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Windows Server 2016 – What’s New for Web Servers with IIS 10

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Windows Server 2016 includes a new version of Internet Information Server IIS – in this episode we will reveal all of the great new features and performance enhancements included so that you can understand how this may affect your deployment decisions with Windows Server 2016.

What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services for On-Premises and Cloud Deployments

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The Remote Desktop Services (RDS) platform has been refined in Windows Server 2016.

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Massive Performance, Scale and Manageability Gains in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2016

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In this episode , you’ll learn about the huge performance and scale improvements made available with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016.

Windows Server 2016 Storage Will Blow Your Mind! – Part 1

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The first in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this first video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 Storage Overview. [

Get the “Lowdown” on Windows Server 2016 Essentials and the “Essentials Experience” Role

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In this episode, we’ll get you up-to-speed on all things relating to Windows Server 2016 Essentials. It covers who should use Essentials edition, scenarios it is good for, organizational sizing considerations, licensing and pricing considerations.

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 3

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The third in a three-part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this third video, we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Quality of Service features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 Storage Quality of Service (QoS). [

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 2

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The second in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this second video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Replica features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica. [ 1:10 ] What is Storage Replica? [

Improve Deployment Speed and Reduce Overhead with Containers in Windows Server 2016

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Learn how containers work in Windows Server 2016 and how they can be used to increase deployment speed, workload density and decrease server overhead to create a more efficient IT environment.

Embracing Open Source Workloads with Windows Server 2016

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You may be surprised to learn that Microsoft has embraced open source in Windows Server 2016 and across applications and development tools. Watch this video learn how you can work with Linux and other Open Source platforms and applications with Windows Server 2016.

Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Getting Started with Azure Stack TP1

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Microsoft Azure Stack enables your organization to deliver Azure-consistent services from your own datacenter to help you realize the full value of a hybrid cloud strategy.

Build Your Hybrid Cloud – Enhanced VMWare Disaster Recovery to Azure

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Your environment can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines based on policies that you set and control. Azure Site Recovery can protect Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers and you can use Azure or your secondary datacenter as your recovery site. Click to Play Episode.

NEW Windows Server Technical Preview: FASTEST Way to Spin-Up Your Test Lab Environment in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

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With all of the buzz this week around the recently announced Windows 10 Technical Preview , you may have missed this announcement that a Technical Preview for the next version of Windows Server and System Center is also now available.

Microsoft Azure for Amazon AWS Cloud Professionals: 5-Part Series

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Over the past several months, there’s been a strong surge of interest in the community around Microsoft Azure from customers who are currently using Amazon AWS as part of their cloud computing strategy.

Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

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Have you heard about DevOps? Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before.

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Step-by-Step: Quickly Build IaaS Server Farms in the Cloud using the new Azure Resource Manager and PowerShell

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Last week, I wrote an article about using the new Azure Preview Portal and new IaaS Resource Group Gallery templates to provision an entire cloud-based server farm in as little as eight mouse-clicks – complete with storage, virtual networking and multiple VM tiers.

Quick Tip: Using Azure PowerShell with Web Proxy and Fiddler

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Does your organization use a web proxy server for securing outbound Internet access? Do you use third-party tools, such as Fiddler , that rely on HTTP/HTTPS proxying? If you’ve answered yes!

Step-by-Step: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Automation

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Earlier this week, Microsoft Azure Automation was made available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as a public preview.

Step-by-Step: Encrypting Data Volumes in the Azure Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2, PowerShell and BitLocker

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The Microsoft Azure cloud platform has supported at-rest encryption of Windows Server VM data volumes via BitLocker for some time now, but I’ve found that there’s often a desire to completely automate the BitLocker configuration as part of virtual machine provisioning and startup tasks.

Guided Hands-on Lab: Deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)

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Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan can be a really complicated and expensive ordeal for some Private Clouds.

Resizing Data Disks in the Cloud on Microsoft Azure with Windows PowerShell

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Resizing existing Azure VM data disks just got a whole lot easier with the introduction of an enhanced Update-AzureDisk PowerShell cmdlet in the latest version of the Azure PowerShell module.

Extending SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Resource Group with Storage Spaces on Microsoft Azure

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The new Azure Preview Portal makes it super-easy to configure a highly available SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Group cluster with a new Azure Resource Group Template.

Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

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Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win * one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro devices with TypePad keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value).

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VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-a-Glance

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There’s been lots of buzz on the enterprise hypervisor front over the past month … In August, Microsoft announced the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 , the latest major releases of the Windows Server and System Center families.

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TechNet Radio: Build Your Hybrid Cloud - Delegating Management in the Azure Cloud with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) - Part 26

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Continuing their " Build Your Hybrid Cloud " series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze show us how to delegate administration to infrastructure admins, application admins, and help desk roles in the Cloud with Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). [1:20]

Export Azure Subscription Usage to CSV with NEW Billing API and PowerShell

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The Azure Billing REST API was recently made available as a Public Preview, and there’s been a ton of interest from customers in leveraging this API to collect and track usage of cloud services in their Microsoft Azure subscriptions. UPDATE: Version 0.9.4

Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

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UPDATE! Today's article in this series is. ADDED: New resources in Configuration Management section below for Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, Ansible and Docker based on popular requests. Feel free to suggest your own updates if you see any missing topics!

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Step-by-Step: Automate Building Outbound Network Security Groups Rules via Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and PowerShell

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Lately, I’ve been working with several organizations that need to selectively restrict outbound Internet access from within their Azure Virtual Networks (VNETs) to conform to their own internal security policies.

Step-by-Step: Deploy a Highly Available SharePoint Server Farm in the Cloud – in ONLY 8 Clicks!

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As of today, the Azure Preview Portal now has the ability to deploy and manage IaaS workloads, including Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks and Cloud Storage!

Step-by-Step: Auto-join a Member Server VM to Active Directory Domain in the Azure Cloud with VM Agent Custom Script Extension

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In a prior article , we walked through the process of auto-provisioning a new Windows Server Active Directory domain in the Cloud using a custom script that was processed via the Microsoft Azure VM Agent Custom Script Extension.

8 Steps to Building Site-to-Site VPN Connections for V2 VNETs using Azure Resource Manager in the NEW Azure Portal

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In a prior article , we walked through the process of scripted provisioning for V2 virtual networks and site-to-site connections using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and Azure PowerShell together.

End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 1 )

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In prior articles, we've discussed Azure Automation , Azure VM Agent extensions and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) as individual tools and approaches for automated workload provisioning.

Tools for Building Professional Cloud Architecture Diagrams

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I’m frequently asked about templates, stencils and shapes that are available for documenting the architecture of cloud-based solutions on Microsoft Azure , Azure Pack and Office 365.

VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance

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UPDATES: Based on strong feedback from the community, I''ve made the following updates to this article. Added new rows for Boot from Flash , Boot from SAN and VM Guest Clustering Maximum Nodes. Added new rows for VDI management , Disk Footprint and 4K Disk Support.

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