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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 my servers – whether they’re physical or virtual machines - off of my local hardware and into “the Cloud” as Microsoft Azure hosted Virtual Machines as an extension of my datacenter, then it would be good to have a starting-point assessment to help me learn about and c... (more)

Modernize your Infrastructure: The Series

The team of US DX IT Pro Technology Evangelists is doing another series of articles and TechNet Radio interviews.  The topic: Modernizing your Infrastructure.  The goal: To give you as many resources as you’ll need to get your infrastructure up to speed, whether you’re simply looking for ways to migrate off of Windows Server 2003, or even move workloads and applications up into Microsoft Azure. “Sounds great, Kevin!  Where is the series landing page?” Go here: http://aka.ms/ModernCloud Bookmark it and check back often.  There should be new content there every day. Speaking of n... (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)

Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription, suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux without the need for local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the cloud – it provides up to 30 Days or $200 USD of “cloud credit” to use as you see fit for building new cloud-based lab solutions involving Cloud Storage, Virtual Networks and Virtual Machines. Step 1 – Sign-up for a new Microsoft Account (... (more)

Cloud on Your Terms part 13 of 30: System Center Operations Manager

Today in lucky part 13 of our 30 day “Cloud on Your Terms” series, my friend (and the guy who hired me at Microsoft) John Weston introduces you to System Center Operations Manager 2012. Read it HERE. And if you have missed any of the series posts, check out my summary post for links to all of the articles available so far at http://aka.ms/cloudseries. ... (more)