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In part 6 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas and I show off some of the new kinds of customization options found in Windows 8. There’s never been a better time to build for Windows! Join the App Builder Program and learn about the...
As a Microsoft employee and as a $MSFT stockholder, I have to confess that I was THRILLED last night when I saw this commercial for the first time on TV…     So, if you were thinking of buying that iPad..you should think again and get a real Windows 8 tablet!  (He...
If you are a developer, or if you are a member of an IT organization which supports a software development organization, then you know that sometimes you need more hardware than you can realistically afford.  And if you do buy the hardware, it becomes obsolete all-too-soon, or jus...
Welcome to another main installment of our “20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services”.  For those of you who are just now starting to follow along, make sure to start your FREE TRIAL of Windows Azure, so that you can follow along. Those of you who are familiar ...
In part 5 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas  and I briefly introduce you to some of the new security-centric improvements in Windows 8. There’s never been a better time to build for Windows!  Join the App Builder Progra...
Perhaps you’re not aware of this, but Windows Azure supports web sites.  In fact, it makes it very easy to create and run any web site – from the most simple to the most high-end, complex web application scaled for global reach. To show off how easy it is to get started, my frien...
Well, do you? “Yes!  And I bet you’re going to tell me to use Windows Azure.” You’re catching on!  In today’s article in our “20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services”, my friend Keith Mayer shares some excellent tips, resources, and a step-by-step for b...
Welcome to another installment of our May series of articles – “20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services”.  Today I’m going to describe a scenario, a problem, and then propose a solution.    The Scenario: Single Sign-On support using Active Direct...
Windows Azure Infrastructure Services allows you to build complex solutions, hosted in Microsoft datacenters, as readily a you would have them running in your own lab or datacenter.  For today’s article in our “20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Service...
If you can extend your datacenter into the cloud using a secured network path and Windows Azure, it sure should follow that you can take advantage of cloud-based virtual machines to perform some of your more common infrastructure tasks.  For example: File Servers. “Yeah, I get it...
This just in… The demand has been so great for more information about using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services as an extension of your datacenter and IT Operations, that we’ve decided to schedule a few more FREE events to close out the end of our fiscal year here in Central Region ...
“Hey Kevin… I would like to use Windows Azure as a location where I set up a SQL Server database mirror.  Is this something I can do?” Absolutely, yes!  In fact, it doesn’t even require anything fancy as far as setting up special connectors or site-to-site VPN in order to tr...
So now that we’ve been talking about building virtual machines in Windows Azure, and extending your datacenter into “the cloud”, we need to actually make the connection.  But how does one actually build the Windows Azure Network, and then that subnet our local subnets? Keith Maye...
As many of you may already know, this month my Microsoft US DPE Central Region teammates (Matt Hester, Brian Lewis, and Keith Mayer) and I are blogging about “20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services”.  Throughout this month I’ll be adding link...
This is going to be good!  The folks at the Microsoft Virtual Academy are once again hosting a full-day online training event on May 16, 2013 from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time.  The title: Windows Azure for IT Professionals. Make Windows Azure Your Datacenter! This Jump St...
“Hey Kevin.. How do I get high availability out of my SQL Server?” Cluster.  Shared Storage.  Windows Failover Clustering supports that. “But… I want my SQL Servers running in Windows Azure.  And I don’t have shared storage in “the cl...
In part 4 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas and I (Kevin Remde) show off some of the newer and useful features found in Windows 8. There’s never been a better time to build for Windows!  Join the App Builder Program and le...
Last night while watching TV I was thrilled to finally see another good ad for the best phone I’ve ever owned – my Lumia 920.  As my wife will attest, I literally did ROFLMAO.     Sure… I’m a Microsoft Employee.  But seriously, it’s a great phone.(Mine’s the ...
Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the last of our 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) gave you the details and demonstrated some of the key areas in Syste...
Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the third of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System C...
Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the third of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System C...
Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the second of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System ...
Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the first of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System C...
“Georgia?” No!  GA means General Availability!  It’s like RTM, but better.  We’ve been talking about Windows Azure virtual machines, and using Azure as “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” (IaaS) for many months now.  We’ve been promoting the heck out of the 90-day free...
Back in October of last year, in Part 5 of our “31 Days of our Favorite Things” series, I wrote about Hyper-V Replica.  “With Hyper-V Replica you can easily create and maintain an off-line copy – a replica – of a virtual machine on a separate virtualization host.  This means,...
Did you know that virtual machines can also be clustered?  “Really?” Yep.  We call it “guest clustering”, where a cluster of application-hosting computers, sharing storage, are actually virtual machines.  In this way we provide a “whole ‘nuther level of high availabil...
In part 3 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas and I show some improvements in Windows 8 that will help you be more productive.   Download the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation today and test your applications, hardware and dep...
You may ask, “How easy is it to set up a cluster of virtualization hosts for Hyper-V virtual machine high availability?” “How easy is it to set up a cluster of virtualization hosts for Hyper-V virtual machine high availability?” I’m glad you asked. Short answer: Very Longer answer...
If you’re a VMware user, you’re probably familiar with the “vMotion” capability; moving a live, running virtual machine from one host to another.  Until recently, that move had to take place among and between clustered hosts, but recently Microsoft Hyper-V (and later VMware i...
In part 2 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas and I dive deeper into the new modern user interface for Windows 8. Download the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation today and test your applications, hardware and deployment strategies wi...
In this, the first of Eight Windows 8 tips and tricks sessions, I welcome Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas to the show. Tune in for part 1 as we show you around the new modern user interface in Windows 8.   Download the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation today and tes...
I’ve discussed Windows Server 2012’s inclusion of NIC teaming on my blog before.  Back in Part 7 of our “31 Days of  our Favorite Things” last October, for example, I blogged about it. In part 10 of our current “20+ Days of Server Virtualization” series, my phriend from Pho...
My friend Tommy Patterson brings us part 9 of our “20+ Days of Server Virtualization”, in which he introduces and describes the functionality in Hyper-V to support the networking of your virtual machines.  He describes the basic operations and options, as well as some of the more ...
“Storage vMotion?  isn’t that a VMware thing?” Yes, and although I’m sure that most of the readers of this blog are also familiar with the Microsoft terminology “live migration”, it’s still useful to help those who are more familiar with the vSphere world understand that, with Hy...
In this episode I welcome Technical Specialist Susan Smith from the Windows Intune team as we discuss Intune’s cloud-based solution to manage PCs and mobile devices.  Tune in as we describe Intune’s capabilities and how it can help support your mobile workforce while still ensurin...
In part 7 of our "20+ Days of Server Virtualization”, Keith Mayer gives us some powerful PowerShell commands to turn on the iSCSI initiator, connect, and use iSCSI storage from our Hyper-V host.  Read His Article: Speaking iSCSI with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V
In this episode, Sr. Product Manager Michael Niehaus and I are back for Part 2 of our Deploying Windows 8 series, where we dive deeper into some of the more advanced tools to support more complex Windows 8 deployment scenarios. Download the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation today and...
“I was just about to ask you that question, Kevin.” Well then, my timing is good.  And so is the timing of this virtual roundtable (VRT, we like to call it) about Windows 8, and what IT Professionals should know.  The event took place on March 1st, where we had 280 people on...
I’m sure some of you are more well-versed in the area of storage than others.  And no matter where you fall on that continuum, you may be wondering what kinds of storage are available for Hyper-V Virtualization. “Hey Kevin – What kinds of storage are available for Hyper-V vi...
This is the most inspiring thing I’ve seen all year (so far).  Way back when, someone very wise told me, “Kevin, you should seriously think about getting into computers.”  I had been hacking around with a music sequencing program on my Dad’s Apple ][+, and from them minute he...