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…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Getting Started with Automating the Hybrid Cloud using PowerShell (Part 24)

This article is Part 24 in the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series by our US IT Pro team.  After you read this article, be sure to catch the full series for more information and resources. When migrating to Hybrid Cloud, developing automated standards for provisioning and managing application workloads is key to accelerating…


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…


Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow Event Series: Coming to a City Near YOU!

There’s just 44 weeks left until End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003 and many organizations are getting started planning for server migrations … And our team of awesome Microsoft MVPs is here to help!  This month, a series of Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow events are coming to cities across the US.  These events are a…


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…


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…


What’s New in PowerShell? New Desired State Configuration (DSC) Resource Kit adds 14 modules to make DevOps auto-provisioning even easier!

A few months back, I wrote an introductory article on Desired State Configuration (DSC) with PowerShell 4.0 and Windows Server 2012 R2 … Why R2? Automated Server Self-Provisioning and Remediation with Desired State Configuration (DSC) in PowerShell 4.0 Windows Server 2012 R2 includes a new version of the PowerShell scripting language, PowerShell 4.0. One of…


Best of Build 2014: Getting Ready for Windows 8.1 Update

Last week at the Build 2014 conference, the Windows product team announced that Windows 8.1 Update will be generally available via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center beginning April 8th as KB2919355.  Some of the most notable enhancements provided by Windows 8.1 Update include: Improved hardware support for devices with lower hardware specifications, such…


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…