Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012

When designing your virtualization host framework for your Private Cloud, it’s important to select platforms that use widely supported standards and provide cost-effective solutions for elastically scaling a resilient compute foundation.  With this criteria in check, you’ll be able to grow your compute foundation to support additional capacity as needed while taking advantage of the latest advancements in hypervisor…

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Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Dev/Test Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

RECENT UPDATES: This Step-by-Step Guide has been leveraged to define a new Windows Azure Deployment Planning Service ( AZDPS ) for Microsoft Partners and Customers: Implementing Develop and Test Scenarios on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Customers can now engage authorized partners for planning and delivery of this solution AND customers with Software Assurance ( SA )…

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Installing the NEW Office 2013 Customer Preview – Step-by-Step

Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer announced the immediate availability of the Customer Preview of the NEW Office suite – Office 2013!  This latest version of Office provides new support for Touch Input, Cloud services integration and Social collaboration, powering new usage scenarios around digital note-taking, document reading and markup, meetings and presentations. …

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Tip-of-the-Day – Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Activation #ITPro #Windows8

Did you download Windows 8 Enterprise using your MSDN or TechNet subscription for testing in your lab?  As the full-featured “business edition” of Windows 8, the Enterprise SKU defaults to using corporate Volume License activation on a business network.  On a business network, this process provides a simplified end-user activation experience, because Windows 8 Enterprise automatically determines which…

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Step-by-Step: Migrating to FREE Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 Servers AND Clusters from 2008 R2 and VMware

UPDATE: I’m updating this article to also include a new Step-by-Step video and migration guide that was recently released by our Cluster team to provide guidance for using the Migrate a Cluster Wizard to migrate CLUSTERS of Hyper-V Server hosts from 2008 R2 to 2012, in addition to the other migration scenarios previously included in this article below….

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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: Get Started with Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) and Multi-Factor Authentication

Managing user credentials and application access is becoming more-and-more difficult in today's "cloud era".  In addition to managing access to traditional on-premises applications, we're also faced with managing access to numerous 3rd party cloud-based applications – many of which default to managing identities on an app-by-app basis.  And … securing all of those discrete identities…

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Safely Cloning an Active Directory Domain Controller with Windows Server 2012 – Step-by-Step #ws2012 #hyperv #itpro #vmware

When virtualizing Active Directory Domain Controllers in the past, we’ve needed to be very careful that we don’t invoke any steps, such as applying an old snapshot, that could possibly cause USN rollback to occur in the state of a Domain Controller’s replica of the AD database and risk AD corruption.  Beginning with Windows Server 2012, we’ve incorporated…

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NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 – Do I Need to Configure My Switch?

Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 include native teaming of network adapters to provide load balancing, bandwidth aggregation and failover capabilities using standard Ethernet NICs.  IT Pros have been really interested in NIC teaming, because it can provide the extra bandwidth and fault tolerance needed for business critical networks segments supporting virtual machines, clusters, live…

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Automated Disaster Recovery Testing and Failover with Hyper-V Replica and PowerShell 3.0 for FREE!

Hyper-V Replica is a new built-in feature of both Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 products.  Hyper-V Replica enables Hyper-V hosts or clusters to enable distance replication of running VMs to remote Hyper-V hosts over a standard IP WAN connection.  It provides a very cost-effective disaster recovery solution in the event of a…

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