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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://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/04/03/windows-8-1-deployment-from-the-ground-up-prepare-for-lite-touch-installation.aspx Watch Previous Episodes: Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action: Introduction (Part 1): http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/archive/2014/06/06/windows-8-1-deployment-in-ac... (more)

Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation

Keith Mayer and myself kick off our new multi-part series today on how you can build your hybrid cloud environment with Windows Server 2012,  System Center 2012 and Windows Azure by laying down a quick overview of what we can expect for the series as well as diving into the new features found in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation. Check out the full interview here: Building Your Hybrid Cloud Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation Experience Microsoft's latest products with these free downloads! Build Your Lab! Download  Windows Server 2012,  System Center 2012 and  Hype... (more)

Installing the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Experience Step-by-Step

In Windows Server 2012 we introduced a new version called Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition.  The Essentials server is very flexible and easy-to-use.  This was a server solution that was primarily designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.  This provided a great first server for many customers, as well as it can be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses. With the new Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Server we really added many features to make this an even more rounded server.  The Essential server al... (more)

Setting Static IP Address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

One of the questions I have been asked for a while is how do you set static IP address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines.  Well you can, check out my friend John Savill’s great article to see how: Set Azure VM Static IP Address While it is like a DHCP reservation for the VM itself (the VM is still DHCP configured), it is treated as a static IP to Windows Azure.  Now this does involve new Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets.  You will need to download and install the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets (possibly again) to get the new functionality. You can get them here:  http://www.wi... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 1

Good day everyone!  In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows 8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment technologies.  So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk about deploying Windows 8.1.  More importantly throughout these screencasts all the tools I will show are FREE or built-in to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this part I take a quick tour of deployment technologies and tools.  You will also see a full deployment in action.  Enjoy! Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deploy... (more)