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  • 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: 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: Cloud-Based SCCM Distribution Point? Why yes! – 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

    Welcome to another main installment of our “ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ”. For those of you who are just now starting to follow along, make sure to start your FREE TRIAL of Windows Azure , so that you can follow along. Those of you who are familiar with System Center...
  • Blog Post: The Replica Broker: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 15)

    Back in October of last year, in Part 5 of our “ 31 Days of our Favorite Things ” series, I wrote about Hyper-V Replica .  “With Hyper-V Replica you can easily create and maintain an off-line copy – a replica – of a virtual machine on a separate virtualization host.  This means, for example...
  • 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: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization – The Complete Series

    Here it is!  The complete list of our “20+ Days of Server Virtualization” blog articles.  Through the month of March, I’ll be adding links, making any updates or changes.  So keep checking back for more, or keep watching my blog.  As before, I plan on adding my own blog post every...
  • 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: 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: The Hyper-V Primer – 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 1 of 20)

    To kick off our series of “ 20+ Days of Server Virtualization ” articles, I’m going to introduce you to Hyper-V .  “Introduce?  It’s not new!” True.  But even though many of you may have heard of Microsoft ’s virtualization solution, you may not know much about it.  And so to start...
  • Blog Post: 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS): SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn in the Cloud

    “Hey Kevin.. How do I get high availability out of my SQL Server?” Cluster. Shared Storage. Windows Failover Clustering supports that. “But… I want my SQL Servers running in Windows Azure. And I don’t have shared storage in “the cloud”. But I still need...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 3) What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Modern Business Applications

    Brad Anderson and I wrap up our 3 part What's New in 2012 R2 series.  In today's episode we discuss how you can better enable modern business applications in your IT environment with the Windows Azure Pack .  Tune in as we go in detail about how IT Pros will be able to impact their organization...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows Server 2012

    Download the Evaluation ISO Download the Evaluation VHD Windows Server 2012 is available.  It offers businesses and service providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud-optimized infrastructure.  Windows Server 2012 helps organizations connect securely across premises and helps...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: VMware Should Be Worried (Part 31 of 31)

    Here it is! …the last day of the month, and the last day of our series of “ 31 Days of our Favorite Things ”! And today, my buddy Matt Hester is going to tell you why you should consider Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 over VMware . In summary: Nothing and nobody scales to...
  • 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: 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: High Availability and Live Migrations: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 12)

    If you’re a VMware user, you’re probably familiar with the “ vMotion ” capability; moving a live, running virtual machine from one host to another.  Until recently, that move had to take place among and between clustered hosts, but recently Microsoft   Hyper-V (and later VMware in vSphere 5...
  • Blog Post: It’s Like, Networking. Virtually Networking in Hyper-V : 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 9)

    My friend Tommy Patterson brings us part 9 of our “ 20+ Days of Server Virtualization ”, in which he introduces and describes the functionality in Hyper-V to support the networking of your virtual machines.  He describes the basic operations and options, as well as some of the more advanced topics...
  • Blog Post: New Storage Tiering coming in Server 2012 R2 – TechEd 2013 Favorites

    As you may already be aware, at TechEd this year in New Orleans, several announcements about the new “R2” versions of various products were made. Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 were just two of the products being updated later this year, and for which preview releases will...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 2) What’s New in 2012 R2 – Transforming the Datacenter

    Microsoft Corporate VP Brad Anderson and I are back for part 2 of our "What's New in 2012 R2" series.  We discuss the new and exciting "cloud OS vision" in the next wave of Microsoft's Server and System Center products . Tune in as we take a deep dive into how your business can...
  • Blog Post: What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2?

    Active Directory .  You know it.  You love it.  You’ve loved it since it made its introduction back in Windows 2000 Server .  Over 90 percent of the world’s business IT relies on Active Directory for local user and machine management, authentication, policy application, and directory...
  • 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: NIC Teamwork: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 10)

    I’ve discussed Windows Server 2012 ’s inclusion of NIC teaming on my blog before.  Back in Part 7 of our “ 31 Days of  our Favorite Things ” last October, for example, I blogged about it. In part 10 of our current “ 20+ Days of Server Virtualization ” series, my phriend from Phoenix Harold...
  • 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? – The Complete Series

    You asked for it, so here it is! Here is the list of articles in our “ VMware or Microsoft ? series, as submitted by our team of IT Pro Technology Evangelists . UPDATE: The six weeks are over. The series is complete. Below is the entire list of articles! We hope you find these useful! ...