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  • Blog Post: VMware Pro? Gear up on Hyper-V through Microsoft Early Experts

    Are you a VMware Pro? In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform...
  • Blog Post: The Case for the Offline Backup

    Over the past several weeks, my teammates have all contributed to a very valuable series of blog articles entitled “ Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pros ”. They’ve covered topics such as how to get started in planning, and Server Virtualization and how it applies to Disaster Recovery, and testing...
  • Blog Post: Hey IT Campers! It’s time for an Azure IT Camp!

    Yes, in the U.S. we’re coming to a town near you with some free training and hands-on experiences again – this time covering Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2 to support hybrid cloud scenarios. Here’s the description of the event from the registration pages: Build Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Help Shape Microsoft’s Cloud Technologies: Join the IT Pro User Panel

    IT Professionals: Have you ever been deep in the guts of a gnarly infrastructure deployment, automation, configuration, trouble-shooting or similar task, and thought to yourself something like this: “Why didn’t that darn product team at Microsoft make this tool work better, more like what I need it to...
  • Blog Post: How can Hyper-V Server be a member of a cluster? (So many questions. So little time. Part 54.)

    At our IT Camp in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Kris asked me a valid question. “How does a Hyper-V Server (not the full windows install) do clustering if you can’t install the cluster role?” Kris’s question is a good one, because we had just been discussing how limited Hyper-v Server is in terms of what...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 is RTW

    RTW = Released to the Webitubes Today Microsoft releases the next version of the MAP Toolkit.  MAP, in case you weren't aware, stands for Microsoft Assessment and Planning.  And a brand new version (v6.5) is now available to download . “What does it do?” I’m glad you asked.  The MAP Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud Ate My Job! ("Cloudy April" - Part 2)

    Is ‘the cloud” making you concerned for your job?  And by that, I mean, are you primarily working with a product or technology that may soon be cloudified?  “Cloudified?” Okay.. I’m making up words again.  But I think you know what I’m talking about.  Are you working with a technology...
  • Blog Post: Cloudy Server Configuration Advice (“Cloudy April” - Part 29)

      System Center Advisor is:   “That’s very pretty, Kevin.  But what does it all mean?” Here’s the idea.  You have servers, infrastructure roles (like Active Directory ) and server applications that are configured and running.  But are they configured and running properly? ...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Agentless Backup for Virtual Environments

    Today’s post comes to us courtesy of an old friend and coworker, who is still a friend but who now works for Veeam .  I’m talking about none-other than Chris Henley .  Thank you, Chris, for this excellent write-up on backing up virtual environments! --- One of the most important things to remember...
  • Blog Post: The Cloudy Summary (“Cloudy April” - Part 30)

    If you’re living under a rock (or have better things to do) you may have missed the fact that all this month (April 2011) I’ve been creating one post each day having something to do with “the cloud”. “Yeah. I saw that.” And today, as a grand finale, I thought...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 10 of 30: Kevin’s Mad House of Cloud

    In part 10 of our series today, I wanted to kick of a sort-of-sub-series of my own. During our IT Camps this month (our afternoon portion of our TechNet Events ), I’ve been taking some time to show off my personal test environment, and how I set it up. I’m finding that there is a lot of interest...
  • Blog Post: No thanks. I'll PaaS. ("Cloudy April" - Part 6)

    Have you looked at Windows Azure lately? It was announced a couple of years ago, released just over a year ago, and already it’s the most solid platform-as-a-service out there. You remember PaaS, right? I introduced it back in Part 3 of this series . “Yes, I remember.” Good...
  • Blog Post: My Introduction to the 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 0 of 20)

    Welcome to March 2013!   Can you believe it?   March is already here!  And as you’re coming to learn, a new month means a new topic for our team’s series of blog articles. This month the topic is Server Virtualiaztion.  Specifically, we’ll be discussing and helping you learn...
  • Blog Post: Can I use an ACL to protect my Azure SQL Server VM? (So many question. So little time. Part 49.)

    At our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks ago, Todd had a great question on protecting his cloud-based SQL Server: Kevin, Not sure this question was asked at the Azure IT boot camp but is there any future plans to segregate or ACL off the subnets in Azure?  Most of our web front ends are in our...
  • Blog Post: 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – The Complete Series

    As many of you may already know, this month my Microsoft US DPE Central Region teammates ( Matt Hester , Brian Lewis , and Keith Mayer ) and I are blogging about “ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ”. Throughout this month I’ll be adding links, making any updates...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Creating Azure Virtual Machines with App Controller (Part 13 of 31)

    As you know, if you’ve been following our series, “ 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud ”, Windows Azure can become an extension of your datacenter, and allow you to run your servers in the cloud. “We get it, Kevin.” And you’ve seen excellent articles in this series already, describing how to use the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Test Network with Wireless? (So many questions. So little time. Part 29)

    At our Columbus, Ohio TechNet Event , Karl asked: Great question, Karl.  And I have seen two ways to do this well. Way #1 – Treat your test network as a subnet that requires routing. Although this method is more complex, I personally prefer it.  It treats the “Internal” network as a separate...
  • Blog Post: Day 2 of our 30 days of “Cloud on Your Terms”–The Hybrid Cloud

    Today we are treated to John Weston ’s post about hybrids. “You mean, like my neighbor’s Prius?” Not exactly, no. Check out his post. And if you have missed any of the series posts, check out my summary post for links to all of the articles available so far at http:/...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

    Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription , suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux without the need for local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous...
  • Blog Post: Four NEW System Center 2012 Virtual Labs are LIVE

    Yes indeed! Today Microsoft has made 4 new free virtual labs available. This gives you a great opportunity to try out some of the basic operations of some of the new suite of System Center tools. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructure and Application...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America Cloudiness (“Cloudy April” - Part 19)

    Is there any bigger fan of TechEd than me? “Nope.” You got that right.  If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know what a huge fan of TechEd I am.  I’ve been attending TechEd in the US since 1994; and only missed ‘96 and ‘97.  (No great loss.  I heard they weren’t...
  • Blog Post: Deleting .VHD files in Windows Azure - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 18 of 31)

    Something important to be aware of when you’re using Windows Azure is: How much is this costing me?  And in particular, which items cost me what amount? One of those items that might be easy to overlook is the amount of storage you’re currently using.  If you’ve got a lot of old .VHD files...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Day–A Big Deal and a Big Event

    This Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Microsoft is holding a special Private Cloud   webcast .  “Special?  What’s so special?” I’ll tell you why.  Well, actually I can’t tell you all the details (because I don’t know them), but what I can tell you is that you’ll learn a lot.  The webcast...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators – (Part 4) Private Cloud IaaS

    In Part 4 of our Private Cloud basics series, I spoke with Tom Shinder, Yuri Diogenes about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and how this component factors into your Private Cloud planning.  Tune in as we chat about the differences between this and Software as a Service and Platform as a Service...
  • Blog Post: Are You Cloud-Certified? (“Cloudy April” - Part 12)

    How certified are you? “Same as you.” Of course you are. I’m an MCITP: Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. I was also an MCSE on Server 2003, 2000, 2000: Security, and MCSE on NT 4. I was even an MCP on Windows 3.11 . “Wow.. you’re old.”...