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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)

Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business (or – Why you’re wrong about Windows 8.1)

Welcome to March!  And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP.  I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  But which one, and why? What’s interesting to me is that there is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) surrounding Windows 8.1 and whether or not there is any real benefit to providing and supporting it as the default, best-choice for business devices.  And while I kn... (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)

How to Cheaply Backup Virtual Machines (So many questions. So little time. Part 14.)

At our Kansas City TechNet Event several weeks ago, Chris H. asked: “How do I backup VMs without using Data Protection Manager or Virtual Machine Manager?” You don’t,  It can’t be done.  You must buy our products.  Resistance is futile. “Oh c’mon.. get serious, Kevin.” Sorry.  Okay, I’m sure there are several ways that this can be accomplished.  Virtual machines running under Hyper-V are typically really just a few configuration, hard disk, and differencing-disk files.  So making a backup, at least at the heart of it all, is really just making a copy of those files.  I’ll throw... (more)