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Article – Would you like to monitor your billing on your Microsoft Azure Subscription? Set an Alert.. Read on..

For the past 2 years, customers have been really interested in testing and adopting Microsoft Azure. However, the most asked questions I get are “How much does it cost?” or “How can I tell when I hit a certain monetary limit? At TechEd this year, Microsoft introduced the Billing Alert Service for setting alerts at… 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

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…  http://www.tbvug.com/5-ways-windows-azure-can-save-your-life/… Read more

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… Read more

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…. Read more

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… Read more

Article- Converting evaluation versions of Windows Server 2012 to full licensed versions with valid product keys

I have had numerous customers that have been asking me about going from eval product to full version activated software.  Well this is for you, read on …. Most evaluation versions can be converted to full retail versions, but the method varies slightly depending on the edition. Before you attempt to convert the version, verify… Read more

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

By Blain Barton 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… Read more

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… Read more

Part 26 of 31 – Monitoring and Troubleshooting Windows Azure on the Cheap (31 Days of IaaS)

The best way to monitor and troubleshoot your Windows Azure platform in the cloud is to use the tools and portal that is provided to you as a Windows Azure subscriber. If you have a virtual machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012, all of the standard OS monitoring tools are available,… Read more

Part 22 of 31 – Using your own SQL Server in Windows Azure – 31 Days of IaaS

First, make sure and get a Windows Azure 90-Day free subscription at: https://aka.ms/try-azure to begin working with SQL Server in the cloud. In this article, you can create a new VM and learn how to install SQL Server. You can then add disk images to the existing VM in order to split the data from… Read more

Part 21 of 32 – Beyond IaaS for the IT Pro – 31 Days of IaaS

Posted by Bill Wilder.  Nice write-up. http://blog.codingoutloud.com/2013/01/21/beyond-iaas-for-the-it-pro/   Find more information about Bill Wilder Bill Wilder – experienced developer and architect focused on helping individuals and companies succeed in the cloud on the Windows Azure Cloud Platform… Read more

Part 14 of 31 – How to create a Windows Azure VM with PowerShell – 31 Days of IaaS

Brian Lewis my peer in Central shares his post on creating a Windows Azure VM with PowerShell, read on….. http://mythoughtsonit.com/2013/01/how-to-create-an-azure-vm-with-powershell-part-14-of-31-31-days-of-servers-in-the-cloud-series/ Try Windows Azure https://aka.ms/try-azure  Get Started Now – (Free account requires a credit card but not charged) Get your Microsoft Trial Products at https://aka.ms/msproducts In case you missed any of the series here is a… Read more

Part 12 of 31 – Connecting System Center App Controller to Windows Azure- 31 Days of IaaS

Kevin Remde is writing for part 13 our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series involves using App Controller to create a virtual machine.  But to do this, you first need to connect and associate App Controller (a component of System Center 2012) with your Windows Azure subscription. So in today’s Part 12, as… Read more

Article – Dual Booting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8

Here are my latest notes for boot to .VHD without messing up your bare metal. This process can be used for Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8. Here’s what you need to have in your IT Toolbox for this exercise. – USB Drive (4GB or larger) – .Get your Windows Server 2012 RTM Eval and… Read more