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The term 'datastore’ is one that many of you who work with VMware are familiar, but which doesn’t really translate to the world of Microsoft’s Hyper-V. “Since Hyper-V does not require a different formatting of the underlying physical disk structure like VMFS(VMware’s proprietary disk...
In this episode of “Reimagining Windows”, I welcome Sr. Product Manager Michael Niehaus to the show.  We discuss the tools, technologies, tips and tricks that are available to enable the efficient deployment of Windows 8 onto new or existing hardware.  Tune in for part 1 of o...
In this episode I welcome Douglas Chrystall, Chief Architect at Dell Software to the show, and we discuss Foglight for Windows Azure applications – a new product offering from Dell which helps monitor applications built on the Windows Azure platform.  Tune in as we chat about this...
Part 3 of our “20+ Days of Server Virtualization” series is about Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V.  As the title suggests, this is not your Father’s Memory Overcommit. “Memory Overcommit?  Isn’t that a VMware capability?” In the context of virtualization, yes.  (It may be so...
Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time already knows what a HUGE fan of the Microsoft TechEd conference I am.  And this year I am hoping to be there again.  (If you’re a Microsoft group who is looking for booth or lab proctor help, send me an e-mail!!!)...
Our FREE “Microsoft IaaS Virtual Machine Bootcamp” events are happening around the central part of the U.S.  We’re delivering these for IT Professionals and Developers who are interested specifically in learning more about Windows Azure, as a globally scalable ap...
Near you, that is, if you live in any of the most major cities in the United States. Our team of 11 Technical Evangelists (IT Pro Evangelists) are once again on the road and delivering live, FREE IT Camps for you!  We’re bringing you three very compelling topics: What’s new...
Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012, and Windows 8 allows the addition, removal, or configuration changes of some key aspects of a virtual machine; even while it’s running.  Others, however, are still not able to be changed.  And often, the ability to ma...
To kick off our series of “20+ Days of Server Virtualization” articles, I’m going to introduce you to Hyper-V. “Introduce? It’s not new!” True. But even though many of you may have heard of Microsoft’s virtualization solution, you may not know much about it. And so to start our s...
Welcome to March 2013!  Can you believe it?   March is already here!  And as you’re coming to learn, a new month means a new topic for our team’s series of blog articles. This month the topic is Server Virtualiaztion.  Specifically, we’ll be discussing and hel...
Here it is!  The complete list of our “20+ Days of Server Virtualization” blog articles.  Through the month of March, I’ll be adding links, making any updates or changes.  So keep checking back for more, or keep watching my blog.  As before, I pla...
Sometimes useful  resources show up in the most interesting way, and it would be foolish not to take advantage of them. Today, for example (and in about 12 minutes, actually) I’m helping to support the live Q&A for a live Springboard Series Roundtable Discussion on Windows 8....
It’s the end of February, and the end of what I hope you will agree was a very satisfying series of 19 “Migration and Deployment” articles by my teammates and me – the U.S. based IT Pro Technology Evangelists. “So what’s the last topic?” I’m glad you asked.  Now that you know (o...
In this episode I welcome back Sr. Technical Product Manager Martin Booth for Part 2 of our System Center 2012 SP1 for Windows 8 series.  We discuss device support improvements made in Configuration Manager as well as improvements to support user mobility. Enjoy! Download the W...
“Hey Kevin, I’m responsible for applying company policies around applications.  If we deploy an internal Windows 8 app, or use a purchased App from the Store, how do I apply updates or roll out upgrades for the new style applications?” That’s an excellent question.  And it’s...
Did you know, with the right policy and certificate in place, that you can deploy Windows 8 applications very easily?  In fact, once the pieces are in place, it’s as easy as running a script or launching an install from a file share. “Basically as easy as most all older Windows a...
We’re in the home stretch!  It’s the last week in February, and we only have a few more days of our “Migration and Deployment” series of articles left.  And wrapping out our final four, we’re going to tackle the topic of Windows 8 applications.&n...
I’m pretty sure that if you have been following my (or any of my teammates) blogs recently, you know a little something about Windows Azure.  You probably also know that you can get a free 90-day trial of Windows Azure very easily, with no obligation.  The benefit of th...
Are you building a highly virtualized datacenter? “Yep.” Are you calling it a private cloud? “Of course.  Isn’t it?” No.  Well, at least not if virtualization is ALL you’re doing.  Part of the definition that Microsoft uses for a &ldqu...
In February of 2013, the US-based IT Pro Technology Evangelists wrote up 20 articles in our 19-part series, “Migration and Deployment”.  “Huh?  20 of 19?” Well.. I provided a series introduction in part 0.  (Don’t computer people always star...
System Center 2012 App Controller is a component and part of the self-service portal solution in System Center 2012 SP1.  By connecting to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) servers, Windows Azure subscriptions, and 3rd-party host services, App Controller of...
As you may remember, last month my team blogged an entire month on using Windows Azure as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS – pronounced “EYE-yazz”) in our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series.  As part 12 of our 19-part "Migration and Deployment” Series, Tommy Patter...
Waaay back in April of 2011 (remember my "Cloudy April" series?) I blogged about what Windows Azure could do for you as a Platform-as-a-Service (or PaaS – pronounced “PaaS”.  Not affiliated or to be confused with this popular Easter Egg Coloring company.) A lot has happ...
One of the issues some of you will have to address when moving from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the migration of your virtualized machines onto the newer Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.  The good news is that you won’t have to re-build or recreate machi...
In today’s episode, I  welcome Sr. Technical Product Manager Martin Booth to the show.  We discuss enterprise management and how System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager can help deploy, work with, manage and secure Windows 8.  In Part 1 of this discussion, Martin an...
How fast? “Yeah? How fast is it?” Before I answer that question, I need to briefly define what the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol is, for those might be unfamiliar with it.  SMB is the old reliable networked file system protocol.  It is the protocol in use wh...
Part 8 of our 19 part “Migration and Deployment” series is specifically about the Windows Server 2012 Migration Tools. “Why would I need those?” Well, as I’m sure you know, it’s not just about a server operating system.  It’s about what that server does for your infrastruct...
“Can I upgrade to Windows Server 2012?” Yes.  But it depends. “On what?” On what you’re upgrading from, and what your hardware supports.  But even if you don’t do an upgrade in place, a migration is completely do-able with the right tools. “Expensive tools?” FREE tools.&...
As a part of our “Migration and Deployment” series this month, this week we’re discussing these topics in the context of Windows Server 2012.  And in Part 6, one of my friends from the East Region – Bob Hunt – is giving us the lowdown on what Windows Server 2012 requires in terms ...
In part 2 and part 3 of our blog series, “Migration and Deployment”, we discussed and showed you how to use various tools to install a new instance of Windows 8 on new hardware.  But that doesn’t take into account what most people will want to do: Migrate their files and their c...
System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager is a powerful business-class tool for deploying applications, updates, and operating systems.  And with SP1, it’s all set to do deployments of Windows 8.  So in this Part 3 of our “Migration and Deployment” series...
Today in part 2 of our “Migration and Deployment” series, we discuss the free tools that can make it very easy for you to deploy Windows 8 (and Windows Server 2012, although we’re focusing today on Windows 8) in a small to mid-sized business environment. There are two toolsets in part...
Welcome to part 1 of our “Migration and Deployment” series, today delivered by my friend from Arizona, Harold Wong.  In his article today, Harold describes what hardware is required for installing Windows 8, and what additional capabilities may be required to support certain funct...
Just when you thought the fantastic pace of content on our blogs would slow down a bit after completing our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, we’re starting our new series for February: “Migration and Deployment”. “So.. is this a February series, with 28 parts and new stuff ev...
At last we have reached the end!  it’s been 31 straight days of what I hope you have found to be useful information; all about using Windows Azure as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service option for testing, training, and extending your datacenter. If you’ve missed any, I highly reco...
As we’ve shown in previous articles of our series, Windows Azure is a very useful tool for setting up a testing and training environment.  Today in part 30 of “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud”, Dan Noonan (via Tommy Patterson’s blog) shows us how to set that up, and build “a cla...
In today’s episode, I welcome Microsoft MVP, Mitch Garvis to the show.  We discuss how Windows 8 now includes Microsoft Hyper-V.  Tune in as we discuss WHY you would want to use the power of Hyper-V virtualization on your desktop, laptop or tablet running Windows 8 Enterprise...
As we’ve shown in previous articles of our series, Windows Azure is a very useful tool for setting up a testing and training environment.  Today in part 29 of “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud”, Don Noonan (guest writer) shows us how to set that up and take advantage of it. FIND...
One of the great things about “the cloud” is that not only can you build solutions that are globally available, but you can also purchase and use components and services from other providers and easily include their functionality as a part of your own solutions  Today in part 29...
What an amazing platform and opportunity for learning.   Creating virtual machines in Windows Azure is a great platform for trying out functionality that would otherwise be hard or expensive to do in your own test lab or on your own hardware. So in this Part 27 of our “...