Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Forest in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Often times, applications that we’re deploying to the cloud may expect Windows Server Active Directory to be present for authentication and identity management.  With Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, we can deploy Windows Server Active Directory on the Windows Azure cloud platform to support these security needs.  Best of all, you can test…

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FREE Technical eBook for IT Pros on Windows Server 2012 and Private Cloud

This week, Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server team have released a new updated version of the FREE e-Book for IT professionals: Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition. This book is a great way to get quickly skilled up on all the new improvements in this latest Windows Server – one of the most ambitious releases of Windows…

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Step-by-Step: Build Your Cloud with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure

April 11, 2014: Updated to include additional resources … Now, take Build Your Cloud on-the-go with Windows Phone! Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course! Are you spending less time managing your servers as a result?  Hmm … No! Server Virtualization is Great, But … Server virtualization has been a great set of technologies…

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Super-fast Failovers with VM Guest Clustering in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V – Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! ( Part 14 of 20 )

My good friend and colleague, Matt Hester, recently wrote a great article on Hyper-V Host Clustering as part of our latest article series, Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days!  In this article, I’ll build on Matt’s cluster scenario to walk through the advantages and implementation steps for another type of clustering in a Hyper-V…

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FREE MCSE Private Cloud Exam Study Guide for Exam 70-246

UPDATE: New Resources Included for System Center 2012 SP1 This month, I spent a fair amount of time preparing for the new Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Exam 70-246, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and I saved links to all the study resources that I used to study and pass this exam as a step-by-step…

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Best of TechEd 2013 – What’s New in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2

Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry!  This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros.  Today’s article focuses on enhancements in Hyper-V server virtualization in the upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 release. Last week at TechEd 2013 North America,…

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VLAN Tricks with NICs – Teaming & Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

After I wrote my prior post on our new natively supported NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 product, there’s been a ton of questions around how VLANs work with NIC Teaming and Hyper-V.  In this article, I’ll build upon my prior post and cover configuring VLAN traffic segregation for…

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FREE eBook: Windows 8 for IT Pros (Updated – Final Copy)

UPDATE: The final copy of this eBook has been released and is now available for download at the following link locations: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals –…

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