This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new
articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure
Services. You can catch the full series at http://aka.ms/CloudTop20. In
today's article in this series, we'll discuss extending our On-premises
Datacenter into a Hybrid Network Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012,
Windows Azure Virtual Networks and Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels.
Windows Azure Virtual Networks allow us to securely extend our Private Cloud
with a hybrid network infrastructure that leverages the best of two worlds:
the low-latency and high-bandwidth available with our on-premise datacenter
networks with the elastic, pay-as-you-go cloud model of Windows Azure Virtual
Networks and Virtual Machines.
Windows Azure Virtual Networks – Guided Lab Scenario
Windows Azure Virtual Networks offers the power to open up s... (more)
I’ve assembled all of the relevant content from the Windows Server 2012
“Early Experts” Challenge program into an accelerated Certification Study
Guide for IT Professionals targeting Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to
MCSA Windows Server 2012.
In this article, I’ll provide a summary of this Study Guide along with the
information needed to receive your own copy of this Study Guide for FREE!
Are you SharePoint, Exchange or Lync Certified?
In addition to IT Pros previously certified on Windows Server 2008, the MCSA
Windows Server 2012 certification is also very relevant for IT Pro... (more)
Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course!
Are you spending less time managing your servers as a result? Hmm … No!
Server Virtualization is Great, But …
Server virtualization has been a great set of technologies to reduce our
capital expenses and some operating expenses by consolidating a larger number
of virtualized server workloads in a smaller footprint of physical rack
space. As a result, we’ve been able to purchase less data center hardware
and likely have lower power and cooling costs in running our data center.
However, most IT Pros are not seeing a reduction in the... (more)
My good friend and colleague, Matt Hester, recently wrote a great article on
Hyper-V Host Clustering as part of our latest article series, Become a
Virtualization Expert in 20 Days! In this article, I’ll build on Matt’s
cluster scenario to walk through the advantages and implementation steps for
another type of clustering in a Hyper-V environment: Virtual Machine Guest
Clustering. Along the way, we’ll explore some new features in Windows
Server 2012 Failover Clustering that enhance Virtual Machine Guest
Clustering: Virtual Fibre Channel SANs, Anti-Affinity and Virtual Machine ... (more)
The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports
running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In
this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual
machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform.
That’s right, Linux!
Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class citizen on our cloud platform,
with support in the Preview offering for four common Linux distributions:
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 OpenSUSE 12.1 CentOS 6.3 Ubuntu
12..04.1 and 12.10
The best news is … you can try t... (more)