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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: 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: New System Center 2012 Licensing Model Announced

    Today during the “ Private Cloud Day ” live webcast event, Microsoft announced a pretty big change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite. Bottom-line.. it’s no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012 . (Well.. actually two...
  • 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: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 3 of 3)

    Whoo boy! Finally! Part 3 of 3! The story so far… In Part 1 we showed you how to download all that you need, and put it in its proper place. In Part 2 we setup and pre-configured the destination servers properly. And today in our final chapter, we actually run the Unified Installer. Oh...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators - Transaction and Application Monitoring Solutions with BlueStripe Software

    In this episode I chat with Product Marketing Manager Adam Long from BlueStripe Software.  We discuss BlueStripe’s product FactFinder, which is a transaction and application monitoring tool that helps Operations Support teams manage IT systems availability and performance regardless of where it...
  • 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: NEW: Virtualization IT Camps!

    Yes!  We’re coming back to a classroom near you (I hope) for an intense, full-day of training and hands-on with Windows Server 2012 , Hyper-V , and System Center .  If you’re using virtualization … “What do you mean, ‘if’?” Yeah, good point.  The modern datacenter is already virtualizing...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s “Being What’s Next in I.T.” Event Resources

    As usual, here is the online version of the event resources I’ll be handing out to my central U.S. IT Camp Event attendees for the next several months. It is likely that this online version is even better, because A) it contains even more than what I could fit onto one page, B) items may have...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluations Are Now Available

    Gentlemen, start your downloads!  (Ladies, too!) The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  Those products include: Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Cloud Innovators - Hybrid Network Offerings for Windows Azure and Hyper-V from F5

    Once again on the floor of TechEd 2013 in New Orleans, I chat with Jeffrey Bellamy, Director of Business Development at F5 Networks. Jeffrey gives us a quick overview of some of their hybrid network offerings for Windows Azure and Hyper-V. Learn more about F5 Networks __________________________ Experience...
  • Blog Post: Application 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 third 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?–VMWorld Key Keynote Notes

    Welcome to another of our series of “ VMware or Microsoft? ” articles.  Yesterday I watched general session keynote coming out of VMworld , and thought I’d jot down and share some notes about what was announced, and perhaps how what was announced compares to products or capabilities in Microsoft...
  • 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: 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: VMware or Microsoft?–Did you know that there’s no extra charge?

    This week at VMWorld the VMware faithful are learning all about the latest news and updates from their virtualization vendor.  And hopefully at the same time Microsoft is able to reach them with some free custard and some good information to help them understand: What Hyper-V can do, and that You...
  • 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: What’s new in SCVMM 2012 - (“Cloudy April” - Part 27)

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager ( SCVMM ) 2008 R2 is a powerful virtualization management tool.  It does a great job of organizing and managing your virtualization hosts, clusters, virtual machines, and libraries of resources (virtual hard disks, saved machines, machine templates, profiles...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Your chance to get a $20 Microsoft Store coupon, and maybe win a laptop!

    This is cool. Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff. And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process. “Huh? Seriously?” Well.. in a sense. We’re announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly 5,000) number of people to...
  • Blog Post: More Hyper-V and SCVMM Questions (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 9.)

    John asked the following questions at our TechNet event in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “Can you show us a demo of how to integrate SCVMM with Citrix and/or VMware ?”” The answer to that is no.  At least not me.  I can’t personally afford, nor does my team have the budget for a VMware purchase...
  • 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: 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! ...