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Article: Florida IT Server Group’s Adnan Cartwright writes on “Deploying an Internal PKI for Azure Recovery Services Prerequisite” read on….

Azure Recovery Services uses certificates to authenticate and encrypt connections to and from the Azure Platform. In the training video – Configuring Azure Backup In Windows Server 2012 the PKI environment was already setup and configured. This blog entry is the prerequisite to that configuration. Check out the step-by-step that Adnan put together, pretty impressive…. Read more

MAP Toolkit 9.0 now available! Download it here…

Here’s the RTM availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. Download the MAP Toolkit 9.0 now! and Windows Server 2012 R2 This release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It also enhances usage tracking to include accounting for Remote… Read more

ITPalooza was a great event! Read what went on here….

Last year, on 12/12/12, ITPalooza raised over $30,000 in charity donations from 1,200 members from the local IT community. Keeping with the spirit of bringing together the whole South Florida Technology community, this year, on 12/12/13,  with over that by far! Check out the results here!   Event Venue was at the Graduate School… Read more

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

SQL Saturday Tampa Nov 9th – MUST ATTEND EVENT! Check it out – Please join us Saturday Nov 9th for SQL Saturday #248 Tampa BI + Big Data Edition at USF! SQL Saturday BI & Big Data Edition is a free training event for everyone interested in learning about Business Intelligence & Big Data with a focus in the Microsoft SQL Server platform and related Microsoft technologies…. Read more

Yung Chou’s post – Enterprise PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services (Part 2 of 2) Important information on PKI … Read on…..

Yung continues with his Part 2 – Enterprise PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services (Part 2 of 2) …… Read more

Yung Chou’s post – Enterprise PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services (Part 1 of 2) check it out!

Yung Chou writes about setting up PKI and this is Part 2 of 2… good information around PKI..… Read more

Blain Barton – Host of PASStv at SQL PASS Summit – Charlotte NC

This year, I was chosen to be the host for PASStv here at the SQL PASS Summit in Charlotte NC. You can catch the live feeds and sessions by going to You can also go to the website at 8pm EST to see the replay of this mornings Keynotes and Events. Follow us on… Read more

Reminder – Live Webcast: The Microsoft Cloud – Learn it now, boost your career!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013             12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ONLINE Webcast Join Microsoft Technical Evangelist Tommy Patterson for this one hour highly-concentrated exploration of Microsoft’s infrastructure as a cloud service as we demonstrate the management of key workloads in the new Microsoft cloud, as well as discuss different cloud scenarios for your infrastructure. BYOD… Read more

Free ebook – Windows Azure for IT Professionals

  Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team! Whether you’re new to the Windows Azure platform or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. Most Windows Azure services are described in some detail, with screenshots used to demonstrate some of… Read more

Reminder – Tampa Event Tomorrow, Microsoft Office – Windows Azure 10/1, Celebrate Blain’s 20 Years with Microsoft…..

Event Reminder – Microsoft Tampa Office covering Windows Azure. Seats still open.  Come and join us, and celebrate the first TechNet event in Tampa since Blain has reached 20 years with Microsoft.         Go to to register. You can also go to: For your free one month Windows Azure subscription go to:… Read more

Comparing Microsoft’s Public Cloud to VMware’s Public Cloud

Enterprise-Class Cloud. Delivered. More than 250,000 customers worldwide trust VMware’s proven, production ready technology in their datacenters. Now you can rely on VMware to deliver globally consistent enterprise-class cloud computing infrastructure services. Offered by VMware-certified service providers and built on proven VMware vCloud infrastructure technology, including vSphere, vCloud Director, and VMware vCloud Networking and Security,… Read more

Step-by-Step – Creating Oracle Databases on Windows Server 2012 in Microsoft’s Windows Azure – Blain Barton

Creating Oracle Databases on Windows Server 2012 in Microsoft’s Windows Azure   For questions contact Blain Barton –   The first thing you want to do is get your Windows Azure one month free trial, MSDN or BizSpark (with Azure) subscription. You first may also want to create an Affinity Group to keep your… Read more