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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)

Create Bootable USB Thumb Drive Key with Windows 8 / 2012 Media

These procedures were written using Windows 8 Release Preview but will work with prior versions of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 and Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.  There is a video walkthrough of this process at the bottom of this post. If you do not have the media, you will need to download.  See Windows 8;  Windows 2012; Win2008 R2 SP1 Put the Windows DVD in a drive (or mount the ISO) and make note of the drive letter.  In my case it is drive G: Put in the USB Thumb Drive Key in the computer and make note of the drive letter and t... (more)

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Are you interested in more free Microsoft training? If so, pay attention... Microsoft Virtual Academy Microsoft Virtual Academy allows you to Improve your IT skill set and help advance your career with a free, easy to access training portal. Learn at your own pace, focusing on Microsoft technologies, gain points and get recognition. There are lots of topics and tracks to choose from. Some of the topics you will find: Clustering Windows Client Private Cloud Hyper-V Office 365 Public Cloud System Center Virtual Machine Manager... IaaS Windows Phone Virtualization PaaS Window... (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)

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)