What’s a great introduction to the new Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability which allows you to run virtual machines in the Microsoft cloud service? Create a Minecraft server! If you have an MSDN subscription you can use your MSDN benefits to leave it running or if you just want to try it out you can create a 3-month trial account. Enjoy the video.
Data classification is a huge topic in the industry right now and many people are not aware of the great in-box feature, File Classification Infrastructure that has been available in Windows Server since 2008 R2. In this video I walk through the basics of using FCI.
Finally updated the channel to the new YouTube format and think it looks pretty good. Look out for lots more content very soon. http://www.youtube.com/NTFAQGuy.
http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/windows-server-2012-hyperv-getting-started – Getting started with Hyper-V (a good start for clients not sure about Hyper-V). Includes a video.
http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2012/windows-server-2012-installation-options – Configuration Levels (Server Core) in Windows Server 2012. Also a side article on the history of Server Core at http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2008/server-core-past . Includes a video.
http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2012/windows-server-2012-storage-live-migration – Storage Live Migration overview. Includes a video.
http://windowsitpro.com/system-center-2012/what-s-new-system-center-2012-service-manager-sp1 – Service Manager 2012 SP1 overview which includes using the Service Catalog.
Just wanted to let everyone know my Hyper-V Replica article is live in the April Windows IT Pro magazine at http://www.windowsitpro-edition.com/windowsitpro/201304.
It’s also available online for general reading at http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/using-windows-server-2012-hyper-v-replica.
I was recently looking to understand the various benefits Microsoft products/services bring to each other. I wanted this to help my customers get the most out of the Microsoft solutions they already owned by maximizing the value they brought to each other but also to help see how other solutions may not only bring value in their own right but enhance their existing solutions.
My first thought was to create a spreadsheet of the various benefits and I quickly ended up with a spreadsheet with nearly 100 entries (which was in no way complete) and looked a little like the below. This was clearly not very effective.
My next thought was to take these relationships and plot them all out in Visio which gave me the output below. Still not that friendly.
Visio did at least help me work out the best way to layout the products based on the relationships so next I tried manually creating a picture and this did kind of work and actually becomes the basis of my later application main page.
But then how do I show the actual specific benefits between products. I started a basic Windows 8 application, Microsoft Better Together (MBT), that allowed you to click on a product to see the actual specific relationship detail. Originally this was just a static picture for each product but this was impractical but you get the idea.
I’m happy to say I carried on the application and now have a version in the store with an initial screen as shown below in addition to product detail of not just the benefits but also basic descriptions and licensing information.
You can find the application in the Windows Store just by searching for Savill or the direct link is http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/microsoft-better-together/e6f68479-7da7-477b-87d9-6849b6cf6754.
Then just install and I would love to hear what you think about it. The application will run an introduction video when you run it for the first time.