Bring the technology of Microsoft Azure to your own datacenter with Azure Stack!

Born from Azure, Azure Stack helps organizations deliver Azure services from their own datacenter. With Azure Stack, Microsoft is bringing proven innovation – including IaaS and higher level PaaS services – from hyper-scale datacenters to on-premises, enterprise-scale environments to meet customers’ business requirements. Wondering what Azure Stack will offer when it eventually goes GA? Check…


Practical Architectures Part 1: Scale Out File Servers & Firewalls: To do or not to do?

Hello there, I'm back with Part 1 of a 2 post series that will try and address (hopefully) some of the more quirkier questions I / We've been getting about trying to put a firewall, in between a SOFS deployment and the Hyper-V nodes it connects to WHAT!? Are you serious? Why would you do…


Get the Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library documentation as a PDF

Hello there, Back in late 2013, we announced the availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library documentation available as a PDF on Microsoft Download Center. I would very highly recommend that you should always rely on the latest documentation available on, but when you don't have internet access,…


Microsoft Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture – Fabric Architecture & Fabric Management Architecture Guide

I get a ton of queries on how do we architect or build a Hybrid and Private Cloud from customers. In such a scenario, the most commonly referred to documentation that I refer to is the Infra-As-A-Service Product Line Architecture (PLA). Microsoft provides PLA's from a variety of workloads and Line of Business architecture guidance….


Windows Server: Guidance for Virtualizing Enterprise Applications

Many customers begin their virtualization journeys’ by virtualizing the low intensity, less critical workloads, such as File & Print Servers, or Web Servers, but as customer confidence in virtualization grows, customers need to understand the impact of virtualization, from a performance, scalability and reliability perspective, on their more mission-critical, tier 1 and tier 2 applications…