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Part 1 of 6 – Windows XP End of Life Series – Blain Barton

As you may or may not know, on April 8th, 2014 when Windows XP and Office 2003 reach End of Support (EOS), Microsoft will NO longer provide: •New security updates •Non-security hotfixes •Incident support -Free or paid assisted support •Option to engage Microsoft product development resources •Updates to online content, such as Knowledge Base articles… Read more

Article: Building Certificates for Windows Server 2012 R2/Windows Azure Recovery Services for the Backup Vault (Private Cloud Certificates)

Follow our entire series on twitter at #WhyWin2012R2 This is a “step-by-step” lab guide to implementing Windows Azure Recovery Services/Backup Vault with Windows Server 2012 R2 using a self-signed (private) certificate you make with makecert.exe. Windows Azure Recovery Services can help you protect important server data offsite with automated backups to Windows Azure Backup Vaults,… Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Azure Backup Vault using a Public Certificate from the Commercial CA – Go Daddy

Using a Public Certificate from a Commercial CA with Windows Azure Backup Vault and Windows Server 2012 R2 is a popular topic so I wanted to include it in the Windows 2012 R2 Series. This pertains to Windows Server and IIS. This is a “step-by-step” post that walks you through the public cert processes I… Read more

Alex Melching writes a great article on “Creating Multiple WordPress Sites in Windows Azure – Read on…..

Alex wrote a great article on creating multiple WordPress websites by levering the LINKED RESOURCES with our partners and leveraging the free cleardb Mercury Plan that gives you up to 20MB for your cleardb database, up to 4 connections, daily backups and great for getting started and developing your apps. Read on… Follow me… Read more

Online Jumpstart for Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud Training – Nov 12th 9am-12pm PST…. Register Now!…

Join us at this FREE virtual event to experience the power of Hybrid Cloud. Field-experienced Technical Evangelists will help you jumpstart your knowledge of Windows Azure Storage, Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking for key IT Pro scenarios. Hybrid Cloud scenarios offer real solutions that you can implement today. Complete all of the hands-on labs and… Read more

Take the Microsoft Virtual Academy with you on a plane, train or automobile, even SHIP!

As I prepare for a relaxing cruise to Hawaii in mid November, I too am packing lots of clothes, necessities, papers and most of all – MVA content! Just wanted to make sure you all know about the “take it with you” feature!       Enjoy!  … Read more

IT Pro “Cloud OS Challenge” Sweepstakes – YOU could WIN a Surface Pro and MORE!…

  Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers… Read more

Live Webcast this Weds 11/6 – Automated Deployment of SharePoint in the Cloud by host Bob Hunt… Signup on Facebook

Live Webcast: Automated Deployment of SharePoint in the Cloud Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00pm until 1:00pm in EST Join Microsoft Evangelist Bob Hunt for this one hour Webinar and learn how to automate deployment of SharePoint in the Cloud.  SharePoint 2013 continues to be one of the hottest technologies that businesses are looking to evaluate… Read more

Article from Alex Melching – 5 Ways Windows Azure Can Save Your Life! Read on….

I laughed pretty hard when I saw Alex’s article on “5 Ways Windows Azure Can Save Your Life!” so thought I would repost, nice one Alex….  Read on…… Read more