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Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region (Brian Lewis, Keith Mayer, Matt Hester, and Moi) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning; otherwise known as “IT Camps”  Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid Cloud Solutions for IT Pros You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions that you can implement today to solve pressing IT issues such as: Right-sizing Storage Investments Protecting Data with Off-site Backups Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery Cost-effective, On-demand Dev/Test Environments Internet-scale Web Sites… And MORE! Join us at this FREE full-day hands-on event to experience the power of Hybrid Cloud.... (more)

What Does AVIcode Do?

In Saint Louis at our TechNet Event several weeks ago now, Chuck S. asked about AVIcode… “App Insight - performance data?  Component timing?  Event Logs?  Database events?  (what is tracked in AVIcode?)” That is a very good question. For those of you not already aware of what AVIcode is; it is a product that enables “deep application insight”.  Working in concert with Operations Manager, it monitors .NET application performance.  It looks for code problems, performance issues, security, and connectivity of application components, and then through Operations Manager it alerts yo... (more)

TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning a Hybrid Cloud Storage Architecture

My friend Dan Stolts and yours truly continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” with an overview on how to plan for a hybrid cloud storage solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for our lively discussion on the many storage options available to you as well as discussions around performance, reliability and security.     [1:18] Let’s start with a quick summary of existing storage capabilities using modern infrastructure on-premises as supported by Windows Server 2012 R2 [10:16] What is Azure Storage? ... (more)

SCVMM in System Center 2012 and Managing Citrix XenServer

This question came from Randy at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis: “Are the VMM management capabilities for a Citrix XenServer based VM the same as for a Hyper-V based VM?  (example: can you still live migrate, change RAM, etc?)” The simple answer is: The capabilities are pretty much the same.  Live Migration, for example, will simply drive VMs in a managed pool through XenMotion.  There are a couple of considerations in some areas (such as XenServer Templates and networking), but being able to build a Cloud of Citrix XenServer resources right alongside Hyper-V or VMware based cl... (more)

Managing Hyper-V Server (So many questions. So little time. Part 16.)

David U. asked this of us at our Saint Louis TechNet Event:  “Free Hyper-V Server can be installed on bare metal.  Do I need Windows Server 2008 R2 plus Hyper-V running elsewhere to manage the Hyper-V Server, or is there another way I can manage that?” Great question David.  Thanks! For those of you not familiar with it, there is a FREE (yes, FREE) version of Hyper-V that you can download and install onto bare metal called Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.  This installs basically just as a small, efficient platform for Hyper-V virtualization.  To manage it, it’s best to do it f... (more)