Step-by-Step: Build Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure

With Windows Azure, you can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines on your own virtual network in the cloud. These capabilities can be really useful for several scenarios, such as: building virtual lab environments, piloting new software in the cloud, deploying hybrid IT applications that connect on-premises datacenter workloads with cloud-based…

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Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster – Part 2 of 2

This article is Part 2 in a two-part series on building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster to support highly available virtual machines as a foundation to a Private Cloud solution. If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of this article series on the initial steps for building Hyper-V Server 2012…

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Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster – Part 1 of 2

Leverage the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 to provide an Enterprise-ready Private Cloud Foundation! Overhead at one of my recent IT Pro events: “The FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 sounds AWESOME! With the same features and scalability as the Hyper-V role in the full Windows Server 2012 OS, I could really use this to virtualize my application…

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Step-by-Step: Reduce Storage Costs with Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012!

Based on recent studies, we’ve seen enterprise organizations report that as much as 60% of their annual capital IT budget is related to storage hardware.  This may come at no surprise, with the ever increasing trend in most businesses to keep more-and-more data online and directly accessible to users.  Of course, a large portion of consumed…

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Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 and Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012: Configure Hyper-V (17%) Create…


Managing Windows Server 2012 Workgroup Servers Remotely

Everyone loves the new Server Manager dashboard in Windows Server 2012 for managing multiple servers remotely.  However, I frequently get questions at my IT Camp events on managing not only domain-joined servers, but also servers that may be in a workgroup or isolated domain. One of my friends and colleagues, Tommy Patterson, recently posted a…

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Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – December Sweepstakes

You could win a FREE exam voucher pack for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 certification! In December 2012, we are sponsoring an “Early Experts” Challenge Sweepstakes for IT Pros located in the US!  To be eligible, you’ll just need to complete one new Knowledge Quest on Windows Server 2012 between Dec 3rd and Dec…

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Managing Mobile Devices with System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune

In today’s TechNet Radio show, I’m back again for another episode in our System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 series with Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager from the System Center Client Management team and all-around ConfigMgr Guru.  Tune in as we discuss managing mobile devices with Service Pack 1 of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and…

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