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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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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Best of TechEd 2013 – MCTDayZero – Leveraging Windows Azure Infrastructure Services as an MCT

Ah, times … they are a-changing … with a rapid move towards embracing hybrid cloud IT scenarios … that is, IT scenarios that leverage the best of both worlds: the predictability of an on-premises datacenter infrastructure with the cost-effective pay-as-you-go on-demand capacity of a cloud infrastructure platform, such as Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Today at MCTDayZero in New Orleans,…


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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Join me in the Cloud: FREE Hands-on Events for Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks

Over the next several weeks, there’s lots of opportunities for getting hands-on experience with Window Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks – both in-person and online!  At the events below, you’ll learn about leveraging the Windows Azure cloud platform to build VMs and Virtual Networks in the cloud, have the opportunity to ask live questions,…

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Step-by-Step: Connect to Your Cloud Lab with Windows Azure Connect

In addition to building Virtual Networks on the Windows Azure cloud fabric for running Virtual Machines in the cloud, we can also securely extend those virtual networks to on-premise devices in a couple ways: Cloud-to-Site IPsec VPN connectivity  Essentially, this is a Site-to-Site IPsec VPN tunnel between a Virtual Network defined on the Windows Azure…

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Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster Study Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure

The high availability afforded by Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering is a key ingredient for managing and maintaining business critical applications.  To gain familiarity with What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012, this article will step through an overview of new capabilities along with a Step-by-Step Guide on building a simulated Failover Cluster…


Step-by-Step: Adding a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller to Active Directory in the Cloud with Windows Azure

In this article, we’ll be continuing on in our “Early Experts” Cloud Quest lab scenario to add a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller ( DC ) to our cloud-based lab on the Windows Azure cloud platform. NOTE: This Step-by-Step guide builds on the cloud-based lab configuration started in Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012…

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Early Experts: Congratulations to December Exam Voucher Sweepstakes Winners!

Congratulations to the twelve lucky Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” listed below who were each awarded one of twelve certification exam voucher packs for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 certification track in our “Early Experts” Challenge December Sweepstakes contest! The following winners completed the Early Experts Apprentice Quest in December 2012: Thom Greene  William…

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Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 and Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012: Configure Hyper-V (17%) Create…