Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Options and Features on Demand (Part 2 of 5)

This 5-part blog post series details the concepts, processes, and operations of Windows Server 2012 R2 installations options and the underlying technology, Features on Demand, as the following: Introduction Using DISM Command Line (This article) Using Server Manager PowerShell Cmdlets  Switching Server Installation Options Minimizing Server Footprint A quick review of these capabilities in Windows…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Options and Features on Demand (Part 1 of 5)

This 5-part blog post series details the concepts, processes, and operations of Windows Server 2012 R2 installations options and the underlying technology, Features on Demand, as the following: Introduction (This article) Using DISM Command Line Using Server Manager PowerShell Cmdlets  Switching Server Installation Options Minimizing Server Footprint    A quick review of these capabilities in Windows…

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Free Ebook: Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller

In the summer, Keith Mayer, Mitch Tulloch, and I have just published a new book on Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, titled Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller. As part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book focuses on using App Controller to manage…

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Windows Azure Infrastructure Services with PowerShell Quick Start Kit (http://aka.ms/QSK) Release Note

This quick start kit is available for download at https://aka.ms/QSK for self-studies of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and Windows Azure PowerShell. It deploys a simple, yet well-structured, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services instance including: Affinity Group Storage Account Cloud Service VMs with attached data disk Availability Set Load-Balancer Additional information of Windows Azure IaaS deployment methodology…

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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…

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Webcast Recording of Windows Azure IaaS Quick Start Kit (QSK)

This is the recording of the webcast in which I reviewed the deployment methodology (https://aka.ms/AzureIaasMethod) and walked through the PowerShell script for automating a deployment. You can get the script from https://aka.ms/QSK and set up Windows Azure PowerShell by following the instructions at https://aka.ms/AzureCmdlets to test the script yourself. This will get you prepared for…

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Enterprise PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services (Part 2 of 2)

[Part 1 for Steps 1 to 4] 5. Set certificate revocation policies Revocation is an important part of PKI to ensure the validity of certificates. There are two components to make the process work. A list, or more specifically Certified Revocation List (CRL), as the criteria to identify an invalid certificate needs to be published…

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Enterprise PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services (Part 1 of 2)

PKI is heavily employed in cloud computing for encrypting data and securing transactions. While Windows Server 2012 R2 is developed as a building block for cloud solutions, there is an increasing demand for IT professionals to acquire proficiency on implementing PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2. This two-part blog post series is to help those…

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