Monthly Archives: October 2013


Build Your Business Activate BizSpark MSDN Free Windows Azure Account Step-By-Step

If you have not already activated your BizSpark benefits, see http://aka.ms/gurubizspark To successfully activate Windows Azure platform benefits BizSpark subscribers will need to go this very simple process: Activate Windows Azure subscription for BizSpark / MSDN subscribers Sign-in to your MSDN benefits page   Use the Activate Windows Azure link […]


What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series.  Here is brief summary of the 9 posts we covered so far… Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Blog Series Index #WhyWin2012R2 the series, opening and index page we learned that from Oct 18th and every day until Thanksgiving we […]


Microsoft WordCamp Boston 2013–Call To Action Challenge #WCBos @WordCampBoston @ITProGuru

Free Cloud Resources http://aka.ms/WC-Cloud Create your Free Cloud Virtual Machines, websites and use other cloud resources 10 Websites Free $200 worth of free servers/services Windows Stack Lamp Stack Mix Ultra Fast Performance Great upload and download speeds Infinitely scalable Free MSDN Resources Startup’s / Small Businesses http://aka.ms/WC-BizSpark NOTE: Requires Credit […]


With Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch coming this week, where are all the free resources? Here is what I already know about…

With Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch coming this week, where are all the free resources? Here is what I already know about… Get Started Now with Windows Server 2012 R2… with these FREE options!Build Your Lab! Download Windows Server 2012 R2 http://aka.ms/GetWin2012R2, and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 http://aka.ms/hyper-v2012r2 Step-By-Step download […]


Get started as an “Early Expert” on Windows Server 2012 R2 with this FREE eBook!

Research has shown that approximately 65% to 70% of organizations today have more than one hypervisor deployed. This presents a large opportunity for IT Professionals to increase their technical differentiation and value in the IT marketplace by supporting multiple hypervisors. Using this free eBook and the “Early Experts” study program, […]


Backup Windows Server Using Windows Azure Backup Step-By-Step (Hand On Lab)–Try It While Its FREE

Backup Windows Server Using Windows Azure Backup Step-By-Step In this detailed post and hands on lab (HOL) guide we will introduce Windows Azure backup and dive in deep with step-by-step instructions you can use to schedule a backup, perform a manual backup of your server and perform a test restore.  […]


How To Create A Self-Signed Computer Certificate using PowerShell Step-By-Step; Much Easier Than MakeCert.exe

I need to create a self-signed computer certificate to use for authentication between my Windows Server 2012 Server and Windows Azure.  The same process will work for other versions of windows and for communication with other applications.  In my case, I am using it for Windows Azure Backup but the […]


How Secure is Windows Azure … Microsoft First Public Cloud Provider To Be Granted FedRAMP Security Authorization

Microsoft received notice that Windows Azure was granted the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO). Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and platform services, to receive a JAB P-ATO The Federal government is moving to the cloud, and early on it […]