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VMware or Microsoft? FREE Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuous Availability with Hyper-V Server 2012
If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management . Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable, manageable datacenter environment. Ignore these truths, and … well...
21 Aug 2013
VMware or Microsoft? Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces
As my colleague, Chris Avis , pointed out in his article yesterday ( VMware or Microsoft: Simplified Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime ), there’s tons of reasons that IT Pros have been moving new virtualization workloads onto Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 or Hyper-V Server 2012...
15 Aug 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
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
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
Super-fast Failovers with VM Guest Clustering in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V - Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! ( Part 14 of 20 )
My good friend and colleague, Matt Hester , recently wrote a great article on Hyper-V Host Clustering as part of our latest article series, Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! In this article, I’ll build on Matt’s cluster scenario to walk through the advantages and implementation steps...
21 Mar 2013
Laying Your Private Cloud Foundation with Windows Server 2012 - 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 discuss reference architectures for scale-up and scale-out Private Cloud infrastructure designs that leverage the new Scalability, Storage Spaces...
19 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: 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...
5 Feb 2013
Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster - Part 1 of 2
Leverage the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 to provide an Enterprise-ready Private Cloud Foundation! Overhead at one of my recent IT Pro events: “ The FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 sounds AWESOME! With the same features and scalability as the Hyper-V role in the full Windows Server 2012 OS, I could...
13 Dec 2012
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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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