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  • TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Enabling Self-Service On-Demand Developer Environments in the Cloud

    In Part 3 of our “ Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud ” series on TechNet Radio, Blain Barton and Keith Mayer turn the conversation towards enabling self-service on demand Developer environments in the cloud. Learn how you can use Microsoft Azure along with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller and the Azure Pack to increase work efficiency across your organization. [ 1:16 ] It seems like Dev and Test environments have been a key workload that organizations are considering for the Cloud. What do you...
  • Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud era with Azure AD

    Thanks to everyone who attended my session yesterday at Cloud Expo in NYC on leveraging Microsoft Azure Active Directory to Simplify Identity Management in the Cloud era.

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    In this article, I’ve included a copy of my deck and additional resources to help you get started with Azure Active Directory.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - How Does Microsoft Azure and the Cloud align with DevOps?

    Matt Hester and Keith Mayer continue our special “ Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud ” series on TechNet Radio and in part 2 of our series they discuss how Microsoft Azure and cloud computing can be leveraged to help accelerate the transition to DevOps in an organization. [ 1:37 ] What is DevOps and why is it important? [ 9:53 ] What is “Shadow IT” and how can it be disruptive to businesses and organizations? [ 12:35 ] What does Microsoft Azure offer me? [ 16:19 ] How does Microsoft Azure align with...
  • Rewards, Prizes and Certification: Add Hyper-V to your Existing VMware / Virtualization Skills with Early Experts

    Microsoft Early Experts is a free, online study group for virtualization professionals who want to extend their Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure knowledge with official Microsoft certifications. We've organized our high-impact learning resources into online Knowledge Quests that include concise videos, prescriptive study materials and hands-on practice with real products. Complete the weekly quests at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility to stop and review certain topics when you need more time.

    Join Early Experts - We'll help you get certified!

    In this article, I'll provide more details around a new Early Experts study group for existing VMware and Virtualization professionals.  I'll also describe the prize opportunities that are available to IT Pros located in the U.S. who actively participate in Early Experts in April, May and June 2014 ...

  • Windows Azure Pack: Configuring Remote Desktop Gateway for VM Console Access

    The free Windows Azure Pack (WAP) delivers the on-demand, self-service user interface from our Microsoft Azure public cloud platform to on-premises Private Clouds in your datacenter.  In a prior article, we walked through the steps of getting started with WAP by building the necessary components for a basic lab environment.  If you missed that article, be sure to use the link below to read it first, and then come back to this article to continue expanding your lab with additional functionality.

    In this article, we’ll extend the original WAP lab environment with an additional VM that functions as a Remote Desktop Gateway.  This additional VM will provide us with the ability to connect to the virtual server console of VMs running in our Private Clouds, even if those VM’s are provisioned on isolated virtual networks.  As long as there’s physical network connectivity between the Remote Desktop Gateway, VMM Management Servers and Hyper-V hosts, we can securely extend remote console access to all VM’s.

    WAP Architecture with Remote Desktop Gateway

    Before we proceed with the configuration steps, let’s take a look at the revised architecture for our lab with the Remote Desktop Gateway added. 

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    WAP Remote Console Architecture – Microsoft TechNet

    Based on this architecture, here’s the steps that occur when using WAP to establish VM console access ...

  • News from Microsoft TechEd 2014 - Key Hybrid Cloud Announcements

    WOW! Brad Anderson and our Cloud & Enterprise team have made a HUGE number of announcements around Hybrid Cloud this week at Microsoft TechEd 2014. 

    Brad Anderson announcing new Hybrid Cloud offerings at Microsoft TechEd 2014

    In this article, I’ll summarize my favorite Hybrid Cloud announcements as an IT Pro and provide links to resources with additional details to help you learn how to leverage these capabilities for your Hybrid Cloud deployments...

  • Join me online at Microsoft Tech Ed 2014 - Live from Houston TX!

    At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about—and demo—some of the remarkable new capabilities and functionalities we are going to deliver to the IT and developer industry.

    Can’t make it to Houston this year for TechEd 2014? No worries – just join us online via Tech Ed Live Streaming all week long from the keynote and technical breakout sessions. 

    Register Now for the Tech Ed Live Stream

    In this article, I’ve included the schedule for this week’s TechEd sessions that will be live streamed and the registration link you can use for joining us online.  Hope to see you there virtually!

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 9) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Getting Started with the Windows Azure Pack

    Continuing their "Building a Hybrid Cloud" series, Keith Mayer welcomes Andy Syrewicze , a Virtual Systems Administrator from Trivalent Group to the show as they take an in-depth look at the features and capabilities of the Windows Azure Pack and how it can impact your hybrid cloud implementation. [ 2:42 ] What is the Windows Azure Pack? [ 5:56 ] DEMO: Microsoft Azure and Windows Azure Pack [ 13:59 ] Setting up VM Networks and VM Templates [ 21:35 ] Service Provider Foundation (SPF) setup...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 9) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - How does Networking work in Hyper-V?

    In Part 9 of our "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze discuss how networking is supported in Hyper-V. Tune in as they take a look at different network approaches from NIC Teaming , Standard vSwitches vs. Distributed (Logical vSwitches) vs. Network Virtualization (HNV). [ 2:38 ] NIC Teaming, Standard vSwitches vs. Distributed (Logical vSwitches) vs. Network Virtualization (HNV) [ 11:21 ] DEMO : NIC Teaming and Standard vSwitches in Hyper...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 8) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - Supported Guest Operating Systems

    In this installment of our "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze discuss support for guest operating systems in Hyper-V. Tune in as they go in depth on supported server and client operating systems as well demo for us how Linux is supported in Hyper-V. [ 5:08 ] What does “supported” mean in terms of Guest Operating Systems on Hyper-V? [ 9:30 ] Did you say Linux? How strong is Linux support on Hyper-V? [ 10:57 ] DEMO : Scenarios for Guest...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 7) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - Dynamic Workload Balancing

    Continuing their “Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze show us how to dynamically optimize and manage our virtual machine environment with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Tune in as they discuss and demo intelligent placement, and dynamic and power optimization capabilities. [ 3:10 ] What is dynamic workload balancing and why is it important? [ 5:15 ] How does this feature look in Hyper-V and System Center Virtual...
  • What’s New in PowerShell? New Desired State Configuration (DSC) Resource Kit adds 14 modules to make DevOps auto-provisioning even easier!

    A few months back, I wrote an introductory article on Desired State Configuration (DSC) with PowerShell 4.0 and Windows Server 2012 R2 …

    Why R2? Automated Server Self-Provisioning and Remediation with Desired State Configuration (DSC) in PowerShell 4.0

    Windows Server 2012 R2 includes a new version of the PowerShell scripting language, PowerShell 4.0. One of the most interesting new features in PowerShell 4.0 is Desired State Configuration (DSC).  DSC is a declarative management system inside Windows PowerShell 4.0 that enables servers to self-provision themselves during initial deployment and also self-remediate their configuration if it should fall out of compliance with their assigned “desired state”.

    DO IT: Click HERE to read this Step-by-Step introduction if you missed it …

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    In this article, I’ll provide an introduction to a new PowerShell DSC Resource Kit that has recently been released with support for 14 new DSC resources …

  • What’s New in PowerShell: Getting Started with OneGet in one line with Windows PowerShell 5.0

    Over the past couple weeks, while we’ve all been focused on the news on Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft Azure, and Heartbleed, there’s also been a number of significant enhancements and announcements regarding PowerShell – including a preview release of the next major PowerShell version, Windows PowerShell 5.0.

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    This article is the first in a series of articles designed to highlight recent announcements and new features in Windows PowerShell.  Today, I’ll help you get started with OneGet in PowerShell 5.0, but stay tuned for other articles in this series in the coming days …

  • Windows Phone 8.1 ready for download as Developer Preview

    A couple weeks ago at our Build 2014 conference, we announced Windows Phone 8.1 with tons of new capabilities for both consumers and enterprises. Yesterday, Windows Phone 8.1 was made available as a Developer Preview for developers and app builders that are registered in our Windows Phone Preview for Developers program.

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    Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1

    In this article, we’ll discuss how to get the new Developer Preview for Windows Phone 8.1 and I’ll also share some of my favorite new features!

  • Step-by-Step: Build Your Cloud with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure

    April 11, 2014: Updated to include additional resources ...

    Now, take Build Your Cloud on-the-go with Windows Phone!

    My fellow Technical Evangelists and I have authored a content series that steps through building your very own Cloud by leveraging Windows Server 2012 R2, our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services ( IaaS ) and System Center 2012 R2.  Week-by-week, we walk through the steps to envision, plan and implement your very own Cloud to take your existing data center to the next level and give you the tools and time back in your day for improving IT services and being able to change and shift with your business / IT needs.

    In this article, I introduce this series and provide a weekly breakdown of each topic that we've written to help you build your own Cloud ...

  • Step-by-Step: Getting Started with On-demand Private Clouds using Windows Azure Pack

    As I’ve been traveling and speaking to IT Pros about the great scalability, resiliency and offerings in our Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, there’s also been lots of interest around deploying our free Windows Azure Pack (WAP) to bring the power and consistency of the same self-service Azure portal user interface to on-demand Private Clouds provisioned in an on-premises datacenter.

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    Service Management Portal in Windows Azure Pack

    In this article, we’ll step through the process of setting up Windows Azure Pack in a lab environment for provisioning and delegating VM private clouds. Along the way, I’ll call out the specific details that I found helpful to successfully build my own lab environment.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - Disaster Recovery with Hyper-V Replica

    In today’s installment of our “Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze explore disaster recovery and how Hyper-V Replica can help assist your DR efforts. Tune in as they take us through some common DR scenarios as well as demo for us Hyper-V Replica and Azure’s Hyper-V Recovery Manager. [ 3:23 ] What is Hyper-Replica and how can impact Disaster Recovery? [ 8:00 ] DEMO : Getting started with Hyper-V Replica [ 23:30 ...
  • Best of Build 2014: Getting Ready for Windows 8.1 Update

    Last week at the Build 2014 conference, the Windows product team announced that Windows 8.1 Update will be generally available via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center beginning April 8th as KB2919355.  Some of the most notable enhancements provided by Windows 8.1 Update include:

    • Improved hardware support for devices with lower hardware specifications, such as 1GB RAM and 16GB storage space
    • Enhanced compatibility with legacy web apps via Enterprise Mode for IE 11
    • Extended Mobile Device Management (MDM) support
    • Improved Keyboard/Mouse user experience

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    Windows 8.1 Update – Start screen

    In addition to these enhancements, Windows 8.1 Update includes two new security updates (KB2922229 and KB2936068).  These security updates will also be available separately for organizations that are not yet ready to deploy the full Windows 8.1 Update.

    Note: KB2919355 also applies to Windows Server 2012 R2.  When installed on Windows Server 2012 R2, the new Enterprise Mode for IE11, updated Start screen UI with Search and Power buttons, and Desktop Experience role for Remote Desktop Services deployments are all updated to align with the Windows 8.1 Update experience on client devices.

    In this article, I’ll provide a list of resources that you can leverage to quickly learn, deploy and educate your users on the new features in Windows 8.1 Update.

  • Best of Build 2014: What’s New in Microsoft Azure

    WOW! This past week at our Build 2014 conference, the Azure team announced over 40+ updates to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, including significant enhancements to Virtual Machines, Storage, Web Sites, Mobile Services and Azure SQL Database.  In addition, a new Azure Preview Portal was released that provides a customizable end-to-end DevOps experience along with Azure Resource Manager, a new framework for composing and managing cloud applications.

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    The NEW Azure Preview Portal

    In this article, I’ll provide a recap of the announcements made during Scott Guthrie’s Microsoft Azure keynote session on Day 2 of Build 2014 with a clickable video index and additional resource links for more information …

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 8) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Build Your Compute Fabric with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

    In today’s “Building a Hybrid Cloud” episode, Keith Mayer and Brian Lewis demo for us how build and manage our compute fabric with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager . Tune in as they discuss the many challenges IT Pros face today when trying to manage multiple virtualization hosts both on-premise an in the cloud. [ 1:48 ] What are some of the major compute challenges IT Pros face? [ 4:44 ] How does System Center 2012 R2 VMM address Compute? [ 8:48 ] How would...
  • Step-by-Step: Getting Started with NEW Microsoft Azure Automation preview feature

    Earlier this week, Microsoft Azure Automation was made available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as a public preview.  This new feature allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment and management of cloud resources in your Microsoft Azure subscription using a highly-available workflow execution engine.  Azure Automation provides an orchestration feature set for public cloud resources that is similar to what the Service Management Automation (SMA) engine provides for on-premises private cloud resources via the Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator.

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    Azure Automation is super-cool, because it allows us to perform automated cloud provisioning and management without needing to manually build and manage a separate set of automation servers.  And … scalability and high availability of the Azure Automation engine is provided natively via the Microsoft Azure cloud platform without any extra configuration steps needed, which helps to make sure that your scheduled runbooks will always execute when needed.

    In this article, I’ll step through the process of getting started with Azure Automation. Along the way, we’ll build a runbook and PowerShell workflow for performing basic automation of Microsoft Azure virtual machines.

  • March 2014: Top 10 Favorite IT Pro Blog Articles and eBook of the Month

    March came in AND went out like a Lion this year … and the blogging activity in our IT Pro community has been no different, with some awesome posts on Microsoft Azure, Private Cloud, Windows 8.1 and PowerShell!

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    In this article, I’ve provided a list of my top 10 favorite IT Pro blog articles in March along with my eBook pick of the month … Be sure that you don’t miss out on these great resources!

  • Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure (Part 3)

    This article is Part 3 of a three-part article mini-series on using Project Siena and Microsoft Azure cloud services together to build real no-code Windows 8.1 business apps.  Project Siena gives business users the ability to create powerful business apps without writing any code whatsoever, and Microsoft Azure provides a globally-accessible Internet cloud service that can serve as a centralized data source for these apps.  Together, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure provide a complete toolset for building no-code data-driven business apps.

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    If you’ve missed the earlier parts of this series, be sure to check them out below and then come back here when you’re ready to proceed …

  • Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure (Part 2)

    Project Siena is super-cool, because it extends the ability to build real data-driven business apps to non-developers inside organizations: that is, the business experts and power users who, in many cases, know the inner meaning of business data better than anyone else in an organization.

    In this article, we’ll continue our exploration of Project Siena by stepping through the process of building a real no-code Windows 8.1 app together, with our focus on setting up the data source that our app will consume in Microsoft Azure Mobile Services.

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  • Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure (Part 1)

    Microsoft Project Siena, currently in Beta 2, enables business users to create powerful no-code apps for Windows 8.1 that can connect to enterprise applications, cloud services and the web.  Now, without any programming, your users can quickly create apps that leverage their knowledge of corporate content and Internet services to allow others within your organization to work with that data in new and interesting ways.

    This article is part 1 of a three-part article mini-series. In part 1, I’ll provide an overview of Project Siena with resources to help your users get started developing their very own Windows 8.1 business apps.  In parts 2 & 3, we’ll proceed step-by-step through building a real Windows 8.1 app together with Project Siena and Microsoft Azure Mobile Services - all without any coding whatsoever!