IT Camp: Virtualization for the VMware Professional (Tempe – November 19, 2013)

Even though I have moved into sales of Windows Server, System Center and Windows Azure, I still did have enough brain power to co-deliver (with my Technical counterpart Leon Harris) an IT Camp in Tempe on November 19th.  The presentation and hands on lab went very well.  Since I am not in this role anymore,…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Now Available

Just in case you weren’t paying attention this morning, the Preview (Beta) of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 are now available for download and testing! If you have a TechNet or MSDN Subscription, you are more than welcome to download from your subscriber site like I did earlier this morning –…

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Deleting multiple Packages in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 by Mike Terrill with 1E

There are times when a GUI interface is perfectly fine when performing administration tasks.  At other times, it just outright sucks.  If you have ever had to delete multiple Packages in Configuration Manager 2012 (SP1) from the GUI management tool, you probably know what I’m talking about.  If you really like clicking through multiple screens…

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Tech Days in San Francisco from May 2–3, 2013

I am always asked if there are any good training events happening that have great technical speakers.  I thought I would mention that there is an event called Tech Days taking place in San Francisco (at the Microsoft downtown office) on May 2nd and 3rd.  The list of speakers include the following: Mark Minasi Jeff…

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My new laptop setup – Lenovo Carbon X1

  Back in February, I placed an order for my new work laptop – Lenovo Carbon X1 and I also got the USB 3.0 Dock.  It took over a month before I received it, but I did get it and finally got everything configured and working nicely on it.  I thought I would just share…

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Build Your Private Cloud Series: Understanding Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 SP1) Fabric and Service Template by Yung Chou

Using System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to do basic Virtual Machine management of Hyper-V is pretty simple and straight forward.  The real magic sauce (and power) comes with understanding and using the Fabric components and Service Templates that are also available with VMM.  In this latest post, Yung gets a little deeper into…

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Build Your Private Cloud Series: Foundation – VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 by Keith Mayer

Most Microsoft administrators know how to install and configure Windows Server with a GUI.  This includes Windows Server 2012 with the Hyper-V role installed.  The challenge for most Windows Administrators is configuring a Core Install of Windows Server.  So when we start looking at incorporating the free Hyper-V Server 2012 into the infrastructure, it can…

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Build Your Private Cloud Series: Foundation Windows Server 2012 Storage by Matt Hester

In this article, Matt Hester focuses on building the Private Cloud foundation from a storage perspective.  As I’ve pointed out in previous posts, storage is a very important part of your Private Cloud infrastructure since that is where everything is stored.  I am including a brief snippet from Matt’s post below, but you will want…

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Build Your Private Cloud Series: Why Private Cloud by Yung Chou

Although this is not necessarily a super technical article, it is an important one.  With everyone (including Microsoft) throwing around the term “Private Cloud”, it is important to understand what it is and why you would want one.  Otherwise, why would you spend time building one?? In this part, Yung Chou explains what a Private…

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