New TechNet Radio Episode: To The Cloud #6 – VMs for SMB and More in the Cloud

In Part 6 of the “To the Cloud” series, Blain Barton, Dan Stolts, and I provide an overview of the benefits of running servers without the physical hardware using Microsoft Azure. Learn how large and small to mid-sized companies can rent compute, storage, and networking resources by using datacenter hardware to deploy virtual machines (VMs).

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!

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?

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?

FREE Hands-on “Virtual Study Halls” with Live Expert Q&A

There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find time to explore all of them.  Beginning February 8th, you can block time on a weekly basis between 10AM and 3PM Eastern Time to join a Virtual Study Hall and work through real-world hands-on activities with assistance from a field-experienced IT Pro Technical Evangelist!


What is a Virtual Study Hall?

A Virtual Study Hall is an “open lab” time where you can Read more

Early Experts Program Now Launching In the Southeast!

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge

The Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge provides a FREE online study group with certification exam preparation materials for quickly learning about the latest version of Windows Server! The Challenge involves a series of Knowledge Quests – starting with the Apprentice Quest below – and each Quest ends with a special completion certificate for you to promote your new knowledge! To make it easy to participate, each Quest is developed in a modular format that you can complete based on your own schedule and availability.

The first five Knowledge Quests are available now – Apprentice, Installer, Explorer, Networker and Virtualizer. These Knowledge Quests target the objectives in Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012. Coming soon, we’ll be continuing on to provide study materials for the other exams in the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification track. Learn more about this here.