TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Enabling Self-Service On-Demand Developer Environments in the Cloud

In Part 3 of our  “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio,  Blain Barton and Keith Mayer turn the conversation towards enabling self-service on demand Developer environments in the cloud. Learn how you can use Microsoft Azure along with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller and the Azure Pack to increase work efficiency…

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TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – How Does Microsoft Azure and the Cloud align with DevOps?

Matt Hester and Keith Mayer continue our special “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio and in part 2 of our series they discuss how Microsoft Azure and cloud computing can be leveraged to help accelerate the transition to DevOps in an organization.  [1:37] What is DevOps and why is it important? [9:53]…


Step-by-Step: Build Your Cloud with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure

April 11, 2014: Updated to include additional resources … Now, take Build Your Cloud on-the-go with Windows Phone! Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course! Are you spending less time managing your servers as a result?  Hmm … No! Server Virtualization is Great, But … Server virtualization has been a great set of technologies…

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TechNet Radio: (Part 6) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Disaster Recovery with Hyper-V Replica

In today’s installment of our  “Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze explore disaster recovery and how Hyper-V Replica can help assist your DR efforts. Tune in as they take us through some common DR scenarios as well as demo for us Hyper-V Replica and Azure’s Hyper-V Recovery Manager. [3:23]…


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…


Guided Hands-on Lab: Planning Disaster Recovery Capacity for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica

Throughout our Disaster Recovery Planning Series for IT Pros this month, we've been discussing the steps involved in planning an effective Disaster Recovery strategy … And planning for the additional capacity needed to implement a successful DR plan is certainly an important part of that process.  Replicating application workloads and data between sites can incur…

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Step-by-Step: Live Migrate Multiple (Clustered) VMs in One Line of PowerShell – Revisited

A while back, I wrote an article showing how to Live Migrate Your VMs in One Line of Powershell between non-clustered Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts using Shared Nothing Live Migration.  Since then, I’ve been asked a few times for how this type of parallel Live Migration would be performed for highly available virtual machines…


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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Step-by-Step: File Server Disaster Recovery in the Clouds with Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2

File servers are a key foundational workload in most organizations.  In addition to providing shared folders for document collaboration, storage and archiving, they can also serve as a data repository for other key business applications.  As such, file servers are a kind of “network utility” for data storage, without which most organizations would find it…


Top Support Solutions for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012

Our support team has recently started a new Top Solutions from Microsoft Support blog that rolls up the top support issues and their resolutions on a quarterly basis.  In particular, you may find the articles on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 useful as you begin to Build Your Private Cloud using our free…