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Step-by-Step: Extending Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 with custom PowerShell tools
Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 has been completely retooled into a powerful multi-server management GUI tool that provides remote management of Windows servers and a health-check dashboard snapshot view to quickly verify that “all-is-well” across Windows servers within...
20 Nov 2013
VMware or Microsoft? Shopping for Private Clouds
At a recent community event, I met “Scott”, a savvy IT Pro who was in the process of planning the architecture for a new datacenter location at his company. Scott is an experienced datacenter engineer who manages several other virtualized datacenters. Although he is currently running VMware...
9 Sep 2013
Step-by-Step: Using PowerShell to Add Servers to Server Manager in Windows Server 2012
After being out-of-office for most of July due to vacations, conferences, internal meetings, presentations and off-site events, I’m now back and ready-to-go! So … Let’s go! When I’m speaking with IT Pros about the great multi-server management enhancements in Windows Server...
6 Aug 2013
Practical Approaches to Deploying SharePoint on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure
I’ve recently presented talks at a number of SharePoint-related conferences and events on practical approaches to deploying SharePoint on Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisors ( on–premise ) as well as using Windows Azure VMs ( in the...
16 Apr 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
Managing Windows Server 2012 Workgroup Servers Remotely
Everyone loves the new Server Manager dashboard in Windows Server 2012 for managing multiple servers remotely. However, I frequently get questions at my IT Camp events on managing not only domain-joined servers, but also servers that may be in a workgroup or isolated domain. One of my friends and...
11 Dec 2012
Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - Exam 70-410 - Managing Server Roles and Features
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 : Configure Server Roles and Features...
21 Oct 2012
Managing Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 from Windows Server 2012 Server Manager
Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 has been redesigned as a new cool multi-server management console, making it as easy to manage multiple servers remotely as you can from a local server's console - whether those servers are physical, virtual or hosted in the cloud! Not familiar with the new Server...
2 Oct 2012
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About the Author ...
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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