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  • 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: How fast is fast? Virtual Machine Live Migration Improvements

    When you’re doing a Live Migration ** of a virtual machine between hyper-v hosts, you want it to go quickly.  You may be doing the migration of one or several or dozens of virtual machines all at once, and the performance of the network and the network paths you choose are going to determine how...
  • 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: Cloud from a single pane of glass – Migration and Deployment (Part 13 of 19)

    System Center 2012 App Controller is a component and part of the self-service portal solution in System Center 2012 SP1 . By connecting to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) servers, Windows Azure subscriptions, and 3rd-party host services, App Controller offers a vehicle that enables...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM in System Center 2012 and managing Citrix XenServer (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 5.)

    This question came from Randy at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis: “Are the VMM management capabilities for a Citrix XenServer based VM the same as for a Hyper-V based VM?  (example: can you still live migrate, change RAM, etc?)” The simple answer is: The capabilities are pretty much the same. ...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–The Naked Server

    “Heh heh… You said naked.” Yep.  But when I say “naked servers”, I mean bare-metal servers.  “So.. was that just a trick to get more people to read this article?” Yes. “Okay.  Proceed...” And by bare-metal servers, I mean.. a server that has no operating system installed.  It’s racked...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Virtualization: Did You Know...

    In Part 3 of our “ Virtualization: Did you Know…” series, Jeff Woolsey and I conclude our Top 10 list of Virtualization solution facts. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 (Windows Phone, HTML5) High Quality WMV (PC, Xbox, MCE) Missed Part 1 or Part...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to test SharePoint 2013 without dedicating your own hardware?

    Well, do you? “Yes!  And I bet you’re going to tell me to use Windows Azure .” You’re catching on!  In today’s article in our “ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ”, my friend Keith Mayer shares some excellent tips, resources, and a step-by-step for building a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Guest OS Profiles in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM: Build Your Private Cloud (Series)

    Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the second of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we ( Tommy Patterson , Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System Center 2012 SP1...
  • Blog Post: TechNet IT “Mini-Camp” Event–August 30, 2012 in Minneapolis (Edina), Minnesota

    Yes indeed!  It’s short notice, but I’d love to see about 30+ IT Pros from the area on Thursday, August 30th.  We’ll be holding an IT “Mini-Camp”, where we’ll discuss and give you some hands-on time with Windows Server 2012 and the new version of Hyper-V virtualization. Here is the text from...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators– My interview with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes (Part 1)

    A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes as a first in our five part series on the Private Cloud .  In part one we discuss basic private cloud principles and what it means for business, as well as how organizations can begin to understand and accept...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators– My interview with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes (Part 2)

    Recently I had the pleasure of once again speaking with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes for part two of our five part series on the Private Cloud . In part two we consider the topic of security, and what the aspects of security are that need to be considered in the context of a Private Cloud. Listen in...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 24 of 30: Hybrid for Public Cloud

    Back in part 2 of this 30 part series, John Weston introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you. Today in Part 24 , he continues the discussion with a look at some examples of using public cloud services that extend...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Free Private Cloud “Jump Start” Training

    Microsoft has just scheduled a FREE 2-day training course entitled “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start” , happening on February 21st-22nd , 2012 from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST .  Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology...
  • Blog Post: Launch Day! Windows Server 2012 is available today!

    Yessir!  According to the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform page, And that’s today!  Go to THIS PAGE to set up a reminder that at 8:00AM Pacific (10:00AM Central) time, the launch is happening. “Where will the Windows Server Launch be taking place?” Online.  Go to www.windows-server...
  • 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: Where is that evaluation download?

    We IT Pro-focused Technical 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...
  • 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: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) - What’s New in 2012 R2 - Empowering People-Centric IT

    I had the privilege of welcoming Brad Anderson , Corporate Vice President for Windows Server and System Center to the show.  We discuss the latest features and enhancements made in Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune as well as several...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center 2012 w/SP1 is now available to download and evaluate!

    System Center 2012 with SP1 is now available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers. “What’s new with Service Pack 1, Kevin?” I’m so glad you asked.  Check out the “ What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1 ” page for all the details.  But in a nutshell, SP1 adds capabilities to fully manage the new...
  • Blog Post: Hardware Profiles in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM: Build Your Private Cloud (Series)

    Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the first of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we ( Tommy Patterson , Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System Center 2012 SP1...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 2 of 3)

    Continuing on where we left off from our part 1 screencast yesterday , when we discussed the downloads and the prerequisites and what you needed in place for the installation; today in part 2 we discuss how to configure your servers. “Is it really all that complicated, Kevin?” Actually...
  • 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: In case you missed it: The Private Cloud Webcast

    Y esterday the big news from Microsoft was the announcement of and new details around the new System Center 2012 product, delivered via live Webcast.  I was very happy to be able to watch the webcast with John Weston and 88 of our closest friends in Saint Louis during our TechNet Event . “I wasn...