It’s Week 6! Week 6 of Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud

In part 6 of the “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud”  series, Blain Barton and Tommy Pattersondiscuss how to get started migrating server workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for this great session on server migration from on-premises, to the cloud or a combination of both and learn which option is best for your organization as well as what tools are available to make this process as efficient as possible.

  • [4:13]  What does end of support for Windows Server 2003 mean?
  • [5:23] Migration vs. Upgrade. Which option is best?
  • [15:02] What migration tools are available?
  • [16:01]  Migrating foundation services (Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, File Services & DFS, Web Servers, SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint
Speaking of moving workloads to the cloud, the Azure blog just announced a new series of VM sizes, with more memory and SSD storage.  They are approximately 60% fast too! 

Later this week, be on the lookout for more blog posts in this last week of the series – I will send out tweets!

Week 5 of Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud

This is the 2nd to last week of the  “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud”  series and ipart 5, Yung Chou and Keith Mayer demonstrate ways in which you can manage and automate your hybrid cloud environment. Tune in for this demo heavy session as they showcase System Center, Microsoft Azure and the Windows Azure Pack as well as PowerShell for Azure, PowerShell DSC for configuration management and Azure Automation for automated runbooks.
  •  [1:15] When architecting a Hybrid Cloud infrastructure, what are some of the important considerations relating to management and automation?
  • [4:09] You mentioned PowerShell for automation … how can PowerShell be leveraged for automation in a Hybrid Cloud?
  • [7:54]  Is PowerShell my ONLY choice? Are there other automation and configuration management solutions available for a Hybrid Cloud?
  • [11:12] DEMO: Let’s see some of this in action
    • Brief tour of System Center and Azure / Azure Pack management portal interfaces
    • Getting started with PowerShell for Azure, Azure Pack automation
    • Intro to PowerShell DSC for configuration management
    • Intro to Azure Automation for automated runbooks

Also upcoming for the blog posts related to this week:
  • Tue: Getting Started with On-Demand Private Clouds with Azure Pack by Keith Mayer
  • Wed: Automating the Hybrid Cloud with PowerShell and Azure Automation by Keith Mayer
  • Thu: PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) by Kevin Remde
  • Fri: Monitoring the Hybrid Cloud by Dan Stolts

Tools to Help Convert from VMware

Are you interested in the benefits of Microsoft virtualization with Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, and how they compare to VMware virtualization with vCenter 5.5? Watch Microsoft’s Matt McSpirit, as he provides an overview of several solutions that can convert VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V (or Microsoft Azure) virtual machines. 

Review different migration options in more depth, with experts in each technology, including Microsoft and partners 5nine Software, NetApp, Vision Solutions, and Xtreme Consulting Group. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the details on Hyper-V migration.
  1. Introduction to VMware to Hyper-V Migration & Partner Solution Overview
  2. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 2.0 for VMware to Hyper-V & Azure Migration
  3. Xtreme VM Migrator for VMware to Hyper-V Migration
  4. NetApp MAT4SHIFT for VMware to Hyper-V Migration
  5. 5nine Software V2V Easy Converter 4.0 for VMware to Hyper-V Migration
  6. Vision Solutions DoubleTake Move for VMware to Hyper-V & Azure Migration

Take the course for free on the Microsoft Virtual Academy: 

Also, don’t forget to check out the Azure Migration Accelerator (in Preview):
If you need some additional suggestions for things to watch on MVA, don’t miss out these as well:

Week 4 of the Hybrid Cloud! More TechNet Radio and Upcoming Blog Topics

The “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series continues with Part 4 featuring Blain Barton and Keith Mayer as they tackle the topic of virtualization in a Hybrid Cloud environment.  Tune in as they discuss how virtualization is no longer constrained to the physical capacity of an on-premise environment and then showcase some tools and techniques that are available in Microsoft Azure that can help assist your move to Hybrid cloud virtualization.

  • [1:26] What do you see as some of the differences or new opportunities that IT Pros need to consider when planning virtualization for a Hybrid Cloud environment?
  • [3:31] How do traditional IT Pro virtualization skills translate into Hybrid Cloud?
  • [5:05]  When planning Hybrid Cloud virtualization, how should IT Pros approach it?
  • [8:01]  You mentioned Azure Pack – what is that?
  • [10:51]  If I already have an existing Hyper-V environment with custom VM templates defined, can I leverage them with Azure Pack?
  • [11:03] DEMO: Let’s see some of this in action
Then check back later in the week as the series blog posts cover the following topics:

  • Migrating Physical Servers to Virtual Machines
  • Migrating VMware VMs to Hyper-V and Azure
  • Implementing VM Templates and Service Templates
  • Using Custom VM Images and Resource Group Templates in Microsoft Azure

The Microsoft Government Virtual Summit is on Sept 10th

When talking to people about using Azure or adopting a hybrid cloud solution I often hear, “But what if you are government?”  If you are looking for answers, mark your calendar for September 10th.
The Microsoft Government Virtual Summit is streaming LIVE on Wednesday, September 10th. 
Connect with government leaders, partners, and Microsoft executives for Federal as well as State and Local Government on an open discussion panel and receive first-hand insights into the Microsoft productivity and platform, services and devices approach—the Cloud on your terms designed for Government.
There are two tracks: Federal Government Track (8:30 am PST) and State and Local Government Track (10:00 am PST).  Choose the track that best fits your needs and interests, and of course, you are welcome to join both.
Ask the experts!  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions LIVE online to:
  • Nancy Adams, Sr. Account Executive of Catapult Systems 
  • Bob Ballard, Principle Cloud Strategist for Planet Technologies 
  • Shan McArthur, CEO/CTX at Adxstudio 
  • Cliff DuPuy, Technical Services Director with Mecklenburg County 
  • David Ulmer, CIO of the NC Department of Transportation 
  • Sandra Weightman, Network Manager with City of Fort Myers, Florida
  • Jimmy Barfield, ITS Director with City of Fort Myers, Florida