Announcing the Windows Azure email discussion list

Our email discussion lists are famous, running for over 20 years and covering various technology topics of interest. Forums are great, but there is a majority of folks in the world that prefer to manage support, community, and communications from their email Inbox. myITforum has always kept with the times, providing email lists and forums for the hot topics of the...

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Evaluation Guide for System Center 2012 R2 Released

Announced at TechEd 2013 Europe by Brad Anderson, the R2 bits for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 have been released as previews. Our sister site, Windows IT Pro, has the coverage and a list of all the download links. You can catch all of that here:  Microsoft Keeps TechEd 2013 NA Promise, Releases Previews for Blue Servers. SQL...

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Windows Azure Online Backup gets a hotfix

Are certificate problems the worst problems ever?  I’d have to say so after watching the hordes of Microsoft customers affected in one way or another due to having to manage System Center apps, along with making sure certificates are appropriate and accurate.  Plus, providing a new or update certificate is not a click-click process. Windows Azure Online Backup has an...

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Build your ConfigMgr 2012 lab in the Cloud

This is extremely cool.  Keith Mayer has posted up some instructions for utilizing Windows Azure to create your own Cloud-based lab, so you can install and test a Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 environment.  No need for hardware, Microsoft provides it. You can take advantage of the Windows Azure free 90-day trial, get your lab up and running, test ConfigMgr, and...

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What can the Cloud do for ConfigMgr 2012?

SP1 for ConfigMgr 2012 introduces a couple new Distribution Point types: a Cloud-based DP and a Pull DP.  Talking with ConfigMgr folks over the last couple weeks, particularly at the System Center Universe 2013, they really don’t care (so far) at all for a Cloud-based function for ConfigMgr.  However, that’s not to say that the function isn’t neat or noteworthy,...

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Tie Data Protection Manager to Windows Azure Online Backup

Microsoft has released an update rollup package for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) with SP1 that will allow you to connect your DPM implementation with Windows Azure Online Backup. Here’s what the update provides: This article describes an update rollup package that adds the following features to the Windows Azure Online Backup for Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack...

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Free eBook: Moving Applications to the Cloud, 3rd Edition

This guide is the third edition of the first volume in a series about Windows Azure. It demonstrates how you can adapt an existing on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud by introducing a fictitious company named Adatum that modifies its expense tracking and reimbursement system, aExpense, so that it can be deployed to Windows Azure. To...

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Integration Pack for Windows Azure released

Nice.  It’s great to see Microsoft so intent on releasing Orchestrator IPs so steadily. Here’s what’s included in this one: Azure Certificates- the Azure Certificates activity is used in a runbook to add, delete, and list management and service certificates Azure Deployments- the Azure Deployments activity is used in a runbook to create, delete, get, and swap deployments, change deployment...

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Learn Windows Azure on your own with this training kit download

Providing two different downloads (full download and a web installer), Microsoft has released the Windows Azure Training Kit.  There’s a lot of folks who hear “Windows Azure” and consider it’s nothing for them to take part in or nothing that will ever be of interest.  However, here’s a tip: even System Center Configuration Manager admins will eventually need to know how to work...

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