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  • Windows 8.1 for Business: Getting Started with Client Hyper-V

    Windows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client.  This provides support for several scenarios including:

    • Test Lab:  This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2, among others.   It provides a great way to test and design basic infrastructures, especially leveraging the built-in virtual machine networking. 
    • Application Testing: Testing home-spun or package applications can be done very easily inside of Windows 8.1 client Hyper-V.....

  • A Quick Look at WDS

    Here is a quick screencast looking at how to install and get started with WDS. If you liked it, what other screencasts are you interested in?
  • Another Year of Running, Another Year in My Altra’s!

    So I know this is very late, but wow what a year!  I had a great year of running in 2013, and all of my runs in my Provision 1.5 by Altra, still the best shoe on the planet.  As you can see from my bling board I did a lot of running. 

    One thing I really focused in on was my form this year, and still getting everything in correct alignment.  I learned proper form makes a huge difference!  Not only in how I feel after runs, but also how I perform during the runs as well.  While I am not there yet I made huge strides (yes pun intended) in how I run.  Even more fun to that pun is that my strides have actually gotten smaller.  While my form is not as good as the photo of Meb in my picture, it has gotten better.  BTW look to the bottom of the post to see near perfection during running and what proper form can do for you.  Love Sport Science!...

  • Setting Static IP Address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    One of the questions I have been asked for a while is how do you set static IP address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Well you can, check out my friend John Savill’s great article to see how: Set Azure VM Static IP Address While it is like a DHCP...
  • TechEd North America 2014 Content Catalog is Live!

    Are you going to TechEd? Do you want to make sure the room is big enough for the session you want to see? Then go to the Content Catalog and register for your sessions! Content Catalog By registering for your session you help us to make sure we put the...
  • Windows 8.1 for Business: Oh Start menu, how do I miss thee…or do I?

    One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my start menu.  These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our start menu.  I am sure some folks want to punch the screen.

    I totally understand your frustration and I went through this as well.  While Windows 8 does provide a big change to how we do things in the interface, it did make me re-think why I used my start menu.  What I learned from my own usage and talking to all you wonderful folks,  is that the start menu is used for small common set of minimum tasks.  Here is a list of the most common things folks like yourselves have told me, and I personally had problems finding in Windows 8.1:

    • Shutdown and Sign Out
    • Search
    • Launch and Find Recently Installed Applications

    Like all of you once I learned how to get around Windows 8 and find these basic tasks, I found that I will never need my start menu again.  In this article, I am here to help show you how to accomplish these tasks with ease in Windows 8.1.   In the end I hope you learn some new tips and tricks to improve how you use Windows 8.1

  • Disaster Recovery: What about Fluffy the Cat and Saving Your Desktops?

    Disaster recovery is about being able to get your business back up and running as quick as you can after the disaster happens. Throughout this series, my teammates have focused on the Infrastructure side of the house, servers, virtual machines…etc. You...
  • Key Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud Scenarios: Coming to a City Near YOU!

    You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 5) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - Virtual Machine and Service Templates

    In today’s continuing series on Hyper-V from a VMware admin’s perspective, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take a look at how you can manage your Virtual Machine environments using Hyper-V Manager as well as Virtual Machine and Service Templates found...
  • Want to go to TechMentor or Visual Studio Live? Read More to Register and Save $$$

    Last year I know quite a few of you attended one of these conferences, well they are happening again, and you can save some $$$. So if you are interested take a look below: Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas (March 10-14 2014) Much like outer space, the .NET...
  • Getting Started with Windows Azure IaaS

    I was invited to write an article for the great folks over at Cloud Computing Journal ! I was asked to create a article on how to get started with Windows Azure IaaS . Here is the summary of the article Introducing the concept of cloud computing into...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - High Availability

    Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze continue their look into Hyper-V from the view of a VMware admin’s perspective and in today’s episode they discuss in detail high availability and how to set up and manage a Hyper-V cluster. [ 3:17 ] What does high availability...
  • Cloud OS MVP Roadshow --- Dallas January 14, 2014

    Join us as Windows IT Pro technical director and MVP Sean Deuby discussed how you can build and scale in the cloud. In this exciting ½ day event, learn how to: Confidently virtualize everything, including mission-critical SAP and Oracle workloads Take...
  • Help Shape the Future Microsoft Virtualization, Cloud, and Datacenter Management Products

    Got some great ideas about what Microsoft should do with virtualization, the cloud and the datacenter? Do you actively virtualize systems or want to get more in-depth with the future of virtualization? Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center Customer...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Understanding BYOD: How to Make it Happen

    Kevin Remde and Yuri Diogenes are back for Part 2 of their BYOD solution series and in today’s episode they explore some of the technologies from Microsoft and how you can implement them into your organization’s BYOD strategy. [ 2:39 ] Let's talk...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Understanding BYOD: What it Means for My Company

    In this two part series with Sr. Knowledge Engineer Yuri Diogenes and Kevin Remde we explore the world of “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD scenarios and how more IT organizations are trying to support it. In part one we try to help explain its benefits...
  • Top Local Apps: The Bible YouVersion App

    I enjoy reading the Bible and I try to read it daily. When I am home I use the Life Application study bible , and it is a great Bible that has helped me tremendously! The only small downside is the Bible is fairly large and when I am traveling I do not...
  • Top Local Apps: Two Fun Games to Flag for Your Weekend Munchies

    So as we are heading into Christmas and the holidays, and I thought I would have a little fun with this Fridays post. So I decided to take you through two games I have been having some fun with. The first is a game called Bug Muncher . Very simple game...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - Storage Options

    In part 3 of their "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze , explore the world of storage and its many options for users. [ 2:44 ] What are the storage options found in VMware and how does this compare...
  • System Center Operations Manager and Azure: Better Together with the Azure Monitoring Gateway Step-By-Step

    Good afternoon everyone! Yesterday I introduced you to a fantastic series my good friend and System Center expert Cameron Fuller wrote on an exciting new technology called the Azure Monitoring Gateway. You can get a quick peak here: Cameron wrote two...
  • System Center Operations Manager and Azure: Better Together with the Azure Monitoring Gateway Part 1 and 2

    One of the great things I love about my job is the amount of really smart and talented folks I get to work with. This is so true with my good friend Cameron Fuller . Some of you may know Cameron and read is blog, he truly is a System Center expert. Often...
  • Top Local Apps: Listen in to the ATC with Live

    I travel quite a bit for my job, and I found the trial of this app very interesting it is call LiveATC, which allows you to listen to the Air Traffic controllers live.  It is worth taking a look at the 7 day trial.  From their website: LiveATC...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Virtualization: Did You Know...

    In Part 3 of their “Virtualization: Did you Know…” series, Kevin Remde and Jeff Woolsey conclude their Top 10 list of Virtualization solution facts. [ 1:16 ] Did you know…”In a recent benchmarking test, ESG found that a single server running 12 Hyper...
  • FREE DOWNLOAD: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Documentation

    I know the holidays are fast approaching and you may be in some fantastic reading material to help bide your time.  Well do I have something for you.  How does a 116 MB, and 7,970 pages in length pdf of Windows Server documentation.   ...
  • Top Local Apps: Get Your Team’s Huddle in Order with Hudl

    This month my teammates( Kevin , Brian and Keith ) and I decided to highlight apps that have caught our eyes.  One of the apps that caught my eye is Hudl.  Before I go any further, I love football, and this is probably why this app caught my...