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  • Create your Azure image with Debian 7.0

    I recently had to create a custom VM based on Debian 7.0. As Debian is not in the list of the endorsed distributions, if you want to run a Debian based VM in Azure, you have to build it yourself. The whole process is detailed on the following page...
  • Hands-free configuration of your VM in Microsoft Azure

    We have recently announced several updates on Microsoft Azure to facilitate the management of your Virtual Machines. One of them is the work done to have a better integration with Chef and Puppet. Microsoft has worked with the editors of those two well...
  • The Year 2014 in the Clouds

    As we are entering 2014, it's a good time to step back and look back for a moment and imagine how the IT will look like in the coming months. Don't expect me to share any secret being baked at Microsoft at this time, I'm just looking ahead...
  • Performance tuning guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2

    If you are deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 and want to get the most out of your existing hardware, this white paper is for you: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn529133.aspx Under one single repository you will find all...
  • Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM

    It’s the big news of this week : Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are RTM (meaning complete) and available on Technet and MSDN. It was announced on Gug’s blog on monday : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2013/09/09/download-windows-8-1-rtm...
  • Microsoft Datacenter TCO Analysis Tool

    You may have missed during the summer the release of this very useful tool: the Microsoft Datacenter TCO Analysis Tool available for free at this location : http://www.datacentertcotool.com/ This tool will help you calculate the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership...
  • Deploying your lab with System Center 2012 R2

    With the recent availability of the R2 preview of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, I’ve decided to rebuild my little demo / lab environment. Here are the most useful links that I had to use. Getting the evaluation versions : System Center 2012...
  • 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant !

    As we all know in this industry, the Gartner is regularly publishing an update of it’s Magic Quadrant. Recently they published the quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure. and, with no big surprise positioned Microsoft and VMware as Leaders...
  • Fixing the Security-Kerberos / 4 error

    While I was building my lab environment with the preview of System Center 2012 R2, I’ve encountered an interesting issue regarding the data warehouse behavior. Basically, the issue I had was that my Data Warehouse jobs would fail to complete. At the same...
  • Windows Server 2012 R2–First look

    Last week during TechEd North America 2013 several announcement were made around Windows Server, Windows Azure and System Center. After the event, the sessions are available for free online viewing. In order to help you navigate through all the sessions...
  • Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner

    One of the capability that I prefer most with Windows Server 2012 is Hyper-V Replica. Hyper-V Replica enables the replication of a Virtual Machine continuously from one Hyper-V host to another Hyper-V host. The replication can happen across different...
  • I see a big cloud !

    Today is definitely a BIG day :) you probably have seen it in the press, we launched today the IaaS for Windows Azure. It means that from now on, you can run your own Virtual Machine in Windows Azure. This unlock many scenarios and facilitate your move...
  • System Center 2012 SP1

      +    The long awaited System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 is now available ! You can freely download it from here : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh505660.aspx   Don’t forget to also download the evaluation of Windows...
  • Technet documentation in a PDF file

    Who has never dreamed of reading a rather long article on Technet on his (or her) tablet ? Who has never tried to print the same article and find the result disappointing ? Technet Library is evolving You may have identified the change but for a few weeks...
  • You, the System Center and the IaaS

    In a previous post , we talked about how you can move a VM from your Hyper-V Server to Windows Azure using the IaaS service. In this article, we'll see how System Center allows to automate and delegate this rather painfull operation. Before we start,...
  • You, the VMs and the IaaS

      + There is a lot of literature on internet on how to create a Virtual Machine (VM) using Windows Azure but there is not so much when it comes to moving your Virtual Machines into Azure. The general idea around this approach is to allow you to take...
  • Happy new year !

    Last year has been very rich in term of news for the IT industry. We have launched System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012, SQL 2012 and just before the end of the year Windows Intune. Those three products are creating the foundation for a shift in the...
  • Master IT Pro Contest

    Yesterday, I had the pleasure to be the host of the Master IT Pro contest ! The purpose of the contest was to “cook” a Powershell script that would achieve the following tasks : •Provision 500 accounts in Active Directory that are users from the marketing...
  • Installing “Remote Destop Web Access” Role on Windows Server 2012

    Recently I was building a demo on Remote Desktop Services and the installation of the role was constantly failing with error 0x800f0922 . If you search on Internet, there are all kind of reasons for this error but the one that was corresponding to my...
  • Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012

    The recent launch of Windows Server 2012 has brought many resources online ! To help you find the right content and resources, I’ve aggregated some of them in this post. I’ll also keep it up to date as the product will evolve over time (for example, including...
  • Windows Server 2012 launch !

    Only one week before the launch event of Windows Server 2012 ! Don’t forget to book your agenda and attend here : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx   During the event you will have the opportunity to learn about : Virtualization...
  • New courses available on Microsoft Virtual Academy

    You may already know about Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA as we say internally). MVA is a free online site for being trained on Microsoft Technologies. It includes content on Hyper-V, Windows Azure, SQL, Private Cloud, virtualization for VMware Professionals...
  • Windows Server 2012 network teaming

    I was rebuilding my demo environment on Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) when I encountered this issue around network teaming: I could not make the network teaming work in the Virtual Machine. So in the case you want to try it in your lab, I...
  • Free learning on Windows Server 2012

    As I’ve said in many conferences, Windows Server 2012 is probably the product that I’ve seen that has the highest number of innovations ! Because of this number of innovations, I think it is never too early to start learning about Windows Server 2012...
  • Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V

    During the IT Camps I’ve delivered recently either on the Private Cloud or Virtualization, there was one question I’ve heard several times : “How do I convert my existing VMs from VMware to Hyper-V ?”. The conversion of the VMware Virtual Machines and...