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  • Blog Post: New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

    Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs? I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require...
  • Blog Post: Creating Virtual Machines Using Hyper-V

    As I walk through creating Hyper-V virtual machines I wanted to share with you some interesting points I learned from the Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Training Guide written by Mitch Tulloch that may save you a call to the Help Desk or at least you won’t have to miss your kid’s softball...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from VMWare to Hyper-V

    I am often asked about tools that will help migrate VMWare virtual machines to Hyper-V. There are a lot of options to choose from these days. Let me give you just a few with links so you can research and decide for yourself. Double-Take MOVE – This is a third party product from Vision Solutions. Double...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

      Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
  • Blog Post: If I’m using Hyper-V, what other services should run in the host OS?

    Rob Waggoner Question: If I’m using Hyper-V, what other services should run in the host OS? More to the point: Can I run my business applications in the Host OS? Answer: Our advice is to not run anything more than the management UI in the Host OS. No AD, DNS, file services...
  • Blog Post: Three new Virtual Sessions to Jump Start your Hyper-V Practice !

    Rob Waggoner We have three new virtual sessions focused on building your Hyper-V Practice.  The next Jump Start course Introduction to Hyper-V is an online event being delivered on Thursday, January 24 th from 8am – 5pm PST.  This event is designed for IT Pros that are new to virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Get a Rebate on your Hyper-V deployments with Hyper-V Surge–Extended thru June 30th!

    Rob Waggoner We just announced this program for our partners deploying Hyper-V.  The full detail is located here , but basically you as the reseller can get a $150.00 rebate for selling Windows Server Standard and a $500.00 rebate for selling Windows Server Datacenter.  You also need to install...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner has been Released!

    Rob Waggoner As you know, I think Hyper-V Replica is one of the KILLER features in Windows Server 2012.  As I talk about it and demonstrate it, I always get the question: How can I understand the impact Hyper-V Replica will have on my infrastructure?   Now you can!  We recently released...
  • Blog Post: Beat VMware with the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool

    Normally I’m not impressed with TCO calculation tools. They often rely on unrealistic assumptions, request obscure data points, and deliver dry results. However, the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool ( www.datacentertcotool.com ) impressed me as being different. The first thing that caught my attention...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft VDI Licensing

    Q: (from Kellie) If an end user is hosting virtual desktops on a server, is there a limit to the number of virtual desktop instances they may run? If so, is the limit different for Standard and Datacenter? I know VDA is required to license the devices accessing a Virtual Desktop and VDA is available...
  • Blog Post: New Improvements in Hyper-V Replica coming with Windows Server 2012 R2

    Rob Waggoner You know I’m a huge fan of Hyper-V Replica and now that I’ve had a chance to take a look at the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, I wanted to share two huge improvements in Hyper-V Replica.  Don’t worry, there are more than two, stay tuned! 1. You can now change the frequency at which...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Server 2012 R2 Samurai Webcast Series

    Q: (from Brenda) I liked the Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series , but has the content been refreshed since the launch of Windows Server 2012 R2? A: To stay ahead of the game, partners need to be ready now to show their customers how Windows Server 2012 R2 can help them be lean and stay lean by...
  • Blog Post: Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

    Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to...