New Technet Radio Episode: How Microsoft IT Prepped the Network for the Cloud

Join me as I welcome Principal Network Architect, Todd Thorson to the show as we discuss how Microsoft IT prepared its network for the cloud. Tune in as we talk about the impacts the move to the cloud has had on its networks as well as major challenges that were met and how this enabled great experiences for users of cloud services and applications.

• [2:59] What impact does the migration to the cloud really have on our network?
• [5:22] What about from a branch office view?
• [8:45] Does this mean we need to start from scratch on network architecture?
• [9:37] Considering that Microsoft’s adoption plan is hybrid cloud, what does that mean from a network perspective?
• [11:32] What physical changes have we made to our network to cope with the changing network dynamics?

Windows 8.1 has arrived!

Head on over to Windows.com for the latest details and how to get started with the upgrade.   For home PCs and Tablets you can grab the upgrade straight from the Windows Store as well!

New Webinar Tomorrow – Oct 26th – Noon EST : Server Essentials- Automated server backups to secure offsite cloud storage

Backup can help you protect important server data offsite with automated backups to the cloud, where they are available for easy data restoration. 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. These tools provide similar experiences configuring, monitoring, and recovering backups whether to local disk or Cloud storage. After data is backed up to the cloud, you will learn how authorized users can easily recover backups to any server.

This secure, efficient, flexible and cost effective offsite solution built into Windows Server 2012, does incremental backups. This means only changes to files are transferred to the cloud. This helps ensure efficient use of storage, reduced bandwidth consumption, and point-in-time recovery of multiple versions of the data. Configurable data retention policies, data compression and data transfer throttling also offer you added flexibility and help boost efficiency. Backups are stored in the cloud reducing the need to secure and protect onsite backup media. Learn for yourself through this hands-on experience just how easy and cost effective this new server technology is to deploy. This out of the box backup solution is perfect for small and medium businesses. However, for the enterprise, businesses with many servers or those that love to script, we will also cover leveraging PowerShell to extend the capabilities of online backup.

Join here at Noon EST Tomorrow Oct. 16th: https://join.microsoft.com/meet/dstolts/0PWMNWBK

New TechNet Radio – How Microsoft IT Utilizes System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune

Join me as I welcome Sr. Program Managers Bryan Allen and Mike DeGooyer to this edition of TechNet Radio as we discuss how Microsoft IT uses System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune to help deploy Unified Device Management at Microsoft. Listen in as we chat about how Microsoft IT addressed change management concerns and how they planned for and implemented their solution for this BYOD scenario that affects many IT organizations today.

• [6:54] What is Unified Device Management (UDM) and what are its benefits to an IT organization? • [9:00] How does UDM address concerns for config admins who feel they may be losing control of the devices their organization supports? What management tools are available to them? • [11:56] How would you administer app certification in this scenario? • [14:56] What about helpdesk readiness and user readiness training?

New Cloud Webinar – Server Essentials – Automated server backups to secure offsite cloud storage

When: Oct 16th – Noon-1pm
Registration Link: http://www.meetup.com/Southeast-Information-Technology-Professionals/events/145058002/

Backup can help you protect important server data offsite with automated backups to the cloud, where they are available for easy data restoration. 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. These tools provide similar experiences configuring, monitoring, and recovering backups whether to local disk or Cloud storage. After data is backed up to the cloud, you will learn how authorized users can easily recover backups to any server. Read more

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:

While you’re building up the lab, check out the new Early Experts – Study Lab and Guides for 74-409 – Win Prizes Too!

New IT Pro Camps Coming to Charlotte, Raleigh, and Atlanta, sign up today!

Join us at this free, one-day technical workshop on Microsoft Virtualization for VMware IT professionals. Experienced Technical Evangelists will guide you through key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. Complete all the hands-on labs and you’ll walk away ready to build your own lab environment for further evaluation and testing.

This event will help you to:
• Ramp up your knowledge of Microsoft virtualization technologies
• See how your existing VMware skillset translates in a Microsoft environment
• Compare and contrast the key Microsoft and VMware technologies
• Leverage available Microsoft tools to help manage a VMware environment
• Learn more about the upcoming enhancements to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2
At a high level, as part of this course, you’ll learn about the following topics:
• Hyper-V Configuration, Clustering & Resiliency
• Virtual Machine Mobility, Backup & Replication
• Managing Hyper-V with Virtual Machine Manager
• A look at System Center VMM 2012 R2 Preview
• VMware: Management, Integration, and Migration

Register here:   http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200243263

Session Requirements:
In order to participate in the labs, please bring a modern laptop. Click HERE for more detailed system specs. All participants registering for the event should download Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 Preview.

VMware or Microsoft? – The Complete Series List

Hey folks, thought I would provide a quick list of the links to our complete blog series on VMware or Microsoft.  Here you will find all of the articles in the series sorted by the order of their release:

Series Introduction

  1. What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor?
  2. Simplified Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime
  3. Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces
  4. Does size really matter?
  5. Let’s talk certifications!
  6. Virtual Processor Scheduling Read more