IT Camp deck and resources: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud

Thank you to those who attended my IT Camp event on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud today in Chicago IL. I certainly enjoyed discussing cloud migration scenarios with everyone! In this article, I'm providing a copy of the deck we used for our sessions today, as well as a set of additional resources that…


Tools for Building Professional Cloud Architecture Diagrams

I’m frequently asked about templates, stencils and shapes that are available for documenting the architecture of cloud-based solutions on Microsoft Azure, Azure Pack and Office 365. Using the tools described in this article, you can quickly build professional architecture diagrams for cloud scenarios. These tools are also useful when creating presentation decks, training materials, whitepapers…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Getting Started with On-demand Private Clouds using Windows Azure Pack (Part 23)

This article is part 23 in our continuing series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud by our US IT Pro team. After you've read this article, be sure to catch all of the other articles in our series! As I’ve been traveling and speaking to IT Pros about the great scalability, resiliency and offerings…


Dog Food Conference 2014 Infrastructure & DevOps sessions feature Virtualization, Cloud, Automation & MORE!

Dog Food Conference is BACK again this year in Central Ohio on September 29th and 30th, and it’s bigger than EVER! This year, Dog Food Conference will feature local, regional and national speakers to deliver 70+ talks across multiple tracks for Developers, IT Pros, Startups and IT Managers, promising a full line-up of great topics…


Managing Hybrid Clouds with Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2

Thanks for attending one of my recent events on Managing Hybrid Clouds with Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2! In this article, I’ve provided a copy of my deck and additional resources that you can leverage for continued learning about Hybrid Cloud Management. Managing Hybrid Cloud Solutions Download a copy of this deck for…


Rewards, Prizes and Certification: Add Hyper-V to your Existing VMware / Virtualization Skills with Early Experts

In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire can improve your career options…


Step-by-Step: Cleaning up the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Windows PowerShell

I’ve been delivering lots of hands-on events lately on our Microsoft Azure cloud platform.  As part of our events, we step through the process of building complete multi-VM virtual network environments on the Azure platform with VM’s running Windows Server 2012 R2, SQL Server, SharePoint and System Center 2012 R2.  By the end of the…


Top 10 Favorite IT Pro Blog Articles and eBook of the Month

February has been really active with some absolutely excellent blog articles published this past month! In this article, I’ve provided a list of my top 10 favorite IT Pro blog articles in February along with my eBook pick of the month … Be sure that you don’t miss out on these great resources! Top 10…


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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12 FREE EBOOKS on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, System Center 2012 R2, Windows Azure and MORE …

In the past, I’ve highlighted some of the great free technical ebooks that are available from Microsoft Press, such as: FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 FREE EBOOK: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller To provide a comprehensive list of free Microsoft Press ebooks that are available for IT Pros and Developers,…