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Harold Wong's Blog with Geekie Thoughts and Insights
Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Now Available
Just in case you weren’t paying attention this morning, the Preview (Beta) of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 are now available for download and testing! If you have a TechNet or MSDN Subscription, you are more than welcome to download from your subscriber site like I did earlier this...
25 Jun 2013
Upcoming IT Camps in West Region in March and April, 2013
Please join us at a Microsoft IT Camp as we dive into how to get your datacenter ready for the cloud and beyond. Join us at a FREE Microsoft IT Camp for hands-on labs, demos, and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts. Here's your chance to learn more about getting your datacenter ready...
30 Jan 2013
31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Step-by-Step: Extending On-Premise Active Directory to the Cloud with Windows Azure (Part 20 of 31) by Keith Mayer
At 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 20, 2013, Keith Mayer posted Part 20 of 31 in the 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud Blog Series . Below is a small excerpt from his blog. Extending an on-premise Windows Server Active Directory ( AD ) infrastructure into the cloud is an important topic to consider when...
21 Jan 2013
31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Create a Windows Azure Network using PowerShell (Part 19 of 31) by Kevin Remde
At 6:00 AM on Saturday, January 19, 2013, Kevin Remde posted Part 19 of 31 in the 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud Blog Series . Below is a small excerpt from his blog. Back in Part 10 of our “ 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud ” series, my good friend Bob Hunt wrote up an excellent step-by-step for...
20 Jan 2013
Link to Article from Hanu Kommalapati on configuring Cassandra with Linux in Azure and accessing it from Node.js
We recently announced the Customer Technology Preview (CTP) of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities in Windows Azure. As part of that capability, Linux is one of the supported guest Operating Systems in the Virtual Machine (VM). The key to success however, is not just spinning...
11 Jul 2012
Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Tool to convert your VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs (Beta Available)
I know that a large percentage of Microsoft customers are using VMware as their primary virtualization platform today. I also believe a good percentage of these customers are using Hyper-V as a secondary hypervisor in lab, test and possibly lower impact production environments. In fact, I...
25 Jun 2012
Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the Surface: A new family of PCs for Windows! Straight from the press release ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/jun12/06-18announce.aspx ), here are the highlights. Advances in Industrial Design Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft...
19 Jun 2012
West Region May / June IT Camp Follow Up from Denver, Los Angeles, Irvine and Phoenix Part 2
I just realized that I never posted my Part 2 for the May / June IT Camps in West Region. I am very sorry for that so I want to get the information out right now. First, I do have the PPT Presentation that Vision Solution delivered as I have been asked to provide that. I am embedding right...
14 Jun 2012
US IT Pro Evangelist build out of Private Cloud (ITProsRock.com) Documentation
At the end of September, the Field based IT Pro Evangelists in the US got together and worked to build out our Microsoft Private Cloud solution in our lab. We called it ITProsRock.com. The environment consists of 5 Dell R710 Servers. We virtualized all the core infrastructure servers...
26 May 2012
West Region IT Camp follow up from Denver (May 15) and Los Angeles (May 22)
Thank you to everyone who made it to the IT Camp events in Denver on May 15th and Los Angeles on May 22nd! We had some great interaction and questions from the folks in attendance at both events. I promised I would post the deck that I presented once I received approval to do so. I...
23 May 2012
Looking to Run Windows 8 Consumer Preview and / or Windows Server 2012 (“8”) Beta in a Virtual Machine on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V? Install Update!
I’m sure all you tech geeks like me have already started testing Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 2012 (“8”) Beta by installing it onto bare metal or even into a Virtual Machine (VM). If are using Hyper-V, you may have noticed some “quirky” behavior. Fear not, for there is an...
18 May 2012
Configuring your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 machine to Boot Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows Server 2012 Beta (Windows Server “8” Beta) from a VHD (Boot to VHD)
I have been taking advantage of the Boot to VHD capability that is available with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to boot to multiple installations of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 without having to repartition my hard drive. This capability is awesome and super useful. With the...
16 May 2012
System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta available
I am sure those of you who have downloaded and installed Windows Server “8” beta and have been using System Center 2012 Release Candidate realize that the two are not necessarily compatible. This does make a lot of sense considering System Center 2012 is just about...
12 Mar 2012
Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server “8” Beta around the corner
I’m sure most IT Geeks out there are quite aware of this already, but just to be “safe”, I thought I would post a quick reminder that the Windows 8 Customer Preview is now available ! Go ahead and grab it here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso Unfortunately, I’m...
29 Feb 2012
Upcoming IT Camp Events in West Region - Updated 2/15/12
In the West Region, Chris Avis and I are hosting a set of events in the March and May / June timeframe. In November 2011, we tried out a new format for events which we called IT Camps. This new format included the ability for the attendees to select the topics that would be discussed. We are evolving...
13 Feb 2012
TechNet Event – Phoenix, AZ (November 17, 2011) Recap
Sorry I’m a bit late with the recap for the Phoenix / Tempe Event last week. For the summary of Cloud Computing and what a Private Cloud really is compared to On Premise datacenters, Public Clouds and Hybrid Clouds, please see my recap from Los Angeles . I do want to repost the links for the PPT decks...
23 Nov 2011
Links for Downloads of different System Center Suites and other important components
I was working the System Center Booth yesterday and today at the Interop Conference in New York. During the course of these last two days, I’ve had quite a few people ask me for a single place to get all the links to download trial versions of the current products as well as the beta versions of...
7 Oct 2011
Installation guide for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta
After I downloaded the Beta for SCCM 2012, I struggled with a few installation items so I thought I would share my experiences and write a quick Installation Guide. This is not official by any means, but does detail what I did to get SCCM 2012 Beta installed successfully. The details are below. I also...
29 Jun 2011
Save 15% off a new TechNet Subscription (Professional Edition)
A little while back I posted that we were offering a special promotion for TechNet Subscriptions that gave 3 months free if you signed up for a year. I received quite a few emails after that post to inform me that although there is value in the extra three months, it really is preferable to get a discount...
4 May 2011
Tech Ed 2010 Interview with Marcelo Farjalla
Here’s the ninth Video Interview (of 10) that I was able to conduct last week at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans with Marcelo Farjalla, Program Manager for Communicator Client – Developer Story. Starting with Office Communicator 2005, we have allowed customers to customize and program against the Communicator...
21 Jun 2010
Tech Ed 2010 Interview with Kumar Venkateswar
Here’s the eighth Video Interview (of 10) that I was able to conduct last week at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans with Kumar Venkateswar, Program Manager with the Exchange Server Team. One of the items that Kumar is responsible for is the Site Resiliency capabilities in Exchange Server 2010 (and SP1). ...
21 Jun 2010
Tech Ed 2010 Interview with Astrid McClean
Here’s the sixth Video Interview (of 10) that I was able to conduct last week at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans. This interview happens to be with Astrid McClean, Senior Technical Product Manager with the Exchange Server team. In Astrid’s role, she covers High Availability and Storage in Exchange...
21 Jun 2010
Tech Ed 2010 Interview with Kartik Murthy (Exchange Server)
Here’s the fifth Video Interview (of 10) that I was able to conduct last week at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans with Kartik Murthy, Program Manager on Exchange Server team. One of the “cool” things about OWA in the past was that companies could customize the theme or allow users to select one of the included...
21 Jun 2010
Tech Ed 2010 Interview with Kamal Janardhan (Exchange Server)
Here’s the fourth Video Interview (of 10) that I was able to conduct last week at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans. This one is with Kamal Janardhan, a Principal Program Manager with the Exchange Server team. I know there was a lot of interest in the Online Archiving feature when Exchange Server 2010...
18 Jun 2010
Rebuttal to “Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott - Weekly 121: Wong Was Wrong”
On September 4th, Paul Thurrott referenced one of my blog entries and even titled his article as “Wong Was Wrong”. Normally, I wouldn’t take much issue with things like this, but in this case, I have to say that Paul was WRONG. Let me explain...
13 Oct 2009
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