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Video: Deploy an Application with Azure Resource Manager Templates

In this video (which complements the documentation found at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/resource-group-template-deploy/) I walk you through the process of deploying an application with Azure Resource Manager Templates.   … Read more

(Part 2) End of Support for Windows Server 2003 – Migrating from Windows Server 2003

In Part 2 of our End of Support for Windows Server 2003 series, I welcome Rick Claus to the show.  We discuss various planning and migration tools that are available to help your move from Server 2003. Ready to make the move? Get Windows Server 2012 R2 now! __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these… Read more

Desired State Configuration (DSC)–Modernizing Your Infrastructure With Hybrid Cloud (Part 25)

Welcome to another in our series entitled “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud”.  As you may be aware, this week the theme is “Management and Automation”.  As a part of that theme I’m sharing with you an introduction to Desired State Configuration (DSC); more completely called Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration.  DSC is a relatively… Read more

TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Virtualization: Did You Know…

In Part 3 of our “Virtualization: Did you Know…” series, Jeff Woolsey and I conclude our Top 10 list of Virtualization solution facts. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 (Windows Phone, HTML5) High Quality WMV (PC, Xbox, MCE) Missed Part 1 or Part 2  in… Read more

Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization – Important Things You Didn’t Know

Today (just a few minutes ago, in fact) I had the honor of presenting a webcast entitled “Microsoft Virtualization – Important Things You Didn’t Know” on BrightTALK.  The recording is now available, and viewable here: (click to go to the recording) Let me know if you have any questions…… Read more

What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft, responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog – In the Cloud – we recorded these three… Read more

TechNet Radio: Building Clouds – SQL Server Self-Service Kit – Deploying SQL Server as a Service with System Center 2012

In this episode I welcomes Bruno Saille to the show.  We discuss the SQL Server Self-Service Kit and how it works with System Center 2012 to help automate SQL Server deployments. Tune in as we discuss how the self-service kits works, which System Center components are required as well as what plans are in store… Read more

The “Replica Replica” in Hyper-V

In today’s article in the “Why Windows Server 2012 R2” series, I’d like to show off a new feature in Hyper-V; something I like to call the “Replica Replica”. “Huh?” As many of you know, Microsoft introduced a new, powerful tool for your disaster recover (DR) tool belt called Hyper-V Replica back in Windows Server… Read more

TechNet Radio: Building Clouds – An Inside Look at Virtual Machine Migration Tools

In this episode I welcome “Migration Mark” from the Building Clouds blog series on TechNet to discuss best practices for migrating your virtual machines to Microsoft Hyper-V as well as some free virtual machine migration tools that are available. Check out this great discussion on MAP 8.5, MVMC and the Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) …. Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–VDI: A Look at Supportability and More!

“A little bit of history first.  Virtual Desktop computing has been slowly etching its way into more IT plans year over year.  The advantages can be enormous when isolating the end user into a virtual desktop that looks and acts like their regular everyday PC.  Of course the ROI has been quite difficult to manage… Read more