About Show #34
While at the Connections conference in Las Vegas, Richard and Greg talked to Chris Avis about Windows Deployment Services (WDS). WDS replaces Remote Installation Services (RIS) to provide automated installation of operating systems onto bare-install machines using network boot (PXE).
Chris Avis is an ITPro Evangelist with Microsoft. He is charged with speaking to anyone who will listen about Microsoft Products and Technologies. While his focus is on Small to Huge businesses and the way technology can make the lives of their IT Professionals easier and simpler, he is just as comfortable speaking to consumers about Vista, Office, Mobile solutions and even Media Center.
Chris started his career at Microsoft in 1994as a contract customer service representative during the Windows 95 launch. Interestingly, he did not know who Bill Gates was or what Microsoft was prior to applying with the company. Why?
He was an Apple user and had been since the late 70's. Chris left the company as a contractor in 1996 only to return 1 year later as a full time employee supporting networking technologies for Windows NT 4.0 Server and client connectivity. Shortly afterwards, he started up the original Small Business Server 4.0 support team where he stayed for five years. In 2002, Chris took on the challenge of speaking to IT Pros and "evangelizing" the great products and technologies Microsoft delivers.
Prior to coming to Microsoft, Chris worked as a Packaging Specialist with Frito-Lay for 6 years and ran one of the largest for-profit social/chat BBSes in the Dallas, Tx Metroplex.