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  • Blog Post: How to ensure you are not being charged for Azure VMs when they are shutdown

    Rob Waggoner We’ve all become accustomed to shutting down our VMs when we don’t need them, but in Windows Azure, it takes more then just shutting down the OS (within the VM) to ensure your runtime costs stop accumulating.  In Azure, you have to make sure the VM is Stopped (Deallocated) not just...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Availability Sets

    Rob Waggoner I’ve been spending a lot of time with Windows Azure, and as always, I’m focusing on how we can get the best value for our spend. As I look that the Windows Azure cost model; running VMs will likely be the most expensive item on your Windows Azure bill, so I wanted to see how we could get...
  • Blog Post: If I’m using Windows Azure for IaaS do I still need backups?

    Rob Waggoner That one makes you think a minute, doesn’t it? The answer of course is that yes, you probably still need backups. Windows Azure ensures, when geo-redundancy is enabled, that your data won’t be lost if a datacenter does down, but Windows Azure does not keep a history of your data, only a...
  • Blog Post: Backup Possibilities in Windows Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we continue to look to Windows Azure as a way to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to our customers, I want to remind you that Windows Azure can also handle the backups for your on-premises infrastructure and your cloud based infrastructure. Now you are thinking, storing my backups...
  • Blog Post: Is it Supported on Windows Azure?

    Rob Waggoner As you can tell from my prior blog posts, I’m really digging into Windows Azure and as I talk about Windows Azure, one question continues to come up. “Is this supported on Windows Azure?”. The answer depends on the scenario, but we have a knowledge base article here that lists the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure: Syncing Domain Controllers between on-Premise and Windows Azure

    Rob Waggoner In my first post on Windows Azure , I showed you how I setup site-to-site connectivity between my on-premise network and my Windows Azure network. In this post, I’ll show you how I got my Domain Controllers in my Windows Azure virtual network so that I can synchronize...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure: Setting up Synchronization between an On-Premise Infrastructure and Windows Azure with Windows Server 2012 R2

    Rob Waggoner I’ve been working with Windows Azure for a while now. I really like the idea of creating workloads without having to house the servers for the workloads and I see tons of possibility for Windows Azure. I truly feel like we’re just starting to scratch the surface...
  • 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: Can you use Hyper-V Replica with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials?

    Rob Waggoner Today while I was delivering the Selling Affordable Disaster Recovery Solutions with Windows Server 2012 R2 Samurai webcast , I received the following: Question: Can Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials use Hyper-V Replica? Answer: Yes. You could always use the Microsoft Hyper-V server, which...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 has a Timeline!

    Rob Waggoner     Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, we released our timeline for Windows Server 2012.  The official announcement is here ; the plan is to have Windows Server 2012 available through multiple channels in September.  What I want to focus...
  • Blog Post: Why Windows 7? Why now?

    Rob Waggoner Windows 7 is now a year old and I’m still hearing questions like “Why Windows 7?” or statements like “XP is good enough”. Other people are still saying things like “I’m waiting for SP1”, or “I want to see someone else do it first”...
  • Blog Post: Storage Live Migration on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner With Windows Server 2012 around the corner, I wanted to start sharing some of the new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Today I want to show you Storage Live Migration. Just as the name implies, you can Live Migrate a VM from one disk to another while the...
  • Blog Post: IAMCP Sponsored Windows Server 2012 technical training

    Rob Waggoner   IAMCP is sponsoring this online evening technical training so it doesn’t conflict with your billable hours.    More detail, and the registration link can be found here: http://iamcp.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=318783&group   Until next time,   Rob...
  • Blog Post: Part 14 - Live Migration doesn’t work (from an Intel to AMD CPU or AMD to Intel)

    I’ve mentioned this before, but I wanted to show you the error you receive when you try to Live Migrate from an Intel CPU to an AMD CPU. Of course, it isn’t any better if you try to Live Migrate from an AMD CPU to an Intel CPU. Here’s that error message: As I have more time I’m going to talk more about...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Linux Support

    Rob Waggoner I just got an email asking for some help on a few questions around Hyper-V.  Since I had to look in a couple of places to get the complete answer, I thought I would share my results. Is there any support for Linux? Yes we do provide support for the following Linux distributions: Here...
  • Blog Post: How do I change the Disk Witness in Quorum

    I received the following question: Hi, I have been following your video on setting up Hyper-V server with the Equallogic SAN which we have. It has been really helpful however I am having a problem getting the CSV to work. After creating the cluster the disk we are planning to use is only shown...
  • Blog Post: What are the Top Issues for Bitlocker?

    Rob Waggoner   Q: (from Anthony) I want to know the top issues (problems) in BitLocker and their solutions.  What should I be aware of from an architectural perspective as well?   A: I’ve spent a lot of time with BitLocker and I think it has addressed a big need in our industry. ...
  • Blog Post: Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider...

    We've already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008. If there's interest, I'll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me know. RMS - allows you to encrypt your data while...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2000 Support ends on July 13, 2010

    What does End-of-Support really mean? It means that there will not be any new fixes for Windows 2000. For the last few years, security fixes have been the only fixes provided; after July 13, 2010, there will not be any more fixes released. We have the Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center here...
  • Blog Post: Part 12 - SCVMM 2008 R2 and the Power of Templates

    As you’ve read, I’ve been using SCVMM for a while and I still learn new things about it.  I mentioned templates in my first screen cast and told you that I would talk more about them, so here they are.  Templates let you create a standard virtual machine image and store it in your SCVMM library...
  • Blog Post: Want to win a Camcorder?

    We have some new Windows 7 and Desktop training available and you could win a new Camcorder just by taking time to take the training now.  We are giving away a Flip SlideHD and a Flip Ultra Camcorder.  You know you need to learn about Windows 7, so why not take a few minutes to go through the...
  • Blog Post: Adding an ESX Server to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked a lot about virtualization and I even demonstrated how to add a vCenter Server to SCVMM 2008 R2 here .  Today I wanted to show you how to add the same vCenter Server to a System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Server.  If you haven’t seen the information on System...
  • Blog Post: The latest updates for Hyper-V

      Rob Waggoner Have you ever wondered where you could find a list of the current updates for Hyper-V?  Well I was and I finally found it.  Actually, Tim Cerling, pointed me to it.  If you don’t know Tim, he’s one of our Hyper-V experts and helped write a book on virtualization. ...
  • Blog Post: Fingerprint Readers... Are they all they are cracked up to be?

    Almost every mobile computer that is currently shipping has a Fingerprint Reader on it. How convenient... I've had a lot of customers get excited about the convenience of no more passwords when they think that a finger will do. Well personally, I give those Fingerprint Readers the finger! . Honestly...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Configuring the BIOS for Hyper-V How many times have you said “I’d love to learn how to use Hyper-V, but where do I start?”  Start here!   I’ve started a series on Hyper-V that begins with how to configure your server , and then moves step by step all the way through how you can setup a High...