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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)

Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Reduce Storage Cost for Your VDI Deployments

With storage needs in your organizations growing exponentially over the last few years and into the future there are plenty of things you may done in the past to help keep the cost down.  Chances are you bought some kind of fancy SAN, that had all the bells and whistles to help storage work efficiently.  I am willing to bet one of the features your SAN has is data de-duplication. Windows Server 2012 With Windows Server 2012 we introduced built-in data de-duplication on a per-volume basis.  You can save a tremendous amount in storage costs with this powerful addition.   Thisde-dupl... (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)

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)

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)