Panel Discussion Webinar: Deconstructing the Hyper-Converged Paradigm with Gridstore

Thank you to those who attended our Panel Discussion Webinar: Deconstructing the Hyper-Converged Paradigm and congratulations to the winners of our drawing! Johnny from TriQuint – $100 Gift Card Tom from Stockport Council – £100 Gift Card William from Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. – $100 Gift Card See below to watch the recording of…

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Windows 8.1 Keyboard And Mouse – Shortcuts Galore

How do you navigate in a touch world without a touch device?  I am glad you asked.  This post will address that question in great detail but we will also look at all the other great things you can do with keyboard and mouse shortcuts.  Read It, to understand what you have been missing.  Bookmark…

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How To Create Windows Server for Remote Desktop (RDP) To Be Used While Port 3389 is Blocked-Azure VM Step-By-Step PLUS Anywhere Access Configuration

You could of course manually configure RDP to listen on different ports to allow connection from other standard or non-standard ports.  In my case, I need to be able to RDP to an Azure Virtual Machine from a local school or customer office where the IT department has blocked port 3389.  There is a new…

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How to Fix Login Failed for User (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 18456) Step-By-Step – Add SQL Administrator to SQL Management Studio

In this post and video, I will teach you how to determine what user has administrative rights on the server as well as walk you Step-By-Step how to configure SQL Server to allow other users to login as Administrators to SQL Server.  The generic message “Login Failed for User (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 18456)” means…

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Monitoring Hybrid Cloud – Step-By-Step

It is always important to understand how our server workloads are doing.  Getting visibility into our systems allows us to proactively deal with future issues.  As an example, monitoring can let us know that we are running out of disk space on one of our volumes so we can order drives and get them install…

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TechNet Radio: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Planning Hybrid Cloud Virtualization

In part 4 of our “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series, Blain Barton and Keith Mayer tackle the topic of virtualization in a Hybrid Cloud environment. Tune in as they discuss how virtualization is no longer constrained to the physical capacity of an on-premise environment and then showcase some tools and techniques that are…

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TechNet Radio: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Planning Hybrid Cloud Networking

Kevin Remde and Keith Mayer continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” and in today’s episode they discuss various options for networking. Tune in as they go in depth on what options are available for hybrid cloud networking as they explore network connectivity and address concerns about speed, reliability and security. •…

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Allow Remote Desktop Services RDP and Ping ICMP Through Windows Firewall

Create Firewall Rules in Windows 7 thru Windows Server 2012 R2  to allow RDP and ICMP traffic for you have to open “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security” control panel applet.  You can get here by typing “firewall” in the search box near the start button and selecting it from the list (likely on top) or…

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TechNet Radio: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Planning a Hybrid Cloud Storage Architecture

Kevin Remde and Dan Stolts continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” with an overview on how to plan for a hybrid cloud storage solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for this lively discussion on the many storage options available to you as well as discussions around…

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Awesome Tool – Estimating costs for migrating workloads to Azure with Azure IaaS Cost Estimator Tool Step-By-Step

Have you seen this incredible tool.  Microsoft hit a home run with this little gem.  The Azure Cost Estimator Tool will allow you to scan a machine, a virtualization host or even an entire Virtual Machine Manager Network.  The Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator has been designed keeping in mind the need to provide the IT manager of…

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Assessing Current IT infrastructure with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) AND BONUS-Evaluate for Migration to Azure Cloud

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process.  It … Continue reading →

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Microsoft Acquires InMage–Migrate, Replicate, Recover With Azure

I know you were happy with the great advancements in DR over the last few months including the recent announcement that you can now use Azure Site Recovery to synchronize and fail over Virtual Machines to Microsoft Azure.   The great … Continue reading →

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Hyper-V Site Recovery to Microsoft Azure–Now Available in Preview

Hyper-V Recovery Manager in Windows Azure was able orchestrate the recovery of a server from your primary datacenter to a secondary datacenter in the case of disaster.  The top feature request was to have this feature available to allow Site … Continue reading →

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How to Access the New Windows Azure Portal–Switch Azure portals–Step-By-Step

You can go directly to the new portal at http://portal.azure.com The production Azure (main) portal is http://portal.windowsazure.com Once you are on the new portal, you can switch to the Azure portal by clicking on Azure Portal from the HOME screen … Continue reading →

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Adding or Manage Administrator users To Windows Azure Step-By-Step

  In the management portal scroll down in the Nav bar to Settings 1) Click Settings 2) click the Administrators Tab 3) Click Add 4) Enter the email address of the LiveID you would like to add as an administrator … Continue reading →

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