Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oh, Pearson Vue, How I Missed You... Sort Of.

If you are a Microsoft MCP, MCSA, MCITP, MCSE or have historically taken Microsoft exams for a few years now, you'll likely already been through the switch from Pearson Vue to Prometric and now here it is, coming full circle again, back to Pearson Vue.

Years ago, I LOVED my local Pearson Vue test center. It was in building on the same block as my place of employment and I had taken so many exams around that time that they greeted me by name when I walked into the office.  When things switched to Prometric, well, it was like I lost a friend.  But there was a local Prometric test center not far from work as well and my testing life went on.

So here we are again, switching back to Pearson Vue.  Check out the blog BornToLearn blog to find out more about some of the new features you can take advantage of, including being able to schedule exams directly from the Microsoft Learning portal using your Microsoft Account.  If you haven't checked out the updated portal for tracking your certification and reviewing you transcript, you should.  It's much easier to navigate than in the past.

Plus they are beta testing being able to take exams from home or at work!  Alas, there doesn't seem to be any testing centers within walking distance of my office (or in my city at all) so I might consider trying that out.

You can schedule with Prometric OR Pearson Vue until the end of the year. Starting in 2015, Pearson Vue will be the sole testing provider for all your MCP needs.

Good luck on your next test!






Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Week 6! Week 6 of Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud

In part 6 of the “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud”  series, Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson discuss how to get started migrating server workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for this great session on server migration from on-premises, to the cloud or a combination of both and learn which option is best for your organization as well as what tools are available to make this process as efficient as possible.

  • [4:13]  What does end of support for Windows Server 2003 mean?
  • [5:23] Migration vs. Upgrade. Which option is best?
  • [15:02] What migration tools are available?
  • [16:01]  Migrating foundation services (Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, File Services & DFS, Web Servers, SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint
Speaking of moving workloads to the cloud, the Azure blog just announced a new series of VM sizes, with more memory and SSD storage.  They are approximately 60% fast too! 

Later this week, be on the lookout for more blog posts in this last week of the series - I will send out tweets!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Don't forget! MVP-led "Transform the Datacenter" Events all next week!

Just a quick reminder about some upcoming "Transform the Datacenter" events next week, led by a variety of Microsoft MVPs!  All of the events are free to attend. 

FL
Tampa
Monday, September 22
Adnan Cartwright, Telmo Sampaio, Max Trinidad (coordination w/Kevin Weilbacher)
IL
Chicago
Monday, September 22
Trevor Sullivan, Annur Sumar, Brian Desmond
WA
Bellevue
Tuesday, September 23
Brian Desmond (Coordination with Zubair Alexander)
AZ
Tempe
Wednesday, September 24
Jason Helmick, Rory Monaghan, David Lundell, Tom Ziegmann
CO
Denver
Thursday, September 25
Greg Shields
TX
Houston
Friday, September 26
Anil Desai
MI
Detroit
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Andy Syrewicze
OH
Cincinnati
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Kevin Royalty




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.
Modules
  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: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/vmware-to-hyper-v-migration 

Also, don't forget to check out the Azure Migration Accelerator (in Preview):  http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/migration-accelerator/?linkId=9516861

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