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Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription, suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux without the need for local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous opportunity to gain hands-on experience with… Read more

Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the US

Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region (Brian Lewis, Keith Mayer, Matt Hester, and Moi) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning (otherwise known as “IT Camps”) from now through mid-October. Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid Cloud Solutions for IT Pros You CAN… Read more

Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the Central US (September Edition)

UPDATE: The FULL list of our events for September and October is now live.  Go to THIS BLOG POST instead. -Kevin Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region (Brian Lewis, Keith Mayer, Matt Hester, and Moi) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning; otherwise known as “IT… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Auto-Balance your Workloads

Automated server workload balancing for heterogeneous private clouds. “Wow.  That’s a mouthful.” And it’s also a pretty useful set of functionality. Consider VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  Those capabilities (available with the vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions) provide the ability to automatically move live workloads (VMs) around and among… Read more

Our Serieses

What is the plural of Series?  (And how is it pronounced?)  Well.. that’s not so important.  What’s important is that we – the Technology Evangelists of Microsoft DPE in the U.S. have been busy busy bloggers these past several months.  You’ve seen many articles, and many links to articles and resources, and we sincerely hope… Read more

Configuring PowerShell for Windows Azure

So, you’ve got your Windows Azure subscription all set up (and if you don’t you can set up a FREE TRIAL HERE), and now you want to use PowerShell to work with your Windows Azure-based resources.  In case you weren’t aware, Microsoft provides a Windows Azure PowerShell module for scripted management of Windows Azure services…. Read more

31 Days of our Favorite Things: Wield the POWER of the SHELL with PowerShell Script Snippets. (Part 11 of 31)

Today in our “31 Days of our Favorite Things“, my friend and colleague Matt Hester has posted an article about a little-known improvement in the newest version of PowerShell: Script Snippets “PowerShell Script Snippets?  It’s fun to say.  But I’ve never heard of these before.  What are they? That’s what Matt is going to tell… Read more

31 Days of our Favorite Things: Windows Server 2012 and the shell of POWER! (Part 3 of 31)

In today’s installment of our “31 Days of our Favorite Things” in Windows Server 2012, Matt Hester summarizes the key benefits, plus a couple of really slick improvements available with PowerShell in its newest form.  He specifically focuses on just a couple of his favorites: PowerShell History, and the new Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE), and… Read more

Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Chuck Norris and PowerShell Scripting

I received this question at a TechNet Event IT Camp in Minneapolis a few months ago… Can Chuck Norris write PowerShell scripts?  Naturally.  And only he can run his PowerShell scripts under MS-DOS 6.1. It’s a little know fact that, after codename “Monad”, rather than “PowerShell”, the name was originally going to be “NorrisShell”. There… Read more

I want to learn PowerShell. Where are the sample scripts?

“Kevin, I just want to start using it with some already-built examples.  That’s how I learn best.” You’re in luck!  The PowerShell Script Explorer Release Candidate was just, um.. released.  Here’s the description from the download page: Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell® (Release Candidate) helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to… Read more