Good day everyone! In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows
8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment
technologies. So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk
about deploying Windows 8.1. More importantly throughout these screencasts
all the tools I will show are FREE or built-in to Windows Server 2012 R2.
In this part I take a quick tour of deployment technologies and tools. You
will also see a full deployment in action. Enjoy!
Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft
Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013:
Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) for Windows 8.1:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 My peers in
Canada did an excellent series on Deployment, Part 1 of their series... (more)
Microsoft Cloud booth at Cloud Expo New York attracted well-deserved
attention of conference delegates.
Big Data, the cloud, and mobile are converging technology trends that
represent real opportunities for developers and IT pros to deliver more
efficiencies and new value.
On June 11, 2014, at the 14th International Cloud Expo Microsoft Cloud
delivered a complete education track as part of Microsoft's strategy on how
to deliver an integrated and yet open platform centered in cloud that also
enables to extend existing investments.
For developers and architects, this meant using f... (more)
Microsoft has colored Windows Server 2012 Azure and white-boxed it for
service providers and hosting outfits disenfranchised by Amazon, creating in
the process a cloud operating system that it can rattle under the nose of the
What it's done exactly is add Azure-y features to Windows Server so service
providers can build Azure-like infrastructure clouds out of their Windows
Server data centers and offer turnkey cloud services. They don't have to use
Microsoft's infrastructure. They can have their own branded IaaS clouds.
A newfangled Service Management Port... (more)
New and flexible ways to make changes of a Windows Server 2012 installation
after the fact are available. And IT pros can now convert a server from and
to Server Core, and change the availability of server components that are
previously committed at an installation time. This introduces new dynamics
and exciting scenarios for improving supportability, efficiency, and
security. This article highlights the three available installation options
and some key operations based on the Release Candidate, Build 8400. There is
additional information of Windows Server 2012 including: a free ... (more)
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told French daily Le Parisien Monday that sales
of the company's iPad- and Android-challenging Surface tablet had a "modest"
start because of limited availability confined to its online retail sites and
the few Microsoft stores in the US. Surface tablets are based on the ARM chip
and are not compatible with the huge library of x86 Windows apps. It's got a
click-on keyboard cover that's supposed to represent the best of the PC and
tablet worlds. Ballmer also reportedly said that four million upgrades to
Windows 8 were sold in the three days following it... (more)
Windows Server 2012 and our completely free Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly
have some really cost-effective new storage options, with Storage Spaces and
Hyper-V over SMB 3.0. However, many IT Pros have already invested in iSCSI
shared storage and, as a result, many Hyper-V deployments also need to be
able to leverage these existing storage investments.
iSCSI? No problem! Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 include native
support for a software iSCSI initiator as well as MPIO ( Multipath IO ) for
resiliency and load balancing of storage IO over multiple network paths.
In t... (more)