Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 is now available for download

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 is now available for download. I had this is a recent article about converting physical to virtual machines and now it is out! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 For free training also visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy at ; https://aka.ms/go-mva

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Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud- with Matt Hester and Keith Mayer.. watch this!

Matt Hester and Keith Mayer continue our special “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio and in part 2 of our series they discuss how Microsoft Azure and cloud computing can be leveraged to help accelerate the transition to DevOps in an organization.    [1:37] What is DevOps and why is it important?…

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Article – Mounting an image to convert Windows Server 2012 R2 Core to Full Installation By Adnan Cartwright

My friend and Microsoft Valuable Professional Adnan Cartwright wrote an article around mounting an Image to Convert Windows Server 2012 R2 Core to Full Installation PowerShell is proving more and more to be an Administrators right hand in handling many tasks. Converting a Core Installation to a GUI Installation in Windows Server 2012 R2 is…

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Step-by-Step - Using a Self-Signed (Private) Certificate (makecert.exe) with Windows Azure Backup Vault and Windows Server 2012 R2

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, where they are available, for easy data restoration….

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TechNet Radio: IT Time - (Part 3) Building Virtual Machines in the New Microsoft Cloud: From Deployment to Cost Analysis

> Closing out their 3 Part series on Building Virtual Machines in the New Microsoft Cloud, Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson show us how to configure the Azure PowerShell Tools, how to export and remove virtual machines as well as discuss the costs and ROI of the various scenarios. [2:39] Configuring the Azure PowerShell Tools,…

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TechNet Radio: IT Time - (Part 1) Building Virtual Machines in the New Microsoft Cloud: From Deployment to Cost Analysis

  In part 1 of their three part series, Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson walk us through building networked servers on the Windows Azure platform. Tune in as Tommy demos for us how to create our virtual machines and then authenticate them through an Active Directory Controller and then finishes up the session by showing…

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Upgrading Windows Server 2008 Active Directory to 2012? Read more ……..

Migration and Deployment – Upgrade Implications for Active Directory – (Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012) When we look at upgrading our existing infrastructure to the latest Windows Server edition we always have to consider the implications when upgrading Active Directory. The first thing you need to plan for is what you are wanting…

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Rhonda Layfield hosts WADK and MDT Workshop – Register Today

  Rhonda is hosting a great workshop around the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 and Windows 8 Deployment. She’s very knowledgeable and this is one you can’t miss if you are a Windows Deployment Administrator. Learn about the new Deploying Windows 8 Microsoft Tools eLearning course from Windows IT Pro Magazine presented by 6 time…

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What IT Pros Should Know About Windows 8 – Watch the Video!

This was a great video and really you can learn about apps, virtualization, deployment, advancements in security, managing devices, and more in this virtual roundtable featuring deployment experts from the IT community, IT pros who have been through the Windows 8 deployment process, and members of the Windows product team. The real world if you…

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Part 19 of 19 – End of Series - Migration and Deployment - Windows 8 Apps and AppLocker

Matt Hester wraps up the series around Migration and Deployment of Windows 8 applications and AppLocker. Close the series with a good look at AppLocker……..read on… http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/archive/2013/02/28/migration-and-deployment-a-look-at-windows-8-applocker-part-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 18 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Upgrading Windows 8 Applications

Chris Avis takes a look at upgrading Windows 8 applications, this is a great post, check it out…. http://blogs.technet.com/b/chrisavis/archive/2013/02/27/upgrading-and-updating-windows-8-application-part-18-of-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 17 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Windows 8 Application Policy Options

Tommy Patterson discusses Windows 8 Application Policy Options, read on…. http://virtuallycloud9.com/index.php/2013/02/migration-and-deployment-series-part-17-windows-8-app-policy-and-sideloading-apps-step-by-step/ Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 16 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Using ConfigMan to Deploy Windows 8 Applications

Keith Mayer explains using Configuration Manager 2012 to deploy Windows 8 Applications, good point and a must read…. http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/02/25/step-by-step-deploying-windows-8-apps-with-system-center-2012-service-pack-1.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 15 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - Building Student Hands On Labs for Azure at no charge

By Brian Lewis To get started with Windows Azure you need to build your own lab out in the environment. Brian walks you through the basic all for free, read on…. http://mythoughtsonit.com/2013/02/building-student-hands-on-labs-in-azure-for-free/ Try Windows Azure at:  https://aka.ms/try-azure Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server…

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Part 13 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - System Center 2012 SP1 Explained: App Controller as a Single Pane of Glass for Delegating Cloud Management, A Primer

By Yung Chou Yung discusses System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller and managing and delegating cloud management topics… Read on…. http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2013/02/18/system-center-2012-sp1-app-controller-as-a-single-pane-of-glass-for-delegating-cloud-management-a-primer.aspx Try Azure at:  https://aka.ms/try-azure Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 12 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - Azure as a IaaS (easy summary and direction to previously published articles)

By Tommy Patterson Azure as a IaaS, further defined …. http://virtuallycloud9.com/index.php/2013/02/migration-and-deployment-series-part-12-how-windows-azure-plays-into-the-equation/ Try Azure at:  https://aka.ms/try-azure Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 11 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - Azure as a PaaS

By Harold Wong Azure as a PaaS, further defined …. http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2013/02/18/migration-and-deployment-windows-azure-as-a-paas.aspx Try Azure at:  https://aka.ms/try-azure Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 10 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Hyper-V Migration and Upgrades

By Tommy Patterson and Blain Barton As part of our Migration and Deployment Series today we shift the focus to Hyper-V migrations.  First let’s start with a chart on what is possible for upgrading in place: Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server running Hyper-V are supported as either source or destination servers. Upgrading…

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Part 9 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0 Deployment Considerations

By Bob Hunt Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0 Deployment Considerations (Part 9 of 19) http://blogs.technet.com/b/bobh/archive/2013/02/14/windows-server-2012-smb-3-0-deployment-considerations.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 8 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Installing the Migration Tools

By Matt Hester Get going and install your Migration Tools for Windows Server 2012, start here –  http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/archive/2013/02/13/migration-and-deployment-installing-the-migration-tools-part-8-of-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 6 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series– Requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation

By Bob Hunt Check out the requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation, good article! http://blogs.technet.com/b/bobh/archive/2013/02/11/requirements-for-a-fresh-windows-server-2012-installation.aspx   Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 4 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Windows Easy Transfer Wizard – Even Grandma Can Do It -

By Dan Stolts Well there you go, even your Grandma and Grandpa can use the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard to backup or transfer the things you want! http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/02/migration-and-deployment-how-to-migrate-or-transfer-files-and-settings-to-windows-8-from-windows-7-vista-or-xp-part-4-of-19/ Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 3 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Deploy using Configuration Manager and Zero-Touch

By Keith Mayer Keith discusses steps to deploying Windows using Configuration Manager and Zero Touch.  Good article… http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/02/06/5-steps-to-deploying-windows-8-with-system-center-2012-service-pack-1-part-3-of-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 2 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series – Free Tools for Windows Deployment (Introduce ADK and MDT) and show LTI

  Kevin Remde will be covering Free Tools for Windows Deployment (introduce ADK and MDT) and show LTI http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinremde/archive/2013/02/05/free-tools-for-windows-deployment-migration-and-deployment-part-2-of-19.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 1 of 19 – Migration and Deployment Series - Requirements for a fresh Windows 8 Installation

By Harold Wong As we start the series around Migration and Deployment to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, we’ll dive into the topics that mean most to you. http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2013/02/04/upgrade-and-migration-requirements-for-a-fresh-install-of-windows-8.aspx Check out the “Early Experts” covering certification topics and programs by going to https://aka.ms/itproexpert Try out Windows Server 2012 by going to: https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 7 of 19 – Migration and Deployment - Upgrade Implications for Active Directory - (Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012)

When we look at upgrading our existing infrastructure to the latest Windows Server edition we always have to consider the implications when upgrading Active Directory. The first thing you need to plan for is what you are wanting to accomplish in your new migration. This post provides background information about Active Directory Domain Services in…

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TechNet Radio: IT Time - (Part 3) Deploying Windows Server 2012 using WDS

 Blain Barton welcomes Microsoft Deployment MVP Rhonda Layfield conclude their Windows Server 2012 deployment series and in this episode they discuss Windows Deployment Services (WDS). Tune in as they chat about its new features as well as show a quick demo of how it works and how to use it with Windows Server 2012.  …

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