Sep 19

Monitoring Hybrid Cloud – Step-By-Step

It is always important to understand how our server workloads are doing.  Getting visibility into our systems allows us to proactively deal with future issues.  As an example, monitoring can let us know that we are running out of disk … Continue reading

Sep 02

How To Allow Remote Desktop Services RDP and Ping ICMP Through Windows Firewall–Step-By-Step

Create Firewall Rules in Windows 7 thru Windows Server 2012 R2  to allow RDP and ICMP traffic for you have to open “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security” control panel applet.  You can get here by typing “firewall” in the search … Continue reading

Aug 29

The Super Simple Way To Backup Your Infrastructure – Leverage Azure Storage – How To Backup To Azure 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 … Continue reading

Aug 21

Awesome Tool – Estimating costs for migrating workloads to Azure with Azure IaaS Cost Estimator Tool Step-By-Step

Have you seen this incredible tool.  Microsoft hit a home run with this little gem.  The Azure Cost Estimator Tool will allow you to scan a machine, a virtualization host or even an entire Virtual Machine Manager Network.  The Azure … Continue reading

Aug 19

Assessing Current IT infrastructure with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) AND BONUS-Evaluate for Migration to Azure Cloud

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process.  It … Continue reading

Aug 07

Deploy SQL Server 2014 VM on Azure Cloud and Configure with Adventure Works DB–Step-By-Step

Part 1: Creating SQL Server Virtual Machine on Windows Azure (using the new portal) Step-By-Step   1. Login to Windows Azure Portal   2. Click New in the lower left corner 3. Click SQL Se3rver 2014 Standard  4. Enter Host Name, … Continue reading

May 23

How To Enable Snipping Tool, Windows Media Player and more Desktop Experience Tools on Windows Server 2008-2012 R2

Are you annoyed that you cannot play videos or use some of the cool windows tools like snipping tool with windows server?  Well, you can, they just have to be enabled before you can use them.  Below are instructions for … Continue reading

May 15

How To Convert Physical to Virtual Machine (P2V) Migration – Step By Step – MUCH Easier Than You Might think!

I found a great article I wanted to share.  If you use the Disk2VHD, be careful of SCSI and Raid controllers.  Test booting and running the VM before you blow away the original disk; you have been warned :} … … Continue reading

May 15

How To Sysprep – Sysprep is a Great And powerful tool And Easy Too If You Know How (Step-By-Step)

Sysprep is a tool that is designed for system administrators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and others who must automatically deploy an operating system on multiple computers. After you perform the initial setup steps on a single computer, you can run … Continue reading