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Getting Ready for The Cloud Well, you have heard all the hype, Cloud this, Cloud that, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, etc., etc., how the heck do you get ready? Your organization might not be ready to move 100% of your servers to someone else's data center yet, but still, what should you be doing NOW for that day when Cloud will be part of your everyday world? First we need to look at your existing environment. Truly take a good assessment of what you have. First thing about your servers, are they virtualized? Then think about DR/Backups? What happens if you entire data center isn't there. Secondly your desktops, what do you do for management of them, should you virtualize your desktops? Then finally think about your applications. Where do they run now, how about in the future, how do you apps scale securely. Let's look into each one of these closer. If you are an ave... (more)

The Cloud on Your Terms: Lessons Learned

So day three now of lessons learned within this blog series. Kevin started us out with his lessons here, then yesterday Brian Lewis told us what he learned, and now today is my turn. Part of this post originally appeared on my blog October 5, hey I wrote it so I gave myself permission to leverage here: Last week I was part of a team that traveled to San Jose, CA. Our mission was to get some hands-on experience, and build a test lab that we can use to demo System Center, Private Cloud, VDI, Clustering, etc. etc., etc. for our events over the next few months. Our Monday got off ... (more)

Hyper-V Security

I continue to be amazed at the useful stuff on technet.com I ran across this the other day, looking something up about Hyper-V. Security is always top of mind these days, so I thought I would share our Hyper-V Security Guide. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd569113.aspx Download This Solution Accelerator Launch the download of the Hyper-V Security Guide. About This Solution Accelerator The Hyper-V Security Guide provides IT professionals with guidance, instructions, and recommendations to address key security concerns about server virtualization. Microsoft Hyper-V te... (more)

Prepare Your Career for the Cloud

on 1/18/2012 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM PST. You will NOT want to miss this... Please Register https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032501883&Culture=en-US About this TechNet webcast: The "cloud" is simply the next level of virtualization. For those that do not have virtualization experience, this webcast describes the fundamentals of Hyper-V while giving you a jump start to your virtualization or cloud career. Then, we dive deep into the Microsoft hypervisor-based server virtualization technology. Professional Hyper-V and VMware administrators can learn ... (more)

System Center 2012 Major Announcement

Today during the "Private Cloud Day" live webcast event, Microsoft announced major change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite. Summary.. it's no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012. Ready to try it? http://aka.ms/syscntr In a nutshell: System Center is now just one product, that comes in two editions, with many components. And the full-set of components come in the two product editions: "So, when I buy System Center, I get the full suite?" Yep! "So.. this chart doesn't show that there is any difference. What's di... (more)