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  • 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: Can Windows Azure Backup support a bare-metal restore? (So many questions. So little time. Part 52.)

    Recently we’ve been showing off a capability (currently in preview) called “ Windows Azure Backup ”, which is a simple file system backup and restore to/from Windows Azure storage.  At our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks back, David asked: “Can Windows Azure Backup do a bare metal restore in...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?��Shopping for Private Clouds

    What’s on your shopping list for your datacenter?  What do you need to run the business you’re supporting?  What capabilities do you wish you had?  Is your goal to provide a dynamic, scalable, cost-efficient “software driven datacenter”?  The list of what we want to provide can get...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–How robust is your availability?

    Disclaimer: facts and figures in this article are based on the state of the technology as it exists at the date of its publication. Our article today in our “ VMware or Microsoft? ” series is about availability. When I say “availability”, I mean “high availability”...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluations Are Now Available

    Gentlemen, start your downloads!  (Ladies, too!) The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  Those products include: Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: SQL Database Mirroring to the Cloud - 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

    “Hey Kevin… I would like to use Windows Azure as a location where I set up a SQL Server database mirror. Is this something I can do?” Absolutely, yes! In fact, it doesn’t even require anything fancy as far as setting up special connectors or site-to-site VPN in order to try...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the US

    Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning (otherwise known as “IT Camps”) from now through mid-October. Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Did you know that there’s no extra charge?

    This week at VMWorld the VMware faithful are learning all about the latest news and updates from their virtualization vendor.  And hopefully at the same time Microsoft is able to reach them with some free custard and some good information to help them understand: What Hyper-V can do, and that You...
  • Blog Post: A New Blog Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2

    Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“ VMware or Microsoft? ”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States...
  • Blog Post: Deploy a WebDAV File Server in the Cloud – 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

    If you can extend your datacenter into the cloud using a secured network path and Windows Azure , it sure should follow that you can take advantage of cloud-based virtual machines to perform some of your more common infrastructure tasks.  For example: File Servers. “Yeah, I get it, Kevin. ...
  • 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 “Replica Replica” in Hyper-V

    In today’s article in the “ Why Windows Server 2012 R2 ” series, I’d like to show off a new feature in Hyper-V ; something I like to call the “Replica Replica”. “Huh?” As many of you know, Microsoft introduced a new, powerful tool for your disaster recover (DR) tool belt called Hyper-V Replica back in...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the Central US (September Edition)

    UPDATE: The FULL list of our events for September and October is now live. Go to THIS BLOG POST instead. -Kevin Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning;...
  • Blog Post: Our Serieses

    What is the plural of Series? (And how is it pronounced?) Well.. that’s not so important. What’s important is that we – the Technology Evangelists of Microsoft DPE in the U.S. have been busy busy bloggers these past several months. You’ve seen many articles, and many links to...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

    A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft , responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog - In the Cloud – we recorded...