Why R2? Your Next SAN with SMB 3.02 Scale-out File Servers

This month, my team of fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists are publishing a series of articles on Why Windows Server 2012 R2? that highlights the key enhancements and new capabilities that we’re seeing driving particular interest in this latest release of our Windows Server operating system in the field.  This article has been updated now…


Ohio Business Technology Summit – Hybrid Cloud Scenarios

Thanks for attending my session today at the Ohio Business Technology Summit in Cincinnati OH!  Below, I’ve posted a copy of my slide deck for your review and download.  I’ve also included additional resources to assist in your evaluation of Microsoft’s Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud solutions … Leveraging Hybrid Cloud Scenarios – Where does…


TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Networking Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2

Back for Part 3 of the “Building a Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and Matt Hester demo the latest networking enhancements made in Windows Server 2012 R2. [1:36] Series Review [10:11] What specifically has been enhanced to make Networking better in Windows Server 2012 R2? [20:22] DEMO: Dynamic Load Balancing across NIC teams – How…


VMware or Microsoft? Community Follow-up to Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Thanks very much for all of the passionate feedback and input on my original technical comparison article, VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance!  This article has most definitely been one of my most broadly reviewed and commented articles out of all articles that I’ve published to-date with well over…


Why R2? Step-by-Step: Automated Tiered Storage with Windows Server 2012 R2

This month, my team of fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists are publishing a series of articles on Why Windows Server 2012 R2? that highlights the key enhancements and new capabilities that we’re seeing driving particular interest in this latest release of our Windows Server operating system in the field.  This article has been updated now…


Step-by-Step: Spin-up a Windows Server 2012 R2 Lab in the Cloud – Faster than you can download the bits!

Using the 5 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription, suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 without the need to wait for downloading installation bits or local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous opportunity to gain…


TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Managing Virtual Machine Hardware Resources

Keith Mayer welcomes Andy Syrewicze, a Virtual Systems Administrator from Trivalent Group to the show as they kick off a multi-part series that examines Microsoft Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s perspective. In this episode they’ll showcase the differences between managing virtual machine hardware resources between the two. [3:10] As an experienced VMware Admin, what’s some of…


TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Hyper-V Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2

Keith Mayer and Matt Hester are back for part 2 of their Building a Hybrid Cloud series and in today’s episode they showcase the latest Hyper-V enhancements made in Windows Server 2012 R2. [1:36] Series Review and Windows Server 2012 Scalability [8:17] With all of these scalability features already built into Windows Server 2012, what…


VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance

UPDATES: Based on strong feedback from the community, I’ve made the following updates to this article … Added new row for Virtualization of Serial Ports. Added new row for Web-based Management. Added new rows for Boot from Flash, Boot from SAN and VM Guest Clustering Maximum Nodes. Added new rows for VDI management, Disk Footprint…