is to fix the bug in the software. We may not be able to prevent these crashes from happening but dealing with a crashed application, in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, is easier to deal with than many realize.

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Deep Dive 2012 Registration is open

The Fourth Annual Virtualization Deep Dive Day is in coming soon. New date and new location this year. Bigger and Better than ever!

The Keynote for the event will be delivered by Brian Madden, world famous blogger and speaker on Desktop and Application Virtualization.

In “The Current State of the Desktop Virtualization Market”, Brian will take us beyond the hype and speak about what real enterprises are actually doing. In his role as a professional blogger (Really? You can make money doing that?) for the self-named BrianMadden.Com, a Tech Target Company, Brian travels the world speaking with both leading edge vendors and with companies that are implementing these technologies. With all of the choices on how to provision desktops and applications, what are people doing and why? Brian talks about these questions, but not just from an IT perspective, also from the view of end users.

Brian Madden Independent Industry Analyst and Blogger. He is known throughout the world as an opinionated, super technical, fiercely independent desktop virtualization expert.
Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat for this one!

Be sure to register by Feb 17th for the Early Bird Discount!

http://deepdive2012.eventbrite.com/

For more information about the Virtualization Deep Dive Day 2012 event visit the Virtualization Group Boston’s website at http://www.virtg.com/DeepDiveDay2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Combat the Feared Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

bsod-previewSometimes called the Windows Bluescreen, the Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) can really be quite scary.  If you are getting a BSOD as soon as Windows loads, or just after you login, then there may be a startup program or service that is causing the problem. This is an issue that haunts us all from time to time. Hopefully after reading this, it will be a little less scary. This post will show you a few methods for combatting a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). This process will work with either Windows XP, Windows Vista, or in Windows 7.

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Will Cloud Computing Be Getting More Affordable?

Microsoft cloud computingIf you haven’t read it yet, check out Microsoft’s recent white paper on the economics of cloud computing. How do you reduce your IT infrastructure costs by 80%? Well Microsoft thinks that one day cloud could be that cost effective! Microsoft released a new white paper in November called The Economics of the Cloud which describes in detail how the cloud could become so inexpensive (compared to traditional infrastructure) that may not consider anything else. Microsoft looks at a vast array of factors from cost saving per server as larger datacenters get larger, to making physical host servers more efficient by analyzing the time of day each client virtual machine is most highly utilized. View Microsoft’s white paper at: Technet Blogs

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Microsoft’s Replacement for BPOS: Microsoft Office 365

office_365What Is Office365?
Office365 is an integrated cloud solution for hosted Exchange email, hosted SharePoint, and hosted Lync. It is not, however, the next version of Microsoft Office. This service is an upgrade to Microsoft’s existing BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) cloud offering. In addition, this service offers several new packages which should be attractive to both very small businesses and large enterprises alike.

 

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A Real IP Phone System "On The Cheap"

I’ve worked with many corporate phone systems over the years. They all had several things in common: lots of features, and a very high price. More than once have I seen companies continue to use a phone system which was a bad fit for them, simply because they had invested so much time and money into the project. I knew that some day there would be a better solution.

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SP1 RC for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Released

microsoft-logoMicrosoft has released the Release Candidate (RC) of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.
Why is this so important, and why do I care? Within SP1 are two of my favorite feature updates: Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V, and the RemoteFX update for Remote Desktop Services.

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