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  • Blog Post: (Part 3) End of Support for Windows Server 2003 - How Small to Midsized Businesses can Benefit by moving to Windows Server 2012 R2

    Concluding our 3 part End of Support for Windows Server 2003 series, Eric Mills and I highlight some of the key concerns small to midsize businesses need to be aware of if they are still running Windows Server 2003 in their environment. Ready to make the move? Get Windows Server 2012 R2 now! __________________________...
  • 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: How can Hyper-V Server be a member of a cluster? (So many questions. So little time. Part 54.)

    At our IT Camp in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Kris asked me a valid question. “How does a Hyper-V Server (not the full windows install) do clustering if you can’t install the cluster role?” Kris’s question is a good one, because we had just been discussing how limited Hyper-v Server is in terms of what...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 is RTW

    RTW = Released to the Webitubes Today Microsoft releases the next version of the MAP Toolkit.  MAP, in case you weren't aware, stands for Microsoft Assessment and Planning.  And a brand new version (v6.5) is now available to download . “What does it do?” I’m glad you asked.  The MAP Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Agentless Backup for Virtual Environments

    Today’s post comes to us courtesy of an old friend and coworker, who is still a friend but who now works for Veeam .  I’m talking about none-other than Chris Henley .  Thank you, Chris, for this excellent write-up on backing up virtual environments! --- One of the most important things to remember...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 10 of 30: Kevin’s Mad House of Cloud

    In part 10 of our series today, I wanted to kick of a sort-of-sub-series of my own. During our IT Camps this month (our afternoon portion of our TechNet Events ), I’ve been taking some time to show off my personal test environment, and how I set it up. I’m finding that there is a lot of interest...
  • Blog Post: My Introduction to the 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 0 of 20)

    Welcome to March 2013!   Can you believe it?   March is already here!  And as you’re coming to learn, a new month means a new topic for our team’s series of blog articles. This month the topic is Server Virtualiaztion.  Specifically, we’ll be discussing and helping you learn...
  • Blog Post: 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – The Complete Series

    As many of you may already know, this month my Microsoft US DPE Central Region teammates ( Matt Hester , Brian Lewis , and Keith Mayer ) and I are blogging about “ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ”. Throughout this month I’ll be adding links, making any updates...
  • Blog Post: Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

    Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Where is my datastore in Hyper-V?: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 4 of 20)

    The term 'datastore’ is one that many of you who work with VMware are familiar, but which doesn’t really translate to the world of Microsoft’s Hyper-V .   “Since Hyper-V does not require a different formatting of the underlying physical disk structure like VMFS(VMware’s proprietary disk format...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Virtualization: Did You Know...

    Today I welcome Varun Chhabra to the show as we kick off our three part “Virtualization: Did you Know…” series.  In this series we will discuss facts and facets of Microsoft’s Virtualization solution that, if you are currently using some other virtualization platform, you probably didn’t know but...
  • Blog Post: Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Gotta keep moving!

    There’s a theory that a Shark needs to keep moving, or else it will die. “Is that really true?” Do I look like Jacques Cousteau ? I don’t know. You look it up. But I think the same can be said for virtual machines. “They’ll die?” Stop interrupting...
  • 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: Hyper-V Networking in Windows Server “8”: The Extensible Switch (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 10.)

    Brett B. asked the following question at our TechNet event in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “Does Microsoft plan to implement a distributed virtual switch like VMware?” And the answer is yes.  And no.  Not LIKE VMware .  Better. For this answer I am going to defer to this excellent post...
  • 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: VMware or Microsoft?–Who’s patching what?

    Did you know that our free hypervisor, Hyper-V Server 2012, has very little reason to ever require a patch? “I didn’t know that.” You are not alone.  Not enough IT Pros know that, especially when VMware and their fans continue to claim that “ Hyper-V requires Windows ” or “it’s a monolithic operating...
  • 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: VMware or Microsoft?–How robust is your availability?

    Disclaimer: facts and figures in this article are based on the state of the technology as it exists at the date of its publication. Our article today in our “ VMware or Microsoft? ” series is about availability. When I say “availability”, I mean “high availability”...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–VDI: A Look at Supportability and More!

    “A little bit of history first.  Virtual Desktop computing has been slowly etching its way into more IT plans year over year.  The advantages can be enormous when isolating the end user into a virtual desktop that looks and acts like their regular everyday PC.  Of course the ROI has been...
  • Blog Post: How much can virtualization really do? (So many questions. So little time. Part 8.)

    In our Saint Louis TechNet Event last week, Kurt asked several questions relating to virtualization and Hyper-V : “Any issues with running SBS, SQL, and application server on same machine?” “How do I set up multiple drives within a virtual server?” “What is the...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News from MMS 2011: SCVMM 2012 Beta is RTW!

    (RTW = Released to the Webtubes) Today at the 2011 Microsoft Management Summit Microsoft announced the availability of the BETA of the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager – SCVMM 2012 Here are more details you should check out: The SCVMM 2012 Beta page The Download Bing it. “What are...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?– What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor”?

    In the first of our articles in the “ VMware or Microsoft? ” series, I’m going to address some misconceptions and misinformation about what Hyper-V actually is. In a currently available document that VMware provides, comparing vSphere 5 to the as-of-then beta of what is now Hyper-V in Windows Server...
  • 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...