Part 15–Building Student Hands-On Labs in Azure for Free!–Now Live!

This past week Brian Lewis has been working on building a student lab in Azure. The idea is that as students can work on a Windows Server labs with their own preconfigured lab and for free. The way to accomplish this is to have each student register for their own free 90 day Azure trial…


Part 14 – System Center 2012 SP1 Explained: App Controller for VM and Cloud Service Deployment – Now Live!

Yung Chou posted the next piece of our series last week. In this article, he explains the role-based security model and delegation of authority in SCVMM to facilitate the self-service model in place when logging in App Controller or SCVMM admin console. There are many opportunities throughout this article to reference and link to your…


Part 13 – App Controller as a Single Pane of Glass for Delegating Cloud Management, A Primer–Now Live….

    To employ App Controller as a self-service vehicle for migration and deployment, a user needs to connect App Controller with target datacenter resources first. Part 13 in our February series discusses how we can make the the connectivity between App Controller and Windows Azure, SCVMM and 3rd Party hosting services a non-issue. The…


Part 12 – How Windows Azure Plays Into the Equation….

  In Part 12 of our February Series on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Upgrade and Migration, Tommy Patterson, gives a short summary of where Windows Azure comes into play and reconnects us with our series from January. Check out his blog post here –   Migration and Deployment Series Part 12: How Windows…


Part 11 – Migration and Deployment: Windows Azure as a PaaS….Now Live….

Windows Azure. When most people hear this, they think of it as a platform for running web based and mobile applications. Up until now that has pretty much been the case. However, if you have not check out Windows Azure recently, then you have not seen some of the new additions like – The ability…


Part 10 – Migrating Hyper-V Virtual Machines from Server 2008R2 to Server 2012….Now Live….

Hyper-V is making great strides with new features and improvements in Windows Server 2012. For those that are running Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008R2 (or even Windows Server 2008!), there is a lot to be gained from moving those VM’s to run in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012. For today’s installment of our 19 part…


Part 9 – Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0 Deployment Considerations….Now Live….

With Windows Server 2012, we introduced and update to the Server message Block protocol. In Server 2012 we are now up to SMB 3.0 and with that comes a number of features that enhance networking. One very exciting optimization is that now we can use the new SMB share features in the File Services Role…


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The Windows 8 App Madness Challenge!

We are super excited to announce the Windows 8 Student App Madness Challenge. Create and publish a Windows 8 app by April 11th, 2013 and you could win* a $100 gift card. Microsoft will provide you with all the software, resources and support you need to get started, build your app, and publish it to…


Part 8 – Migration and Deployment: Installing the Migration Tools….Now Live….

Summary – Over the years, Microsoft has released hundreds of tools to make working with Windows simpler and more efficient. When it comes to Migrating from an older version of Windows to a  brand new version, these tools are invaluable for assessing the current environment and laying the groundwork for getting things up to date….