Step-By-Step: Testing System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Backups for Restoration

Most organizations perform some sort of backup of their System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) sites. Unfortunately most do not actually tested their backup. This is because it can be very difficult to simulate a failure in production and perform a site recovery.  Backups are good.  Backups that you know you can actually restore from…

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Put your Career into Hyperdrive by Adding Hyper-V to your Skillset

  The world is increasingly becoming a multi-hypervisor world. With nearly two thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, IT professionals are challenged to become experts in more than one virtualization offering.  With time and resources always in limited supply, Microsoft has created a solution path to help assist IT professionals cope with…

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Step-By-Step: Setting up Network Access Control Lists (ACLs) in Azure

Hello folks, On October 22nd, we discussed how to use endpoint to allow traffic to your machines.  Well there is another way.  One that provides more granular control and more functionality.  Setting ACL on the endpoints. An ACL provides the ability to selectively permit or deny traffic for a virtual machine endpoint. This packet filtering…

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New ADK for Windows 8.1 Now Available

Organizations that have deployed System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager or System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 and have downloaded and installed the ADK 8.1 before 10/18/2013, now need to download and install the updated version. The previous version does not need to be uninstalled as all that is required is to simply run the ADK setup which will then update the…

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Step-By-Step: Azure Networking

Hello Folks, On October 8th I wrote about Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure. and someone contacted me through LinkedIn and asked why I created 2 subnets in my Virtual Network? What was the point?  Well, like I said in that post it was to separate front-end or Internet accessible servers and…

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Gentlemen…. Start you engines!

Hello folks, It’s time to get in gear and take the new releases that hit the street Last week.  It was a great week, it was marked by several important milestones for us. We released a wave of innovation that spans our entire family of Server & Tools. The bits are out and ready for…

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Utilizing PowerShell to Build an IT Camp

I was recently conversing with a colleague complaining that he was always busy and was not enjoying his job because he felt as if he hardly had time to breathe.  When asked what sort of tasks he did on a regular basis, his reply was simply: ‘If you have to do a task only once,…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Best Practices

With Windows 8.1 less than three weeks from GA, and Windows XP less than 200 days from end of support (#EndOfDaysXP on Twitter), I thought it would be a good time to write about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit again, but only in the context of Windows 8 Readiness and maintaining a software and…

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Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure

Hello Folks, On September 29th, I posted an article on going back to basic with the Azure subscription.  let’s kick it up a notch.  Now that you have an Azure trial subscription , or an MSDN subscription that provides monthly Azure credits. you can extend your lab network to the cloud and start learning the…

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