Join Microsoft’s Cloud and Virtualization IT Pro Research Panel, read more…

Do you want to impact the future of IT products and services? Are you passionate about Cloud, Virtualization, Automation and Securing your hybrid cloud environment? Join our Microsoft Cloud and Virtualization IT Pro Research Panel. As a member of the panel, you will get a chance to provide your feedback on existing products and services…

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Enhance your virtualization skills by checking out the Early Experts! Read on…

Join the Early Experts Program! In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire…

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Join Microsoft Early Experts and enhance your Virtualization Skills! – Register here!

Join the Early Experts Program! In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire…

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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…

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Adnan Cartwright – Windows Server MVP produces video tutorial on how to configure Azure Backup on Windows Server 2012… check it out…

Microsoft Windows Server MVP Adnan Cartwright puts together some demos around Windows Azure Recovery Services and the Backup Vault. If you would like to try this out, get your Windows Azure subscription at https://aka.ms/try-azure and your Windows Server 2012 evaluation at https://aka.ms/msproducts  You will need both the (Public Cloud – Windows Azure) and (Private Cloud…

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Part 16 of 20 – Virtualization Series - Performance Management: Monitoring CPU Resources by Chris Avis in Redmond…

Chris Avis explains Monitoring CPU Resources in the virtualization series, read on – http://blogs.technet.com/b/chrisavis/archive/2013/03/25/performance-management-monitoring-cpu-resources.aspx Get the whole series at Dan Stolts’s post (0 of 20) at: http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/03/become-a-virtualization-expert-with-20-days-of-server-virtualization-virtexpert-itproguru-part-0-of-20/ To download the 180-Day Windows Server 2012 evaluation bits go to:  https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 15 of 20 - Virtualization Series - Hyper-V Replica Broker Explained by Yung Chou

Yung takes a good look at Hyper-V Replica Broker scenarios, read on – https://aka.ms/ReplicaBroker Get the whole series at Dan Stolts’s post (0 of 20) at: http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/03/become-a-virtualization-expert-with-20-days-of-server-virtualization-virtexpert-itproguru-part-0-of-20/ To download the 180-Day Windows Server 2012 evaluation bits go to:  https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 14 of 20 – Virtualization Series - Super-fast Failovers with VM Machine Guest Clustering in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Keith Mayer

  Keith builds upon Matt Hester’s, recent article on Hyper-V Host Clustering as part of our latest article series, Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! Keith extends the topic to explore some new features in Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering that enhance Virtual Machine Guest Clustering: Virtual Fibre Channel SANs, Anti-Affinity and Virtual Machine…

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Part 13 of 20 – Virtualization Series - Your Hyper-V Hosts and Clustering an Availability Story by Matt Hester

Matt Hester does it again with an excellent post taking a look at how Hyper-V takes advantages of some of these enhancements and how you can use Failover Clustering and Hyper-V to truly beef up your virtualization environment.  Read on…. http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/archive/2013/03/20/20-days-of-server-virtualization-your-hyper-v-hosts-and-clustering-an-availability-story-part-13-of-20.aspx   Get the whole series at Dan Stolts’s post (0 of 20) at: http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/03/become-a-virtualization-expert-with-20-days-of-server-virtualization-virtexpert-itproguru-part-0-of-20/…

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Part 5 of 20 – Virtualization Series - Virtualization Storage Definitions - by Bob Hunt

Bob Hunt explains Virtualization Storage–Definitions as Part 5 of 20 in this virtualization series and talks about the differences in DAS, NAS and SAN storage. Read on… http://blogs.technet.com/b/bobh/archive/2013/03/12/virtualization-storage-definitions-20-days-of-server-virtualization-part-5-of-20.aspx To download the 180-Day Windows Server 2012 evaluation bits go to:  https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 4 of 20- Hyper-V “Datastores” – Wait we don’t need no stinkin’ datastores! By Tommy Patterson

Tommy Patterson originally wrote this article in answering requests during his Pro Camp events, but felt it needed added to our series this month’s Virtualization Series… check it out – . http://virtuallycloud9.com/index.php/2013/03/hyper-v-datastores-wait-we-dont-need-no-stinkin-datastores/ Download the evaluation of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V at https://aka.ms/msproducts

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Part 3 of 20 – Virtualization Series - Virtual Memory Management: Dynamic Memory-Much Different Than Memory Over Commit

Dan Stolts explains dynamic memory was introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1.  It gave the Hyper-V hypervisor the capability to dynamically adjust the amount of memory assigned to a machine based on memory demand.  The reason we would want to do this is simple…read on….. http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/03/virtual-memory-management-dynamic-memory-much-different-than-memory-over-commit-become-a-virtualization-expert-part-3-of-20/ Compare Vmware to Hyper at: https://aka.ms/hyperv2vmware and…

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Part 2 of 20 – Virtualization Series - You Want to Hot-Add What?

Kevin Remde explains how Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012, and Windows 8 allows the addition, removal, or configuration changes of some key aspects of a virtual machine; even while it’s running.  Others, however, are still not able to be changed.  And often, the ability to make changes may also be determined by…

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Part 1 of 20 – Virtualization Series – The Hyper-V Primer – by Kevin Remde

    The Hyper-V Primer – 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 1 of 20) is a great place to start if you are new to Microsoft Virtualization, Kevin Remde explains the ins and outs of Hyper-V.   http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinremde/archive/2013/03/04/the-hyper-v-primer-20-days-of-server-virtualization-part-1-of-20.aspx Get your copy of Hyper-V inside of Windows Server 2012 by going to https://aka.ms/msproducts

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March Virtualization Series Kicks-Off – Dan Stolts leads the way for the series….

    Become a Virtualization Expert with 20 + Days of Server Virtualization #VirtExpert @ITProGuru (Kick Off) http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/03/become-a-virtualization-expert-with-20-days-of-server-virtualization-virtexpert-itproguru-part-0-of-20/ This is going to be more fun than you probably think!

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Cloud OS Trivia Challenge ends March 1st, check it out now…..

  Put on your dedicated thinking cap and test your knowledge of the latest Microsoft datacenter products. Download. Play. Win. Test drive the free trials of our Cloud OS products for a chance to win a trip to the Microsoft Management Summit in April in Las Vegas! Answer three trivia questions correctly and you could…

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Part 30 of 31 - Using Windows Azure Virtual Machines to Learn: Remote Desktop Services (31 days of IaaS)

Some of the most common workloads I come across are training environments. These are fun and prove to be a quick “to-the-cloud” win compared to more complex systems. Unlike the majority of customer facing services, training environments typically: Generate revenue Provide consistent content Use non-sensitive (sample) data Read On…… http://virtuallycloud9.com/index.php/2013/01/using-windows-azure-virtual-machines-to-learn-remote-desktop-services/ Try Windows Azure https://aka.ms/try-azure  Get…

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TechNet Radio: ITProGuru vs. Virtualization Community with Chris Harney

  By Dan Stolts ITProGuru Dan Stolts welcomes Chris Harney from the Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG) as they discuss how his user group community recently expanded their virtualization platform knowledge beyond VMware to now include Microsoft Hyper-V. Tune in as they chat about their transition from a VMware only shop and how members are…

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Part 10 of 31- Getting Started with Windows Azure and Virtual Networking- 31 Days of IaaS

Windows Azure and Virtual Networking – Getting Started –  (31 Days of Windows Servers (VMs) in the Cloud–Part 10 of 31) By Bob Hunt http://blogs.technet.com/b/bobh/archive/2013/01/09/windows-azure-and-virtual-networking-getting-started-step-by-step-31-days-of-windows-servers-vms-in-the-cloud-part-10-of-31.aspx  Get Started Now – (NOTE: Free Account requires a Credit Card during) Try Windows Azure https://aka.ms/try-azure Get your Microsoft Trial Products at https://aka.ms/msproducts In case you missed any of the…

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Part 8 of 31 – Setting Up Management in Windows Azure - 31 Days of IaaS

This is Day 8 or Part 8 of 31, Setting Up Management in Windows Azure! http://mythoughtsonit.com/2013/01/31-days-of-servers-in-the-cloud-setting-up-management/ Get Started Now – (NOTE: Free Account requires a Credit Card during) Try Windows Azure https://aka.ms/try-azure Get your Microsoft Trial Products at https://aka.ms/msproducts In case you missed any of the series here is a list to all of the…

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VTUG wants your best Virtualization articles – Get Paid and Noticed!

This Virtualization User Group (VTUG) is looking for the best online technical content in the world.  Why?  Because our members spend hours upon hours doing research duplicating the research process literally millions of times!  VTUG wants to aggregate the best content on our site so our members have a single place to go to get…

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Part 7 of 31- Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure- 31 Days of IaaS

Keith Mayer does a great job explaining SharePoint in Windows Azure! http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/01/07/step-by-step-build-a-free-sharepoint-2013-lab-in-the-cloud-with-windows-azure-31-days-of-servers-in-the-cloud-part-7-of-31.aspx Try Windows Azure https://aka.ms/try-azure Get your Microsoft Trial Products at https://aka.ms/msproducts   In case you missed any of the series here is a list to all of the articles: https://aka.ms/31azure

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Part 6 of 31 - Windows Azure Features Overview - 31 Days of IaaS

Another great post by my peer Yung Chou! https://aka.ms/azureFeatures Try Windows Azure https://aka.ms/try-azure Get your Microsoft Trial Products at https://aka.ms/msproducts In case you missed any of the series here is a list to all of the articles: https://aka.ms/31azure

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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…

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Hyper-V FAB 14 Count Down–Part 14 - Virtual Network Management and MAC Address Range Information

(Part 14) Virtual Network Management and MAC Address Range This concludes the full FAB 14 series, to see all of the FAB 14 in order go here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/blainbar/archive/2012/05/14/blain-s-hyper-v-fab-14-screencasts-launched-today.aspx Download: WMV | WMA In this screencast, we’ll take a look at released versions of Hyper-V supporting virtual local area networks (VLANs). A VLAN configuration is software-based,…

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Hyper-V FAB 14 Count Down–Part 13 - Configuring Remote Server Administration

(Part 13) Configuring Remote Server Administration Download: WMV | WMA In this screencast, we’ll take look at remote management with Hyper-V Manager and then remote management with Remote Desktop. For more information or resources on this topic, be sure to check out this documentation from TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770847(v=ws.10).aspx

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