Step-by-Step: Migrate your classic Cloud Services to ARM

Hello Folks, Ever since we came up with the Azure Resource Manager model one question that keeps coming back is “how do i migrate my running Cloud Services based environment to the ARM model?” Great question.  So far we did not have a great answer.  Now, we have.  Take a look at this video that…

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7 Reasons Why Migrating Off SQL 2005 is a Good Idea

While end of support for SQL Server 2005 SP4 came on April 12th 2011, end of extended support for SQL Server 2005 happens on 12 April 2016. That means no help and no more hotfixes from Microsoft in regards to any data still living in SQL 2005 databases. Further details in regards to this can…

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Step-by-Step: Connect your AWS and Azure environments with a VPN tunnel

Hello Folks, I’ve been working with a customer that is planning their migration from AWS to Azure.  As we all know, migrating complex environment is seldom a one click operation.  In their case they want to be able to move each part of their solutions hosted on AWS to azure one at a time.  That…

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20 Helpful Steps Migrating Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

Windows Server 2003 support ends July 14th 2015. While you’ve probably heard this a multitude of times, the severity of support no longer being offered by Microsoft for this aging server offering could be detrimental security wise to the organization you support. The following are 25 steps that I have been walking our customers through…

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Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\folder path.  This provides an easier opportunity to move the…


Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active Directory database after the migration…


Utilizing Office 365 Staged Migration to Mitigating Risk

Currently there are three scenarios for an Office 365 Migration.   They are as follows: Cutover Staged Hybrid The Cutover scenario requires the export of all email and content of an on-premise Exchange implementation. Once completed, all the exported data is then imported to Office 365, followed by changing the MX records.   Risk to this scenario…

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Step-By-Step: Testing Windows Server 2012 R2 via Boot-to-VHD

  Support for Windows Server 2003 is shortly coming to an end. July 14th 2015 to be exact. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in learning how the organization they support will benefit from Windows Server 2012 R2 and while there are many free resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and this blog are available,…

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Migrate a Virtual Machine from On-Premise to Microsoft Azure

Hello Folks, Today I delivered one the largest “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure” camp to date.  Approximately 190 people had registered for it.  One question came back several times during the day. I figured I’d answer it here “How do I migrate a VM from on premise to Azure?” The easiest way is to sysprep…

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