Changing Server Installation Option from Server Core to Server-Gui-Shell

This is a follow-up post of my earlier article of Features on Demand, https://aka.ms/FoD where I also illustrated changing server installation options and developing minimal server footprint. In this post, I walked through the process of changing the server installation option from server core to server-gui-shell. In this scenario, I install a server core, as…

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High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Microsoft Azure

Both High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) have been essential IT topics. Fundamentally HA is about fault tolerance relevant to the availability of an examined subject like application, database, VMs, etc. While DR roots on the ability to resume operations in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. A fundamental difference of these two is…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica Configuration, Simulation and Verification Explained

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Role introduces a new capability, Hyper-V Replica, as a built-in replication mechanism at a virtual machine (VM) level. Hyper-V Replica can asynchronously replicate a selected VM running at a primary (or source) site to a designated replica (or target) site across LAN/WAN. The following schematic depicts this concept. A replication…

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Automating and Managing Hybrid Cloud Environment

In part 5 of our “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud”  series, Keith Mayer and I got a chance to discuss and demonstrate ways to manage and automate a hybrid cloud environment. System Center, Microsoft Azure and Windows Azure Pack combined with PowerShell are great solutions for hybrid cloud scenarios. Keith is a great guy…

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Windows Azure Pack (WAP) simplified: Prepping OS Image Disks for Gallery Items

To publish a gallery item in Windows Azure Pack (WAP), the associated OS image disks, i.e. vhd files, must be set according to what in the readme file of a gallery resource package. For those who are not familiar with the operations, this can be a frustrating learning experience before finally getting it right. This…

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Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Bringing Docker Online using PowerShell DSC

Picking up where we last left off, Yung Chou and Keith Mayer continue our Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud series as they welcome Andrew Weiss from Microsoft Consulting Services as they show us how we can manage Docker containers using PowerShell DSC. [1:15] What is Docker? [4:06] How is it relevant to IT pros? [8:20] …

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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for IT Pros

This is a short presentation to introduce Azure IaaS essential features to IT pros. Azure will quickly become transparent for Windows administrators once the basic concepts are in place, which is what this presentation is trying to facilitate.   This is a cross-posting from http://yungchou.wordpress.com.

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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for IT Pros

This is a short presentation to introduce Azure IaaS essential features to IT pros. Azure will quickly become transparent for Windows administrators once the basic concepts are in place, which is what this presentation is trying to facilitate. Filed under: cloud computing, hybrid cloud, iaas, virtualization, windows, windows azure Tagged: IaaS

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What Is and What Is Not Cloud Computing and Why Do I as an IT Pro Care

This was a presentation which I delivered at Stratford University in PDF format. My focus was on bringing clarity of cloud computing to the audiences so we can better articulate the business values of cloud computing and why cloud is or perhaps is not the solution for a business problem. Additional resources is available at…

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