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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: 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: 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: Cloud on Your Terms Part 11 of 30: A Love Story

    “Seriously, Kevin? A ‘love story’?” Yes indeed. Are you and your sweetheart better together? So is Hyper-V and SCVMM . And that’s what Brian Lewis is discussing in Part 11 of our 30-part “Cloud on Your Terms” blog series. Read it HERE . Ahh.. l’Amore...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 22 of 30: My Private Private Cloud

    Back in Part 10 of our “Cloud on Your Terms” series, I discussed the goals of building my own test environment – which I refer to as my “ Private Private Cloud ”. It was the first in a series of screencasts and blog posts showing the process of building your own test environment...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Azure VMs to learn: Networking Basics - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 29 of 31)

    As we’ve shown in previous articles of our series, Windows Azure is a very useful tool for setting up a testing and training environment.  Today in part 29 of “ 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud ”, Don Noonan (guest writer) shows us how to set that up and take advantage of it. FIND HIS ARTICLE HERE...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud–Can you build a SharePoint lab in the cloud? (Part 7 of 31)

    And the answer to the question I pose in the title is: YES! Yes you can! In today’s part 7 of our “ 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud ” series, Keith Mayer walks you through a detailed step-by-step of how to build virtual machines in Windows Azure that serve as a solid test and learning...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows 7 on Bootable USB?

    Microsoft Windows 7 on USB: Two Reasons Why Good article.. and I do hope Microsoft decides to package and sell Windows 7 on USB sticks.. because on hardware that supports it, booting to USB and installing the OS from that is pretty cool.. and pretty fast. But I’m not sure what all the fuss...
  • Blog Post: News: Windows 7 Beta Download Period Extended

    Good news!  The Windows 7 Team Blog announced that they’ve yet again extended the period in which you can download the Window 7 Beta .  As you may recall, I blogged about the original extension a couple weeks ago.   And now we’re doing it again.  You now have until Feb 10, 2009 to...
  • 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: Just Released: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC

    I received an e-mail late last night informing me of the release of a new RC (Release Candidate) for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 .  “ MDT 2012?  Does that mean…” Yes.  This version is being built to support the latest-and-greatest solutions and technologies that are on the near...
  • Blog Post: Build a lab for free on Windows Azure–Migration and Deployment (Part 15 of 19)

    I’m pretty sure that if you have been following my (or any of my teammates) blogs recently, you know a little something about Windows Azure . You probably also know that you can get a free 90-day trial of Windows Azure very easily, with no obligation. The benefit of that is that it becomes very...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Hyper-V Virtual Machines – Migration and Deployment (Part 10 of 19)

    One of the issues some of you will have to address when moving from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the migration of your virtualized machines onto the newer Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 . The good news is that you won’t have to re-build or recreate machine configurations...
  • Blog Post: Why doesn’t remote desktop to my Windows Azure VM work? (So many questions. So little time. Part 48.)

    An attendee at our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks ago had an problem that is understandable: “Thanks for training session, I have a question.  Tried to RDP one of my VM’s at work and I can’t connect.  Possible firewall port issue?  I am going to try and connect from home tonight.”...
  • 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: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 1 of 3)

    Like many of you, I’ve been playing with the Release Candidate of System Center 2012 . And also like many of you, I have heard that there is something called the “Unified Installer”, that supposedly will allow a person to install many – or even all – of the components of...
  • Blog Post: LAST DAY (March 31) for saving nearly $100 on new TechNet Plus Direct subscriptions!

    IMPORTANT UPDATE : This promotion and promotion code have expired. Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. CLICK HERE for details about the subscription, and about the promotion (28%-off) that ends at the end of today (March 31, 2010). Or CLICK HERE to dive right in and save 28% using...
  • Blog Post: Service Templates 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 last of our 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we ( Tommy Patterson , Blain Barton and I) gave you the details and demonstrated some of the key areas in System Center 2012...
  • Blog Post: Here Are Your Microsoft Virtualization Event Resources

    November 2011 - January 2012 IMPORTANT Software Evaluations – Get ‘em here: http://aka.ms/Evals "WAG" = Windows Administrator Groups (on LinkedIn) with Subgroups for user groups by geography – http://aka.ms/WAG Future Live, In-Person Event Information: TechNet Events (for IT...
  • Blog Post: Lest we forget: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 RC also released!

    I feel bad that I didn’t include this yesterday – because it’s hugely important: Alongside of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidates, Microsoft ’s Hyper-V Server 2012 release candidate was also made publically available for download . “What’s so cool about that, Kevin?” For those of you...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 15 of 30: Hybrid for Private Cloud

    Today in part 15 of our November Cloud blog series, my buddy John Weston lays out some of the technologies that will support your efforts in implementing an architecture that can span clouds. “Span clouds? Huh?” You’ve heard “ private cloud ”, “ public cloud...
  • Blog Post: Get on the bus, Gus!

    This was such a big hit last year that they’re doing it again.  Starting in Montreal on May 21, 2010, the bus rolls on down south and a little bit west, eventually ending up in New Orleans on June 5, just in time for TechEd North America.  Stops along the way will give you an opportunity to...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 5 of 30: Are your Servers Ready For the Cloud?

    In today’s installment, Matt Hester provides some excellent resources for making sure your server installations are ready to support delivering IT-as-a-Service (aka a Private Cloud ). Check out his post HERE And if you have missed any of the series posts, check out my summary post for links...
  • 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: Cloud on Your Terms Part 8 of 30: Installing Hyper-V

    Today my friend Brian Lewis tells you how to get Hyper-V installed. Check it out! “And does it..” Yes. It actually looks like that robot Hyper-V mascot. If you have missed any of the series posts, check out my summary post for links to all of the articles available so far at http...