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Leveraging the Azure Service Management REST API with Azure Active Directory and PowerShell / List Azure Administrators
The Azure Service Management REST API can be a great compliment to the Azure PowerShell module when automating certain Azure cloud tasks for which there's not yet a defined set of PowerShell cmdlets. In previous articles, we've leveraged this API for specific scenarios, such as: Configuring...
30 Dec 2014
Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud era with Azure AD
Thanks to everyone who attended my session yesterday at Cloud Expo in NYC on leveraging Microsoft Azure Active Directory to Simplify Identity Management in the Cloud era . In this article, I’ve included a copy of my deck and additional resources to help you get started with Azure Active Directory...
11 Jun 2014
Step-by-Step: Get Started with Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) and Multi-Factor Authentication
Managing user credentials and application access is becoming more-and-more difficult in today's "cloud era". In addition to managing access to traditional on-premises applications, we're also faced with managing access to numerous 3rd party cloud-based applications - many of which default...
7 Feb 2014
Supporting Windows 8 Fast Startup with Group Policy
When people first begin using Windows 8, one of the most noticeable improvements is the new Fast Startup feature. Fast Startup, enabled by default in Windows 8, implements a unique hybrid kernel hibernation process during computer shutdown where user mode components are shutdown normally, but the operating...
5 Nov 2012
Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Forest in the Cloud with Windows Azure
Often times, applications that we’re deploying to the cloud may expect Windows Server Active Directory to be present for authentication and identity management. With Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks , we can deploy Windows Server Active Directory on the Windows Azure cloud platform...
17 Jan 2013
Step-by-Step: Accelerating the Cloud with “BranchCache” in Windows Server 2012 [ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]
This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services . You can catch the full series at http://aka.ms/CloudTop20 . In today's article in this series, we'll discuss accelerating content on cloud-based...
6 May 2013
Step-by-Step: Remote Desktop Services on Windows Azure - A cost-effective alternative to Desktop as a Service ( Part 2 )
UPDATE: As of January 1, 2014, the following RDS licensing changes offer an alternative to RDS Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) noted below in this article. Effective January 1, 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their RDS User CALs are entitled to RDS CAL Extended...
19 Sep 2013
20+ Key Cloud Scenarios for IT Pros on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services - Complete Series!
In May, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have authored a new articles series on 20+ Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services . Each scenario is based on how we’ve seen IT Pros successfully leveraging Windows Azure in the field. In this article, I’ve provided a...
1 Jul 2013
Options for Building Active Directory in the Cloud with Windows Azure
Today, my friend and colleague, Yung Chou , has written a great article overviewing the features provided by the Windows Azure cloud platform. You can check out Yung’s article at: Windows Azure Features Overview One of the specific features that is a frequent topic of conversation at...
6 Jan 2013
Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - Exam 70-410 and 70-417 - Installing Active Directory
This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 " Early Experts " Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 : Install and Administer Active Directory...
20 Sep 2012
Step-by-Step: Adding a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller to Active Directory in the Cloud with Windows Azure
In this article, we’ll be continuing on in our “Early Experts” Cloud Quest lab scenario to add a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller ( DC ) to our cloud-based lab on the Windows Azure cloud platform. NOTE: This Step-by-Step guide builds on the cloud-based lab configuration...
21 Jan 2013
Top 3 New Tricks with Active Directory Admin Center – 31 Days of Favorite Features in #WinServ 2012 ( Part 25 of 31 )
This article is Part 25 in a series of articles on the " Top 31 Favorite Features in Windows Server 2012 " with my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs this month for the other parts of this series: Kevin Remde - Read Kevin's Full of I...
25 Oct 2012
UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A
NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we've updated the hours for "Early Experts" Virtual Study Hall assistance - Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time . - - - - - - - - - - There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard...
13 Feb 2013
Step-by-Step: Extending On-Premise Active Directory to the Cloud with Windows Azure - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Part 20 of 31
Extending an on-premise Windows Server Active Directory ( AD ) infrastructure into the cloud is an important topic to consider when planning the migration or implementation of cloud-based applications. Many existing applications require Active Directory for authentication and identity management. When...
20 Jan 2013
Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Dev/Test Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
RECENT UPDATES: This Step-by-Step Guide has been leveraged to define a new Windows Azure Deployment Planning Service ( AZDPS ) for Microsoft Partners and Customers: Implementing Develop and Test Scenarios on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Customers can now engage authorized partners for planning...
15 Jul 2013
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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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