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Guided Hands-on Lab: Capacity Planner for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica
Hyper-V Replica is our included asynchronous site-to-site VM replication capability for Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 bare-metal enterprise-grade hypervisor. Using Hyper-V Replica, you can quickly implement a cost-effective disaster recovery plan for your business critical VMs...
23 May 2013
Step-by-Step: Build a FREE System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Lab in the Cloud
UPDATE: Added a Step-by-Step article for building a Cloud Distribution Point to the list of Additional Resources in this article ... Build a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Cloud Distribution Point using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services by Kevin Remde System Center 2012...
22 May 2013
FREE HANDS-ON TRAINING: You, Your Datacenter and Windows Azure Infrastructure Services [ May 21st in Detroit, MI ]
UPDATE: I've provided links below to the decks I used to present at this training event ... DECK: Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services DECK: Building SharePoint Server 2013 in the Cloud with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Windows Azure...
21 May 2013
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 Your Private Cloud in a Month with System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V and Windows Azure
UPDATED: Including the newly released Step-by-Step guides for implementing Windows Azure Virtual Network Site-to-Site VPN and Point-to-Site VPN hybrid networking in the list of linked resources in this study program. Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course! Are you spending less time...
18 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
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
Become a Hands-on “Early Expert” on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
Windows Azure Infrastructure Services officially launched in April for supporting production Virtual Machine and Virtual Network workloads. Master the skills for leveraging Windows Azure as part of a hybrid cloud infrastructure and showcase your new knowledge to others in the "Early Experts” Cloud...
2 May 2013
Walkthrough: Managing Your Hybrid Cloud Network Fabric with System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller
In this final portion of our Build Your Private Cloud in a Month series, Yung Chou and I show how to leverage System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller to manage a hybrid cloud environment that could consist of on-premises Private Clouds, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services , and hosted Service Provider...
30 Apr 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
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
Master System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager with this short-list of FREE Learning Resources …
I meet lots of IT Pros at my events that are interested learning more about the new and improved capabilities in Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. In this article, I’ve compiled a list of video and hands-on lab resources that you can use to learn all about it and prepare...
15 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
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
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
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
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
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