Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud: Cross-Premises Data Mobility with Microsoft Azure StorSimple (Part 10)

This article is part 10 in our continuing blog series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud being published by the US IT Pro team at Microsoft.  In this article, we’ll discuss enabling “cross-premises data mobility” within a Hybrid Cloud by leveraging a new cloud-enabled storage solution: Microsoft StorSimple 8000. Microsoft StorSimple 8000 Hybrid Cloud…


Why R2? Your Next SAN with SMB 3.02 Scale-out File Servers

This month, my team of fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists are publishing a series of articles on Why Windows Server 2012 R2? that highlights the key enhancements and new capabilities that we’re seeing driving particular interest in this latest release of our Windows Server operating system in the field.  This article has been updated now…


VMware or Microsoft? Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

As my colleague, Chris Avis, pointed out in his article yesterday ( VMware or Microsoft: Simplified Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime ), there’s tons of reasons that IT Pros have been moving new virtualization workloads onto Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 or Hyper-V Server 2012 – to reduce capital and operational costs,…

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Configuring Storage Fabric in Virtual Machine Manager - Build Your Private Cloud

Yung Chou and I are back for another episode in our multi-part series on how to Build Your Private Cloud using System Center 2012 SP1. Tune in today as we show how to configure the storage fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager.  We’ll walk through the process of adding different types of…

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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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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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Step-by-Step: Speaking iSCSI with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V - Become a Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! ( Part 7 of 20 )

Windows Server 2012 and our completely FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly have some really cost effective new storage options, with Storage Spaces and Hyper-V over SMB 3.0.  However, many IT Pros have already invested in iSCSI shared storage and, as a result, many Hyper-V deployments also need to be able to leverage these existing storage…

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Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Storage Server in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Big data is everywhere, and the cloud is no different! Windows Server 2012 can leverage the new Storage Spaces feature and integrated iSCSI Target Server role to provide SAN-like storage capabilities when presenting storage to other servers.  When studying these features in Windows Server 2012, we can provide a functional shared storage lab environment using…

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