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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 2/29/2012 10:00 AM PST- 1 PM EST- Live! IT Time: Private Cloud Chat (Episode 4) 3/28/2012 10:00 AM PST- 1 PM EST- Live! IT Time: Private Cloud Chat (Episode 5) 4/25/2012 10:00 AM PST- 1 PM EST- Live! IT Time: Private Cloud Chat (Episode 6) 5/30/2012 10:00 AM PST- 1 PM EST- Live! IT Time: Private Cl... (more)

Drive Down Data Center Costs with Hyper-V and System Center Management

Event VDX Drive Down Data Center Costs With Hyper-V And System Center Management High quality, high availability, simple to use and full virtual and physical management at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives. That is what you get with Hyper-V and System Center. In this session, we will look inside Microsoft's flagship virtualization platform, Hyper-V. We then take a look at the best management stack on the planet to show management of the entire data center. We will show you why this multi-action stack is rapidly taking over the data center. Then stay tuned for a quick up... (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)

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)