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This just in: More Updates to Azure Backup

The Azure Blog just posted some exciting news about improvements and updates to Azure Backup, specifically around the backup and retention of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). “Oh yeah?  How can they make it any better?” Well, for starters.. How would you like to be able to retain a backup of a Virtual Machine for up… Read more

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) now available in all US Azure Datacenter Regions

This just in… Today, Microsoft has increased the number of datacenter regions that will support Azure Site Recovery.  Datacenter regions added: Central US East US2 North Central US, and South Central US “Cool.. but what is Azure Site Recovery?” Ah.. in case you, like my friend here, don’t know; Azure Site Recovery is Microsoft’s “Disaster… Read more

TechNet On Tour: Disaster Recovery using Azure

To follow up on my post of a couple of days ago, I thought I’d share this awesome introductory video discussing our up-coming September/October US events… Have you signed up yet?  GO HERE to select your city and date: https://aka.ms/TechNetTour Hope to see you there!… Read more

Azure for Disaster Recovery: The US Tour

We Technical Evangelists are at it again!  This September and October, we will visit 10 cities to talk about using Microsoft Azure as part of your disaster recovery plan. Attendees will receive a free Microsoft Azure pass and the opportunity to complete several disaster recovery related labs during the course of the workshop. 9/1 –… Read more

Backup/Recover Your Files to/from Azure Storage (Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros – Part 4)

The following article is part 4 of our many-part series, “Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros”.  Click HERE often for the ever-growing full list of articles in this series. At my IT Camp events, when discussing this topic, I’ll often ask my IT Pro friends in attendance the following questions; usually with the following results: “How… Read more

Step-by-Step: Windows Azure Backup

Azure Backup “is a simple and reliable data protection solution which enables customers to back up their on-premises data to Microsoft Azure.”  Remember Windows Server Backup?  Well, like that perennial utility, this one backs up from or restores items to your Windows File System.  “But this one backs up to or restores from Azure?” Bingo.  And… Read more

The Case for the Offline Backup

Over the past several weeks, my teammates have all contributed to a very valuable series of blog articles entitled “Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pros”.  They’ve covered topics such as how to get started in planning, and Server Virtualization and how it applies to Disaster Recovery, and testing your recovery plans.  And they’ve discussed technologies… 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

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

A New Blog Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2

Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“VMware or Microsoft?”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States.  The… Read more