DFW Cloud Summit 2012 – Private Clouds, Public Clouds & Hybrid Clouds

Yesterday’s Cloud Summit 2012 event in DFW provided exciting details about the new capabilities around Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 to deliver cost-effective, elastic cloud-oriented infrastructure architecture on-your-terms: In your own datacenter (Private Cloud), in a Public Cloud (Windows Azure VMs), or Hybrid scenarios that leverage the best of Private and…


An independent analysis: Hyper-V 3.0 vs VMware in the Enterprise #hyperv #VMware #PrivateCloud

Mitch Garvis, a veteran trainer, consultant, Microsoft MVP and VMware VCP, has published a thorough independent analysis of his thoughts concerning Hyper-V 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 vs VMware ESXi 5.1.  If you are currently evaluating Datacenter Virtualization and Private Cloud solutions for your IT shop, I strongly encourage you to read through Mitch’s detailed comparison using the link…


A SpecTECHular follow-up: Windows Server 2012 #HyperV, #SysCtr 2012 and #Windows8

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting at the New Horizons SpecTECHular events (www.spectechular.com) in Cincinnati and Dayton OH.  It was great meeting some very engaged IT Pros and discussing the new features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, System Center 2012 / Private Cloud, and Windows 8.  Since there was so much interest in these topics, I’ve…


See and Do – Learn Windows PowerShell 3.0 Remoting to Manage Windows Server 2012 with this FREE lab guide #posh #ws2012

PowerShell remoting is a really cool feature that permits PowerShell to remotely connect to other machines over the network for the purposes of explicitly running PowerShell cmdlets, scripts and scriptblocks as well as implicitly executing cmdlets remotely via imported modules.  It offers the ability to script and automate common activities as well as complex workflows across…

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Build your own Windows Server 2012 server lab in the Cloud … for FREE!

Today at Tech Ed North America, we all saw great keynote presentations featuring cool new features in Windows Server 2012 – improved features across the board, including Management, Storage, Virtualization and Security!  Aching to begin playing around with some of these new features for yourself, but don’t have access to your own server lab environment…

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FREE Two-Day JumpStart Virtual Training on #WindowsServer 2012: Private Cloud Evolution

Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there is…


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate now available! #WindowsServer2012 #ITCamp

Today, we are announcing the immediate availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate as the next milestone in the product release lifecycle.  With over 300,000 downloads of Windows Server 2012 Beta, we’ve seen unparalleled excitement in this version of Windows Server, which has been described in the industry as our most ambitious undertaking to-date. Management,…


USB device access with #HyperV child VMs? YES! #ITCamp

One of the frequent questions we’ve heard during our IT Camp Events is in regards to virtualizing USB devices for use within child VMs on a Hyper-V host.  While there’s no native out-of-box support for this, I did want to call out a third-party solution that I’ve used with several customers and works great: Digi’s…

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Next steps after #ITCamp … #SystemCenter 2012 Guided Online Labs and Training

At our IT Camp Events, you all saw System Center 2012 delivering IT as a Service via the provisioning and management of Private Clouds … Now, take the next step in learning about System Center 2012 via these FREE guided online labs and training resources that cover the key steps in deploying, automating and managing Private Clouds!…


Get Certified on Hyper-V R2 with FREE Study Guide!

Are you anxious to get started with prepping for the new MCSE: Private Cloud certification, but bummed because the new exams for 70-247 and 70-246 aren’t out yet?  Don’t fret, because from now through January 2013, Exam 70-659 – TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization may be taken in place of Exam 70-247 and applies towards one exam…

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