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In this part I talk about some of the under the hood requirements you need to have in place before you begin building your deployment environment.  Enjoy!   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 1 of their series is very good take a look here:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/03/18/windows-8-1-deployment-from-the-ground-up.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-action-introduction-part-1.aspx I hope you... (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 3

In this part of the series we will take a look at how to install the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK).   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 2 of their series is very good take a look here:  http://bl... (more)

Working with the Windows 8.1 Interface

One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my start menu.  These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our start menu.  I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally understand your frustration and I went through this as well.  While Windows 8 does provide a big change to how we do things in the interface, it did make me re-think why I used my start menu.  What I learned from my own usage and talking to all you wonderful folks,  is that the start menu is used for smal... (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)