TechNet Radio: (Part 13) Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Cross-Premises Virtual Networking with Site-to-Site VPN and ExpressRoute

Continuing our “Building a Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze walk us through the steps of creating a cross-premises Virtual Network connection between Microsoft Azure and an on-premise data center. Tune in for this demo heavy session and get the 411 on how to do implement this important step in building your hybrid…


Step-by-Step: Spin-up a Windows Server 2012 R2 Lab in the Cloud – Faster than you can download the bits!

Using the 5 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription, suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 without the need to wait for downloading installation bits or local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous opportunity to gain…


Step-by-Step: Remote Desktop Services on Windows Azure – A cost-effective alternative to Desktop as a Service ( Part 2 )

UPDATE: As of January 1, 2014, the following RDS licensing changes offer an alternative to RDS Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) noted below in this article. Effective January 1, 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their RDS User CALs are entitled to RDS CAL Extended Rights, which allow use of their RDS…


VMware or Microsoft? FREE Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuous Availability with Hyper-V Server 2012

If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management.  Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable, manageable datacenter environment.  Ignore these truths, and … well … let’s not even think about those possibilities!…

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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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Guided Hands-on Lab: Migrate VMs to Windows Azure from Amazon AWS [ 20 Key Cloud Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at https://aka.ms/CloudTop20.  In today’s article in this series, we’ll be stepping through a Guided Lab for migrating existing cloud-based Windows Server VMs to Windows…

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To The Cloud! Migrate VMware VMs to Windows Azure [ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at https://aka.ms/CloudTop20.  In today's article in this series, we’ll discuss migrating virtual machines from an on-premises VMware environment to the cloud as a more…

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Guided Hands-on Lab: Extend Your Private Cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Networks and Windows Server 2012 [ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at https://aka.ms/CloudTop20.  In today’s article in this series, we’ll discuss extending our On-premises Datacenter into a Hybrid Network Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012, Windows…

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Configure Private Cloud VM Compute Fabric with System Center 2012 SP1 VMM – Build Your Private Cloud

To be effective, Private Clouds need to embrace the virtualization technologies that you have currently deployed in your datacenter and permit you to manage them as a single compute fabric, rather than getting locked in to separately managing silos of virtualization technologies. Don’t get me wrong … Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and our FREE Hyper-V…

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Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012

When designing your virtualization host framework for your Private Cloud, it’s important to select platforms that use widely supported standards and provide cost-effective solutions for elastically scaling a resilient compute foundation.  With this criteria in check, you’ll be able to grow your compute foundation to support additional capacity as needed while taking advantage of the latest advancements in hypervisor…

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