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  • Blog Post: Lab 6 (Optional): An Ubuntu Linux VM in Azure (Jan-June 2015 Azure Hybrid Cloud IT Camps)

    This post contains Lab 6 of the 5 labs created for our current set of US DX IT Camps. Yeah.. this is one I just added for good measure. The complete set of labs are listed here: Lab 1 – Building the Foundation (Virtual Network, Storage, and Cloud Service) Lab 2 – Building Workloads (Creating your DC...
  • Blog Post: Backup/Recover Your Files to/from Azure Storage (Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros - Part 4)

    The following article is part 4 of our many-part series, “ Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros ”. Click HERE often for the ever-growing full list of articles in this series. At my IT Camp events, when discussing this topic, I’ll often ask my IT Pro friends in attendance the following questions; usually with the...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Windows Azure Backup

    Azure Backup “is a simple and reliable data protection solution which enables customers to back up their on-premises data to Microsoft Azure.” Remember Windows Server Backup? Well, like that perennial utility, this one backs up from or restores items to your Windows File System. “But this one backs up...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Domain Controllers in Azure? You bet! (Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros - Part 3)

    The following article is part 3 of our many-part series, “ Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros ”. Click HERE often for the ever-growing full list of articles in this series. “Hey Kevin, I’d like to take advantage of putting application servers up in a virtual network in Azure. But...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Taming Android and iOS with Enterprise Mobility Suite Jumpstart on MVA

    On December 8, 2014 my friend Simon May and I recorded (while presenting live) a Microsoft Virtual Academy “Jumpstart” session all about how to manage iOS and Android devices with Microsoft solutions. We divided the topic up into 4 modules, to introduce the topic and the fundamentals, as well as to cover...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Success with Enterprise Mobility - Live Webcast Series Preview

    In this episode I am honored to welcome back Microsoft Vice President Brad Anderson to the show. We discuss his monthly upcoming live webcast series, “ Success with Enterprise Mobility ” , that kicks off on Tuesday, December 9th and concludes on March 3rd . Tune in as he gives us a preview of what he...
  • Blog Post: Newest Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool is Available

    It isn’t a brand-new tool, but it was updated to version 1.1 the other day, and definitely worth sharing. The Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool is now available. It’s an installable tool that allows you to “profile [your] existing on-premises infrastructure and estimate cost of running it on...
  • Blog Post: Desired State Configuration (DSC)–Modernizing Your Infrastructure With Hybrid Cloud (Part 25)

    Welcome to another in our series entitled “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud”. As you may be aware, this week the theme is “ Management and Automation ”. As a part of that theme I’m sharing with you an introduction to Desired State Configuration (DSC); more...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center 2012 R2 DPM is now supported in an Azure Virtual Machine

    This is pretty cool. As the title says: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager is now an application that Microsoft will support when running inside a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure . I’m sure they won’t mind me sharing this.. but here is the text from an e-mail I received on the subject that...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Premises Connectivity with Site-to-Site VPN - Modernizing Your Infrastructure With Hybrid Cloud (Part 15)

    Yesterday in our “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ” series, Matt Hester described how to create a virtual network “in the cloud” in Microsoft Azure in order to support cloud-based Virtual Machines and their ability to communicate with each other and with the outside world. We of course...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning Hybrid Cloud Networking

    Keith Mayer and I continue our series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ”. In today’s episode we discuss various options for networking. Tune in as we go in depth on what options are available for hybrid cloud networking as we explore network connectivity and address concerns about...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning a Hybrid Cloud Storage Architecture

    My friend Dan Stolts and yours truly continue our series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ” with an overview on how to plan for a hybrid cloud storage solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure . Tune in for our lively discussion on the many storage options...
  • Blog Post: Modernize your Infrastructure: The Series

    The team of US DX IT Pro Technology Evangelists is doing another series of articles and TechNet Radio interviews. The topic: Modernizing your Infrastructure. The goal: To give you as many resources as you’ll need to get your infrastructure up to speed, whether you’re simply looking for ways to migrate...
  • Blog Post: A Useful List of Windows 8 or 8.1 Resources for IT Pros

    Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for tweeting about this. Mary Hutson is maintaining a very useful list of “top Microsoft Support solutions for the most common issues IT Pros experience when using or deploying Windows 8 or 8.1.” She updates the list every quarter; the most recent being just two days ago (Aug...
  • 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: Can I use Windows 8.1 without a touchscreen?

    Even if you’ve never tried Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 , you may have seen the advertisements showing off the lovely colorful “touch-first” interface (previously known as the “Metro” UI). Even some people using a traditional old non-touch laptop will reach out and touch the screen when they first encounter...
  • 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: Do you really need a start menu?

    One of the reasons some people weren’t comfortable with Windows 8 from the beginning was for the lack of their familiar start menu. In today’s article in our “ Windows 8.1 for Business ” series, my friend Matt Hester delivers the run-down on the benefits of the Start Screen vs. the old Start Menu, and...
  • 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: 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...