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  • Blog Post: Where is that evaluation download?

    We IT Pro Evangelists are often asked, “Hey.. Where can I find the download to try out such-and-such software?” And after I find out what they actually meant by “such-and-such”, I usually just tell them essentially to “google it on Bing ”. But that’s not sufficient. So what I am doing instead, on this...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 30 of 30: Certification Tips To Get Your Career Ready For The Cloud

    It’s the end of the month, and the last of our 30 days of cloudy goodness is here!  In today’s blog post, one of the most genuinely certifiable gentlemen I know, Brian Lewis , points you to some resources to help you get on track for cloud readiness.  And by you, I mean YOU.  You need...
  • Blog Post: WPC Announcements–Servers and Tools and Azure! (Oh my!)

    Some of you may be aware that this week another big Microsoft conference is happening in Toronto.  The Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) for 2012 is in full swing.  And like all of these kinds of conferences, there are usually big announcements and reveals and important information shared...
  • Blog Post: New Event Series: Windows Azure Kick Start

    Thanks to our friends at Oakwood Systems , I have a series of free, hands-on “kick start” events to tell you about.  Here’s the text from an e-mail I just received: What is the best way to determine if Windows Azure might be a fit for your organization? Microsoft is offering your organization the...
  • 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: Breaking News: More New System Center 2012 RCs and Betas Available Today

    Great news! More betas and release candidates of the System Center 2012 tools are available today for download! Like many of you, I have been waiting patiently for these gems, and I can’t wait to start playing with them. These round out the pre-releases of tools that allow you to support private...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Private Cloud in a Month – The Complete April 2013 Series

    In April of 2013 our team’s blogging focus was on how to build your Private Cloud . I hope you found our articles informative, that you have downloaded your free System Center 2012 SP1 trial, your Windows Server 2012 evalution, and have started your Windows Azure FREE TRIAL . Here is our...
  • Blog Post: Kick-Start your Azure Cloud Development Skills

    Are you interested in learning the ins-and-outs of working with Windows Azure ?  Wondering how to get started cheaply - as in “for FREE”?  We’re giving you a chance to spend a day with some of the nation’s leading cloud experts and for you to learn how to build a web application that runs in...
  • Blog Post: So you want to learn SQL Azure?

    Recently a great series of 15 introductory videos have been completed and made available up on Microsoft Showcase , all focusing on SQL Azure .   (You may recall that I blogged about SQL Azure in my “ Cloudy April ” series a few weeks ago.) Here are the episodes: Getting Started : SQL Azure...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Building Clouds - SQL Server Self-Service Kit - Deploying SQL Server as a Service with System Center 2012

    In this episode I welcomes Bruno Saille to the show.  We discuss the SQL Server Self-Service Kit and how it works with System Center 2012 to help automate SQL Server deployments. Tune in as we discuss how the self-service kits works, which System Center components are required as well as what plans...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Does VMware get it?

    Does VMware understand the value of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and have the ability to support your “Hybrid Cloud”?  And can they back up their service with a solid Service-Level Agreement comparable to Microsoft ’s? Of course they can.  At least I think they can.  Do you think...
  • 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: Connect your Azure PaaS to your IaaS – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 24 of 31)

    As you know, we’ve been talking about Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for the entire month. “Really?  I thought you were talking about Windows Azure and virtual machines.” Yes, that’s true.  And these virtual machines can be the foundation of or an extension of a Private Cloud outside of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure: A Fresh Look

    I ran across a really excellent blog post this morning.  David Pallmann (a Microsoft MVP ) provides an excellent overview of the Windows Azure platform ; all of its parts, and the current state of all of the components: “In this post I'll take you through an updated tour of the Windows Azure platform...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms: 30 Part Series

    For those of you who missed any of these and want to catch up, here is a list that I will keep updated with links to the team’s (Me, Brian Lewis , John Weston , and Matt Hester ) posts. And don’t forget to go to http://aka.ms/evals if you want to evaluate any of the foundational software...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center 2012 RTM eval is avalable to all

    Wonderful news!   Today at the Microsoft Management Summit going on in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced the availability of System Center 2012 .  You can start your evaluation downloads now : http://aka.ms/PvtCld Pass it on!
  • 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: TechEd 2013 Favorites – The Complete Series

    The 21st annual TechEd North America conference happened this month (June) in New Orleans, and my three IT Technology Evangelist coworkers ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , and Matt Hester ) and I had the privilege of attending and taking part.  So in the interest of sharing our experiences and impressions...
  • 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: New Windows Azure Trial and Subscription Rights – TechEd 2013 Favorites

    At the keynote on Monday of TechEd NA (June 3), we made some pretty big announcements around how Windows Azure Trials and various subscription benefits would be changing. So for today’s edition of our “ TechEd 2013 Favorites ” series, I thought I’d briefly introduce you to some surprising changes 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...