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In prior articles, we've discussed Azure Automation, Azure VM Agent extensions and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) as individual tools and approaches for automated workload provisioning.  I'm frequently asked about how these tools can be used together to orchestrate end-to-end provisioning of cloud workloads, including fabric, OS and application components. This article is part 1 of a two-part series.  In this article, I'll provide an example of leveraging Azure Automation runbooks and PowerShell Workflows in a concerted approach to fully automate all aspects of provisioning new IaaS workloads on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. In part 2 of this series, I'll provide an example of a working PowerShell DSC Configuration that can be used with Azure Automation runbooks to customize the configuration of operating system and application components runni... (more)

Simplified Printing with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Over the past few days, I've spoken to a number of IT Pros that were interested in how printing is improved or different in Windows 8.  Even in today's age of online information and social media, I know that IT Pros spend a great deal of time managing shared printing and print drivers to make it all work as seamlessly as possible for end users. In Windows 8, the product team has taken an opportunity to design a new print class driver architecture (version 4) while still maintaining backward compatibility with older version 3 drivers that were designed for Windows 7 and prior. S... (more)

Managing App-V 5 Virtual Apps with System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1

In today's TechNet Radio show, I'm back again for another episode in our System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 series with Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager from the System Center Client Management team and all-around ConfigMgr Guru.  Tune in as we discuss new support for App-V 5 virtual applications and virtual environments. In this episode, we'll be covering ... New Support for App-V 5 virtual applications App-V 5 Connection Groups Deploying App-V 5 virtual applications Converting App-V 4.6 applications packages to App-V 5 Managing App-V 5 Virtual Applications with System Center 20... (more)

At-a-Glance: Comparing VMware vSphere 5.5 & Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

There’s been lots of buzz on the virtualization front over the past month …  In August, Microsoft announced the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, the latest major releases of the Windows Server and System Center families.  In addition, at VMworld this year, VMware announced the latest edition of their vSphere hypervisor platform: VMware vSphere 5.5. IT Pros have been very interested in learning about the pros and cons presented by each offering – particularly because the total cost of Windows Server 2012 R2 + System Center 2012 R2 can be quite attr... (more)

Solving BYOD Challenges with Windows Server 2012 R2

These days, users are growing more and more accustomed to expecting that they can accomplish productive work from anywhere, at any time, and on any device. As a result, IT professionals are increasingly faced with the challenge of balancing convenience with security, in an effort to provide users with the necessary remote access to corporate applications and data being demanded. In the "old days", organizations could easily restrict access to internal business data to only corporate-managed Active Directory Domain-Joined PCs, but this is fast becoming an outdated mode of operatio... (more)