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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)

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)

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)

What Does AVIcode Do?

In Saint Louis at our TechNet Event several weeks ago now, Chuck S. asked about AVIcode… “App Insight - performance data?  Component timing?  Event Logs?  Database events?  (what is tracked in AVIcode?)” That is a very good question. For those of you not already aware of what AVIcode is; it is a product that enables “deep application insight”.  Working in concert with Operations Manager, it monitors .NET application performance.  It looks for code problems, performance issues, security, and connectivity of application components, and then through Operations Manager it alerts yo... (more)