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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To The Cloud! Migrate VMware VMs to Windows Azure [ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at https://aka.ms/CloudTop20.  In today's article in this series, we’ll discuss migrating virtual machines from an on-premises VMware environment to the cloud as a more…

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An independent analysis: Hyper-V 3.0 vs VMware in the Enterprise #hyperv #VMware #PrivateCloud

Mitch Garvis, a veteran trainer, consultant, Microsoft MVP and VMware VCP, has published a thorough independent analysis of his thoughts concerning Hyper-V 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 vs VMware ESXi 5.1.  If you are currently evaluating Datacenter Virtualization and Private Cloud solutions for your IT shop, I strongly encourage you to read through Mitch’s detailed comparison using the link…


Backup Strategies for Hyper-V with VEEAM Software #HyperV #ws2012

Backup strategy options: quick backups, easy restores or lotsa $$$ – choose only ONE.  That’s the rules we’ve lived by all these years as IT Pros.  We can either choose a path using incremental backup that gives us quick backup times, or a path using full backups that gives us easy restores.  We can never seem to get the best of both…


Script to Force User Logoff After-Hours #posh #ws2012 #windowsserver #wintel #IntelIT #corevpro #sysctr #configmgr

After-hours computer patch and software update management can be tricky, particularly if you have users in your environment who never logoff from their PCs! Below, I’ve included a PowerShell script that I’ve used in the past to forcibly logoff and restart PC’s when outside of the allowed logon hours defined in Active Directory for users.  Of…


Small Business Server 2011 and Server Virtualization #ITCamp #HyperV #SBS2011

Lot’s of interest at our IT Camp Events on using Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 with Hyper-V Server Virtualization.  Here’s the key take-aways: The Hyper-V server virtualization role is not available on Small Business Server 2011 Essentials or Standard Editions The Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on does support the Hyper-V role when installing Hyper-V on…

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Use Your #ITCamp #HyperV Lab - Migrate To Windows Server 2008 R2

You’ve built your Hyper-V lab environment at our IT Camp events … now it’s time to put that lab environment to good use so that you can take advantage of those cool Server 2008 R2 features like Managed Service Accounts, Active Directory Recycle Bin, Offline Domain Join and Hyper-V Live Migration! Below I’m providing a list of…