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In this part of the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, we are focusing on of the great solutions we introduced with Windows Server 2012 and improved in Window Server 2012 R2, Storage Spaces. Storage Spaces Overview: In Windows Server 2012 Storage became a first class citizen, from storage deduplication to SMB 3.0 Windows became a great choice to be the storage platform in many organizations.  In many organizations storage will represent a huge part of the IT budget.  One of the key features, to help reduce the cost of storage, is the inclusion of Storage Spaces.  Storage spaces can be a fantastic alterative to SAN’s for storage in your organizations.  When you think about what three things make up a SAN: Connectivity Adaptors --- Provides connectivity to external sources via iSCSI, FC, FCoE, NFS, SMB Controllers --- The software of the SAN or the “... (more)

Getting Started with Windows Azure IaaS

Based on Matt Hester's Cloud Expo Presentation: Overview of Windows Azure IaaS Introducing the concept of cloud computing into your existing environments can seem to be a daunting task. Cloud computing is the next generation of computing and taking your first step into the cloud can be revolutionary for you and your company. The question you need to ask yourself is where to start? What are some of the low risk workloads that I can test the cloud with? More important, which cloud do you use as there are many different forms of clouds to choose from that could benefit your busines... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 5

In this part we will take a look at how to build a task sequence, that will allow you to put together all the components necessary for your Windows 8.1 deployment. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40796 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) for Windows 8.1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 My peers in Canada did an excellent series on Deployment, Part 4 of their series is very good take a look here:  http://... (more)

Building Your Hybrid Cloud

Back for Part 3 of the “Building a Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and myself chat about and demo the latest networking enhancements made in Windows Server 2012 R2. Keith really shows you how Windows Server 2012 R2 offers networks for your virtualization hosts but also your virtual guests.  One of the things that amazed me, is that the configuration steps for the host and guests are nearly identical. __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these FREE downloads! Build Your Lab! Download  Windows Server 2012 R2,  System Center 2012 R2 and  Hyper-V... (more)

Working with the Windows 8.1 Interface

Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops.  For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well.  Group Policy is one of the primary tools you can quickly leverage to help control your IT infrastructure.    What better way to manage our desktops than with a free tool that is built into Active Directory, and has been there since the Windows NT days. In today’s post I am going to take a look at some of the ne... (more)