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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)

Modernizing your Infrastructure: The FREE Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

Welcome to another in our new series of “Modernize your Infrastructure” articles.  Today I’m pleased to share with you the details of yet another free and easy-to-use assessment tool from Microsoft.  The purpose of this tool is to help you answer the following important question: “Are my servers and services able to be migrated to Microsoft Azure?” And that is a fair question; particularly if we see the value, but don’t really know where to begin.  If in the process of modernizing my infrastructure I consider perhaps moving some (or all) of m... (more)

A Useful List of Windows 8 or 8.1 Resources for IT Pros

Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for tweeting about this.  Mary Hutson is maintaining a very useful list of “top Microsoft Support solutions for the most common issues IT Pros experience when using or deploying Windows 8 or 8.1.”  She updates the list every quarter; the most recent being just two days ago (Aug 11, 2014).  * HERE IS THE LIST * <—Click that Kudos, Mary!  This is a great page to bookmark! ... (more)

Where Is My Datastore in Hyper-V?

The term 'datastore’ is one that many of you who work with VMware are familiar, but which doesn’t really translate to the world of Microsoft’s Hyper-V.   “Since Hyper-V does not require a different formatting of the underlying physical disk structure like VMFS(VMware’s proprietary disk format) we are able to browse the ‘datastore’ with File Explorer(In Windows 8/Server 2012…formerly known as Windows Explorer).” “Who said that?” That quote was from my friend Tommy Patterson, who writes about datastores and how they compare to the file system structures used in Hyper-V in Part 4 ... (more)

Reducing Touchscreen Latency

I thought this was pretty interesting.. so for a lighter, geeky-cool post on a Friday afternoon, as I’m busy waiting for large file copies in my home office lab to complete, I thought I’d share it with you. Microsoft Research recorded a demonstration of how responsive a typical touchscreen operating system is, and how much better the experience could be if the latency (the time between the screen sensing the finger move and the visual feedback of something moving on the screen) could be reduced. Check it out: (Credit: @TechCrunch’s tweet about Chris Velazco’s article on Tech Crun... (more)