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Cloud on Your Terms Part 30 of 30: Certification Tips To Get Your Career Ready For The Cloud

It’s the end of the month, and the last of our 30 days of cloudy goodness is here!  In today’s blog post, one of the most genuinely certifiable gentlemen I know, Brian Lewis, points you to some resources to help you get on track for cloud readiness.  And by you, I mean YOU.  You need… Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 29 of 30: How Do I Get to Hyper-V?

In today’s next-to-last installment of our cloud series, we have another guest author representing another great Microsoft partner: NetIQ.  And in particular, they discuss a product of theirs called Platespin Migrate. Check out the Part 29 blog post HERE.  And if you have missed any of the series posts, check out my summary post for… Read more

The Cloud on Your Terms Part 28 of 30: Cloud PowerShell

Back in part 23 of our series I wrote about Windows Azure, and some of the tools that IT Pros have at their disposal for the sake of managing and monitoring it.  One of those tools of course is PowerShell.  And today in part 27, Matt Hester writes about how PowerShell (one of his favorite… Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 27 of 30: Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials and the Cloud

“Hey Kevin – Is the cloud just for big companies?” Absolutely not.  Certainly some implementations (private clouds, for instance) make more sense in organizations that A) are able to take advantage of delivering IT as a Service for their business units, and B) can justify the kind of datacenter resources to support it.  But small… Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 26 of 30: Office 365 will not get you fired

  Are you concerned that the cloud will eat your job?  Perhaps.  Every time there is a shift in how things are done based on improvements in technology or new options for efficiency, economics, scale… there is always someone crying foul.  Or probably more appropriately, they’re worrying about what it means for their current situation. … Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 25 of 30: Windows Intune

Microsoft has some pretty interesting new direction with regard to what “the cloud” can do.  For example – how about an Internet-based service that let’s you monitor, manage, and deploy software to the workstations you’re responsible for? “Yeah.. I’d love to see that.” That’s what we have in the form of Windows Intune.  Today in… Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 24 of 30: Hybrid for Public Cloud

Back in part 2 of this 30 part series, John Weston introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you.  Today in Part 24, he continues the discussion with a look at some examples of using public cloud services that… Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 23 of 30: Windows Azure for the IT Professional

You might recall that in April 2011 I introduced you (or perhaps re-introduced you) to Windows Azure in part 6 of my “Cloudy April” blog series.  Windows Azure, in case you’ve forgotten (or have been living under a rock) is Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering – allowing you to build applications and run… Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 22 of 30: My Private Private Cloud

Back in Part 10 of our “Cloud on Your Terms” series, I discussed the goals of building my own test environment – which I refer to as my “Private Private Cloud”.  It was the first in a series of screencasts and blog posts showing the process of building your own test environment using spare hardware,… Read more

Cloud on Your Terms Part 21 of 30: Setting up an inexpensive SAN

Back in part 10 of our cloud series, I described how I configured my own “Private Private Cloud”.  One of the important elements of my test lab was to have a foundation that would support Windows Failover Clustering and the Live Migration of virtual machines.  To do this in my “test lab” (the spare bedroom… Read more