TechNet Radio: (Part 8) Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Build Your Compute Fabric with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

In today’s  “Building a Hybrid Cloud” episode, Keith Mayer and Brian Lewis demo for us how build and manage our compute fabric with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. Tune in as they discuss the many challenges IT Pros face today when trying to manage multiple virtualization hosts both on-premise an in the cloud….


TechNet Radio: (Part 7) Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Managing Storage with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

In today’s  “Building a Hybrid Cloud” episode, Keith Mayer and Brian Lewis show us how you can manage your data storage with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).  Tune in as they discuss some of the major challenges facing IT organizations today regarding storage costs and implementation as well as dive deep into…


TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Networking in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Continuing our “Building a Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and Brian Lewis showcase the new networking features in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Tune in as they discuss the differences between networking in Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Machine Manager, new features such as integration of Physical Network devices, support for Hyper-V Network…


Guided Hands-on Lab: Deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)

Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan can be a really complicated and expensive ordeal for some Private Clouds.  In many cases, competing solutions either don't meet the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) that an organization may require, or they are super-expensive to implement because they rely on costly site recovery management software and/or proprietary…

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TechNet Radio: (Part 5) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Virtual Machine and Service Templates

In today’s continuing series on Hyper-V from a VMware admin’s perspective, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take a look at how you can manage your Virtual Machine environments using Hyper-V Manager as well as Virtual Machine and Service Templates found within System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. [5:02] DEMO:  Importing / Exporting / Live…


Step-by-Step: Offline VM Template Servicing in Hyper-V – Part 2 – Downloading Windows Updates via PowerShell

Earlier this month, I published an article here on using PowerShell to perform offline servicing of Windows Updates for a set of VM templates.  After publishing the original article, I received a couple of inquiries for extending that PowerShell script to not only apply Windows Updates to offline VM templates, but to also automate the…


TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Storage Options

In part 3 of their "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze, explore the world of storage and its many options for users. [2:44] What are the storage options found in VMware and how does this compare to Hyper-V? [12:54] DEMO: How to set-up tiered storage space for Hyper-V in…


Step-by-Step: Offline VM Template Servicing with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and PowerShell

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V provides the ability to easily export sysprepped virtual machines as reusable VM templates for quickly provisioning new VMs in an on-premises datacenter or on the Windows Azure cloud platform.  BUT … keeping those VM templates up-to-date with the latest Windows Updates can be time consuming, because the VM templates themselves…


Cloud OS Challenge – Congratulations to our Winners!

THANK YOU to the hundreds of entrants that completed the IT Pro Cloud OS Challenge in November to learn more about our FREE bare-metal, enterprise-grade hypervisor, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2! Congratulations to the prize winners that we’ve listed below for Surface Pro devices and Microsoft certification exam vouchers!  All winners have been contacted individually via…


Guided Hands-on Lab: Virtual Networking 101 with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) offers a ton of flexibility when centrally defining and managing Private Cloud network fabrics across multiple sites, subnets, VLANs and virtualized network address spaces.  However, this added flexibility can sometimes make getting started with the basics of networking fabrics a bit overwhelming – because it looks like…