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This is cool.  Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff.  And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process. “Huh?  Seriously?” Well.. in a sense. We’re announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly 5,...
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....
For lucky 13, I reproduce a question here from Scott L, who asked it at our Saint Louis TechNet Event several weeks ago: “Any plans for a hybrid option with both SCCM and InTune in an organization?” No.  At least none that I’m aware of.  I will expand on my ...
Tighe asked this question at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis several weeks ago: “System Center 2012 - one agent for all products?” That’s a great question, Tighe.  Naturally one might assume that if we’ve changed-up how we sell System Center 2012 now as one product rather tha...
A question I’ve actually heard several times before came up again at our TechNet Event in Kansas City several weeks ago: “Can I use Hyper-V as a VM (within Windows 7)?” No. “Can you elaborate?” Absolutely...
Our next set of IT Pro events (“IT Camps”) in the US Central Region have been scheduled and are now officially open for registration! The events are free, go from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and include some light breakfast and lunch. But most importantly, they are full of new and useful infor...
(Re-posted with John Weston’s permission.) Overview Many times over the last year I have been asked the question, “What is Windows Intune?”  I like to describe Windows Intune as the cloud service that helps you centrally manage and secure your PCs through a simple, web-based con...
Brett B. asked the following question at our TechNet event in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “Does Microsoft plan to implement a distributed virtual switch like VMware?” And the answer is yes.  And no.  Not LIKE VMware.  Better. For this answer I am going to defer to th...
We Microsoft IT Pro Evangelists are often asked, “Hey.. Where can I find the download to try out such-and-such software?” And after I find out what they actually meant when they said “such-and-such”, I usually just tell them essentially to “google it on Bing”. But that’s not suf...
Yes!  My first in our new “Cloud Innovators” series of interviews is now live! About This Video We’re kicking off a new series today with Sr. IT Pro Evangelist Kevin Remde as he examines some of the top innovative companies who are using Microsoft Cloud solutions to help othe...
John asked the following questions at our TechNet event in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “Can you show us a demo of how to integrate SCVMM with Citrix and/or VMware?”” The answer to that is no.  At least not me.  I can’t personally afford, nor does my team have the budget fo...
Good morning, all. I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to you just a little bit of bragging. And a challenge. “Oh great.. what did you do now, Kevin?” imageThis week I’m in Seattle, Washington, attending Microsoft’s bi-annual internal technical training event, “Tec...
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 l...
In our Saint Louis TechNet Event last week, Kurt asked several questions relating to virtualization and Hyper-V: “Any issues with running SBS, SQL, and application server on same machine?” “How do I set up multiple drives within a virtual server?” “What is the best base core for vir...
At our TechNet Event in Saint Louis, Matt J asked: “How do I migrate from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V?” I haven’t been asked that for quite awhile (about 3 years, actually).  But we did have a few people at our event in Saint Louis that are still using Microsoft’s previ...
Justin, in our Saint Louis TechNet Event asked us: “How can we track dynamic memory over time? Application vendor's physical requirements are always too high. Resource usage over time can better right-size an app.” As of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2, you have some new Hyper-V perfo...
This question came from Randy at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis: “Are the VMM management capabilities for a Citrix XenServer based VM the same as for a Hyper-V based VM? (example: can you still live migrate, change RAM, etc?)” The simple answer is: The capabilities are pretty mu...
YTry it out!esterday the big news from Microsoft was the announcement of and new details around the new System Center 2012 product, delivered via live Webcast. I was very happy to be able to watch the webcast with John Weston and 88 of our closest friends in Saint Louis during our Tec...
Today during the “Private Cloud Day” live webcast event, Microsoft announced a pretty big change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite.  Bottom-line.. it’s no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012.  (Well.. actua...
This question was asked by Aubrey M at our Kansas City TechNet Event last week… “If you have PRO enabled between SCOM 2007 R2 and SCVMM, how will that affect the upgrade process for these two systems?” (For those of you who haven’t heard of PRO, check out this resource.) The short a...
was asked this question last week at our TechNet Event in Kansas City. “What is Microsoft’s best practice recommendation for web server deployment to support a web site that has variable demands from day-to-day? Network Load-Balancing? Private Cloud? Clustering?.. or something els...
This Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Microsoft is holding a special Private Cloud webcast.  “Special?  What’s so special?” I’ll tell you why.  Well, actually I can’t tell you all the details (because I don’t know them), but what I can tell you is that you’ll learn a...
Here are another set of really good questions from our TechNet Event on Tuesday in Kansas City.  These came all on the same slip of paper, from the same person. --- “How will Windows 8 / Server 8 change Microsoft Virtualization?” In Windows Server “8” there...
It’s another snowy day up here in Minneapolis, but earlier this week I had the pleasure of traveling down to tropical Kansas City. Overland Park, KS, to be more specific. And on that particular day we decided to try something new. We (John Weston and I) asked our attendees to write ...
“For ‘Windows’?  Which versions?” Pretty much every supported version of Windows is impacted**, so read on.  This is important. Yesterday Microsoft released an advisory, and today Microsoft released a security patch outside of its normal release cycle, or “out of band”; mea...
“Oh here you go again, Kevin… Talking about development topics in an IT Pro blog…” Hey.. I thought we had established the fact that many IT pros are also software engineers and developers.  Or perhaps their friends are.  So whether you’re a developer, and aspiring develope...
Yes indeed!  Today Microsoft has made 4 new free virtual labs available.  This gives you a great opportunity to try out some of the basic operations of some of the new suite of System Center tools. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructu...
RTW = Released to the Webitubes Today Microsoft releases the next version of the MAP Toolkit.  MAP, in case you weren't aware, stands for Microsoft Assessment and Planning.  And a brand new version (v6.5) is now available to download. “What does it do?” I’m glad you asked....
It’s the end of the month, and the last of our 30 days of cloudy goodness is here!  In today’s blog post, one of the most genuinely certifiable gentlemen I know, Brian Lewis, points you to some resources to help you get on track for cloud readiness.  And by you, I mean YOU.&#...
In today’s next-to-last installment of our cloud series, we have another guest author representing another great Microsoft partner: NetIQ.  And in particular, they discuss a product of theirs called Platespin Migrate. Check out the Part 29 blog post HERE.  And if you ha...
Back in part 23 of our series I wrote about Windows Azure, and some of the tools that IT Pros have at their disposal for the sake of managing and monitoring it.  One of those tools of course is PowerShell.  And today in part 27, Matt Hester writes about how PowerShell (one of...
“Hey Kevin – Is the cloud just for big companies?” Absolutely not.  Certainly some implementations (private clouds, for instance) make more sense in organizations that A) are able to take advantage of delivering IT as a Service for their business units, and B) ca...
  Are you concerned that the cloud will eat your job?  Perhaps.  Every time there is a shift in how things are done based on improvements in technology or new options for efficiency, economics, scale… there is always someone crying foul.  Or probably more app...
Microsoft has some pretty interesting new direction with regard to what “the cloud” can do.  For example – how about an Internet-based service that let’s you monitor, manage, and deploy software to the workstations you’re responsible for? “Yeah....
Back in part 2 of this 30 part series, John Weston introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you.  Today in Part 24, he continues the discussion with a look at some examples of using public cl...
You might recall that in April 2011 I introduced you (or perhaps re-introduced you) to Windows Azure in part 6 of my “Cloudy April” blog series.  Windows Azure, in case you’ve forgotten (or have been living under a rock) is Microsoft’s Platform as a Service...
Back in Part 10 of our “Cloud on Your Terms” series, I discussed the goals of building my own test environment – which I refer to as my “Private Private Cloud”.  It was the first in a series of screencasts and blog posts showing the process of buildin...
Back in part 10 of our cloud series, I described how I configured my own “Private Private Cloud”.  One of the important elements of my test lab was to have a foundation that would support Windows Failover Clustering and the Live Migration of virtual machines.  To ...
Have you ever wondered how Microsoft supports so much scale online for our online services such as Hotmail, Windows Azure, Windows Live, Windows Updates, etc.? “Yes, I have.  You must have a massive datacenter!” Actually, we have many massive datacenters.  “...
Have you ever been puzzled by some problem only to find out that it was related to how your network is configured?  “Yes.  All the time.” Of course you have.  And when you add the potential complexities of supporting a Private Cloud in your datacenter, let al...