Watch the Microsoft 2015 Virtual CIO Summit, streaming LIVE from the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA!

Date: Tuesday, October 6th Time: 8:00am – 2:45pm PDT

Hear from industry thought leaders, key Microsoft experts and your peers at this year’s CIO Summit. The Summit will cover key topics ranging from how the digital age is changing the way IT leaders do business to understanding the threats of cybercrime and how changing customer expectations are making strategic IT investments and partnerships all the more important. Save the date and join us online for the 2015 Virtual CIO Summit to learn more about these key trends and new technologies that can empower you and your business.  Check out the agenda here!

 

Ed Wilson’s PowerShell5 videos now on Channel9!

New on Channel9 – Building a Windows Server in the Azure Portal and Getting Started with Automation

Hi everyone! Are you working on a new project with the cloud and want to know where to start? Check out the new videos below. The first one is centered around building out a Windows server in the Microsoft Cloud via the Azure portal. The second one gets us started with Azure Automation, the ability to create workflows with scripting to bring your projects to life faster than ever before. Dive on in and get started today!

Building a Windows Server in the Microsoft Cloud

Getting Started with Azure Automation

Deploying Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines with Visual Studio for IT Pros

While PowerShell alone is great for deploying Azure Virtual Machines, the newest innovations in Visual Studio make PowerShell plus Azure even easier! Join Ian Philpot and I as we walk through the process of setting up Visual Studio with an Azure subscription, editing the scripts in the traditional PowerShell ISE then moving over to showing how this can be done much easier with the latest Visual Studio enhancements! The latest innovation with Azure Resource Templates plus Visual Studio make multi-machine deployments so much easier. Visual Studio is not just for developers anymore!

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 is available for download! P2V support added!

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 is available for download here!  Convert physical servers, virtual machines(VMware to Hyper-V or Azure), Windows and Linux!

Per the official download page:

“Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the IT pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts and Windows Azure or alternatively convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host.

MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate Read more

New TechNet Radio Episode: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Server 2003 Migration

In part 6 of our “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud”  series, Blain Barton and I discuss how to get started migrating Server 2003 workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for this great session on server migration from on-premises, to the cloud or a combination of both and learn which option is best for your organization as well as what tools are available to make this process as efficient as possible.

  • [4:13]  What does end of support for Windows Server 2003 mean?
  • [5:23] Migration vs. Upgrade. Which option is best?
  • [15:02] What migration tools are available?
  • [16:01]  Migrating foundation services (Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, File Services & DFS, Web Servers, SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint)

New TechNet Radio Episode! Delivering Results – How Microsoft IT Protects Corporate Client Data using Windows Work Folders

Corporations today face huge challenges protecting their client data in this BYOD world.   People want flexibility when deciding on where and how they work – from which device they choose to use to how they access their data whenever and wherever they are –  while IT departments are tasked with responding to their information needs, while still keeping control of corporate data.  Join me for today’s TechNet Radio episode as I welcomes Sr. Service Engineering Manager Young Kwon, and discuss how Microsoft IT deployed Work Folders (a feature in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2) in their datacenter to help IT manage information and data in a BYOD environment.

  • [2:14] What are Work Folders?
  • [4:46] What are the IT Benefits to Work Folders?
  • [6:06 ]What is involved with IT Professionals setting up Work Folders
  • [6:32] What were some of our challenges?

Also don’t forget you can learn more about these topics at Virtual Academy for free, click here to proceed!

New TechNet Radio: Delivering Results – Developing Cloud Based Automation for Azure VM Migrations and Self-Service Infrastructure

How do you approach infrastructure management in the cloud?  Tune in as I welcomes Justin Pirtle to the show as we discuss how Microsoft IT  has developed and implemented automation tools to enable self-service cloud provisioning that has resulted in lightning fast IaaS provisioning times (from 5 days to 20 minutes!)  while still maintaining OS standards and compliance.

  • [2:56] Where is Microsoft IT at in terms of cloud migration?
  • [5:46] What challenges have faced your organization in cloud migration?
  • [8:20] What tools have you built to enable faster adoption?
  • [10:34] What performance do you expect from the tools?

Learn more about  Azure IaaS at Virtual Academy for free, click here to proceed!

New TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Why VDI? How to Set-Up a Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infratructure (VDI) Environment

Join me as I welcome Simon May back for Part 2 in our  Microsoft VDI series and in today’s episode we show how to setup VDI from concept to configuration. Tune in for this demo heavy session where we show how to quickly get a Proof of Concept built using the quick setup wizard and then how to fully customize it for your needs while building out the VDI environment.

Also see what’s new in VDI for R2 and Windows 8.1 here on Virtual Academy!

As well as Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start!