Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)  Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers ($150.00 USD…


IT Pro Technical Events – June 2013 – US Heartland and Online

There’s LOTS going on in June for IT Pros in the US Heartland! Below is a list of upcoming events, most of which are FREE or low-cost opportunities for you to attend to learn about IT Pro news, topics and resources! Be sure to check back weekly as we add new events to the list.  I…

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FREE Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager Exam Study Guide for Exam 70-243

UPDATE: New Resources Included for System Center 2012 SP1 Getting ready to start prepping for the new System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Exam 70-243, but looking for some solid study materials?  This study guide targets the certification objective domains for Exam 70-243 and is intended to assist in self-assessing your preparedness for this exam as…

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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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Step-by-Step: Migrating to FREE Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 Servers AND Clusters from 2008 R2 and VMware

UPDATE: I’m updating this article to also include a new Step-by-Step video and migration guide that was recently released by our Cluster team to provide guidance for using the Migrate a Cluster Wizard to migrate CLUSTERS of Hyper-V Server hosts from 2008 R2 to 2012, in addition to the other migration scenarios previously included in this article below….

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Chance to Win a Ticket to Microsoft TechEd 2013 and MORE … in the NEW TechEd “Cloud Challenge” (US Only)

Thanks for your interest in the Microsoft TechEd “Cloud Challenge” and Windows Azure Infrastructure Services!  This contest has ended, and we’ve selected winners for each prize below. Congratulations To Our Winners! Congratulations to our winners listed below! All winners have been individually notified via email. One Grand Prize: Ticket to Tech Ed 2013 North America in…


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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Cloud OS Trivia Challenge – Chance to Win a Surface or trip to MMS 2013!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Cloud OS Trivia Challenge for IT Pros in the US! In just a few minutes, you can learn some unique trivia facts about our latest infrastructure offerings to impress your colleagues and be entered into a chance to win some fantastic prizes, including: Trip to Las…

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Step-by-Step: Running FREE Linux Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure

The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform. Linux? That’s right, Linux! Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class…

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FREE Hands-on Training: Build Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure

With Windows Azure, you can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines on your own virtual network in the cloud. These capabilities can be really useful for several scenarios, such as: building virtual lab environments, piloting new software in the cloud, deploying hybrid IT applications that connect on-premises datacenter workloads with cloud-based…

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