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TechNet Radio: IT Time – (Part 5 of 5) Real World Azure – Provisioning Storage for I/O Intensive Applications on Windows Azure

Like what you heard? Try Windows Azure for FREE and enjoy the freedom to use your preferred OS, language, database or tool. Windows Azure can help you deploy sites to a highly scalable environment, deploy and run virtual machines, and create highly scalable application in a rich PaaS environment. Give it a try!   Concluding their… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – (Part 4 of 5) Real World Azure – Implementing RemoteApp for Client / Server Applications on Windows Azure

  Like what you heard? Try Windows Azure for FREE and enjoy the freedom to use your preferred OS, language, database or tool. Windows Azure can help you deploy sites to a highly scalable environment, deploy and run virtual machines, and create highly scalable application in a rich PaaS environment. Give it a try! In… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – (Part 3 of 5) Real World Azure – Moving an All-In-One Server from Co-location to Windows Azure

Like what you heard? Try Windows Azure for FREE and enjoy the freedom to use your preferred OS, language, database or tool. Windows Azure can help you deploy sites to a highly scalable environment, deploy and run virtual machines, and create highly scalable application in a rich PaaS environment. Give it a try!   Blain Barton… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – (Part 2 of 5) Real World Azure – Deploying a Custom SharePoint Application to Windows Azure

Like what you heard? Try Windows Azure for FREE and enjoy the freedom to use your preferred OS, language, database or tool. Windows Azure can help you deploy sites to a highly scalable environment, deploy and run virtual machines, and create highly scalable application in a rich PaaS environment. Give it a try!   Blain Barton… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – (Part 1 of 5) Real World Azure – Migrating a Classic 3-Tier Application to Windows Azure

Like what you heard? Try Windows Azure for FREE and enjoy the freedom to use your preferred OS, language, database or tool. Windows Azure can help you deploy sites to a highly scalable environment, deploy and run virtual machines, and create highly scalable application in a rich PaaS environment. Give it a try!  Blain Barton… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – (Part 2 of 2) Implementing a Secure Cloud Infrastructure with Azure VMs and Virtual Network with Joe Homnick

Like what you heard? Try Windows Azure for FREE and enjoy the freedom to use your preferred OS, language, database or tool. Windows Azure can help you deploy sites to a highly scalable environment, deploy and run virtual machines, and create highly scalable application in a rich PaaS environment. Give it a try! Continuing their… Read more

Sweet Windows Phone App from my Colleague Brian Lewis – load this down and check out all of the IT Pro Evangelists in the US from one location!

      Below is the Windows Phone App that Brian did for the US IT Pro Evangelists in the US. To install the app you can search for the title “US IT Pro Blogs” in the Windows Phone Market place from your Windows Phone or you can get it here: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/us-it-pro-blogs/ea7a6547-0d3e-46a1-ac8a-a771fa2b69fd Here are the IT… Read more

Yung Chou discusses various topics for Virtualization–Check them out here…

  Listen to what my peer Yung Chou has to say on Virtualization! Q&A with @YungChou, an upcoming speaker at this year’s Live!360 @cvlive360 , by Redmond Magazine @RemondI http://redmondmag.com/blogs/doug-barney/2012/10/qa-with-yung-chou.aspx     @yungchou shared his insight of #Windows 8 with WRAL Tech Wire – http://wraltechwire.com/inside-windows-8-an-evangelist-shares-his-insight/11747774/     Q&A with @yungchou on #cloud and #virtualization by… Read more

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge, check it out

What is the Early Experts Program? The Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge provides a FREE online study group with certification exam preparation materials for quickly learning about the latest version of Windows Server! Currently, the online study group is targeting Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Sept through Nov 2012. After… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – PowerShell 3.0 Integrated Scripting Environment Overview

I have been working with Ed Wilson on the PowerShell tips and tricks episode via IT Time!  Check it out….. Blain Barton and The Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson are back for this month’s PowerShell tips and tricks and in today’s episode they discuss the newest features in PowerShell 3.0’sintegrated scripting environments. Tune in as they… Read more

“Step-By-Step”–Using Windows 8 RSAT to switch between GUI and CUI for Windows Server 2012 by Adnan Cartwright–MVP–Windows Server–Florida

 Using RSAT to switch between the GUI and CUI of Windows Server 2012 By Adnan Cartwright, MVP for Windows Server The past few weeks Adnan and I have been on the road doing Microsoft IT Camps around the state of Florida. He and I have been starting to create a series of articles around topics… Read more

Which Windows 8 is right for you and your business? Read more…

I have been asked a lot lately at my IT Camps the differences in the Windows 8 editions.  Both Windows 8 and Windows RT offer a beautiful, fast, and fluid interface that you can personalize with the people, apps, and sites you care about most. They’re designed for touch, mouse, and keyboard. There are some… Read more

Brady Gaster is talking about Windows Azure Web Sites again as usual. Check out his “real-world” posted series….

Looks like my buddy Brady Gaster is up to “Azure Excellence” again around the latest Windows Azure Web Site topics! He has been on IT Time Radio talking about Windows Azure and looks like he has some good content flowing. Check out his series below – Get you Windows Azure 90-Day Free Trial Subscription at… Read more

IT Time–TechNet Radio – Windows Azure–Automating and Managing tasks with PowerShell

I brought my fellow Technical Evangelist Brian Hitney to my show as he discuss how you can use PowerShell to automate and manage tasks and processes in your Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Cloud Services. Brian demos a simple scenario where he creates an Azure storage account, ties it into a new service and deploys… Read more

IT Time: TechNet Radio – Halloween Special! Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0

Does your datacenter go bump in the night? Are you haunted by the thought of managing thousands of processes that could be automated? Well boys and girls Dr. Scripto and his faithful sidekick are here to help combat Scripto-Nite and provide us with their Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0 for Windows Server… Read more

Virtual Machine Topology Generator Using PowerShell and XLM as a VM Workhorse – Read on….

The system is designed to demonstrate how to leverage the new PowerShell present in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. To get the same scripts go to: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Virtual-Machine-Topology-edd9883a VMT can build a series of Virtual Machines,including inner VM automation, based on a defined XML file. This XML file is easy to customize to your own… Read more

Windows 8 IT Pro Tools–Microsoft “Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8

Overview Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652 Windows Deployment is for IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows across an organization. Check out the newest toolkit available for Windows 8. The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio:The Ins and Outs of Windows Azure Web Sites for IT Pros

Blain Barton welcomes Windows Azure Technical Evangelist, Brady Gaster to the show as they discuss Windows Azure Web Sites and how this can greatly benefit IT Pros who manage their company’s web presence. Tune in and learn about this great new service, as well as what happens underneath the hood when you spin up a… Read more

Part 8 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

    In this Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can simulate a migration from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012 Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. If you’re looking for a hands-on learning experience but don’t have time to attend a TechNet event, TechNet Virtual Labs allow you… Read more

Part 7 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Endpoint Protection

    In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn more about System Center 2012 Configuration Manager’s security component – Endpoint Protection.   Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. TechNet Virtual Labs allow you to quickly and easily try out Microsoft’s newest products for free in 90… Read more

Part 6 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Software Updates

    In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can start learning about how to administer Software updates using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. Check out this preview of the lab, see what exercises are available and then go ahead and get… Read more

TechNet Radio: IT Time – Get Your Script on! Check out PowerShell Saturdays

Blain Barton and The Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson are back for today’s show as they discuss PowerShell Saturday events. Tune in as they chat about what topics will be covered, how you can register as well as how you can start one in your own area. After watching this video, follow these next steps: Step… Read more

Part 5 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Advanced Software Distribution

  In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about advanced software distribution within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Tune in and take a tour of the lab, see what exercises are available as well as how to set-up and get started. Click here to try out the Virtual… Read more

Part 4 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Basic Software Distribution

    In today’s short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about basic software distribution within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Check out this preview of the lab, see what exercises are available and then go ahead and get started with System Center 2012.   Click here to try out… Read more

Part 3 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Managing Clients

    In this short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can easily start learning about how to manage clients within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.   Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. If you’re curious about client management capabilities within System Center, the TechNet Virtual Labs allow you to… Read more

Part 2 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Content Management

    In this short installment of the Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about content management within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.   Click here to try out the Virtual Lab. If you’re looking for a hands-on learning experience but don’t have time to attend a TechNet event, TechNet… Read more

Part 1 of 8 – TechNet Radio: Virtual Lab Insider – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Application Management

    In this short Virtual Lab Insider, Blain Barton shows us how you can learn about application management within System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. If you’re curious about app management capabilities within System Center, the TechNet Virtual Labs allow you to quickly and easily try out Microsoft’s newest products for free in 90 minutes… Read more

IT Time – TechNet Radio:(Part 1) Implementing a Secure Cloud Infrastructure with Azure VMs and Virtual Networks

Microsoft MVP Regional Director and Principal Owner of Homnick Systems, Joe Homnick, joins for us for today’s show as we talk about Windows Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service features. Tune in for part one of this series as we cover Windows Azure Virtual Machines, licensing and pricing, what VHD Deploy options are available as well… Read more