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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TechNet Radio: (Part 7) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Configuration Management

In part 7 of our  “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer and Yung Chou welcome Sr. Program Manager Michael Greene to the show as they discuss the importance of configuration management for organizations that are starting to leverage the cloud for their daily operations. Tune in as they also demo…

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Windows Azure Infrastructure Services IP Address Management (Part 2 of 2)

This two-part series details the IP address management of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services including: Part 1. Windows Azure Infrastructure Services IP assignments facts Part 2. How to assign a static IP to a Windows Azure VM and a sample session (This article) This series is a cross-posting from http://yungchou.wordpress.com. We can use Windows Azure PowerShell…

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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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Windows Azure IaaS Deployment Methodology with PowerShell Part One

[Part 2] This blog post series is to examine key Windows Azure IaaS concepts and deployment methodology. Part One presents the artifacts which together constitutes an IaaS deployment by walking through a scenario to configure a virtual network and deploy a VM to a target virtual subnets. Upcoming posts will introduce the considerations for automating…

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Get started as an "Early Expert" on Windows Server 2012 R2 with this FREE eBook!

Research has shown that approximately 65% to 70% of organizations today have more than one hypervisor deployed. This presents a large opportunity for IT Professionals to increase their technical differentiation and value in the IT marketplace by supporting multiple hypervisors. Using this free eBook and the "Early Experts" study program, IT Professionals can easily extend…

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VMware vs. Microsoft, A Memorandum to IT Leadership and Decision Makers

Over the years, VMware has contributed much to server virtualization and made an impact on the IT industry. A great competitor, VMware has been and in my view made Microsoft a stronger and better IT solution provider. Both have been trying hard to help enterprise IT deliver much with less. And a great news is…

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