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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)

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)

TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud

In this episode Keith Mayer and myself kick off a special 6 part series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [1:18] Why should I start planning now? [2:41] Why Migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2? [5:45]  Why consider Azure as part of your migration strategy? [12:38]  What tools are available to help in the migration process? [17:40]  DEMO MAP and the Azure IaaS Cost Estimator __________________________ Experience Microso... (more)

Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Step-by-Step Workplace Join

In Kevin Remde's post this week he talked about many new features for Windows Server 2012 R2 Active directory.  You can find his great post here: What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2.  One of the new functionalities he mentioned was Workplace Join.  Workplace join allows you to deal with the explosion of devices (Windows and Non-Windows (like iOS) connecting to your organization.  This has you constantly trying to maintain your organizations compliance and security.  Especially with users located all around the world across multiple platforms and devices this is a ch... (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)