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  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Free Global Event–24 Hours in a Private Cloud

    http://bit.ly/24hipc Get yourself 5 of those “5 Hour Energy” drinks, set your alarm clock, and join the WORLD for this amazing opportunity to learn all about the Private Cloud solutions from Microsoft .  Here’s the description from the registration page: Every organization has the power to employ...
  • 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: Migrating VMs from Hyper-V to Windows Azure – 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

    One of the first questions that IT Pros have when considering using Windows Azure to host some (or all) of their company’s computing infrastructure is, “How do I move an existing virtual machine to the cloud?” “I was just about to ask that!” I bet you were. So, how does one take a virtual machine and...
  • 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: Does my SAN support ODX? (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 46)

    Dan asked this at a TechNet Event IT Camp a few months ago… For those of you not familiar with it, ODX stands for Offloaded Data Transfer (or, I suppose, “X-fer”). It is a capability that some storage vendor solutions have to offload the transfer of data. “Um.. duh!”...
  • 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: VMware or Microsoft?–Get the “Scoop” On Hyper-V at VMWorld

    Today in our series “ VMware or Microsoft? ”, we leverage an awesome opportunity to promote our products and give away some good stuff during the VMworld Conference.  Check out Matt Hester’s blog post today for more details.
  • 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: 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?–Not All Memory Management is Equal

    In the context of virtualization and virtual machines, I think it’s safe to say that memory management is important.  Efficiently allocating and/or recovering memory to/from virtual machines addresses several important questions, such as: How many virtual machines can I run on this physical host...
  • Blog Post: A New Blog Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2

    Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“ VMware or Microsoft? ”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Free IT Camps – “Being What’s Next In IT” - Open for Registration!

    Our next set of IT Pro events (“ IT Camps ”) in the US Central Region have been scheduled and are now officially open for registration! The events are free, go from 9:00am to 3:00pm , and include some light breakfast and lunch. But most importantly, they are full of new and useful information...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Unified Installer: The Screencasts

    Happy Friday! I thought I’d just take this opportunity to again share my three-part screencast series with you; this time all in one place. The topic: System Center 2012 Unified Installer The goal: Help you prepare for and use the Unified Installer to build your lab for testing and trying...
  • Blog Post: NEW System Center 2012 CTPs for Windows Server “8” beta

    (CTP = Community Technology Preview – which means “earlier than beta”)  Late on Friday the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Blog released a post enthusiastically titled “System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server ‘8’ Beta support now available!!!” .  It would seem the System Center team...
  • Blog Post: Four NEW System Center 2012 Virtual Labs are LIVE

    Yes indeed! Today Microsoft has made 4 new free virtual labs available. This gives you a great opportunity to try out some of the basic operations of some of the new suite of System Center tools. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructure and Application...
  • Blog Post: Impact on PRO when upgrading SCOM and SCVMM to System Center 2012 (So many Questions. So Little Time. Part 4.)

    This question was asked by Aubrey M at our Kansas City TechNet Event last week… “If you have PRO enabled between SCOM 2007 R2 and SCVMM, how will that affect the upgrade process for these two systems?” (For those of you who haven’t heard of PRO, check out this resource .) The short answer is that upgrading...