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Keith Mayer

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On June 7th, Microsoft announced several new infrastructure-as-a-service offerings within the Windows Azure cloud that are now available as a customer preview: Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites and Media Services.  A full release of these features is anticipated later this calendar year. In particular, the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Virtual Network capabilities offer increased flexibility in planning private cloud deployments through the introduction of "hybrid" scenarios that leverage both private and public cloud resources. Private Clouds, typically associated with on-premises managed fabrics of virtual resource pools, can be extended into the Windows Azure cloud securely and cost-effectively using these new features. Windows Azure Virtual Machines provide the flexibility to inexpensively run Windows and Linux workloads with ... (more)

Building an Automated Tiered Storage Lab with Windows Server 2012 R2

I’ve been speaking with lots of IT Pros over the past several weeks about the new storage improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2, and one feature in particular has gained a ton of attention: automated Storage Tiers as part of the new Storage Spaces feature set. However, not all of us have multiple SSD and HDD disks in our demo or lab gear, so it’s sometimes challenging to evaluate and demo this new feature.  In this article, I’ll step through the process of leveraging Virtual Hard Disks ( VHDs ) to simulate SSD and HDD tiers for the purpose of evaluating and demonstrating the f... (more)

Microsoft Releases eBook for IT Professionals to Learn Windows Server 2012

With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a collection of new features to address the evolving business and technical needs of modern IT infrastructures. Core to this experience is the need to scale out, virtualize, and move workloads, applications, and services to cloud architectures. These cloud architectures, in turn, must  offer new levels of agility, efficiency and availability to provide an appreciable ROI back to the business organization. Windows Server 2012 incorporates Microsoft's experience with designing, managing and operating public clouds, all based on Windo... (more)

Office 365 - Installing and Configuring ADFS 2.0 for Single Sign-on

I've been talking with IT Pros in my community about integrating ADFS 2.0 with Office 365 to establish single sign-on capabilities.  Because the process involves a number of tasks and steps, I wanted to share three resources that I've personally found helpful in planning, installing and configuring ADFS for use with Office 365 ... Learn: Plan and deploy ADFS 2.0 with Office 365 This guidance provides a detailed step-by-step planning and deployment checklist that walks through the considerations and implementation of ADFS.  I recommend reading this guide end-to-end before trying an... (more)

Migrating to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 from 2008 R2 and VMware vSphere

Hyper-V Server 2012 is Microsoft's completely free type-1 hypervisor product.  Unlike some other competing free hypervisors, Hyper-V Server 2012 has the same virtualization scale and availability features as the Hyper-V role in licensed editions of Windows Server 2012, but it's optimized for running only the Hyper-V hypervisor on bare metal.  It's a great solution when you're looking to deploy dedicated hypervisor hosts within your shop.  The result?  An enterprise-scale type-1 hypervisor for FREE! You can get more details on Hyper-V Server 2012 here. Recently, I was involved in... (more)