Storage is one the main key factors we look at when trying to improve our virtualization environments. It is also probably one of the most costly, not only from a $$$ perspective but also a performance perspective. I know a lot of you have made large investments in your storage solutions. Especially if you are running a lot of virtualization workloads. So in the post today, I briefly talk about one of the supported storage capabilities called Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) which is essentially the same thing as VAAI.
Happy NFL opening week everyone! Welcome to my annual post and by now most of you will already know what one of my predictions will be. We will save that for later.
We all have servers that we need to quickly deploy into our environments. Especially in today’s datacenters, we are deploying more and more virtualization hosts to run our virtualized workloads. In today's post I take a look at both Microsoft's and VMware's bare metal deployment technologies. Take a look at where we are currently at and where we are headed with a quick peak at Windows Server 2012 R2.
In the series of VMware or Microsoft I take a look at the ability to migrate running Virtual Machines in Virtual environments. VMware has been very solid with this technology for years, and Windows Server has grown in leaps and bounds in regards to live migration. I think the article may surprise you. Enjoy!
In this post of VMware vs. Hyper-V I talk about certifications. I talk about my recent acquisition of my VCP 5 DCV certification and talk about my share my thoughts about the process. I also talk about how the certifications compare. So enjoy the post and you can learn more.
After a much too long hiatus, I have decided to restart my book of the month club postings! I just recently read Ready Player One, and it really inspired me to restart these book of the month posts! It was also a great read and had me tracking down one of D & D modules from my childhood. So Enjoy this post today and have a great day!
In the interview I did with Mark Russinovich last month (An Interview with Mark Russinovich on Windows Azure & Security), I asked Mark about customers doing penetration testing. Mark pretty much said it was ok as long as they were not attacking the platform, which is true. However, I have a quick point of clarification.
You're not going to want to miss this exciting episode where I had a chance to speak with Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow for Windows Azure. As many of you know this is the guy who literally wrote the book on cyber security. Tune in as we talk about security in Windows Azure and what you can do to keep your data safe in the cloud. BREAKING NEWS: Be sure not to miss Mark's exciting announcement at the end of the interview!
I welcome the Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson to the show as they discuss Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and PowerShell. Tune in as we chat about some of the potential PowerShell scenarios IT Pros can implement in Azure as well as some tips on how you can get started with Azure and PowerShell today.
In today’s episode, I chat with Mark Rosenberg, a Technical Instructor at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. We talk about some of the Windows Azure Licensing options. Tune in as we discuss all things licensing and pricing as well as the Windows Azure free trial, the WebMatrix tool, and on-premise versus the cloud.
I just found out about this and had to pass it on! John and I have been colleagues for years and I am certain that this will be an incredible training. This intensive one week event is designed to give attendees the skills required to architect, deploy and manage a Microsoft centric environment. By the end of the event you will understand all the capabilities available, how they work best together and be able to take your environments to new levels of functionality. While there is a cost to the training, I think it was well worth it! You can learn more and register here: Master Class Certified training session in Dallas on 7/8/2013
One of the more common workloads the cloud handles fantastically is for your web service. Whether you want to have your website external or internal facing using Azure web services can help to alleviate the workload on your local infrastructure. The web could even help alleviate even some of the workload for your websites. So for the post today I wanted to take you through how to deploy a web application with load balanced web servers. Also this will be the Instructor led lab I will be delivering at TechEd: Join Me at TechEd North America and Come to my Session: June 3-6 New Orleans!
In the following guide you are going to learn how to deploy a simple ASP.NET MVC 4 Web application to a Web server hosted in Windows Azure, using SQL Server and configuring load balancing. The guide below is geared to Windows Server 2012 and IIS (Internet Information Services), however you can also do the lab with Apache and Linux. Take a look at this guide here: HOL-IntroToWindowsAzureVirtualMachinesLinux.
Once you've complete this step-by-step guide, you'll have a cloud-based virtual SQL Server 2012 lab environment that you can use to explore the other new DBA and BI capabilities in this latest version of SQL Server!