Deploying Linux on Microsoft Azure – Step-by-Step

I’ve done some fairly detailed posts on deploying virtual machines in Azure in the past but none of them touched on Linux as the guest OS.  Given the recent Docker announcements, Azure Files, and the other general open source announcements lately I felt now is a great time to dive back in to an environment I used to spend a good bit of time in, Linux!  In this article I will provide step-by-step instructions Read more

Weekly Azure 30-Minute Demos – Register Today!

See it to believe it! Each week, in just 30 minutes or less, we’ll show you how Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud service, can help you tackle some of your top infrastructure and platform tasks and challenges. . This week’s topic – Building a WordPress site. Our experts will share their tips and tricks on managing a specific scenario followed by a live Azure demo to bring it all to life. Bring your questions – we will have subject matter experts on hand to answer your most pressing questions during the presentation. Register Now.

Installing and Configuring Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 in Microsoft Azure

Fun new article today for those getting started in Microsoft Azure, today we will be deploying a Remote Desktop Services solution on Microsoft Azure utilizing Windows Server 2012 R2.  Before we get started, it is assumed that you already have a virtual network and domain controller already in place in your Azure subscription.  For a detailed guide on this check out my previous blog entry here:

1.) You should see a storage account, domain controller virtual machine, and a virtual network. Read more

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

Modernizing your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Server 2003 Migrating File Sharing Services to Server 2012 R2 – Part 29

Welcome to today’s article in the “Migrating your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series.  Not to sound like a broken record but I’m going to assume that some folks did not want or need to read yesterday’s article so I’m going to cover the basic “WHY” discussion one more time here.  If you read yesterday’s article then you will want to skip down to the Migration Considerations section of the article.


Server 2003 was a great server operating system there is no doubt!  Well, in today’s article we tackle migrating the file services from Read more

Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 AD, DNS, and DHCP Migrations – Part 28

Just about every business on the planet has deployed Windows Server 2003 at some point in time and it was a great server operating system no doubt! Well, in today’s article we tackle migrating Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP services from those older 2003-based servers to Server 2012 R2.  Its funny, we think of 2003 as an old OS, because now-a-days we are starting to think of Server 2012 as an older operating system.  After all Server 2012 R2 came out in 2013, and we will surely see something newer come out in the next year or so if the trend continues.  July 14th, 2015 is the drop dead date for support, and as of today, there are roughly 300 days left of Server 2003 support left.  What does Read more