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Upgrade Your MCITP or MCSA to Windows Server 2012 with this FREE Certification Exam Study Guide for Exam 70-417
UPDATE: There's ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT for the Microsoft Learning " Second Shot " exam voucher offer! Be sure to register and take advantage of this offer prior to May 31st, 2013 ... and use this proven study guide to help you quickly prepare for the MCSA Upgrade Exam on Windows Server 2012! I’ve...
20 May 2013
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
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
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: Dynamic Optimization of Your Private Cloud Fabric
Continuing on in our Build Your Private Cloud in a Month series, today Yung Chou and I walk through the steps needed to dynamically optimize our Private Cloud Fabric. Tune in as we show you how to reserve capacity for virtualization hosts, dynamically balance VM loads across hosts, configure automatic...
30 Apr 2013
Walk-through: Private Cloud Lifecycle - Updating, Servicing and Scaling with System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager
As we’ve seen so far throughout our Build Your Private Cloud in a Month series, Private Clouds allow us to organize our datacenter resources into pools of resources and template configurations that are really easy to deploy and manage. But, as we all know, configuration tasks for datacenter...
25 Apr 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
Step-by-Step: Migrating to FREE Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 Servers AND Clusters from 2008 R2 and VMware
UPDATE: I'm updating this article to also include a new Step-by-Step video and migration guide that was recently released by our Cluster team to provide guidance for using the Migrate a Cluster Wizard to migrate CLUSTERS of Hyper-V Server hosts from 2008 R2 to 2012, in addition to the other migration...
17 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
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
Configure Private Cloud VM Compute Fabric with System Center 2012 SP1 VMM - Build Your Private Cloud
To be effective, Private Clouds need to embrace the virtualization technologies that you have currently deployed in your datacenter and permit you to manage them as a single compute fabric, rather than getting locked in to separately managing silos of virtualization technologies. Don’t get me...
15 Apr 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
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
Welcome to IT Camp - Get your Content and Resources HERE!
This year, we're delivering in-person IT Camp events as part of our broader Cloud OS Signature Launch Series on Windows Server 2012 and Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). In addition, we'll also be delivering a series of additional IT Camp events throughout the US Heartland ... be sure to check...
4 Apr 2013
Configuring Storage Fabric in 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 configure the storage fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager . We’ll walk through the process of adding different...
2 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
Tip-of-the-Day: USB on Hyper-V Revisited with Windows-To-Go USB Drives
A while back, I had written an article on some options for IT Pros wishing to extend Host-attached USB devices into a VM. With the introduction of Windows-To-Go ( WTG ) USB Drives, there’s now a new option to extend USB storage into VMs by leveraging the firmware present on WTG-certified USB devices...
2 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
Super-fast Failovers with VM Machine 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
Managing FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 with a Local GUI Console Tool
Manage Hyper-V Server 2012 with a local GUI console tool? Yep. I thought Hyper-V Server 2012 was a free optimized version of Windows Server 2012 Server Core with the Hyper-V role pre-installed! It is … it’s a FREE enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisor solution that is based on...
20 Mar 2013
What is a Private Cloud? - Build Your Private Cloud
Today, Yung Chou and I are kicking off our multi-part series on how to build a Private Cloud using System Center 2012 SP1 . Tune in as we discuss the difference between a Private Cloud and a Highly Virtualized Environment, how System Center 2012 components map to Private Cloud requirements, and how the...
14 Mar 2013
Step-by-Step: Speaking iSCSI with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V - Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! ( Part 7 of 20 )
Windows Server 2012 and our completely FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly have some really cost effective new storage options, with Storage Spaces and Hyper-V over SMB 3.0 . However, many IT Pros have already invested in iSCSI shared storage and, as a result, many Hyper-V deployments also need to be...
12 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
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