What Kind of Cloud is Your Business Looking to Become?

When you were a child, chances are you looked up into the sky and  wondered what kind of cloud you were looking at or what cloud you want to be.   Back then knowing what type of a cloud you were looking at boiled down to a three main choices: Cirrus Stratus Cumulus Now you may…

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Microsoft Windows Azure: The Cloud is Growing and Getting Brighter

As we have been looking at Azure for the past 12 months, it is beginning to get more and more features and the title of Mary Jo Foley’s article says it all: Microsoft’s Windows Azure: What a difference a year makes Microsoft Windows Azure has added several new features and with more coming the in…

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The IT Investigators Interview Microsoft Corporate VP and CIO, Tony Scott

Keith Combs and I have a podcast show called the IT Investigators.  We like to have fun interviewing a variety of guests on wide ranging topics and this episode is no exception.  So Keith calls me one day and says he has setup and interview for us.  I asked who is it?  He calmly and…

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Got Azure, Bing Maps do!

When I think about Bing Maps as a consumer of driving directions I love it, as IT, server guy I amazed when I think about how much must go into the data center to make that work.  Not only for my directions but also from a data center perspective. Bing Maps is an application that…

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The Windows Azure Platform Appliance: Why, When and Where It Will Work for You

It’s bigger than a breadbox. And you probably won’t be sticking it in your kitchen this summer. But make no mistake, the “appliance” that Microsoft announced at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference is not only a technical marvel, it’s concrete evidence of the depth of Microsoft’s commitment to cloud computing. If you’ve seen the news,…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 announcements @ TechEd

TechEd was a great experience and thank you to everyone, all 428 of you that decided to see Chris and I talk about the 10 hottest topics for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators.  We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, if you chose to buy our book after the session, Thank You! As…

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Bringing the Heat with Windows Server @ TechEd North America 2010

Ah June has arrived and with it: Microsoft TechEd North America 2010! as you get ready to migrate to New Orleans to see some great sessions at TechEd, let me recommend, IMHO will be one the best sessions at TechEd for all you Windows Server administrators: WSV201: 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to…

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Linux on Hyper-V Makes Even More Cents Now!

One of my early posts on this blog went into detail about value of Hyper-V, and the ability to easily backup and recover servers in new and inexpensive ways.  I explained that encapsulating all sorts of (even non-Windows) operating systems in Hyper-V enables backup snapshots of running systems at no additional cost. In another post,…

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Getting Intune With Your Inner Windows

When you think about the cloud do you get a little confused?  Is your business between 25 and 500 employees?  Do you feel the cloud has nothing of value expect for big business?  Does managing your Windows infrastructure really not your bag of tea?  Even after you read about all of the cloud services you…

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