Windows Azure Hybrid Networking with IaaS Whitepaper

My colleague Jim Priestley recently helped author an incredible whitepaper on Windows Azure Hybrid networking that is an absolutely must read.  This whitepaper gives you detailed insight into leveraging many of the features of Windows Azure IaaS including most notably the hybrid networking functionality which extends your existing infrastructure to Windows Azure.  Highlights of the…


New Windows Azure IaaS In-Person Hands-on events announced

Windows Azure events focused on the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) features of Windows Azure have just been announced, with two events scheduled to be held in the Microsoft NYC office in the coming weeks.  See the schedule below for details and a link to the registration site. These events will include both presentation and…


Azure IaaS Online Event Series Announced, first event Wednesday 5/8

The latest round of IT Pro Events has been officially announced and these events will focus on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) functionality and include both online and in-person events in the coming weeks.  These sessions will get IT Pros up to speed on Windows Azure IaaS functionality and the online events will…


My first Windows 8 app, Squish-a-Fruit arrives in the Windows 8 Store

After several hours of coming up with a concept, working with my colleague Maria Naggaga, and using templates created by my colleague Jim O’Neil for Scirra’s Construct 2, my first Windows 8 App is now available in the Windows 8 Store.  Squish-a-Fruit is a family game for all ages where the goal is to squish…


Windows Azure IaaS reaches General Availability

Today marks the next major release of Windows Azure, the General Availability (GA) of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering where customers can host virtual machines in the Windows Azure Cloud.  Also included in today’s GA is the Virtual Networking component of Windows Azure that lets you extend your existing network to Windows Azure. …


System Center 2012 SP1 download now available

The System Center 2012 SP1 Suite is now available to download at the short URL https://aka.ms/BHSysCtr.  For those of you interested in familiarizing yourself with the many awesome components of System Center 2012 SP1 that I have discussed at numerous events (App Controller, Virtual Machine Manager, Orchestrator, Operations Manager, etc.), this link will give you…


TechNet Radio: Windows Server 2012 File Server and SMB 3.0 – Simpler By Design

Just how easy is it to use SMB 3.0? That’s the topic for today’s show as Jose Barreto and I discuss the ins and outs of Windows Server 2012 File Storage for Virtualization. Tune in as we chat about SMB Transparent Failover, Scale-Out, SMB Multichannel, SMB Direct, SMB Encryption and much, much more!  Also, keep…


Virtualization Storage–SMB (20+ Days of Server Virtualization – Part 6 of 20)

As we move through the 20+Days of Server Virtualization Series, the next topic we’re covering is Virtualization Storage – SMB.  Server Message Block or “SMB” is the protocol used by Windows Clients and Windows Servers to communicate as this protocol is embedded in a TCP/IP packet by Windows machines.  Server Message Block (SMB) has gone…


Next NYC IT Architects session this Thursday 3/21

The next NYC IT Architects Meetup is scheduled for this coming Thursday, March 21st in the Microsoft NYC office.  This Meetup has been created to allow past attendees of IT Camps or IT Labs to continue their learning on Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Azure through additional Hands On Lab time…


Last chance to register–Techstravaganza NYC 2013 almost sold out!

As I write this there are only approximately 22 tickets left for this coming Friday’s Techstravaganza NYC 2013 event, so if you’re planning on attending, REGISTER NOW!  This 3rd annual event promises to build on the previous two Techstravaganza NYC events.  You can check out my previous blog post on how these events went. Not…