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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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 →


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 →


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 →


How To Enable Snipping Tool, Windows Media Player and more Desktop Experience Tools on Windows Server 2008-2012 R2

Are you annoyed that you cannot play videos or use some of the cool windows tools like snipping tool with windows server?  Well, you can, they just have to be enabled before you can use them.  Below are instructions for enabling these features in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Server 2012 (slightly different instructions)…

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How To Sysprep – Sysprep is a Great And powerful tool And Easy Too If You Know How (Step-By-Step)

Sysprep is a tool that is designed for system administrators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and others who must automatically deploy an operating system on multiple computers. After you perform the initial setup steps on a single computer, you can run the Sysprep tool to prepare the sample computer for cloning.  However with the propagation of…


Activate Free MSDN Windows Azure Account From BizSpark benefits

By Now, you should have a LiveID / Microsoft Account. You are enrolled in the BizSpark program so now we need to activate your Free MSDN Windows Azure Account. Login to your BizSpark account (http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/default.aspx).  Click My BizSpark from the top navigation Click on Get your free software! Then click Download Microsoft Software (via MSDN)…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Backup Full Integration with Windows Azure Backup #WhyWin2012R2

If you have a small number of servers to protect and you currently have no backup solution, you are using the in box Windows Server backup tool on these servers, or use a third party backup solution, Windows Azure Back may be a viable option for you. If you have a larger infrastructure and already…

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Build Your Business Activate BizSpark MSDN Free Windows Azure Account Step-By-Step

If you have not already activated your BizSpark benefits, see https://aka.ms/gurubizspark To successfully activate Windows Azure platform benefits BizSpark subscribers will need to go this very simple process: Activate Windows Azure subscription for BizSpark / MSDN subscribers Sign-in to your MSDN benefits page   Use the Activate Windows Azure link from MyAccount from your MSDN…


Free Windows Azure eBook + Free Windows Azure Account + Step-By-Step Getting Started

We are happy to announce a new free ebook – Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team!  As you go through the book you will want to play with Windows Azure.  You can get a free account from https://aka.ms/IaaS.  Also, if you want step-by-step instructions on how to…