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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

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

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

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

Can Windows Azure Backup support a bare-metal restore? (So many questions. So little time. Part 52.)

Recently we’ve been showing off a capability (currently in preview) called “Windows Azure Backup”, which is a simple file system backup and restore to/from Windows Azure storage.  At our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks back, David asked: “Can Windows Azure Backup do a bare metal restore in the event of total failure… Read more

How should I backup my Windows Azure VMs? (So many questions. So little time. Part 51.)

This excellent question was asked by Ralph at our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “One of the questions asked by our VP relates to Azure backups protecting from user error rather than hardware failure or disaster recovery.  What is the Microsoft guidance on backing up VMs in the cloud?” How do… Read more

NEW: Virtualization IT Camps!

Yes!  We’re coming back to a classroom near you (I hope) for an intense, full-day of training and hands-on with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center.  If you’re using virtualization… “What do you mean, ‘if’?” Yeah, good point.  The modern datacenter is already virtualizing, and likely virtualizing using VMware vSphere, vCenter, and so on.  That’s… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Does VMware get it?

Does VMware understand the value of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and have the ability to support your “Hybrid Cloud”?  And can they back up their service with a solid Service-Level Agreement comparable to Microsoft’s? Of course they can.  At least I think they can.  Do you think so?  Does Keith?  In today’s final article of our 6-week-long… Read more