Why Windows 8.1 for Business? My users don’t have Touch Screens!

I frequently speak with IT Pros about the exciting new business & technical advantages of Windows 8.1 around security, manageability, BYOD and Mobility, and Client Hyper-V.  Inevitably, during these discussions someone asks: “But … my users don’t have Touch Screens! Why should I deploy Windows 8.1 for them?” We’ve certainly added lots of new touch-oriented…


Top 10 Favorite IT Pro Blog Articles and eBook of the Month

February has been really active with some absolutely excellent blog articles published this past month! In this article, I’ve provided a list of my top 10 favorite IT Pro blog articles in February along with my eBook pick of the month … Be sure that you don’t miss out on these great resources! Top 10…


Guided Hands-on Lab: Planning Disaster Recovery Capacity for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica

Throughout our Disaster Recovery Planning Series for IT Pros this month, we've been discussing the steps involved in planning an effective Disaster Recovery strategy … And planning for the additional capacity needed to implement a successful DR plan is certainly an important part of that process.  Replicating application workloads and data between sites can incur…

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Microsoft OneDrive: One Place For Everything in Your Life … Including PowerShell Scripts!

Last week, we announced worldwide availability of OneDrive.  My friend and colleague, Brian Lewis, wrote a nice article that summarized many of the new capabilities around the free OneDrive cloud service, with improved support for shared document editing via Office Online, a new 3GB camera backup feature, automatic video rendering across multiple resolutions, and the…


Step-by-Step: Live Migrate Multiple (Clustered) VMs in One Line of PowerShell – Revisited

A while back, I wrote an article showing how to Live Migrate Your VMs in One Line of Powershell between non-clustered Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts using Shared Nothing Live Migration.  Since then, I’ve been asked a few times for how this type of parallel Live Migration would be performed for highly available virtual machines…


Guided Hands-on Lab: Deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)

Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan can be a really complicated and expensive ordeal for some Private Clouds.  In many cases, competing solutions either don't meet the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) that an organization may require, or they are super-expensive to implement because they rely on costly site recovery management software and/or proprietary…

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Step-by-Step: File Server Disaster Recovery in the Clouds with Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2

File servers are a key foundational workload in most organizations.  In addition to providing shared folders for document collaboration, storage and archiving, they can also serve as a data repository for other key business applications.  As such, file servers are a kind of “network utility” for data storage, without which most organizations would find it…


Key Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud Scenarios: Coming to a City Near YOU!

You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions that you can implement today to solve pressing IT issues such…


12 FREE EBOOKS on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, System Center 2012 R2, Windows Azure and MORE …

In the past, I’ve highlighted some of the great free technical ebooks that are available from Microsoft Press, such as: FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 FREE EBOOK: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller To provide a comprehensive list of free Microsoft Press ebooks that are available for IT Pros and Developers,…