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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)

MediaValet Thrives on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

“MediaValet Thrives on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform” is the title of this press release.  It’s great to hear about the cases where Windows Azure is being used so effectively, and really taking full advantage of its… well.. advantages.  Things such as global scale and pay-as-you-go.  Great, reliable, redundant storage.  And the opportunity to create some massively parallel compute engines for heavy tasks such as image or video rendering. ... (more)

How do I backup a virtual machine? (So many questions. So little time. Part 42)

Mike W asks: “When backing up a virtual machine, what files need to be backed up?” ”Do the virtual servers need to be down for the backup?” ”What considerations need to be made when doing a ‘Disaster Recovery’ of a host server?” Well Mike, you sure do ask a lot of questions.  And I don’t think I can do this very big topic justice with just this one blog response.  So let me give you my thoughts, and hopefully weave in some links to good resources that you can use to learn more about virtual machine backup best practices.  (And I’m sure I’ll leave some awesome method or idea out of ... (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)

More Breaking News: Windows Server 2012 Is ALSO Released to Manufacturing!

I actually thought we were going to wait a day and not steal any of the thunder around the Windows 8 RTM, but today Microsoft also announces the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2012. Here is the announcement on the Windows Server Blog. “Are we going to have to wait ‘til October 24 for Server 2012 to be generally available, too?” No!  We’re actually making it available on September 4, 2012!  Check out THIS PAGE to save the date for the launch.     ... (more)