VMware or Microsoft? FREE Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuous Availability with Hyper-V Server 2012

If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management.  Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable, manageable datacenter environment.  Ignore these truths, and … well … let’s not even think about those possibilities!…

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Practical Approaches to Deploying SharePoint on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure

I’ve recently presented talks at a number of SharePoint-related conferences and events on practical approaches to deploying SharePoint on Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisors ( on–premise ) as well as using Windows Azure VMs ( in the cloud ).  In this article, I’m including a copy of each…


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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A Match Made in the Clouds - Windows Server 2012 Server Core & Windows Azure VMs

Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks provides the ability to securely extend the network perimeter of our data center into the Windows Azure cloud platform for many useful scenarios – backup, disaster recovery, accelerated cloud storage, dev/test/pilot, remote access, Internet applications … and MORE!  To learn more about Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual…


Managing FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 with a Local GUI Console Tool

Manage Hyper-V Server 2012 with a local GUI console tool? Yep. I thought Hyper-V Server 2012 was a free optimized version of Windows Server 2012 Server Core with the Hyper-V role pre-installed! It is … it’s a FREE enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisor solution that is based on Windows Server 2012 Server Core. I can’t use a…

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UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A

NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we’ve updated the hours for “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall assistance – Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time. – – – – – – – – – – There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find…

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Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster - Part 2 of 2

This article is Part 2 in a two-part series on building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster to support highly available virtual machines as a foundation to a Private Cloud solution. If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of this article series on the initial steps for building Hyper-V Server 2012…

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Cloud OS Technical Training Event - Cleveland OH - Nov 6th

Please feel free to join us at our upcoming Cloud OS training event series in Cleveland OH on November 6th to check out the launch of our newest, most exciting infrastructure products!  You’ll find out how Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, and Microsoft System Center 2012 can help alleviate day-to-day tasks so that you and…


Server Core in Windows Server 2012 - Improved Taste, Less Filling, More Uptime - 31 Days of Favorite Features in #WinServ 2012 ( Part 19 of 31 )

This article is Part 19 in a series of articles on the “Top 31 Favorite Features in Windows Server 2012” with my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists.  Be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs this month for the other parts of this series: Kevin Remde – Read Kevin’s Full of I.T….

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