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Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Step-by-Step: Cross-Premises Connectivity with Azure ExpressRoute (Part 16)
With Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, organizations can create private, high-throughput network connections between Azure datacenters and existing infrastructure, whether it’s on-premises or in a co-location environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and as such they...
5 Sep 2014
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
Guided Hands-on Lab: Extend Your Private Cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Networks and 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 extending our On-premises Datacenter...
10 May 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
Configuring DHCP in Windows Server 2012 - “Early Experts” Challenge - Exam 70-410
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 : Deploy and Configure Core Network...
26 Nov 2012
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
VMware or Microsoft? Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX
UPDATE: New Test Lab Guide Released: Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. DO IT: Download the Test Lab Guide Below Network Virtualization, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at-large, have been getting a lot of attention...
30 Sep 2013
FREE Hands-on Training: Build Virtual Machines 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...
10 Jan 2013
Step-by-Step: Hyper-V Network Virtualization - 31 Days of Favorite Features in #WinServ 2012 ( Part 8 of 31 )
This article is Part 8 in a series of articles of 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...
8 Oct 2012
Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Networking in Windows Server 2012 - "Early Experts" Challenge - Exam 70-410 and 70-417
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 and Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to...
26 Nov 2012
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
Configure Datacenter Network Fabric and Network Virtualization using System Center 2012 SP1 VMM - 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 configure the network fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager . We’ll walk through the process of adding datacenter...
11 Apr 2013
Chance to Win a Ticket to Microsoft TechEd 2013 and MORE … in the NEW TechEd “Cloud Challenge” (US Only)
Thanks for your interest in the Microsoft TechEd "Cloud Challenge" and Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ! This contest has ended , and we've selected winners for each prize below. Congratulations To Our Winners! Congratulations to our winners listed below! All winners have been individually...
1 Apr 2013
VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance
UPDATES: Based on strong feedback from the community, I've made the following updates to this article ... Added new row for Virtualization of Serial Ports . Added new row for Web-based Management . Added new rows for Boot from Flash , Boot from SAN and VM Guest Clustering Maximum Nodes ....
15 Oct 2013
Why R2? Software Defined Networking with Hyper-V Network Virtualization
This month, my team of fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists are publishing a series of articles on Why Windows Server 2012 R2? that highlights the key enhancements and new capabilities that we're seeing driving particular interest in this latest release of our Windows Server operating system in the field...
13 Nov 2013
Get started as an "Early Expert" on Windows Server 2012 R2 with this FREE eBook!
Research has shown that approximately 65% to 70% of organizations today have more than one hypervisor deployed. This presents a large opportunity for IT Professionals to increase their technical differentiation and value in the IT marketplace by supporting multiple hypervisors. Using this free eBook...
30 Aug 2013
Automating the Cloud with PowerShell and Windows Azure
Wow! There was a ton of interest yesterday at the CincyPowerShell User Group on automating the provisioning and management of Virtual Machines in the cloud using PowerShell and the new Windows Azure PowerShell Module! In this article, I’ve provided a copy of my presentation deck, session notes...
25 Jan 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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