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My friend Dan Stolts and yours truly continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” with an overview on how to plan for a hybrid cloud storage solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for our lively discussion on the many storage options available to you as well as discussions around performance, reliability and security.     [1:18] Let’s start with a quick summary of existing storage capabilities using modern infrastructure on-premises as supported by Windows Server 2012 R2 [10:16] What is Azure Storage? [11:17]  Can you give us a quick overview of Azure Storage Architecture? [12:30]  In order to connect local systems to Azure Storage accounts, I have to think there is some kind of authentication required to make that happen securely. How is that done? [16:00]  What is Blob Storage? [17:30] ... (more)

Breaking News: Free Private Cloud “Jump Start” Training

Microsoft has just scheduled a FREE 2-day training course entitled “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start”, happening on February 21st-22nd, 2012 from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST.  Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn what you need to know to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Leveraging the popular Jump St... (more)

IT Camps – “Being What’s Next In IT” - Open for Registration!

Our next set of IT Pro events (“IT Camps”) in the US Central Region have been scheduled and are now officially open for registration!  The events are free, go from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and include some light breakfast and lunch.  But most importantly, they are full of new and useful information that all IT Pros will benefit from.  (And it never hurts that we might give out a few prizes at the end of the day, too.) Here is our theme and information, followed by the event dates and registration links: Being What’s Next in IT 2012 is an exciting year for I.T. because it’s an exciting y... (more)

Hyper-V Snapshots: Why is “Now” Misleading?

This person at our Saint Louis, MO TechNet Event didn’t share their name, but it’s still a good question: “In snapshots, why is ‘now’ misleading on where you really are w/snapshots?” What Jerry (Let’s just call him or her Jerry) is referring to here is something that I think most of us experienced when we first started working with Hyper-V snapshots within the Hyper-V Manager. In this screenshot here, it’s easy to see that the snapshot we’re currently running is the one called “Update Test”. We can see that because “Now” is immediately following that in the snapshot hierarchy.... (more)

New Microsoft Certs Align to Cloud –The MCSE is Back!

Yesterday Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related. That’s right.  What was the well-known “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer” acronym MCSE has been re-purposed.  It now stands for “Microsoft Certified Solution Expert” “Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’.  Huh?!” From the press release… Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engin... (more)