Virtualization Discussion with Microsoft Customer Research

Are you influential in the Virtualization space?  Do you want to become influential? Are you smart about virtualization, cloud, and/or systems management?  Do you work with any of these technologies? Here is your opportunity to be heard by Microsoft Research! Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center Customer Research team would like to talk to IT Pros that manage virtualized and cloud environments.

If you are interested in talking further with Microsoft, please complete a short survey that will help us to determine how your job fits within the management of cloud and datacenter virtual computing.

Based on your survey response, we will determine if you meet the requirements to participate. Note that we are only accepting US participants at this time.

To access the survey click on the link below.

To access the survey

Windows Infrastructure and Virtualization User Group Meeting – January 14th 7-9pm

Join us on January 14th from 7-9pm as we kick off the new year for the WINVUG group!  Speaking at this meeting will be Greg Cameron, Principal Technology Specialist with Microsoft. Greg has been in the technology industry for 14 years, previously working as the Server Operations and Architecture Manager for a Fortune10 company as well as a consultant and pre-sales engineer. He specializes in System Center, Cloud and Server solutions.

Want to eat, listen, laugh and learn? Come be our guest!

Register here it’s free!

**Free Parking is available in the visitors parking lot.

This meeting is sponsored by TEKSystems (

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Happy New Year! Looking forward to a great 2014!

It has been a great year at Microsoft in 2013, loving the new technologies, challenges, and meeting all the new people. Just finished some exciting video shooting that will hit the airwaves soon so stay tuned. Now back to Forza 5 on the Xbox One, the kids are calling and I don’t want to disappoint :) .

TechNet Radio: Nearly Infinite Bandwidth with Windows Azure Websites with Blain Barton + Cloudy Thoughts

In this episode Blain Barton demos and discusses the features and functionalities found in the Windows Azure Web Site service. We’ll discuss how you can spin up multiple web instances for additional scalability and discuss Shared versus Standard modes. We’ll demonstrate how to create a new website in the Web App Gallery, how to change your theme, post articles, build webpages and other administrative duties as well as discuss how to change your domain name to point to your new Windows Azure website. Whether you are running phpBB, Drupal7, Mediawiki, Django or WordPress or any other “ready-to-go” Open Source Web applications Microsoft’s Web Services in Windows Azure is the first place to start with no coding skills required.

  • [2:07] Overview of Windows Azure
  • [8:54] Website Perspective
  • [20:15] DEMO: Windows Azure Web Sites
  • [23:45] Building from the Gallery
  • [29:55] Configuring WordPress
  • [36:05] Auto-scaling
  • [44:36] App Gallery & Store
  • [46:05] Diagnostics & Log Streaming

TechnNt Radio: Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Powershell Scripting with Yung Chou + Cloudy Thoughts

Join me in welcoming Yung Chou to this edition of TechNet Radio as he discusses his process for accelerated learning of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS) and Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets. During this session you will learn cloud computing concepts, deployment methodology, operation routines, and deployment scenarios.  Also for fun, included is one of the Cloudy Thoughts episodes :P

  • [2:45] Cloud concepts
  • [4:30] Microsoft’s cloud solutions
  • [6:00] Why IaaS is significant
  • [8:28] Windows Azure IaaS review
  • [18:22] DEMO: Windows Azure Management Portal
  • [24:01] DEMO: Running PowerShell Scripts

Virtualization IT Camp Online Deck Now Available!

For those of you that joined today’s online virtualization pro camp here is the full presentation including over 80 additional slides that did not make it into the live event due to time constraints!

Why Server 2012 R2? – Remote Desktop Sessions and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

This new BYOD world makes for an ever-expanding number of devices, operating systems, and applications as well as the constant expectation that we all should be able to  access vital information from anywhere anytime.  Work and play have blurred so closely together that it is difficult to discern the two anymore.  All that being said, developers and application development shops find it increasingly difficult to keep up with this vast number of changing delivery mechanisms set in front of them, therefore it is imperative that traditional or legacy applications still remain functional even to a device that was never intended to run these types of apps.

Enter Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Sessions and Read more

TechNet Radio: Server Essentials – Client Backups with Windows Azure Backup + New Cloudy Thoughts Intro

Join us as Dan Stolts walks us through the world of automatically backing up your data to the cloud with the help of Windows Azure. Learn how to manage cloud backups from the familiar backup tools in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, or even System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager. 

In this episode you will learn how authorized users can easily recover backups to any server as well as how cost effective this new server technology is to deploy.  This out of the box backup solution is perfect for small and midsize  businesses. However, for the enterprise, businesses with many servers or  for those that love to script, we will also cover how you can leverage PowerShell to extend your online backup capabilities.


  • [1:31] Data Protection challenges and How Windows Azure Backup can help
  • [15:59] DEMO: Hands On with Windows Azure Backup
  • [23:06] DEMO: Configure Recovery Vault
  • [25:39] DEMO: Install and Configure Azure Backup Agent
  • [33:54] DEMO: Backup