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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

Active Directory Domain Controllers in Azure? You bet! (Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros – Part 3)

The following article is part 3 of our many-part series, “Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros”.  Click HERE often for the ever-growing full list of articles in this series. “Hey Kevin, I’d like to take advantage of putting application servers up in a virtual network in Azure.  But I need a domain controller for my application… Read more

Learn Microsoft Virtualization in Your Own Easy-to-Build Virtual Lab

Many of you in the U.S. may be familiar with the Microsoft “IT Camps” that we host now and then, where we teach you some great stuff and then give you the opportunity to work with the technology through hosted hands-on lab exercises.  These free in-person events have become very popular.  They’re so popular, in… Read more

TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Virtualization: Did You Know…

Today I welcome Varun Chhabra to the show as we kick off our three part “Virtualization: Did you Know…” series.  In this series we will discuss facts and facets of Microsoft’s Virtualization solution that, if you are currently using some other virtualization platform, you probably didn’t know but definitely should. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4… Read more

Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers ($150.00… Read more

Why doesn’t remote desktop to my Windows Azure VM work? (So many questions. So little time. Part 48.)

An attendee at our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks ago had an problem that is understandable: “Thanks for training session, I have a question.  Tried to RDP one of my VM’s at work and I can’t connect.  Possible firewall port issue?  I am going to try and connect from home tonight.” You’re… 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

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

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?–Shopping for Private Clouds

What’s on your shopping list for your datacenter?  What do you need to run the business you’re supporting?  What capabilities do you wish you had?  Is your goal to provide a dynamic, scalable, cost-efficient “software driven datacenter”?  The list of what we want to provide can get long and complex.  Even if we simply the… Read more