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Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
UPDATE: At the end of this step-by-step article, I've also included a downloadable lab guide and a 130-line PowerShell script for initial provisioning. The PowerShell script helps to reduce the initial configuration time by automating the provisioning of a new Windows Azure Storage account, Virtual Network...
17 May 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
Get Certified at Microsoft TechEd as an MCSE on Windows Server 2012 or Private Cloud … and MORE!
TechEd is our premier technical conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, and this year Microsoft TechEd 2013 North America will be in New Orleans, LA on June 3rd-6th. I’ve attended almost every TechEd conference since 1997, and I’ve always found it to be a tremendously...
5 May 2013
Walkthrough: Creating Private Clouds with System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager - Build Your Private Cloud in a Month
So far in our Build Your Private Cloud in a Month series, we’ve prepared a scalable, resilient foundation and created our storage, network and compute fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager. Now …. we're ready to build some Private Clouds! In System Center 2012 SP1,...
18 Apr 2013
Guided Hands-on Lab: Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization for an Elastic Private Cloud Fabric - Build Your Private Cloud in a Month
Earlier in this Build Your Private Cloud in a Month article series, we defined Elasticity as an important property of a Private Cloud Fabric. Elasticity allows us to manage our Private Cloud as a flexible pool of resources that we can leverage to rapidly grow our datacenter capacity to meet new resource...
17 Apr 2013
Step-by-Step: Get Started with Windows Azure Active Directory - FREE for Production Use
Windows Azure Active Directory ( WAAD ), a cloud-friendly REST-based implementation of Active Directory for identity management of cloud applications, is now generally available for production cloud apps as a FREE service. WAAD provides consistent centralized identity management for Microsoft Office...
9 Apr 2013
Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012
When designing your virtualization ho st framework for your Private Cloud, it's important to select platforms that use widely supported standards and provide cost-effective solutions for elastically scaling a resilient compute foundation. With this criteria in check, you'll be able to grow your compute...
5 Apr 2013
Build Your Private Cloud Foundation - Networking with Windows Server 2012
When planning network infrastructure for a Private Cloud, there’s a number of technologies to consider and leverage in Windows Server 2012 . At many of my events, IT Pros have lots of questions on when to use various network technologies in their overall Private Cloud design, such as: Teaming...
4 Apr 2013
Deploying & Upgrading System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager - Build Your Private Cloud
Yung Chou and I are back for another episode in our multi-part series on how to Build Your Private Cloud using System Center 2012 SP1 . Tune in today as we show how to deploy System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager AND upgrade from the VMM RTM release. We’ll walk through some of the key...
2 Apr 2013
A Match Made in the Clouds - Windows Server 2012 Server Core & Windows Azure VMs
Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks provides the ability to securely extend the network perimeter of our data center into the Windows Azure cloud platform for many useful scenarios – backup, disaster recovery, accelerated cloud storage, dev/test/pilot, remote access, Internet applications...
29 Mar 2013
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: Connect to Your Cloud Lab with Windows Azure Connect
In addition to building Virtual Networks on the Windows Azure cloud fabric for running Virtual Machines in the cloud, we can also securely extend those virtual networks to on-premise devices in a couple ways: Cloud-to-Site IPsec VPN connectivity Essentially, this is a Site-to-Site IPsec VPN tunnel...
7 Feb 2013
Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster Study Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure
The high availability afforded by Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering is a key ingredient for managing and maintaining business critical applications. To gain familiarity with What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012, this article will step through an overview of new capabilities...
4 Feb 2013
Cloud-based PC and Mobile Device Management with Windows Intune Wave D and System Center 2012 SP1
In today's TechNet Radio show, we're discussing the new features in PC and mobile device management in the new wave of our cloud-based management solution: Windows Intune . We'll be chatting with Mark Williams , Senior Program Manager on the Windows Intune team, as we cover the following new capabilities...
21 Jan 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: 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: Templating VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure and PowerShell - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Part 17 of 31
In previous articles in our 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud series, we’ve stepped through the process of building out various lab environments in the cloud, such as Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8 App Dev and even Linux, on the Windows Azure cloud platform. ...
17 Jan 2013
Step-by-Step: Running FREE Linux Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure
The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform. Linux? That’s...
11 Jan 2013
Hands on Lab: Connecting PaaS and IaaS Applications in the Cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Networks
Our Windows Azure cloud platform provides both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) features for migrating and running virtual machines in the cloud and Platform as a Service (PaaS) features for developing new cloud-based applications. Together, these capabilities can be used by IT Pros and Developers...
8 Jan 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
31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Getting Started
Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings provide IT Pros with the ability to quickly and easily provision new Virtual Machines ( VMs running both Windows and Linux ) and Virtual Networks in the cloud. I’ve found that these capabilities can be really useful for a number of scenarios...
5 Jan 2013
Step-by-Step: Build Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure
With Windows Azure, you can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines on your own virtual network in the cloud. These capabilities can be really useful for several scenarios, such as: building virtual lab environments, piloting new software in the cloud, deploying hybrid IT applications...
18 Dec 2012
Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster - Part 2 of 2
This article is Part 2 in a two-part series on building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster to support highly available virtual machines as a foundation to a Private Cloud solution. If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of this article series on the initial steps for building Hyper-V Server 2012...
14 Dec 2012
Over 100 TechEd 2012 Hands-On Labs are now available online #ws2012 #hyperv #sysctr
UPDATE: By popular demand, these Hands On Labs have been extended to September 30th, 2012! Good news! Until September 30th, we are making available online over 100 of the most popular TechEd North America Hands-on Labs. Accessing the virtual environments and manuals is really easy ... Steps to...
7 Sep 2012
FREE Technical eBook for IT Pros on Windows Server 2012 and Private Cloud
This week, Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server team have released a new updated version of the FREE e-Book for IT professionals: Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition. This book is a great way to get quickly skilled up on all the new improvements in this latest Windows Server - one of the most...
31 Aug 2012
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