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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

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  • TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning Hybrid Cloud Networking

    Kevin Remde and Keith Mayer continue our series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ” and in today’s episode they discuss various options for networking. Tune in as they go in depth on what options are available for hybrid cloud networking as they explore network connectivity and address concerns about speed, reliability and security. [ 2:46 ] What components are involved in Hybrid Cloud Networking? [ 5:30 ] What are some of the technical capabilities of Hybrid Cloud networking...
  • Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud: Cross-Premises Data Mobility with Microsoft Azure StorSimple (Part 10)

    This article is part 10 in our continuing blog series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud being published by the US IT Pro team at Microsoft.  In this article, we’ll discuss enabling “cross-premises data mobility” within a Hybrid Cloud by leveraging a new cloud-enabled storage solution: Microsoft StorSimple 8000.

    Microsoft StorSimple 8000 Hybrid Cloud Storage Solution

    When migrating application workloads to a cloud platform, such as Microsoft Azure, moving the OS and application bits to the cloud is usually pretty manageable.  The virtual disks for VM’s containing OS and application binaries are usually somewhat small in size and can be moved rather quickly over common business-grade Internet connections.  Moving application data, however, can be a different story – some applications have vast amounts of data, hundreds of gigabytes or several terabytes in size, and it could take days or weeks to move all that data to the cloud over the Internet.  By leveraging Microsoft Azure and Microsoft StorSimple 8000, bi-directional mobility of enterprise data between on-premises and cloud locations can be realized to allow organizations to quickly leverage Hybrid Cloud architectures when considering business scenarios that involve large data sets.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 11) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Bringing Docker Online using PowerShell DSC

    Picking up where we last left off, Yung Chou and Keith Mayer continue our Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud series as they welcome Andrew Weiss from Microsoft Consulting Services as they show us how we can manage Docker containers using PowerShell DSC. [ 1:15 ] What is Docker ? [ 4:06 ] How is it relevant to IT pros? [ 8:20 ] DEMO : Docker in action Resource Links: DockerClientDSC – Download from GitHub Read the artcile: Configuring Docker with PowerShell DSC Microsoft Virtual Academy Training: DevOps...
  • Scripts-to-Tools: Auto-provisioning Azure Virtual Networks with PowerShell and XML

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about Auto-Provisioning a New Active Directory Domain Controller in the Azure Cloud using the new VM Agent custom script extension via the Azure Management Portal.  Since then, several people in the community have asked about also automating the steps for provisioning Virtual Networks on Azure.

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    In this article, we’ll walk through an approach for auto-provisioning Azure VNets using PowerShell, and along the way, you’ll also pick up some useful tips to expand your PowerShell skills from simple scripting to creating reusable tools.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Why NOW is a good time to plan for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

    Matt Hester and Keith Mayer kick off a special 6 part series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [ 1:18 ] Why should I start planning now? [ 2:41 ] Why Migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2? [ 5:45 ] Why consider Azure as part of your migration strategy? [ 12:38 ] What tools are available to help in the migration process? [ 17:40 ] DEMO MAP...