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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Upcoming IT Camps in West Region in March and April, 2013

                    Please join us at a Microsoft IT Camp as we dive into how to get your datacenter ready for the cloud and beyond.                   Join us at a FREE Microsoft IT Camp for hands-on labs, demos, and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts. Here’s your chance to learn more about getting your datacenter ready for…

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31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Step-by-Step: Extending On-Premise Active Directory to the Cloud with Windows Azure (Part 20 of 31) by Keith Mayer

At 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 20, 2013, Keith Mayer posted Part 20 of 31 in the 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud Blog Series.  Below is a small excerpt from his blog. Extending an on-premise Windows Server Active Directory ( AD ) infrastructure into the cloud is an important topic to consider when…

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31 Day Days of Servers in the Cloud: Windows Azure IaaS and You

I am a bit late getting this post out, but I guess better late than never. My fellow IT evangelists and I decided it would make sense to do a 31 day blog series during the month of January on Windows Azure IaaS.  Each day, one of the team members will post an article on…

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Link to Article from Hanu Kommalapati on configuring Cassandra with Linux in Azure and accessing it from Node.js

We recently announced the Customer Technology Preview (CTP) of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities in Windows Azure.  As part of that capability, Linux is one of the supported guest Operating Systems in the Virtual Machine (VM).  The key to success however, is not just spinning up a VM in Azure, but being able to…

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Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Tool to convert your VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs (Beta Available)

I know that a large percentage of Microsoft customers are using VMware as their primary virtualization platform today.  I also believe a good percentage of these customers are using Hyper-V as a secondary hypervisor in lab, test and possibly lower impact production environments.  In fact, I had one such customer recently ask me if there…

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Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the Surface: A new family of PCs for Windows!  Straight from the press release (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/jun12/06-18announce.aspx), here are the highlights. Advances in Industrial Design Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees, and building on the company’s 30-year history manufacturing hardware, Surface represents a unique vision for the seamless expression of entertainment and…

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