Migration and Deployment: Windows Azure as a PaaS (Part 11 of 19) by Harold Wong

When Windows Azure first released, it was only available as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering.  The benefit of PaaS is that you (an organization, company, etc.) don’t have to worry about maintaining the server hardware or Operating System on which your application runs.  The service automatically handles that for you and it provides…


The Windows 8 App Madness Challenge for Students

On Wednesday, the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge for Students was announced and has some pretty cool “prizes” The challenge is only for students who are a legal resident of the US and at least 18 years of age.  (For a full eligibility requirements, visit: https://aka.ms/AppMadnessOfferTerms). Participation is very simple, just create and have your…


Modern Data Protection for Virtual Environments using Veeam and Windows Azure

In the last episode of TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café, Chris Henley from Veeam was my guest and he had a chance to share about Veeam’s backup solution for Hyper-V.  Just recently, Veeam announced a new backup offering that integrates with Windows Azure.  I asked Chris if he would be willing to put…

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Migration and Deployment: Installing the Migration Tools (Part 8 of 19) by Matt Hester

I’m sure most organizations still have parts of their infrastructure running on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.  If this applies to you and you are looking to migrate some of those services to Windows Server 2012, you will want to know more about the Migration Tools that are included…

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Migration and Deployment : Upgrade Implications for Active Directory – Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 (Part 7 of 19) by Blain Barton

Now that Windows Server 2012 has been out for 6 months, I’m sure more and more IT Pros are evaluating the requirements and steps to upgrade or migrate some of their Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 infrastructure over to Windows Server 2012.  One of the common items is Active Directory.  If this is a…


Migration and Deployment: Requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation (Part 6 of 19) by Bob Hunt

In the second week of our Migration and Deployment blog series for February, we are focusing on topics around Windows Server 2012.  The first post for the week is written by Bob Hunt and goes over the requirements for Windows Server 2012. The official requirements for installing Windows Server 2012 are as follows: Processor: Minimum:…


Migration and Deployment: How To Migrate or Transfer Files And Settings To Windows 8 From Windows 7, Vista or XP (Part 4 of 19)

In Part 2 and Part 3, Kevin and Keith (respectively) showed how to use MDT and System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager to deploy Windows 8 (and Windows Server 2012).  The next obvious question is what if you are looking to migrate files and settings from your original Windows 7 installation to your newly installed…