(Module 2) Planning your Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud planning process is critical, and this module dives into some of the most important questions and considerations every organization needs to examine when planning for a hybrid environment. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various…


Step-by-Step: Offline VM Template Servicing in Hyper-V – Part 2 – Downloading Windows Updates via PowerShell

Earlier this month, I published an article here on using PowerShell to perform offline servicing of Windows Updates for a set of VM templates.  After publishing the original article, I received a couple of inquiries for extending that PowerShell script to not only apply Windows Updates to offline VM templates, but to also automate the…


Top Local Apps – Get Ready To Rumble with Battle Bears Gold for Windows 8

Looking for some cool FREE apps for your new Windows 8.1 device? This month, my good friends and colleagues, Matt Hester, Brian Lewis, Kevin Remde, and I are spreading a bit of holiday app cheer by highlighting our favorite Windows 8 apps published by local developers in our community. Throughout this month, we'll be sharing…


TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Storage Options

In part 3 of their "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze, explore the world of storage and its many options for users. [2:44] What are the storage options found in VMware and how does this compare to Hyper-V? [12:54] DEMO: How to set-up tiered storage space for Hyper-V in…


Step-by-Step: Offline VM Template Servicing with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and PowerShell

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V provides the ability to easily export sysprepped virtual machines as reusable VM templates for quickly provisioning new VMs in an on-premises datacenter or on the Windows Azure cloud platform.  BUT … keeping those VM templates up-to-date with the latest Windows Updates can be time consuming, because the VM templates themselves…


Top Local Apps – Sharing Documents is a Breeze with FREE phriz.be Social App for Windows 8 and Windows Phone

Looking for some cool FREE apps for your new Windows 8.1 device? This month, my good friends and colleagues, Matt Hester, Brian Lewis, Kevin Remde, and I are spreading a bit of holiday app cheer by highlighting our favorite Windows 8 apps published by local developers in our community. Throughout this month, we’ll be sharing…


Cloud OS Challenge – Congratulations to our Winners!

THANK YOU to the hundreds of entrants that completed the IT Pro Cloud OS Challenge in November to learn more about our FREE bare-metal, enterprise-grade hypervisor, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2! Congratulations to the prize winners that we’ve listed below for Surface Pro devices and Microsoft certification exam vouchers!  All winners have been contacted individually via…


Partner Tech Night – Build IT in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Thanks to all who attended our Partner Tech Night event in Columbus OH last week! I had a great time discussing the exciting cloud scenarios that can be enabled with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. In this article, you can download a copy of the slide deck that we reviewed along with additional resources to help…


Top Local Apps – Get a Great Workout Anywhere with Bodeefit!

Looking for some cool FREE apps for your new Windows 8.1 device? This month, my good friends and colleagues, Matt Hester, Brian Lewis, Kevin Remde, and I are spreading a bit of holiday app cheer by highlighting our favorite Windows 8 apps published by local developers in our community. Throughout this month, we’ll be sharing…


Guided Hands-on Lab: Virtual Networking 101 with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) offers a ton of flexibility when centrally defining and managing Private Cloud network fabrics across multiple sites, subnets, VLANs and virtualized network address spaces.  However, this added flexibility can sometimes make getting started with the basics of networking fabrics a bit overwhelming – because it looks like…