Michael Otey


Michael Otey, senior technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several features articles showing how to take advantage of virtualization in the enterprise as well as reviewing all of the major virtualization products.

Follow Michael on Google+ and Twitter.

Top 10 Tips for Using PowerShell ISE
If you're just getting started with PowerShell, chances are you'll be doing your work using the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). Although there are other third-party products that far exceed the features found in ISE, Microsoft's ISE is free and is more or less the de facto Microsoft PowerShell development tool.
Review: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 and HP PS1810-8G Switch

Designed expressly for the needs of small business, the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 packs a lot of power along with enterprise manageability into a tiny package. This is not server designed for racks or computer rooms. HP designed this unit for small businesses many of whom might be looking for their first server. The HP ProLiant MicroServer comes in a small 10” x 8 x 10” nearly square form factor that can easily fit on a self, under a desk or on a table top.

purple virtual keyboard being used by male hand
Important Features in Microsoft's Free Hyper-V Server 2012 1
Microsoft's free Hyper-V Server 2012 offers enhanced features, including host scalability, cluster support, and network virtualization.
hand plugging in computer cable to clouds
Automation is the Key to Cloud Efficiency
We've all heard the cloud is more than virtualization and that the cloud builds on virtualization. But how exactly is the cloud more than just virtualization?
Top 10 New Features in Windows 8.1 1

By now it should come as no surprise that Windows 8 has failed to take businesses by storm. According to NetMarketShareWindows 8 now has just a bit more market share than the much reviled Windows Vista release. Microsoft hopes to turn around those negative perceptions with the latest release of Windows 8.1 (formerly code-named Blue). Windows 8.1 addresses several of the major complaints customers have had about Windows 8.

woman touching virtual cloud button on clear screen
Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization and Cloud Enhancements 1
At this past TechED 2013 in New Orleans, Microsoft announced a number of significant enhancements to their virtualization and cloud products. For virtualization they announced the release of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Top 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V New Features
Microsoft made tremendous strides forward with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and now the upcoming release of Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 R2 it's clear that Microsoft has continued to push their virtualization technologies forward at a surprising pace.
cloud computing blue highway road sign
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Jumping straight into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) race with Amazon and Microsoft Azure, VMware's CEO Pat Gelsinger recently announced VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service.
Windows Server 2012: Shared Storage Live Migration
Shared Storage Live Migration reduces planned downtime by allowing you to move VMs from a Hyper-V host that needs maintenance to another Hyper-V host.
Microsoft Windows 8 Start screen with colorful square tiles
10 Steps Microsoft Should Take to Fix Windows 8 4
Microsoft could appease disgruntled Windows 8 customers if they would bring back the Start menu, eliminate the reliance on keyboard shortcuts, and make these other eight changes.
man touching virtual screen
The Benefits of Network Virtualization
Microsoft and VMware have widely different views one issue they both agree on is the growing importance of network virtualization. Both companies have recently come out with new network virtualization technologies that will move companies closer to the software defined datacenter.
Integrating Hyper-V and vSphere Management 1
Many organizations have both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V deployed. Michael Otey shows how you can reduce computing complexity by using VMware's Multi-Hypervisor Manager or Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 to manage multiple hypervisors.
datacenter on clouds
Microsoft’s New Windows Azure IaaS Challenges Amazon
The new Microsoft Windows Azure IaaS is a direct competitor to Amazons EC2 and it uses the same Hyper-V virtualization as Windows Server 2012, which enables you to extend your datacenters into the cloud while using your current Windows IT skills and resources.
Top 10 Essential Windows Server 2012 Keyboard Shortcuts
Here are 10 Windows Server 2012 keyboard shortcuts that you'll definitely need to know to quickly access menus and settings, close a program, lock your computer, and more.
PowerShell for Netsh
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and PowerShell 3.0 let you do many of the same tasks that previously required netsh, including creating a list of the network adapters.
NEW: John Savill's Microsoft Stack Master Class

Get 30 hours of detailed instruction covering the complete Microsoft solution stack. Invest a few hours each week and become THE Microsoft expert in your organization.

Thursdays, October 2nd to December 11th

John Savill will cover topics including:

* Deploying, Managing, and Maintaining Windows
* Key Features of Active Directory from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2012
* Key elements of System Center 2012 and System Center 2012 R2
* Deploying, Migrating to and Managing Hyper-V in Your Organization
* Implementing a Private Cloud
* Using PowerShell to Automate Common Tasks

Enroll by September 25th and SAVE $245!

Upcoming Conferences

Register now to get the best rates available!

Windows Forums

The Windows IT Pro forums are moving to myITforum.com! Get answers to questions, share tips, and engage with the IT professional community.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×