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  • Blog Post: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Hyper-V over SMB (Part 8)

    In today’s post in the modernizing your infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, I am going to talk about Hyper-V over SMB, which we introduced in Windows Server 2012. It is also important to note that you can use storage spaces to house your SMB share that Hyper-V will leveraged. In Part 7 I talked...
  • Blog Post: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part 7)

    In this part of the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, we are focusing on of the great solutions we introduced with Windows Server 2012 and improved in Window Server 2012 R2, Storage Spaces. Storage Spaces Overview: In Windows Server 2012 Storage became a first class citizen, from storage...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Why NOW is a good time to plan for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

    In this episode Keith Mayer and myself kick off a special 6 part series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [ 1:18 ] Why should I start planning...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Putting MDT and WDS Together (Part 6)

    In this part we put all the parts together, to have your first deployment environment ready to go. By bringing together the images you create in the MDT and making them a part of the WDS environment. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Working with Task Sequences (Part 5)

    In this part we will take a look at how to build a task sequence, that will allow you to put together all the components necessary for your Windows 8.1 deployment. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Working with Deployment Shares (Part 4)

    In this part, you will get to take a look at the basic building block in an MDT environment, the deployment share. This will house all the files to help provision and build your desktop. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Installing the Tools (Part 3)

    In this part of the series we will take a look at how to install the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK). Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Deployment Pre-Requisites (Part 2)

    In this part I talk about some of the under the hood requirements you need to have in place before you begin building your deployment environment. Enjoy! Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Introduction (Part 1)

    Good day everyone! In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows 8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment technologies. So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk about deploying Windows 8.1. More importantly throughout these screencasts all the tools...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: Join our next Jump Start, “Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise” 6-17/ 6-19

    Join our next Jump Start, “Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise” free online training event, June 17‒19, featuring seasoned experts, who dive deep into Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server, BYOD, and more. Explore virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), disk deduplication and tiering, and the Remote Desktop...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2014 Live Streaming Sessions this week ...

    Can’t make it to Houston this year for TechEd 2014? No worries – just join us online via Tech Ed Live Streaming all week long from the keynote and technical breakout sessions. At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about...
  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    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 , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to begin the Quest of the Cloudwalker?

    Hark beleaguered IT Professionals! We know of the evils which plague you daily—mountains of help desk tickets, crashing computers, ridiculous requests from management, and far, far worse. But fear not, for we have felt your misery and despair, and created a fantastical world where you can use your hard...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows 8.1 Camp: Discover Key Windows 8.1 Solutions for IT Pros

    As IT professionals, it’s your job to keep up with the latest demands – ensuring your organization has the fastest, most intuitive technology and uninterrupted services, while giving people the freedom to work anywhere, anytime, on a variety of devices. Join us for the upcoming IT Camp, “Empowering People...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 For Business: Remember Our Good Friend Group Policy

    Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops. For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well. Group Policy is one...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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?
  • Blog Post: 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 reservation for the VM itself (the VM is still DHCP...
  • Blog Post: 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 can see the full series here: Disaster Recovery...
  • Blog Post: 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 within System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Blog Post: 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 your existing environments can seem to be a daunting...
  • Blog Post: 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 look like in vSphere and how does it compare...
  • Blog Post: 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 about device registration and management of BYOD devices...
  • Blog Post: 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, challenges and considerations that need to be made...