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 Episode: Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Part 5 – Cloud Testing and More

In Part 5 of our  “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, join me as I welcome Developer Technology Solutions Specialist Randy Pagels to the show as we discuss ways in which your budding DevOps organization can find effective testing methods by using Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online.

  • [2:00]Why is having an effective Testing process so critical when an organization is considering their DevOps strategy?
  • [4:50] How does Visual Studio Online + Azure help to streamline and accelerate the testing process?
  • [6:00]  Performance is another area that Dev and Ops teams struggle with prior to the release of a solution, how can it be tested to determine what kind of load it can handle?
  • [8:30]  What’s the difference between test plan management in Visual Studio Online vs Visual Studio Ultimate?
  • [9:00] DEMO: Creating and walking through a web-based test plan in Visual Studio Online

Look for more info on this topic at this special course on Virtual Academy here!

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!

Virtualization IT Camp Online – June 26 – Noon-3:30pm EST

Get the edge in your technical career! Attend a FREE, online workshop for VMware IT pros and expand your virtualization skills. Join Matt Hester and I as we will demonstrate key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. This is a completely virtual event, so you’ll get comprehensive training right from your favorite connected device. Register today!


New TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Why VDI? An Inside Look at Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Solutions

Join me as I welcome Simon May to the show for this special two part series on the ins-and-outs and in betweens of Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions. Tune in for part 1 in our series where we give an overview of VDI why organizations, and how end-users may find it beneficial in their day-to-day activities.

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!

New TechNet Radio Episode – Microsoft IT’s Deployment of Azure Multi Factor Authentication in the Cloud

Join me as I welcome Principal IT Enterprise Architect, Laura Hunter to the show as we discuss how Microsoft IT has internally simplified the authentication process for its employees and their devices using Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Tune in as we chat about how Microsoft uses MFA to scale this two factor authentication method to over 130k+ employees and over 300+k devices while also enabling users on non-domain machines to be able to reset their own passwords without calling helpdesk.

  • [2:30] Define multifactor authentication in the industry
  • [4:50] How does Microsoft IT handle authentication currently and what problems were they trying to solve with Azure MFA?
  • [7:20] How does MFA work with Active Directory?
  • [9:23] Can you talk to us about MFA’s ADFS Integration?
  • [13:01]  What are the biggest challenges Microsoft faced deploying MFA?
  • [17:37]  What are the business benefits to Azure MFA?
  • [20:50]  What are some Best Practices and advice for Enterprises wanting to use MFA?

Also check out this dedication section of Microsoft Virtual Academy for free online training on Microsoft Azure!


Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise Jump Start

Are you tackling BYOD? Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Phone can help! Find out how in this demo-filled, three-day Jump Start course with live Q&A. Plus, get the latest from the TechEd and Build conferences, and prepare for MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure and MCSA: Windows 8.1 certifications.

Seasoned experts share real-world experience as they explore the new feature set in Windows 8.1 Update. Dive deep into key enterprise scenarios around System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune management and security, and explore virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), disk deduplication and tiering, and the Remote Desktop app.

Windows 8.1 Update can simplify the management of tomorrow’s IT environments, while tangibly improving today’s end-user experience. Sign up for this fast-paced Jump Start, and find out more.

Watch the recording of this event here!

Atlanta Techstravaganza 2014 – June 6th – Register Now!

Join us on June 6, 2014 for the 2014 Atlanta Techstravangaza, opening keynote by Simon May, several tracks, great speakers, and a hands on labs area for diving into the technology.

Most IT pros and the IT organizations they work for have the challenge of supporting a wide diversity of apps, operating systems, and devices for their users. Although each app, operating system, or device might have its own management solution, IT pros need a unified management solution. This presentation will show how Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, Intune, and Windows 8 provide a comprehensive, unified management solution that can handle the ever-increasing diversity of apps, operating systems, and devices. Also as a bonus, Simon will show how organizations can support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives and manage devices that are not domain joined, regardless of whether they are owned by the organization or the users. 

Click here to find out more info and register: ATL TechStravaganza 2014


New TechNet Radio Edition is Now Live: Azure and Office365 – Interview with Jeff Mitchell @ Bitwizards

Join Dan Stolts, Blain Barton and myself as we welcome Jeff Mitchell from Bit-Wizards to discuss a bevy of topics from Microsoft Azure, Office 365,, the Florida IT Roadshows, and much, much more! Tune in for this great community corner episode and also learn about some of the upcoming happenings in your area.

Also don’t forget to check out these free online classes on Microsoft Virtual Academy!