Yeah, I’m a clown. I posted the first 4 Cloudy Thoughts episodes today on my blog. You may have seen these start trickling in on Channel 9 videos. All in good fun. Enjoy!: Cloudy Thoughts Main Page
This new BYOD world makes for an ever-expanding number of devices, operating systems, and applications as well as the constant expectation that we all should be able to access vital information from anywhere anytime. Work and play have blurred so closely together that it is difficult to discern the two anymore. All that being said, developers and application development shops find it increasingly difficult to keep up with this vast number of changing delivery mechanisms set in front of them, therefore it is imperative that traditional or legacy applications still remain functional even to a device that was never intended to run these types of apps.
Enter Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Sessions and Read more
I recently had the pleasure of joining the PowerScripting Podcast episode 248 to discuss Windows Azure. Great conversation and some nerdy fun bits as well! Head on over and give it a listen!
TechNet Radio: Server Essentials – Client Backups with Windows Azure Backup + New Cloudy Thoughts Intro
Join us as Dan Stolts walks us through the world of automatically backing up your data to the cloud with the help of Windows Azure. Learn how to manage cloud backups from the familiar backup tools in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, or even System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager.
In this episode you will learn how authorized users can easily recover backups to any server as well as how cost effective this new server technology is to deploy. This out of the box backup solution is perfect for small and midsize businesses. However, for the enterprise, businesses with many servers or for those that love to script, we will also cover how you can leverage PowerShell to extend your online backup capabilities.
Live! TechNet Radio: The Microsoft Cloud – Bonus Intro – Cloudy Thoughts – Uploading Virtual Machines to Windows Azure
Hey folks if you missed the recent webinar series you can catch up here! Now live on Channel 9 TechNet Radio is the first of our webinars where we walk everyone through Windows Azure including building an Active Directory virtual machine as well as uploading your own custom virtual disks. Also new bonus intro, Cloudy Thoughts by Tommy Patterson
Download the PPT: http://sdrv.ms/IgswrX
- [13:18] DEMO: Building the Virtual Network and Creating a Storage Account
- [24:28] DEMO: Building a Virtual Machine
- [40:58] DEMO: Downloading a Sample sys-prepped VHD for Uploading to Azure Storage
- [47:48] DEMO: Uploading the sys-prepped VHD
- [48:37] DEMO: Registering the VHD as an Available OS Disk for Deployment
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Now to the more exciting stuff! Hyper-V Replication enables virtual machines workloads on Windows Server 2012 to be consistently synchronized to a remote server in the event a site or hardware system should crash.
In Lab 1, you will join your Hyper-V Host to the Active Directory Domain that you created in an earlier lab so that you can then create a Virtual Machine on the Host using an SMB Share in a guest cluster.
In Lab 2, you will learn how to run Hyper-V over SMB file shares. Running Hyper-V over SMB enables many new scenarios. By creating highly available file servers, which contain high-performance storage, and leveraging file shares for virtual machine storage, you can create very large clusters of many Hyper-V servers without needing to attach complex and expensive SAN infrastructure. Read more
In this lab, you will see how the new, continuously available file server in Windows Server 2012 allows user sessions to move from one file server node to another without any downtime. In this lab you will create the entire cluster environment starting with the configuration of the iSCSI storage and then the creation of the 2-node cluster. Once the cluster is complete, you will create the necessary cluster resources.
This lab assumes that you have completed these prior labs: Read more
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You could win a Microsoft Surface Pro or Certification Exam Voucher! Read more