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VMware or Microsoft?–How robust is your availability?

Disclaimer: facts and figures in this article are based on the state of the technology as it exists at the date of its publication.  Our article today in our “VMware or Microsoft?” series is about availability.  When I say “availability”, I mean “high availability”.  And when I say “robust high availability”, I mean a solution… Read more

20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS): SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn in the Cloud

“Hey Kevin.. How do I get high availability out of my SQL Server?” Cluster.  Shared Storage.  Windows Failover Clustering supports that. “But… I want my SQL Servers running in Windows Azure.  And I don’t have shared storage in “the cloud”.  But I still need the benefits of clustered high availability.” Wow.. you sure want a… Read more

Breaking News: Free IT Camps – “Being What’s Next In IT” – Open for Registration!

Our next set of IT Pro events (“IT Camps”) in the US Central Region have been scheduled and are now officially open for registration!  The events are free, go from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and include some light breakfast and lunch.  But most importantly, they are full of new and useful information that all IT Pros… Read more

Web Server Recommendations (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 3.)

I was asked this question last week at our TechNet Event in Kansas City.  “What is Microsoft’s best practice recommendation for web server deployment to support a web site that has variable demands from day-to-day?  Network Load-Balancing?  Private Cloud?  Clustering?.. or something else?”  -Don G. That’s a very big question, Don.   To answer it… 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 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 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

Cloud on Your Terms Part 20 of 30: San Antonio, have you seen a lot of H2O? Data Center

Have you ever wondered how Microsoft supports so much scale online for our online services such as Hotmail, Windows Azure, Windows Live, Windows Updates, etc.? “Yes, I have.  You must have a massive datacenter!” Actually, we have many massive datacenters.  “More than 10, but less than 100” is what I am told.  Today in part… Read more