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Most IT administrators are painfully aware that Windows Server 2003 will reach the end of extended support in July 2015. This is a big deal because Windows Server 2003 has been a monster success since it was released 11 years ago. From 2003 to 2010 this platform was the workhorse for a...
Over the past month we have been updating the Logentries Windows Agent to make it more powerful for our growing customers needs. One particular area we felt needed updating was the Command Line capabilities of the Windows Agent. Logentries is now proud to announce that you now have ev...
You need to get to the Azure preview portal here:https://portal.azure.com/hodenteklive.onmicrosoft.comOf course you would be needing an account on the Microsoft Azure.You could also start here:Once in the preview portal click on the Azure Gallery at the bottom of the page shown in this...
Azure platform is going all out and it is burgeoning."Microsoft Azure DocumentDB is a document-oriented, NoSQL database service designed for modern mobile and web applications"The above from Microsoft site.Microsoft beefs its Azure Services portfolio with yet another service. Azure Doc...
Recent updates to Azure Mobile Services address the scalability of mobile apps and their real-time behavior.This was achieved by the following:.NET backend became generally available and can be used in production. This makes it possible to add a mobility layer to backend easily.Recent ...
This is a short presentation to introduce Azure IaaS essential features to IT pros. Azure will quickly become transparent for Windows administrators once the basic concepts are in place, which is what this presentation is trying to facilitate. This is...(read more)
Welcome to another in our new series of “Modernize your Infrastructure” articles.  Today I’m pleased to share with you the details of yet another free and easy-to-use assessment tool from Microsoft.  The purpose of this tool is to help you answer the followi...
The team of US DX IT Pro Technology Evangelists is doing another series of articles and TechNet Radio interviews.  The topic: Modernizing your Infrastructure.  The goal: To give you as many resources as you’ll need to get your infrastructure up to speed, whether you’re simply...
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Auto-Provisioning a New Active Directory Domain Controller in the Azure Cloud using the new VM Agent custom script extension via the Azure Management Portal.  Since then, several people in the community have asked about also automating the steps for ...
Matt Hester and Keith Mayer kick off a special 6 part series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [ 1:18 ] Why should I start...
In a previous post the details of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 was described.http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/08/visual-studio-2013-update-3-is-now.htmlIt was mentioned that you could also download Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Update 3, a program that you can use to...
- Azure's scalability and global reach support Centrix Software with the growing demand for workspace usage analytics Centrix Software, a workspace management expert and Microsoft Gold Partner, has adopted Microsoft Corp's cloud platform, Microsoft Azure, to help address the growing de...
Have you sailed the Med yet? If you live in Europe you may already be accustomed to escaping to the warm Mediterranean coasts, but many sailors (EU citizens included) haven’t yet taken their first Mediterranean charter or haven’t explored some its lesser known sailing destinations. Lat...
Following its new version release scheme, Microsoft today released the third update for Vsual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013. This release addresses some of the core IDE features.Image source: TechCrunch.com site.If you are using Visual Studio Ultimate, then Microsoft prov...
In a prior article, we walked through the process of auto-provisioning a new Windows Server Active Directory domain in the Cloud using a custom script that was processed via the Microsoft Azure VM Agent Custom Script Extension. In this article, we’ll build upon this scenario by a...
You can access corporate applications like the Office applications from anywhere using a variety of devices. In the last post you saw a Windows Client accessing WORD application on the 'hodenremote' service instance on Azure RemoteApp service. Creating a Service:Read here:http://hodent...
I have a Windows 8.1 Professional computer but I have not installed any Office application such as Word, Excel etc. By using the Azure RemoteApp I can access these Windows programs on the Azure servers and do everything I want to do with them. Read my previous post about creating a Azu...
A step-by-step procedure to create a Azure RemoteApp Service. Please review this post before you proceed with this one:http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/07/microsoft-offers-in-2014-desktop-as.htmlIn order to get on to it, you need to sign up by following this link:http://azure.mic...
The Azure Virtual Machine Agent Custom Script Extension allows you to download custom PowerShell scripts inside Azure VMs and execute them as part of the post-provisioning process.  Custom Script Extensions provide a great deal of flexibility for customizing the provisioning of ne...
The CTPs of the next major release of Visual Studio "14" (like other CTPs) are for testing and early adopters to try out (and hopefully provide no cost useful information to Microsoft) exciting new features.You can download and install them or, you can use the image on a pre-built Azur...
Latest release of SQL Server Data Tools(SSDT) is now available here:http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/hh297027This update is now available for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013Instead of the above link you can also get it from inside Visual Stuido 2012 via Tools -> Extensions and Updat...
Last week, I wrote an article about using the new Azure Preview Portal and new IaaS Resource Group Gallery templates to provision an entire cloud-based server farm in as little as eight mouse-clicks – complete with storage, virtual networking and multiple VM tiers. Since publish...
Tampa, Florida - July 22, 2014 - Forceworks, in only their third year as a Microsoft Partner, picked up their first Partner of the Year Award at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference this week in Washington D.C. Forceworks, […] Source: Forceworks Wins coveted Microsoft P...
In our ongoing "Building a Hybrid Cloud" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze , are back and in today’s episode they showcase the Windows Azure Pack Remote Console. Tune in for this in-depth, demo heavy episode as they show us how to configure a remote desktop gateway for V...
Microsoft Azure has provided two pricing schedules, Standard and Basic, and each has a set of configurations available for deploying a VM. This article provides a quick reference while highlighting important considerations for choosing a VM configuration...(read more)
As of today, the Azure Preview Portal now has the ability to deploy and manage IaaS workloads, including Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks and Cloud Storage!  One of the key new enhancements that the new Preview Portal experience provides is the ability to setup complex multi-tie...
This article details the Microsoft roadmap of major updates taking place (some have already) in 2014. For details follow this link:http://rcpmag.com/articles/2011/02/01/the-2011-microsoft-product-roadmap.aspxHere is a screen shot of the updates that are planned from the above site.In t...
Cloud computing security issues are constantly a top concern for IT leaders migrating to the cloud. There are many issues related to data security in the cloud and more than one approach to cloud security. Focusing on Infrastructure as a Service cloud security, there are five issues th...
Well this is good news for Microsoft because Microsoft was the first cloud services vendor to get this OK. Let us start expalining what this FedRamp JAB-PTO is.FedRamp:FedRamp stands for Federal Risk and Authorization Managment Program which has government-wide range and provides a sta...
Prague, Czech Republic, July 08, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Devart Team released the second version of a new online service for cloud data integration - Skyvia. The service enables users to integrate data in cloud CRMs and relational databases. Skyvia provides rich data integration functionali...
Windows Azure Pack provides enterprise or service providers to reap the benefits of Azure technology running on their own data centers rather than the Microsoft Azure Cloud Services. The Azure services can be deployed to current infrastructure which includes existing IT investments.It ...
In this module we'll be looking at the different ways in which you can invoke your Azure Automation Runbooks as well as how you can monitor their progress. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for ...
In this module we'll be stepping through the process of creating and publishing your first custom Runbook with Azure Automation. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various...
In this module we'll be discussing the process of importing and publishing a centralized Connect-Azure Runbook. We'll first define Runbook Authoring and then dive into a detailed demo on how to take that next step into automating the cloud by showing you how to import and publi...
In this module we'll show you how to connect to Microsoft Azure using Azure Automation by setting up your Azure Automation account as well as creating some basic assets that we'll use to connect and authenticate your Microsoft Azure subscription. This video is part of the Micro...
In this module we'll be going through the process of explaining what Azure Automation is and why its important for IT Pros as well as showing you how to sign up for the Azure Automation feature. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program de...
In this module we'll show you how to upload and import your VMs from Azure AWS to Microsoft Azure. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various Microsoft products and soluti...
In this module we'll be walking you through the process of how to prepare your VMs for migration from Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on var...
In this module we'll be discussing why organizations are choosing to migrate from Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure as well as call out some of the specific reasons why so many are making this move now. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free progra...
I attended the MongoDB World in NY city earlier this week on June 24th. and 25th. There were 2000 attendees for this first-time event. I met many people who flew in from all over the world. It was quite a … Continue reading →