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Regardless of whether your Software Startup builds apps on the Microsoft stack, Linux, iOS or Android, Microsoft BizSpark provides qualified software startups with thousands of $$$ in free Cloud, Software and Tools to reduce startup costs and accelerate business growth.

Watch this video to step through the process of joining Microsoft BizSpark in about 5 minutes and begin leveraging your free benefits!
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Step-by-Step: Offline VM Template Servicing with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and PowerShell
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* WIN a Surface Pro! * Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win one of the following fantastic prizes:

* Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro devices with TypePad keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)

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Get the details and enter to win at: http://aka.ms/cc201311

* GOOD LUCK! *
Private Cloud, Virtualization and Systems Management. Be an Early Expert on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure and Windows 8.
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Backup and Recovery of Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 - Looking for System Image Backup?

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/09/17/backup-amp-recovery-of-windows-8-windows8-itpro-tipoftheday.aspx
Private Cloud, Virtualization and Systems Management. Be an Early Expert on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure and Windows 8.
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VMware or Microsoft? Automated Server Workload Balancing for Heterogeneous Private Clouds

VMware vSphere 5.x includes automated server workload balancing in the vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise+ premium suites via two feature sets: Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  DRS and DPM together are intended to provide an automated method for balancing compute capacity and reducing energy consumption in a highly virtualized datacenter.

These capabilities are important to ensure that an organization is efficiently leveraging virtualization host capacity in a manner that provides greatest performance benefits while reducing ongoing operating costs.  However, research has shown that 65% to 70% of organizations are running more than one hypervisor.  As a result, it’s necessary to provide these capabilities universally on every hypervisor platform in use – not on just the most expensive editions of a single hypervisor.

In this article, we’ll briefly describe each of these key technical areas and contrast with how these same capabilities are delivered in Windows Server 2012, our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisor, and System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) across multiple hypervisors in a heterogeneous Private Cloud ...

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/09/05/vmware-or-microsoft-automated-server-workload-balancing-for-private-clouds.aspx
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VMware or Microsoft? FREE Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuously Available Datacenters with Hyper-V Server 2012

In this article, we'll discuss Cluster Aware Updating (CAU) as an included core feature of both Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012. CAU provides an easy-to-implement solution that provides orchestrated patch management for Hyper-V hosts and clustered application workloads - perfect for maintaining up-to-date patches in a continuously available datacenter!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/08/21/vmware-or-microsoft-hypervisor-patch-management-for-continuous-availability-datacenters.aspx

At the end of this article, I'll also provide a list of prescriptive step-by-step resources that you can leverage to get a jumpstart on leveraging CAU in your shop ... Let's get started!
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FREE EBOOK: Microsoft System Center - Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, Windows Azure and Virtual Machine Manager
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VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance ...
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VMware or Microsoft? Shopping for Private Clouds

At a recent community event, I met “Scott”, a savvy IT Pro who was in the process of planning the architecture for a new datacenter location at his company.  Scott is an experienced datacenter engineer who manages several other virtualized datacenters.  Although he is currently running VMware for the hypervisor platform in his existing datacenters, he was intrigued by Windows Server 2012 and the free Hyper-V Server 2012 enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisor, primarily because he had been hearing good things about Hyper-V from peers who had been evaluating Microsoft Private Cloud in their organizations.

So, Scott decided to go on a “shopping trip” to explore what would be involved with implementing the Private Cloud solution he was looking for in his next datacenter. What Scott found really surprised him in terms of capabilities and dramatic cost differences when leveraging Microsoft Private Cloud vs the related VMware offerings. Read on to learn about Scott’s findings … you may be shocked too!

This article provides a summary of Scott’s interesting journey and reports on his findings from his research on implementing Private Clouds using Microsoft Private Cloud vs VMware vSphere, vCenter and vCloud offerings ...

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/09/09/vmware-or-microsoft-shopping-for-private-clouds.aspx
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FREE EBOOK: Get started as an "Early Expert" on Windows Server 2012 R2!

Windows Server 2012 R2 is the next major release of Windows Server … and it’s almost HERE! As announced on Brad Anderson’s In The Cloud blog, this new R2 release has already been released to manufacturing (RTM) for our OEM partners and will be generally available in just a few short weeks on October 18th.

In this article, I provide a brief introduction to some of the new capabilities that I’m most excited about, along with the steps that you can use to download a new eBook for FREE: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release.

•Get your FREE eBook ▸  http://aka.ms/EarlyExpertsR2

Hope you enjoy!

- Keith

http://KeithMayer.com
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Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services for Building Your Lab!

Looking for a rapid, cost-effective way to provision an on-demand Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux lab environment without the need for local on-premises lab hardware? And ... it's MUCH faster than downloading all the installation bits.

Check out Windows Azure!

Follow these 4 easy steps to get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services on the Windows Azure Cloud Platform!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/08/20/activate-free-windows-azure-trial-subscription.aspx

Once you've tried it, be sure to share your thoughts below on leveraging Windows Azure as your IT lab ...

- Keith

http://KeithMayer.com
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    IT Evangelist, present
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Buffalo, NY - Baltimore, MD - Redmond, WA
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Technical Evangelist ♦ Helping Clients Dream ♦ Delivering Best Practices in Enterprise IT
Introduction
Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.
 
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
 
Visit http://about.me/KeithMayer for more details on Keith and connect with Keith online at his primary blog located at http://KeithMayer.com.
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MCITP: SharePoint 2010, MCITP: Windows Server 2008, MCSE 2003, MCT, MCTS: System Center, MCTS: Virtualization, CCNP, CTT+, Project+
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  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    Computer Science
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