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Windows Server 2012 R2 entered a new Milestone on Friday Oct 18, 2013. It was released for General Availability (GA) which means anyone and everyone can now get there hands on it.  It can be purchased, used in production and is fully supported.  However there was no massive launch campaign around this monumental milestone for what is now the latest and greatest operating system Microsoft has to offer.  Is the new product worthy of an upgrade? How can the new product help me in my business?  Where do I get it?  How to install it?  What should I be looking at when I kick the tires?  Where are the improvements?  Are the improvements minor, major, must have?  In this article I will answer all of these questions and more. Windows Server 2012 R2 is a major upgrade where they focused on four key elements. Mobility - Great user experience from anywhere! Apps - Modern, agile... (more)

Live IT Time Private Cloud Chat

Have you built your first cloud yet? If not, now is a great time to build out a lab. Go ahead, grab a server (or laptop) and setup your proof of concept. If you have not done it already, it is likely because you are worried about what you will do if you get stuck! Well, fret no more. If you have any questions, bring them to one of these live online events. For information on how to get started with setting up your lab check out: http://aka.ms/lab There will be opportunities available for you to get your questions answered. Put these on your calendar and have fun building 2/29/20... (more)

Private Cloud Chat – Ask the Experts

To successfully face the IT challenges of today and tomorrow, we know we need to understand the cloud. However with so much fluff it is hard to decipher what is important. Get your questions answered by the Cloud Experts! You will learn where to spend your time learning and what tools you should have in your cloud management tool belt. Start building your private cloud (tips / instructions at http://aka.ms/lab) If you come up with questions, write them down and come to one of the upcoming Private Cloud Chats. Online Events: 3/28/2012 1:00:00 PM (EST) - Live! IT Time: Private Cloud... (more)

Thirty-One Days of Servers (VMs) in the Cloud

Happy New Year!!!! For the New Year all of my IT Pro teammates across the country wanted to get together and talk about 31 things we love and want to teach about having Servers (VMs) in the Cloud.  Throughout this month we are going to be talking about Windows Azure IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).  Windows Azure now offers a new feature currently in customer preview called Virtual Machines & Virtual Networks.  This new functionality provides Windows Azure with an IaaS (Cloud) platform for you to deploy your own virtual machines.  In Windows Azure IaaS you can easily deploy an... (more)

How to Log Off, Shutdown, Sleep & Restart Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

Log Off (Log Out) of Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete then select Sign Out Log Off of Terminal Session on Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 If you are connected via RDP (Remote Desktop Client) Press Ctrl-Alt-End then select Sign Out You will notice on the screen you can also LOCK the computer or bring up task manager To Shutdown,  Sleep, or restart Press WindowKey + C {for the Charms menu} - Settings - Press the Power button on the popup menu and pick either sleep, restart or shutdown Please Watch my blog http://itproguru.com for many more tips. Build Your L... (more)