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  • Blog Post: Migration Automation Toolkit next steps

    Over the last few years our team has had the opportunity to work on multiple VMware to Hyper-V migration toolkits. These community contributions were not “supported” other than being supplements to supported tools and authored in PowerShell. Any time you create an example or quick-start type solution...
  • Blog Post: MAT4Shift 1.6.2 Update

    We have published an update for MAT4Shift. While this is a minor script change, we view the update as critical and would encourage everyone to discontinue use of 1.6.1. This work came directly from community feedback, so thank you to everyone who is testing and using MAT, and sending information about...
  • Blog Post: Migration Automation Toolkit for MVMC 2.0

    Migrators, assemble! The MVMC team has published version 2.0, packed with new features, and in tandem the BCB team is releasing a new version of MAT! MVMC 2.0 MAT for MVMC 2.0 MVMC is a tool for converting VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines. Version...
  • Blog Post: Migration - MAT4SHIFT 1.6.1 Release to Web

    Today we published the latest version of the Migration Automation Toolkit, MAT4SHIFT v1.6.1. This is largely a maintenance release but does include a few new features. If you are looking at this technology for the first time, MAT4SHIFT is a script framework/toolkit for automating migrations from VMware...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Table of Contents

    This is a table of contents for the entire Contoso Labs series. Posts will be categorized by main topics that they cover. Introduction and Planning Introduction Who are the Users? What is the Service? Hardware Resources Fabric Choices (Storage) Fabric Choices (Network) Storage...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Video Series 2–VMware Integration

    The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Video Series 1–Service Template Building Blocks

    The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your...
  • Blog Post: Configure NIC teaming and QoS with VMM 2012 SP1 by Kristian Nese

    NIC Teaming is a new feature included in the Windows Server 2012 operating system that allows you to team any two NICs. It doesn’t matter if the NICs are different speeds or from different vendors. Windows Server 2012 will team any two NICs and support for NIC Teaming is completely Microsoft’s responsibility...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide

    Virtual Fibre Channel for Hyper-V provides the guest operating system with unmediated access to a SAN by using a standard World Wide Name (WWN) associated with a virtual machine. Hyper-V users can now use Fibre Channel SANs to virtualize workloads that require direct access to SAN logical unit numbers...
  • Blog Post: MAT 1.5 is available (now with NIC recreation!)

    I am happy to announce that MAT 1.5 is now available. Grab your copy now:  The Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) 1.5 brings a large number of improvements over the previous MAT and also puts the MAT and the MAT (Powered by Project Shift) at a feature parity. This means that the most asked about...
  • Blog Post: Deploying complex solutions into virtualized environments - or "To virtualize or not to virtualize"

    A very active topic in the world  of private cloud regards which applications should be virtualized and which applications need to run in a traditional, siloed datacenter environment. At this time it’s hard to come up with a definite “right answer” on either side of the debate. However, it’s something...
  • Blog Post: August 2013 was Automation Month at the Building Clouds Blog!

    Augomation? Autogust? Augustomania? Whatever you call it, with 16 Automation Track / Automation Track adjacent posts , it was Automation’s month to shine. You may have not even realized it – heck, I don’t think we did... The Posts… If you have been keeping up, fantastic...
  • Blog Post: I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 1)

    I know many of you have seen the super cool blog post where my fellow team members build a private cloud out of their new Surface Pros . It was a cool idea and people really loved the video.   The cool thing about the Surface Pro is that it’s a normal PC and you can run any regular PC program (Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 2)

    In the previous blog post ( here ) I talked about how you can start using Windows Azure with an MSDN subscription and we did the following: Installed App. Controller Configured App. Controller to communicate with Windows Azure Created our own Windows 2012 image that we want to use in Windows Azure  ...