New Early Experts – Labs and Guides for 74-409 – Win Prizes Too!

In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire can improve your career options and prepare you to face new IT demands.

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Step-by-Step Lab Guide for Building a Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services Environment

Today’s blog post is a real treat.  Why? Because it is a complete series of posts written by Eddie Kwasnik, an outstanding virtualization consultant that I have met through the Atlanta pro camp series last year.  Eddie has a passion for VDI and Terminal Services, and has recently decided to start blogging to share his knowledge with others.  In this blog series he dives into Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services(formerly known as Terminal Services).  He guides us through building our own environment step-by-step.  So let’s jump in and get started!

The first post in the series dives into the beginnings of building the RDS farm:  “In our deployment, we will be logged into a single server and through Server Manager we will deploy our new Remote Desktop farm. Each of the servers designated in the environment are virtual, domain joined and were created from a template with the latest Windows updates. No other special changes or configurations were done to any of the servers with the exception of Read more

Server 2012 R2 – Lab Guide – Part 4 – Step by Step – Hyper-V Over SMB

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

Server 2012 R2 – Lab Guide – Part 3 – Step by Step – Continuously Available File Server

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.


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Server 2012 R2 – Lab Guide – Part 1 – Step by Step – Including Dual Boot Instructions

Part 1 – Prepare Dual Boot Windows Server 2012 using Native Boot to VHDX

Part 2 – Install & Configure Hyper-V

Part 3 – Create the Active Directory Virtual Machine

Part 4 – Create the Storage and Cluster Virtual Machines

Part 5 – Checkpoints(No longer called snapshots!!!)

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Microsoft Cloud – Learn It Now, Boost Your Career – Virtual Machines – Step-by-Step Guide

Today we held the first of a series of webinars put in place to help guide IT Pros around the world with step-by-step tasks in building a virtual network, virtual machine, and even uploading your own customized virtual machines to the Microsoft cloud.  If you missed the webinar or would like to revisit the guide here is the final version ready for viewing or download:

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Atlanta TechStravaganza Registration – Sign Up Now Before It’s Too Late!

If you haven’t registered for TechStravaganza 2013, do so quickly as registration is limited and slots are filling up. TechStravaganza 2013 gives you a chance to network with your peers and participate in powerful technical sessions delivered by a world class group of speakers like:

• Mark Minasi – Keynote and Windows 2012 networking session (hey – it’s worth coming just to hear Mark pontificate )
• Ed “Powershell” Wilson
• System Center experts Greg Cameron and Brian Hunneycutt from Microsoft
• IT Pro Evangelist Tommy Patterson conducting Hands on Labs – build your own HyperV and Azure lab on your laptop!
• MS Exchange experts Tuan Le and Butch Waller talking about Exchange 2013 features and coexistence with Exch 2007 & 2010
• These experts are available to chat off line during the day so bring your toughest questions!

And if that wasn’t enough we provide breakfast, lunch, door prizes and Microsoft is giving away a new Surface RT tablet!
(not to mention a day away from the office!)

• See the attached schedule and announcement for more details.
• Registration, Speaker bios and session abstracts are on the web at

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Past TechStravaganzas have always had a waiting list – don’t be left out!