Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 5 of Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud

This is the 2nd to last week of the  "Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud"  series and ipart 5, Yung Chou and Keith Mayer demonstrate ways in which you can manage and automate your hybrid cloud environment. Tune in for this demo heavy session as they showcase System Center, Microsoft Azure and the Windows Azure Pack as well as PowerShell for Azure, PowerShell DSC for configuration management and Azure Automation for automated runbooks.
  •  [1:15] When architecting a Hybrid Cloud infrastructure, what are some of the important considerations relating to management and automation?
  • [4:09] You mentioned PowerShell for automation ... how can PowerShell be leveraged for automation in a Hybrid Cloud?
  • [7:54]  Is PowerShell my ONLY choice? Are there other automation and configuration management solutions available for a Hybrid Cloud?
  • [11:12] DEMO: Let's see some of this in action
    • Brief tour of System Center and Azure / Azure Pack management portal interfaces
    • Getting started with PowerShell for Azure, Azure Pack automation
    • Intro to PowerShell DSC for configuration management
    • Intro to Azure Automation for automated runbooks

Also upcoming for the blog posts related to this week:
  • Tue: Getting Started with On-Demand Private Clouds with Azure Pack by Keith Mayer
  • Wed: Automating the Hybrid Cloud with PowerShell and Azure Automation by Keith Mayer
  • Thu: PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) by Kevin Remde
  • Fri: Monitoring the Hybrid Cloud by Dan Stolts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tools to Help Convert from VMware

Are you interested in the benefits of Microsoft virtualization with Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, and how they compare to VMware virtualization with vCenter 5.5? Watch Microsoft's Matt McSpirit, as he provides an overview of several solutions that can convert VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V (or Microsoft Azure) virtual machines. 

Review different migration options in more depth, with experts in each technology, including Microsoft and partners 5nine Software, NetApp, Vision Solutions, and Xtreme Consulting Group. Don't miss this opportunity to get the details on Hyper-V migration.
  1. Introduction to VMware to Hyper-V Migration & Partner Solution Overview
  2. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 2.0 for VMware to Hyper-V & Azure Migration
  3. Xtreme VM Migrator for VMware to Hyper-V Migration
  4. NetApp MAT4SHIFT for VMware to Hyper-V Migration
  5. 5nine Software V2V Easy Converter 4.0 for VMware to Hyper-V Migration
  6. Vision Solutions DoubleTake Move for VMware to Hyper-V & Azure Migration

Take the course for free on the Microsoft Virtual Academy: 

Also, don't forget to check out the Azure Migration Accelerator (in Preview):

If you need some additional suggestions for things to watch on MVA, don't miss out these as well:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 4 of the Hybrid Cloud! More TechNet Radio and Upcoming Blog Topics

The “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series continues with Part 4 featuring Blain Barton and Keith Mayer as they tackle the topic of virtualization in a Hybrid Cloud environment.  Tune in as they discuss how virtualization is no longer constrained to the physical capacity of an on-premise environment and then showcase some tools and techniques that are available in Microsoft Azure that can help assist your move to Hybrid cloud virtualization.

  • [1:26] What do you see as some of the differences or new opportunities that IT Pros need to consider when planning virtualization for a Hybrid Cloud environment?
  • [3:31] How do traditional IT Pro virtualization skills translate into Hybrid Cloud?
  • [5:05]  When planning Hybrid Cloud virtualization, how should IT Pros approach it?
  • [8:01]  You mentioned Azure Pack – what is that?
  • [10:51]  If I already have an existing Hyper-V environment with custom VM templates defined, can I leverage them with Azure Pack?
  • [11:03] DEMO: Let’s see some of this in action
Then check back later in the week as the series blog posts cover the following topics:
  • Migrating Physical Servers to Virtual Machines
  • Migrating VMware VMs to Hyper-V and Azure
  • Implementing VM Templates and Service Templates
  • Using Custom VM Images and Resource Group Templates in Microsoft Azure

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Microsoft Government Virtual Summit is on Sept 10th

When talking to people about using Azure or adopting a hybrid cloud solution I often hear, "But what if you are government?"  If you are looking for answers, mark your calendar for September 10th.

The Microsoft Government Virtual Summit is streaming LIVE on Wednesday, September 10th. 

Connect with government leaders, partners, and Microsoft executives for Federal as well as State and Local Government on an open discussion panel and receive first-hand insights into the Microsoft productivity and platform, services and devices approach—the Cloud on your terms designed for Government.

There are two tracks: Federal Government Track (8:30 am PST) and State and Local Government Track (10:00 am PST).  Choose the track that best fits your needs and interests, and of course, you are welcome to join both.

Ask the experts!  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions LIVE online to:
  • Nancy Adams, Sr. Account Executive of Catapult Systems 
  • Bob Ballard, Principle Cloud Strategist for Planet Technologies 
  • Shan McArthur, CEO/CTX at Adxstudio 
  • Cliff DuPuy, Technical Services Director with Mecklenburg County 
  • David Ulmer, CIO of the NC Department of Transportation 
  • Sandra Weightman, Network Manager with City of Fort Myers, Florida
  • Jimmy Barfield, ITS Director with City of Fort Myers, Florida

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Summer of 2014: In Tweets

September starts to mark the end of summer for me in my mind, even if the weather might not completely agree. So as students return to school, the leaves begin to turn and all the fall fashions start to make their way into the storefronts, I bring you some highlights from this summer on the Internet, via tweets.

Social / Culture
Science / Tech
  • @WIRED (Aug 12) - How isolation units contain the world's deadliest diseases
  • @adfskitteh (Aug 3) - RT @danpi: How do we relate Cloud services to food?  Pizza as a Service of course! => Best. Cloud. Analogy. EVER.
  • @noblewb (Aug 1) - NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked  via @verge
  • @engadget (Jul 27) - Microsoft explains quantum computing in a way we can all understand  
  • @macsound (Jun 18) - Interesting video focusing on technical data from Challenger. I've learned heaps.
  • @melodybliss (Jun 17) - Building the Part of Facebook No One Ever Sees