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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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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New Blog Series – Build Your Private Cloud in a Month

Now that April is upon us, the US IT Pro Evangelist team is embarking on another Blog Series for the month of April – Build Your Private Cloud in a Month.  Since the team has covered Windows Server 2012 (December 2012), Windows Azure (January 2013), Migration and Deployment (February 2013) and Server Virtualization (March 2013),…

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TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café – System Center 2012 SP1 Enhancements & Windows Azure Services for Windows Server

In this latest episode of TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café, I chat with John Allwright, Sr. Product Marketing Manager with the Server Infrastructure team to discuss the latest enhancements made to System Center 2012 SP1 and the new capabilities found within Windows Azure Services for Windows Server.  I’m sure by now, most folks…

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IT Camp Resources for Events taking place from March – April 2013 in Southwest area

I have finished holding two IT Camps in my territory (Lehi, UT and Tempe, AZ) with three more to go (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego).  I wanted to make the PowerPoint Decks available to everyone.  I have put them up on SlideShare where you can download them.  I am also embedding them here to…

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Office Hours on Mondays in March 2013 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Microsoft Tempe Office

I am holding Office Hours in the Microsoft Tempe Office (60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1200, Tempe, AZ 85281) from 10 AM – 2 PM on the following Mondays in March: March 4, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29244 March 11, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29245 March 18, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29246 Although you don’t necessarily need to sign up at the OHours site,…

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Deployment and Migration: System Center 2012 SP1 Explained – App Controller for VM and Cloud Service Deployment (Part 14 of 19) by Yung Chou

In Part 14 of the Deployment and Migration Blog Series, Yung Chou goes into detail on the configuration of System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller and Security settings in Virtual Machine Manager so that you can connect your On-Premises management toolset to Azure and manage both environments.  I am including a brief snippet directly from…

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Migration and Deployment: System Center 2012 SP1 Explained – App Controller as a Single Pane of Glass for Delegating Cloud Management, A Primer (Part 13 of 19) by Yung Chou

I know there are quite a few IT Pros who do like the command line / PowerShell interface for management.  At the same time, I know there are probably more IT Pros who prefer to use a GUI if one is available.  When managing On Premises and Windows Azure infrastructure, you now have a choice. …

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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…

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