Company: Penton

Job Title: Senior Content Producer

Richard Hay

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well in what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on this site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed in the Microsoft MVP Windows Expert-Consumer category each year on January 1st for seven consecutive awards in the program.

I host the Observed Tech PODCAST which is a weekly look at all things tech with a decidedly Microsoft angle however, all subjects are discussed including security, social media, hardware, software and anything tech-ish!

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology.

Recent articles by Richard Hay

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Microsoft Azure Just-In-Time Virtual Machine Access Preview

Microsoft is implementing new features for Azure based Virtual Machines to help you prevent attacks but not block your authorized access when it is necessary. The Just-In-Time Preview for public access to VMs on Azure implements controls that avoid leaving machines open to anytime access by layering controls to allow access form authorized IP addresses […]

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Microsoft and Red Hat Partner on Enterprise Container Adoption

Today over on the official Microsoft Azure blog, the Redmond company has announced they are extending their partnership with Red Hat. This partnership will see Microsoft adding Windows support in OpenShift, OpenShift Dedicated on Azure, and SQL Server support in OpenShift and Red Hat Linux. This partnership began back in late 2015 and these new additions […]

Microsoft Inspire: News Summary for Day 3

On day three of Microsoft Inspire we heard about Microsoft’s efforts at being a good citizen in relationship to its products and services plus we learned more about the sales organization changes that are coming.