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System Center 2012 contains a relatively new component that I don’t think many of you are familiar with.  At least not yet.  But if you saw my Part 12 and Part 13 articles in our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, you know already know how to connect ...
As you know, we’ve been talking about Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for the entire month. “Really?  I thought you were talking about Windows Azure and virtual machines.” Yes, that’s true.  And these virtual machines can be the foundation of or an extension of a Private...
In Part 23 of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, my buddy Tommy Patterson has enlisted Don Noonan to write up the steps to including Active Directory in your Windows Azure virtual machine environment. READ HIS ARTICLE HERE ---
Why not?  We’ve shown you how easy it is to create your own servers in Windows Azure, and there’s no reason one of those machines couldn’t be running Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  In fact, we’ll even provide an evaluation image that you can start with. In today’s Part 22 of ...
If you’ve been following our blog series for any length of time, you already know that “the cloud”, in the form of Windows Azure, is becoming an option for IT organizations in which to extend their datacenters. And believe it or not, this includes the ability to create an Active Direc...
Today we have a guest author! “Oh yeah?  Good.  I’m getting tired of you same bunch writing everything.” Um.. okay… well, then you’ll be happy to see that today’s author is Bill Wilder… “Bill Wilder is a hands-on developer, architect, consultant, trainer, speaker, write...
Back in Part 10 of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, my good friend Bob Hunt wrote up an excellent step-by-step  for creating a virtual network in Windows Azure. His article and guide was so good, in fact, that I am going to attempt to do the very same task – to creat...
Something important to be aware of when you’re using Windows Azure is: How much is this costing me?  And in particular, which items cost me what amount? One of those items that might be easy to overlook is the amount of storage you’re currently using.  If you’ve got a lot of...
Windows Server 2012 is available. It offers businesses and service providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud-optimized infrastructure. Windows Server 2012 helps organizations connect securely across premises and helps IT Professionals to respond to business needs fast...
Concluding our Private Cloud basics series, Tom Shinder, Yuri Diogenes and I focus on the important topic of identity.  Tune in as we discuss the implications of Identity Management as it relates to a Private Cloud environment. After watching this video, follow these next steps:...
Today in part 17 of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, we’re going to show you (or more specifically, my friend Keith Mayer is going to show you) how to create and use your own virtual machine templates that can be used and re-used “in the cloud" in Windows Azure. (HIN...
This is going to be fun!  My two other local (Minneapolis/Saint Paul area) Technology Evangelists and I are holding office hours at the Microsoft Store at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.  Jeff Brand, Adam Grocholski, and I will be making ourselves available to chat wi...
In today’s episode of our “Reimagining Windows” series, I talk to Sr. Product Manager on the Windows Commercial Team, Stephen Rose.  We discuss a number of new security enhancements and features such as Bitlocker and BiitLocker-to-Go, MBAM, Secure Boot and File History found in Wi...
Today, my vacationing friend Matt Hester is the author of part 16 in our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series. “Vacationing?” Yep.  How’s that for dedication?  “Oh.. he probably wrote it before he left, and scheduled it to go live today.” Something like that.  ...
I just got word that there is new content up on Microsoft Virtual Academy.  Here is the text from the e-mail I received: New Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses: System Center 2012 SP1 With System Center 2012 SP1, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for ma...
Sure, we know that Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud solution for Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) and now Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), becoming not only a platform for globally scalable applications, but also a foundation and an extension of your IT infrastructure.  But… “Wh...
As I’m sure most of you reading this already know, PowerShell is THE tool for automation and management, and the foundation for the configuration of effectively all products from Microsoft these days, as well as many other companies.  So it shouldn’t surprise you (esp...
As you know, if you’ve been following our series, “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud”, Windows Azure can become an extension of your datacenter, and allow you to run your servers in the cloud. “We get it, Kevin.” And you’ve seen excellent articles in this series already, describing how...
“Seriously?  Linux?” Absolutely.  Windows Azure will run pretty much anything you can run as x86/x64 virtual machines.  And Microsoft even supports several “flavors” of Linux running in our cloud. In today’s part eleven of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud”, my frie...
In this episode I talk with Craig Blessing, Vice President at Datacastle.   We discuss how his company uses Windows Azure to protect business data.  Tune in as he outlines for us Datacastle’s innovative cloud solutions which help organizations have secure, anytime, any...
If you’re interested in the full list of articles in our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” Windows Azure Virtual Machines and IaaS series… “I’m interested in the links to the full series, Kevin.” I was just getting to that. Anyway… here it is. ENJOY! “Hey Kevin.. How come the lis...
Yesterday my buddy Bob Hunt introduced you to Windows Azure Virtual Networking.  Today he’s going to take the topic to the next level, and help you get started. READ BOB’S EXCELLENT ARTICLE  HERE ---
Today we’re going to introduce you to how networking works in Windows Azure.  More specifically, my east-coast counterpart Bob Hunt has created today’s Part 9 of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, focusing on networking and connectivity options. For example – Do you ...
In today’s article in our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, my friend Brian Lewis gives us a simple method of setting up management of Windows Azure. “But Kevin.. don’t I just use the Windows Azure portal?” Sure.. you can do a lot with that.  But if you need to use other...
And the answer to the question I pose in the title is: YES!  Yes you can! In today’s part 7 of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, Keith Mayer walks you through a detailed step-by-step of how to build virtual machines in Windows Azure that serve as a solid test and lear...
“Yeah, Kevin… Tell me something more about Windows Azure.” How about today, in part 6 of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” I leave that job to my friend Yung Chou.  His article today outlines the current state-of-the-art that is Windows Azure; not just for running virtual mac...
My turn! In todays installment of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud”, we wanted to show you how easy it is to load a locally created, Hyper-V based virtual machine into Windows Azure. “But it’s not really that easy, is it?  I’ve had a heckuva time trying to make this work!” ...
If you’ve been following along with our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, you have already seen that it’s very simple to create servers in Windows Azure.  But what you might not realize is just how easy it is to get those computers to see each other.  Networking can...
If you’re considering extending your datacenter by running some (all?) of your servers “in the cloud” in Windows Azure, you might be asking, “What operating systems does Windows Azure support?” “What operating systems does Windows Azure support?” Yeah.  Like that.  The an...
Yes, you read that subject right.  You can build servers and construct a pretty decent lab environment without having to purchase hardware.  Do it virtually. “In the cloud?” Bingo.  Today’s 2nd installment of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series is delivered ...
Happy New Year!  And welcome back to work! Yeah, I know… I feel that way, too.  But hopefully, like me, you have some important things to be thankful for.  Such as: Washington “avoided” the “fiscal cliff”.* The Minnesota Vikings beat the Packers and are in the...
System Center 2012 with SP1 is now available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers. “What’s new with Service Pack 1, Kevin?” I’m so glad you asked.  Check out the “What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1” page for all the details.  But in a nutshell, SP1 adds capabilities to fully ...
Today’s show will try to help provide insight into the importance of a well-managed mobile platform as well as describe some of the capabilities found within Windows 8, such as DirectAccess, Mobile Broadband, BrancheCache and Windows to Gothat can help empower your business and workfor...
In Part 4 of our Private Cloud basics series, I spoke with Tom Shinder, Yuri Diogenes about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and how this component factors into your Private Cloud planning.  Tune in as we chat about the differences between this and Software as a Service and Plat...
As the general public is just now getting to experience Windows 8, many businesses are wondering if this operating system is really worth replacing Windows 7 with. In today’s episode I chat with Sr. Product Manager on the Windows Commercial Team, Stephen Rose, in hopes of helping to an...
It has been mentioned in other places, but I thought it would be worthwhile to remind all of you IT Pros out there that there is a free e-Book available just for you – to introduce you to Windows 8 and what it means for you and the people and businesses you support. Here are the lin...
Continuing our Private Cloud basics series, Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes are back.  And in today’s episode they focus on how you can get started in planning a private cloud environment. Tune in as they lay out some best practices you may want to consider. After watching this ...
As some of you may be aware, our team is in the process of documenting and referencing preparation materials for the certification exam 70-410: “Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012”.   In this article, my goal is to point you to learning resources around deployin...
Windows 8 is ready for business - delivering the power and familiarity you want, along with new ways for people to interact with line of business apps, and support for more mobile devices. In this episode I had the privilege of interviewing Sr. Marketing Manager for the Windows Comme...
Recently I had the pleasure of once again speaking with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes for part two of our five part series on the Private Cloud.  In part two we consider the topic of security, and what the aspects of security are that need to be considered in the context of a Priv...