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Disaster recovery is about being able to get your business back up and running as quick as you can after the disaster happens.  Throughout this series, my teammates have focused on the Infrastructure side of the house, servers, virtual machines…etc.  You can see the full series here: Disaster Recovery Planning for I.T. Pros However I have a question, what about the desktops?  As a reminder my good friend Jennelle posted series of questions  in part 1 of this series: Disaster Recovery for IT Pros- How to Plan, What are the Considerations- Here are my three main questions to get started: What is the most important application or services in each business unit or for the business overall? How much downtime is acceptable? How much data loss is acceptable? These questions still apply to desktops and for the users on them, however desktops have always been tricky.  General... (more)

Working with the Windows 8.1 Interface

Windows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client.  This provides support for several scenarios including: Test Lab:  This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2, among others.   It provides a great way to test and design basic infrastructures, especially leveraging the built-in virtual machine networking. Application Testing: Testing home-spun or package applications can be done very easily inside of Windows 8.1 client Hyper-V Import Production Ser... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action | Part 4

In this part, you will get to take a look at the basic building block in an MDT environment, the deployment share.  This will house all the files to help provision and build your desktop. 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 t... (more)

Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid #Cloud | Part 8

In today’s post in the modernizing your infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, I am going to talk about Hyper-V over SMB, which we introduced in Windows Server 2012.  It is also important to note that you can use storage spaces to house your SMB share that Hyper-V will leveraged.  In Part 7 I talked about storage spaces:  Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part7) With Windows Server 2012 R2, we have improved the SMB protocol and it is a new version SMB 3.02.  I will start this article with a quick review of SMB 3.0 an... (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)