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If you are a developer, or if you are a member of an IT organization which supports a software development organization, then you know that sometimes you need more hardware than you can realistically afford.  And if you do buy the hardware, it becomes obsolete all-too-soon, or just sits there idle because the need for it was short-lived.  Windows Azure Infrastructure Services can actually help with this.  Now you have a place to create machines that can host your development tools, and your test environment for quickly spinning up new machines for various configurations and scenarios.  (HINT: Get your FREE TRIAL HERE) “One of the roadblocks to building a Windows 8 new interface application is that you need Windows 8 or Server 2012 to develop on. It just so happens that Microsoft has this great virtual server environment, called Windows Azure, where we can remote int... (more)

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is RTW

Wow.. what a big week. The System Center 2012 release, the official naming of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and now the newest version of the MDT - Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 – is released and available for download. For those not familiar with it, the MDT is “a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment.” Here is the overview from the download page: Overview Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating d... (more)

Step-by-Step: Connect System Center 2012 App Controller to Windows Azure

The article I’m writing for part 13 our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series involves using App Controller to create a virtual machine.  But to do this, you first need to connect and associate App Controller (a component of System Center 2012) with your Windows Azure subscription. So in today’s Part 12, as a preliminary document for part 13, in this article I’m going to show you how to connect App Controller to your Windows Azure account. To do this, we need to have a few preliminaries in place: You have a Windows Azure subscription, and have requested the ability to preview... (more)

Lest We Forget: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 RC Also Released!

I feel bad that I didn’t include this yesterday – because it’s hugely important: Alongside of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidates, Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2012 release candidate was also made publically available for download. “What’s so cool about that, Kevin?” For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Hyper-V Server is the free “Free?!” Yes, free operating system that.. well, I hesitate to call an operating system.  It is Hyper-V in its purest form.. just the “micro-kernalized hypervisor” that you can run for virtualization hosts. “Ah.. so it’s free, wh... (more)

31 Days of our Favorite Things: The Recap

It’s over!  November (Movember?) is here!  Now it’s time to sit back and soak in all of this great information! Below is a complete list (Thank you, Keith Mayer for compiling it) of links to our full 31 Days.  Enjoy! 31 Days of our Favorite Things The Cloud OS Platform by Kevin Remde Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 by Brian Lewis Feel the Power of PowerShell 3.0 by Matt Hester Live Migrate Your VMS in One Line of PowerShell by Keith Mayer Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Replica by Kevin Remde Right-size IT Budgets with “Storage Spaces” by Keith Maye... (more)