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Hyper-V Nested Virtualization? In Windows 10?!

The title of this article was my reaction when I saw the news.  And I was even more excited when I read that I already have the Windows 10 Insider fast ring preview installed (build 10565) that will allow me to try it out!  Considering that my work machine I have installed it on (not… Read more

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

BREAKING NEWS: If you’re going to use Oracle, it’s in Windows Azure

And we’ll support you! Today Microsoft and Oracle announce the availability of Oracle virtual machine images on Windows Azure.  As you may recall, on June 24 of this year (which happens to be my birthday every year), we announced.. “…a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: A new “memory intensive” VM size in Windows Azure

In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft has added a new virtual machine size available in Windows Azure.  To go along with our really big “A6” and “A7” sizes, there is now an “A5” machine size… So, if don’t have a need for so many processors, but need a bigger chunk of RAM, you’re in luck…. Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 RTMs are now available to TechNet and MSDN Subscribers

This just in today… According to the Windows blog, S. Somasegar’s blog, and the In the Cloud blog, today Microsoft has made the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers to download. Also now available is the RTM of Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. … Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Did you know that there’s no extra charge?

This week at VMWorld the VMware faithful are learning all about the latest news and updates from their virtualization vendor.  And hopefully at the same time Microsoft is able to reach them with some free custard and some good information to help them understand: What Hyper-V can do, and that You can gear up for… Read more

VMware or Microsoft? – The Series Introduction

Hello out there all of you virtualization fans!… all of you datacenter supermen and superwomen!… all of you who get excited when skillfully and elegantly applied information technology makes your work lives and the work lives of the people you support – and the businesses you provide value to – just so much better!  We… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Buh-Bye TechNet Subscriptions

“Don’t you mean, ‘Buy TechNet Subscriptions’, Kevin?” Nope.  The TechNet Subscription is no more.  Today Microsoft announced that, as of August 31, 2013 we will no longer be selling the TechNet Subscription, in favor of better free trials and evaluations (such as those found at http://aka.ms/evals) Full details of this news are being e-mailed to… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluations Are Now Available

Gentlemen, start your downloads!  (Ladies, too!) The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  Those products include: Windows Server 2012 R2, and System Center 2012 R2. But, not only for… Read more

TechEd 2013 Favorites – The Complete Series

The 21st annual TechEd North America conference happened this month (June) in New Orleans, and my three IT Technology Evangelist coworkers (Brian Lewis, Keith Mayer, and Matt Hester) and I had the privilege of attending and taking part.  So in the interest of sharing our experiences and impressions with you, we’ve decided to dedicate the… Read more