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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 :The Operating System of the Private Cloud. Time to Install Your Trial Edition for Free. (Head in the Clouds Episode 1)

    Everyone is talking about Cloud.  There are all kinds of claims but no one is actually showing you how to actually build it.  I want to show you how to actually implement some of the cloud solutions you have undoubtedly heard so much about.  It seems logical to me to begin at your own...
  • Blog Post: Live Private Cloud Events for August. Registration is Open!

    I am excited to be back in the saddle again after a great summer vacation.  First Item of business is to let you know that we will be holding a series of Live events discussing the ins and outs of Private Cloud.  We would love to see you there.  Please use the links provided below to register...
  • Blog Post: Let’s Talk Computers Cloud Discussion

    This weekend Let’s Talk Computers will air an Interview that I did with Alan Ashendorf (the host of the show)  The interview went very well and I thought you would enjoy a view of the transcript.  The show will be available live for your listening enjoyment on Friday June 17th at http://www...
  • Blog Post: Try Windows Azure Free for 30 Days

    Tomorrow on my “How to Build a Private Cloud” webcast I will share with the attendees a  code that will allow them (and you) to try Windows Azure (SQL Azure too) free for 30 days.  The cool thing about this particular trial is that you will NOT need to supply a credit card in order to use it...
  • Blog Post: How To Build A Private Cloud (Part 2)

    TechNet Webcast: How to Build a Private Cloud (Part 2): Hyper-V, the Backbone of a Private Cloud Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 In this session, we demonstrate some of the key functionalities of Hyper-V that make it ideally suited to perform IT as a service and private cloud functions. We walk through...
  • Blog Post: Lets Talk Computer’s Interview Part 2

    “Microsoft and Cloud Computing Part 2 What is Cloud Computing” Private Cloud - Public Cloud - Hybrid Cloud Complete Transcript of Chris Henley - Microsoft Interview On Let’s Talk Computers Host Alan Ashendorf July 16 2011 Alan: When a business is considering moving to the Clouds , the first question...
  • Blog Post: Bettering Medical Science with the Microsoft Cloud

    I love Medicine!  For years I was certain that i wanted to be a doctor.  I loved research!  I did an interview with Pat Filoteo and he shared some absolutely amazing stuff that he has worked on around enzyme mapping and the Microsoft Cloud.  He also talks about the costs and time...
  • Blog Post: Andy Lapine from Kelley Blue Book Talks About the Present and Future of Cloud Operations for Online Business.

    Chris Henley, Sr. IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft , and Andy Lapin, Chief Architect at Kelley Blue Book , discuss the many benefits of Windows Azure for growing businesses today. Kelley Blue Book was one of the original companies to migrate to Windows Azure for utility computing and cloud storage. Andy...
  • Blog Post: How To Build A Private Cloud (Part 4)

    TechNet Webcast: How to Build a Private Cloud (Part 4): The Self-Service Portal, the Muscles of a Private Cloud Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 In this session, we discuss the self-service portal and demonstrate how to install, configure, and potentially use it in a private cloud. We demonstrate how...
  • Blog Post: How To Build a Private Cloud (Part 3)

    TechNet Webcast: How to Build a Private Cloud (Part 3): System Center, the Nerve Center of a Private Cloud Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 In this session, we discuss the key functions of the Microsoft System Center tools as the nerve center for your private cloud. We talk about System Center Operations...
  • Blog Post: Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Cloud, But Were Afraid to Ask!

    Do you know what today is?  It’s the first Monday in April!  “So What?” The first Monday in April marks the beginning of of what I am calling “The Season of the Cloud.”  I will spend the next 90 days delivering just one message on behalf of Microsoft.  I have talked to thousands of...
  • Blog Post: Video: Virtualization 101 Part 4 of 4

    The ultimate end of virtualization is the cloud.  Public cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated Cloud there is a lot of discussion about what cloud is and is not.  Windows Azure is really virtualization in the cloud.  Listen to this session as we discuss some of the basics of how Microsoft has...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a Private Cloud (Webcast Series)

    I have been getting a whole bunch of questions around Microsoft’s Private Cloud offerings.  The virtualization website has some great information and I still highly recommend that you begin by reading the stuff on that site.  In conjunction with that information I have decided to deliver a...
  • Blog Post: A Great Discussion with John McAllister

    I had the opportunity to interview John McAllister.  He is great!  he has changed the way that we think about SQL Server.  His ideas have been implemented to make the way you use SQL better.  Of course there is a cloud tint to our discussion.  Watch the interview and learn what...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a Private Cloud (Part1)

    In June I did a 4 part series on how to build a private cloud.  In the sessions I talked all about the rules and tools you would use to build a private cloud using Microsoft Products.  Those sessions were recorded and can now be brought to you through this blog.  Here is part1.  In...
  • Blog Post: Is the Cloud “Risky, Unreliable, and Dumb?” Hear Dave Nielsen’s answer to this and other intriguing questions in this Bytes by TechNet Interview.

    I interviewed Dave Nielsen during TechEd and the first question I asked him was “Is the cloud really “Risky, Unreliable, and Dumb?” His insights are very valuable. Spend a few minutes watching this video and then check out one of Dave’s Cloud Camps near you. Video Downloads...
  • Blog Post: Hypervisors

    Yesterday we talked about the fact that IBM had single handedly created the world of virtualization.  The single biggest innovation that drove virtualization was the creation of the hypervisor.  Recall that when IBM wanted to run additional operating systems on their mainframe computers there...
  • Blog Post: Places You Just Can’t Go! A Video Tour of Microsoft Global Foundation Services (GFS) Datacenters.

    Microsoft has been building mega datacenters for almost a decade.  Data Center Knowledge puts Microsoft’s datacenters in Quincy, San Antonio, Chicago, and Dublin in 4 of the top 10 spots for the largest datacenters in the world, and those are only the ones we know about.  This software company...
  • Blog Post: Is Windows Azure the Answer? Yes!

    The world of IT is changing, again. This time we are looking at a change in the way we think about hosting operating systems, applications, and services.  In the traditional model all three of those things were hosted on a companies local server.  Over the past few years we have really seen...