Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Minimal vs Core install (and what is this Nano thing?)

Todd Sweetser Everyone is familiar with the traditional install of Windows Server 2012r2.  Many are not familiar with some of the other options at install time that can assist with limited hardware resources or requirements around security, limiting the amount of overall exposure from outside. How can this be accomplished?  By using other Windows Server…

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Azure in 5 Minutes: Backup and Restore your entire Azure IaaS Virtual Machine!

In March of 2015, Azure Backup added support for backing up entire Virtual Machines from the Azure Admin Portal.  Azure VM backup is a feature of Azure Backup and is initiated in the “Recovery Services” section of your Azure Admin Portal.  Watch the following video to see how easy it is to backup and restore…

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SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!

Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!   We’re excited to announce new in-depth & hands on marketing content, along with 300-level technical training to modernize your organizations’ technical skills and marketing capabilities- leaving you with the tools you need to grow your cloud practice and modernize…

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Have you used your Partner Advisory Hours to get up to speed on Azure?

Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist Cloud Partners, Did you know that with your Microsoft partnership comes Partner Advisory Hours benefits that can assist you with building out your Azure practice?  Just call 800-MPNSOLVE, give them your Partner ID and you will be directed to a subject matter expert that will provide technical guidance on your area…

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LABs on Azure, a great Partner training resource

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Came across this Azure training resource that has been made available to our partner community.  It is called Labs on Azure.  Here are some details and how you can utilize from link above! What is it? Partners are always in need of development, test, and demo systems that can be…

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New Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool!

Partners, Need help moving on-premises server workloads to Azure VMs?  I’ve been talking to partners about building their business around Azure, specifically Azure IaaS, for over a year now and I consistently hear that partners need help in determining what size VM their on-premises workload would require on Azure.  I am delighted to share with…

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Backup Dynamics GP to Azure Blob Storage

Partners, As a follow up to my last blog post Case Study: Dynamics GP on Microsoft Azure I want to let you know about an exciting new update to Dynamics GP 2013 R2 that allows for GP to be easily backed up to Azure Blob Storage!  Whether you are offering Dynamics GP as an RDS…

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More on Azure Announcements at TechEd

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There were many announcements at TechEd regarding Azure.  Enhancements of current capabilities as well as new functionality that continue to make the Microsoft Azure toolset more and more powerful! My colleague Jeff Stoffel wrote a blog post on the new capabilities around Virtual Networking, General availability of the two most…

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TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camp Links

Partners, As you may know from previous posts, we are hosting the TS2 SMB Azure Boot Camps throughout the month of May, starting today in Bellevue, WA!  Throughout the Boot Camp series, we’ll be referencing several important Azure links that provide guidance in specific areas.  This list will certainly grow throughout the month, so be…

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Can Intune be used to license virtual desktops?

Onur Dogruoz After the recent updates to Intune service, I am constantly getting this question from our sellers. Can Intune subscription be used to license virtual desktops? Does that have any virtualization rights? Before answering the question, let’s have a quick look at the different Windows Intune offers and programs. As it can be seen…

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Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

  Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with or without existing…

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Announcing Windows Server 2012 R2 Samurai Webcast Series

Q: (from Brenda) I liked the Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series, but has the content been refreshed since the launch of Windows Server 2012 R2? A: To stay ahead of the game, partners need to be ready now to show their customers how Windows Server 2012 R2 can help them be lean and stay…

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Free Microsoft Virtualization Exam!

Rob Waggoner If you haven’t see our Virtualization Squared site, you should check it out.  We have free online training for Hyper-V, and when you complete the training you’ll receive a voucher to cover the cost of your Microsoft Virtualization Certification exam.    All of the exam details can be found here: http://www.virtualizationsquared.com/?CR_CC=200341392   The…

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Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to start to receive…

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Sign up for the Free On-line Microsoft Virtualization Training Sponsored by Microsoft Virtual Academy Today!

Virtualization is hot.  Adding Hyper-V knowledge can help improve your career options. Sign up for the Microsoft Virtual Academy free online training on November 19 & 20, 2013 – then receive a voucher to take the new Microsoft virtualization certification exam.  Learn, try and take the exam to get certified on Microsoft virtualization. Get expert…

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Beat VMware with the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool

Normally I’m not impressed with TCO calculation tools. They often rely on unrealistic assumptions, request obscure data points, and deliver dry results. However, the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool (www.datacentertcotool.com) impressed me as being different. The first thing that caught my attention was the assumption that you were already running VMware! OK, disappointed that this…

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Setting up Shared Nothing Live Migration

Rob Waggoner   Windows Server 2012 now lets you Live Migrate virtual machines even if the Hyper-V host isn’t part of a Windows Cluster.  I showed you the video of Shared Nothing Live Migration here, but you need to configure your servers before you can successfully Live Migrate without a Windows Cluster.   This article talks…

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Windows Server 2012 P2V and Licensing

Rob Waggoner   I received the following questions: I listened to the recent Samurai series webinar as I was unable to attend. I was curious to find out your knowledge on P2V migration i.e. SBS 2008 or Standard Server 2008 to replicate to VM in the event there were to be a disaster. I have…

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Three new Virtual Sessions to Jump Start your Hyper-V Practice !

Rob Waggoner We have three new virtual sessions focused on building your Hyper-V Practice.  The next Jump Start course Introduction to Hyper-V is an online event being delivered on Thursday, January 24th from 8am – 5pm PST.  This event is designed for IT Pros that are new to virtualization, or experienced in other hypervisors (such…

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