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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • 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: Windows 8.1 for Business: Series Wrap-up and Resources

    Well.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news ( //Build ) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “ Windows 8.1 for Business ”. For this final article of the series, I’m going to leave...
  • Blog Post: Doesn’t Windows 8.1 require more hardware than Windows 7? (Series: Windows 8.1 for Business)

    Logically, it makes sense. Forever it seems whenever any software company comes out with a new version of their product, the added features and functionality require extra hardware. In the case of operating systems, that seems especially true. Software vendors are always trying to build their solutions...
  • Blog Post: Why can’t I just use the desktop in Windows 8.1?

    Well, you can. In fact, my friend and coworker Jennelle Crothers explains it all for you in today’s article in our “ Windows 8.1 for Business ” blog series. She writes… “Ask anyone who uses a computer for every day work tasks, they might say that they LIVE on the desktop and can’t be bothered with the...
  • Blog Post: Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business

    Welcome to March! And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP . I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows...
  • 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: 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: Learn Microsoft Virtualization in Your Own Easy-to-Build Virtual Lab

    Many of you in the U.S. may be familiar with the Microsoft “IT Camps” that we host now and then, where we teach you some great stuff and then give you the opportunity to work with the technology through hosted hands-on lab exercises. These free in-person events have become very popular. They’re so popular...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio - Understanding BYOD: How to Make it Happen (Part 2)

    Yuri Diogenes and I are back for Part 2 of our BYOD solution series. In today’s episode we explore some of the technologies from Microsoft and how you can implement them into your organization’s BYOD strategy. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 ...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio - Understanding BYOD: What it Means for My Company (Part 1)

    In this two part series with Sr. Knowledge Engineer Yuri Diogenes , we explore the world of “Bring Your Own Device” ( BYOD ) scenarios and how more IT organizations are trying to support it. In part one we try to help explain the benefits, challenges and considerations that need to be made around BYOD...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate Windows 8 Enterprise–90 Days for FREE

    If you’re not already a TechNet or MSDN Subscriber, you have another option for trying out Windows 8 .  Microsoft has made  90-day free evaluation downloads available. Check out the Windows 8 Evaluation FAQ HERE , and then GO HERE to get the bits!
  • Blog Post: More RTMs: System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010!

    (RTM = Released to Manufacturing) Holy cow.. what an incredible few days it’s been.  Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 hit RTM just three days ago , and today we have two more products “shipped”: System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 .  For SCE 2010 and...
  • Blog Post: Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Why Office 365 and not Google Apps?

    “It’s been said that the secret to a good marriage is to understand that ‘it must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal.’ Microsoft has 20 years of expertise in the enterprise arena , and the release of Office 365 a year ago only extends that commitment. Our commitment...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's Resources for "Connecting IT and People" - September 17, 2009

    E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Feedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com Future Live, In-Person Event Information TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremde MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com...
  • Blog Post: Use Windows Azure to learn Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 27 of 31)

    What an amazing platform and opportunity for learning. Creating virtual machines in Windows Azure is a great platform for trying out functionality that would otherwise be hard or expensive to do in your own test lab or on your own hardware. So in this Part 27 of our “ 31 Days of Servers in the...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 7 of 30: Hyper-V for the VMware Professional

    We’re no fools. We know that if you’re using Virtualization in your business, you're very likely using or have considered using VMware. And we also know that you may be considering Hyper-V for an additional (or alternative) virtualization platform. At least I hope you are. That said, and...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud–The Complete Series

    If you’re interested in the full list of articles in our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” Windows Azure Virtual Machines and IaaS series… “I’m interested in the links to the full series, Kevin.” I was just getting to that. Anyway… here it is. ENJOY...
  • Blog Post: Are you abandoning 32-bit in Windows 8? (So many questions. So little time. Part 24)

    Yes, I’m back (finally) with another in my series of expanded-answers to questions I have received during TechNet Events and IT Camps I’ve facilitated.  But for these next blog posts I’m going to have a little fun by actually showing you the written question. Our question today comes from Timi,...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Auto-Balance your Workloads

    Automated server workload balancing for heterogeneous private clouds. “Wow.  That’s a mouthful.” And it’s also a pretty useful set of functionality. Consider VMware ’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  Those capabilities (available with the vSphere...
  • Blog Post: Copy a VM to Windows Azure using App Controller – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 25 of 31)

    System Center 2012 contains a relatively new component that I don’t think many of you are familiar with. At least not yet. But if you saw my Part 12 and Part 13 articles in our “ 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud ” series, you know already know how to connect App Controller to your Windows...
  • Blog Post: Web Server Recommendations (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 3.)

    I was asked this question last week at our TechNet Event in Kansas City.  “What is Microsoft’s best practice recommendation for web server deployment to support a web site that has variable demands from day-to-day?  Network Load-Balancing?  Private Cloud?  Clustering?.. or something...
  • Blog Post: Limits on Migration? (So many questions. So little time. Part 26)

    At our TechNet Event in Columbus, OH recently, Andy asked: There is no limitation, Andy.  I think some of the concerns people have are related to licensing.  Can I really take a live virtual machine and move it freely between nodes in a cluster?  The answer is, yes.  Absolutely. ...
  • Blog Post: How many VMs can VMM M? (So many questions. So little time. Part 22.)

    At our TechNet Event in Kansas City a couple of months ago, Travis asked: “How many virtual machines can a single VMM instance manage?” That’s easy: As many as you want, and as your hardware can handle. “But how many are supported?” Ah.. well, that’s simply a matter of how many Microsoft was able to...