February has been really active with some absolutely excellent blog articles published this past month!

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In this article, I’ve provided a list of my top 10 favorite IT Pro blog articles in February along with my eBook pick of the month … Be sure that you don’t miss out on these great resources!

Top 10 Favorite IT Pro Blog Articles - Feb 2014

     
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10.

App Controller with Multiple Windows Azure Subscriptions
A nice quick read on hybrid cloud management! Yung Chou explains how to leverage System Center 2012 R2 App Controller for Private Clouds as well as multiple Windows Azure subscriptions. And ... as a bonus, he provides another free eBook, too!

 

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4 Reasons Your Hyper-V Host Should Only Run the Hyper-V Role
You may have heard that Hyper-V hosts should only run the Hyper-V role … but WHY? Virtualization IT Pro Andy Syrewicze gives us the full scoop!

 

8.

Hyper-V over SMB: Set Constrained Delegation via PowerShell
Microsoft MVP Thomas Maurer shows us how to standardize the configuration of constrained delegation for a Hyper-V cluster using SMB 3.0 Scale-out File Server storage.

 

7.

Script to Convert Hyper-V Virtual Machine from VHD to VHDX
Want to take advantage of the new VHDX virtual hard disk format for your existing VMs in VHD format? Microsoft MVP Aidan Finn gives us a script to automate the conversion process!

 

6.

Hyper-V Network Virtualization Technical Details and Gateway Architecture
Microsoft MVP James van den Berg explains the Network Virtualization stack, based on NV-GRE, that is built into Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 VMM.

 

5.

Step-by-Step: Creating a Windows Development Environment in Windows 8.1 Client Hyper-V
Do your developers already have MSDN subscriptions for gaining access to Visual Studio? Well, they also get Windows 8.1 and Hyper-V, too!  Canadian IT Pro Anthony Bartolo steps us through the process of using it.

 

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Migrating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 in another Active Directory domain
Microsoft MVP Didier Van Hoye takes us step-by-step through the process of migrating to a new Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster.  Great guide for your next migration project!

 

3.

 Setup a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Lab via PowerShell
Ever want to automate the setup of your very own lab environment? Well, walk through these steps with the Scripting Guys

 

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New Windows Azure Updates: Express Route Dedicated Networking, Web Site Backup Restore, Mobile Services .NET Support, Hadoop 2.2 and MORE!
There’s been a ton of new enhancements this month to the Windows Azure platform and Scott Guthrie gives us the details.
     
… And my #1 blog article pick for Feb 2014 is …
 

 

1.

Disaster Recovery Planning Series for IT Pros
Brian Lewis and the US IT Pro Team walk us through planning considerations and practical guidance on key Disaster Recovery topics and scenarios.

Top eBook Pick of the Month - Feb 2014

This month, Microsoft Press released a new virtualization book in their Microsoft System Center series, authored by a team of Microsoft MVPs and experienced virtualizations pros.

Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution
Mitch Tulloch with Nigel Cain, Alvin Morales, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn
136 pages

This book is geared to private and hybrid cloud architects preparing to design and build a virtualized network solution based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, or later. Written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, this title focuses on architecture and design.

 Download the PDF (6.68 MB)

 Download the EPUB file (25.4 MB)

 Download the Mobi for Kindle file (45.4 MB)

What’s Your Favorite IT Pro Blog Article?

Did I miss your favorite IT Pro blog article published this past month? Feel free to cast your vote in the Comments section below …

See you in the Clouds!

- Keith