TechNet Radio – IT Time: PASS Business Analytics Conference 2014 coming soon.. read more…….

Blain Barton welcomes Denise McInerney, PASS Vice President of Marketing and data engineer at Intuit as they discuss the upcoming PASS Business Analytics Conference and the 24 hours of free online business analytics webcasts previewing the event on February 5th around SQL Server. Tune as they chat about the ins and outs of both events…

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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 http://www.technetevents.com to register. You can also go to: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032558994&Culture=en-US&community=0 For your free one month Windows Azure subscription go to: https://aka.ms/try-azure

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Shanmugam Kulandaivet discusses RemoteFX within Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 – Read on…

I was talking to a customer from Dunbar High School and they stated that they wanted to know more about RemoteFX so I thought I would post some information and resources around the technology.  Shanmugam Kulandaivel, a Microsoft Senior Program Manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team explains further the capabilities for the RemoteFX for…

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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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Is Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V and the Microsoft Virtualization Stack REALLY Ready For Your Datacenter? – See more on Dan Stolts blog. Read on…

  Dan Stolts and Bob Hunt will look at the Microsoft solution and cut through all the marketing fluff to give you an in depth look at the technology and show you how it stacks up to the tools we have been using for years.  This course is designed for VMware professionals looking to get…

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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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TechEd 2013 – Good Seeing Mark Minasi at the Channel 9 booth!

Good seeing Mark at TechEd 2013 and look forward to having him once again on IT Time – TechNet Radio which just reached over 1,ooo,ooo hits for the year. This is our “Proud IT Heroes” look (lol).  https://aka.ms/it-time-radio

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IT Time – TechNet Radio (Part 2) Upgrading from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 – Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Considerations

  In Part 2, of their upgrading to Windows 2012 series Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson take us through the considerations you need to make for Hyper-V and Virtual Machines. Tune in as they discuss the best way to upgrade your Hyper-V infrastructure, how to consolidate folder locations, and various ways to import your VMs….

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IT Time – TechNet Radio – (Part 1) Upgrading from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 – Overview

    Its IT Time and in today’s episode Blain Barton walks us through the necessary steps and considerations you should think about when upgrading from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012. Tune in as he lays out the necessary hardware and disk requirements, which Windows Clients and Servers are supported as well as…

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Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Resource Page

Here are some important resource links to utilize when digging in to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory.   What’s New in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831477.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831769.aspx Active Directory Administrative Center Enhancements http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574139.aspx Deploy Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Your Enterprise http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh472160.aspx What’s New in Active Directory Certificate Services? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831373.aspx

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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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April is “Build Your Private Cloud” Series – Week 4 running list….

22-Apr Deploying Private Cloud Workloads – Hardware Profiles in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Kevin     http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinremde/archive/2013/04/22/hardware-profiles-in-system-center-2012-sp1-vmm-build-your-private-cloud-series.aspx 23-Apr Deploying Private Cloud Workloads – Guest OS Profiles in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Kevin     http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinremde/archive/2013/04/23/guest-os-profiles-in-system-center-2012-sp1-vmm-build-your-private-cloud-series.aspx 24-Apr Deploying Private Cloud Workloads – Application Profiles and SQL Server Profiles in System…

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April is “Build Your Private Cloud” Month – Week 2 Posted Now!

7-Apr Deploy & Upgrade System Center 2012 SP1 VMM ( Overview )       http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/04/02/deploying-amp-upgrading-system-center-2012-sp1-virtual-machine-manager-build-your-private-cloud.aspx 8-Apr System Center 2012 SP1 Explained: Understanding Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 SP1) Fabric and Service Template       http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2013/04/08/understanding-private-cloud-with-system-center-2012-sp1-virtual-machine-manager-vmm-2012-sp1.aspx 9-Apr Deploying System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager       http://virtuallycloud9.com/index.php/2013/04/build-your-private-cloud-installing-virtual-machine-manager-step-by-step/ 10-Apr Configuring Private Cloud Storage…

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April is “Build Your Private Cloud” Month – Week 1 Posted Now!

For the month of April we are running the “Build Your Private Cloud” series and below is Week 1.  This is a great way to dive into the Private Cloud technologies and what a better group of guys to deliver this to you than my teammates. “Build Your Private Cloud Series” – Week 1  …

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Part 23 of 20 – (Bonus Part) – Virtualization Series – Creating and Managing Snapshots for Your Virtual Machines by Blain Barton

Snapshots happened to be my favorite functionality out of the numerous stellar features that come with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. When you’re experimenting in your Hyper-V test lab, snapshots become your “best friend” for many reasons. First, snapshots help you save “places in time” as well as help you manage your testing of your…

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Part 22 of 20 – (Bonus Part) Hyper-V Replica Step-By-Step #VirtExpert Virtualization Experts by Dan Stolts

Hyper-V Replica is new in Windows Server 2012. It is an asynchronous, virtual machine replication technology that is designed for business continuity and disaster recovery. Dan does a great job of telling you about it in his bonus part in the Virtualization Series, read on… http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/03/hyper-v-replica-step-by-step-virtexpert-virtualization-experts-series-part-22 Get the whole series at Dan Stolts’s post (0…

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Part 20 of 20 – (with *Bonus Parts* to come) Virtualization Series – Management – Enterprise: Monitoring by Matt Hester

Matt discusses the monitoring of your enterprise environment, keep your eyes on the game!  Read on…. http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/archive/2013/03/29/20-days-of-server-virtualization-keeping-an-eye-monitoring-your-hyper-v-servers-part-20-of-20ish.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 17 of 20 – Virtualization Series – Performance Management – Memory by Harold Wong

Harold covers Performance Management dealing with Memory, read on…. http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2013/03/26/server-virtualization-series-performance-management-memory.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 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 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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What can the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) do from Windows 8 managing Windows Servers?

This is the tool of choice if you are managing Windows Servers from Windows 8, especially Windows Server 2012. Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables you to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 from a computer that is running Windows 8, Windows Vista, or…

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Part 12 of 20- Virtualization Series – High Availability: Live Migration with Brian Lewis

Live Migration is the Microsoft Hyper-v feature where you move a running virtual machine from one physical host to another physical host while the VM continues to run.  Check out more from Brian below…. http://mythoughtsonit.com/2013/03/step-by-step-high-availability-live-migration-part-12-of-20/ 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…

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Microsoft Press Books picks up on Ed Wilson and Blain Barton talking about Certifications on TechNet Radio

Long-time Microsoft Press author and Scripting Guy! Ed Wilson, whose latest book on PowerShell—Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step—was just published, recently chatted with myself on TechNet Radio about the role of Microsoft certification in his career. Ed, who recently passed Exam 70-410, also describes why he keeps his certification up to date. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/03/19/author-news-ed-wilson-on-how-certification-changed-his-life.aspx

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Part 10 of 20 – Virtualization Series: Networking – NIC Teaming by Harold Wong

Harold explains NIC Teaming and how it relates to virtual networking, http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2013/03/15/server-virtualization-series-networking-nic-teaming-part-10-of-20-by-harold-wong.aspx This article take a deep look into the NIC teaming between Windows Server 2008 and 2012. Good read…. 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 7 of 20 – Virtualization Series – Step-by-Step: Speaking iSCSI with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V – Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! By Keith Mayer!

Keith Mayer does it again speaking SCSI again with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V – Read on…. http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/03/12/speaking-iscsi-with-windows-server-2012-and-hyper-v.aspx#.UUedcWbD-ot To download the 180-Day Windows Server 2012 evaluation bits go to:  https://aka.ms/msproducts

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TechNet Radio: IT Time – Get Certified! Why Microsoft Certification Matters

Blain Barton and the Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson are back for their monthly show and in today’s episode, they discuss the importance of Microsoft Certifications. Tune in as they chat about how getting certified directly affected their careers, some tips and tricks for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 as well as the free "Early…

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