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16 Years and 54 Days ago…… (subtitled TLDR)…..

September 29th, 1997 - I walked in the door of a Microsoft office build named “Hilltop” in Las...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 11/22/2013

Register now for West Region IT Camps! Get Hands on Lab experience in Datacenter Virtualization!

We are keeping the pedal to the metal with our IT Camps!! Industry experts estimate that over 70% of...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/30/2013

Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing the Storage Cost for your VDI Deployments with VHD De-duplication for VDI

My co-worker – Matt Hester brings us the next post in our Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Blog...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/25/2013

What’s New R2?: iSCSI Target Server updates – Part 1: Remote Storage on the Cheap!

In today’s virtualized computing world where we are eeking out every bit of performance and...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/24/2013

Enterprise PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services (Part 1 of 2)

My co-worker – Yung Chou – brings us Part 1 of a 2 Part blog post on using PKI in an enterprise...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/21/2013

Have a great idea for a game? Bring it to life at Game On!

Select a date below to register online. Location Date Tempe, AZ 10/23 Lehi, UT 11/6 Irvine, CA 11/12...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/15/2013

TechDays: Hyper-V Deep Dive – November 14-15, 2013

If you are in the San Francisco Bay area this Friday (or next month!) next month, check out...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/09/2013

Windows Azure cloud services achieve critical federal security milestone!

Recently announced by Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal on the Official...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/03/2013

Update - Performing an in place upgrade of Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2

A little less than 24 hours ago, I performed an in-place upgrade of my all purpose server from...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/02/2013

Performing an in place upgrade of Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2

I have been running Windows Server 2008 R2 as my primary production server platform since it’s...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/01/2013

Register NOW for upcoming Virtualization IT Camps

We are keeping the pedal to the metal with our IT Camps!! Industry experts estimate that over 70% of...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 10/01/2013

VMware or Microsoft? What does Availability mean in YOUR Cloud?

Keith Mayer brings us the next post in out VMware of Microsoft virtualization series. here is an...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/30/2013

What’s New, R2? – BitLocker: New updates and Why would I use it on a Server?

You can play around with and test the features I will be discussing in this series by download the...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/29/2013

What’s New, R2? – Networking: 802.1X Authentication

You can play around with and test the features I will be discussing in this series by download the...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/28/2013

What’s New, R2? – Introduction

With the general availability release of Windows Server 2012 R2 only 3 weeks away now, I am starting...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/27/2013

VMware or Microsoft? Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX

Network Virtualization, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at-large, have been getting a lot of...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/26/2013

Registration is open for Developer Camp in cities across the US!

Join a Microsoft Developer Camp and learn the critical skills that modern developers need to know....

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/25/2013

Get the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Bits

Now is the time to gets some hands on experience working with Windows Server 2012 R2!  There...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/25/2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software and Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud

For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/24/2013

VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-a-Glance

Keith Mayer delivers today's post in our VMware or Microsoft series. Keith titled his post as...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/24/2013

VMware or Microsoft?–How robust is your availability?

Kevin Remde, my friend and peer from the Central DPE Region brings us the next post in our series....

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/19/2013

VMware or Microsoft?–Agentless Backup for Virtual Environments

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of an old friend and coworker, who is still a friend but who now...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/18/2013

Get an Inside Look at Microsoft Datacenters and Hardware

Have you ever wondered what a datacenter looks like?  Maybe you saw a datacenter 5 years ago. I...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/17/2013

VMware or Microsoft – VDI–A Look at Supportability and More!

Tommy Patterson delivers the next post in our VMware OR Microsoft Series – Here is an excerpt…....

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/16/2013

Last Chance to Register for the Bellevue and Portland Windows Azure IT Camps – Free Hands on Azure training!

Here is a little snapshot of what we will be doing at the IT Camps in Bellevue and Portland (as well...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/15/2013

FREE IT Camps around the US – Get hands on experience with Windows Azure (again….FREE!)

Okay folks, I am going to toss a little reality your way. These are tough times. Wages are flat, the...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/14/2013

VMware or Microsoft: Offloading your Storage

Storage is one the main key factors we look at when trying to improve our virtualization...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/13/2013

VMware or Microsoft–Replaceable? or Extensible? What kind of virtual switch do you want?

There has been a fair amount of press in the last few years regarding the virtual networking...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/12/2013

VMware or Microsoft? Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds

In our ongoing blog series – VMware or Microsoft – my co-worker, Keith Mayer delivers today’s post...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/11/2013

Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/11/2013

VMware or Microsoft–Shopping for Private Clouds

Keith Mayer delivers the most recent post in our VMware or Microsoft series. In Keith’s posting he...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/10/2013

Windows Azure IT Camp Available in select cities (West Region)

Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? Learn how to use Windows Azure to extend an...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/10/2013

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...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/05/2013

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...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/04/2013

VMware or Microsoft?: Can I get an App with that?

Matt Hester, one of our IT Evangelists out of the great state of Texas, has made the most recent...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/03/2013

I love infographics!

I really do!   I am a visual person and well done infographics help me wrap my head around...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/03/2013

Microsoft Events–US West Region Developer and Platform Evangelism Team

  As many of you know, I am one person on a worldwide team of Microsoft Evangelists. Our...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/03/2013

VMware of Microsoft - Advanced Memory Management in a Virtual World – Not All Memory Management is Equal

  Welcome to another of our series of “VMware or Microsoft?” articles. Today, my co-worker –...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/03/2013

Back from a vacation….

I am backlogged on a few posts from the VMware series, my Learning PowerShell series, and need to do...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 09/03/2013

VMware or Microsoft? Protect Private Clouds with Site-to-Site Failover using Hyper-V Replica and Windows Azure HRM

The US Developer & Platform Evangelism team continues their VMware or Microsoft series with...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/23/2013

VMware or Microsoft: Protecting VM’s – Agents or Agentless?

“When it comes to protecting VM’s, treat your virtual machines exactly like you do your physical...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/22/2013

VMware or Microsoft? FREE Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuous Availability with Hyper-V Server 2012

In our on-going series on VMware or Microsoft, my co-worker, Keith Mayer dives deeper into the...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/21/2013

VMware of Microsoft: Virtual Processor Scheduling – How VMware and Microsoft hypervisors work at the CPU level

Have you ever wondered how virtual machines get access to the physical processor cores in the...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/20/2013

VMware or Microsoft? Let’s Talk Certifications!

  My co-worker, Matter Hester, is VCP Certified. Most of my peers that are a part of out VMware...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/19/2013

VMware or Microsoft: When it comes to hypervisors does size really matter?

    The Hyper-V vs. vSphere Hypervisor Footprint War Continues   When it comes to...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/16/2013

VMware or Microsoft? Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

In today’s article on our “VMWare or Microsoft?” Blog Series, my peer, Keith Mayer, discusses a key...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/15/2013

Day 4 of Learning PowerShell 3.0 in a Month of Lunches

I posted about getting more in depth with PowerShell a couple weeks ago. I am using the excellent...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/15/2013

VMware or Microsoft: Simplified Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime

  Many IT Pros still don’t know that Microsoft offers a bare metal hypervisor. Microsoft...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/14/2013

VMware or Microsoft?– What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor”?

My fellow IT Evangelist, Kevin Remde just posted the first in a series of “VMware or Microsoft”...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/13/2013

The first 3 days of Learning PowerShell 3.0 In A Month Of Lunches

If you didn’t catch it, I posted about getting more in depth with PowerShell a couple weeks ago. I...

Author: Chris E. Avis Date: 08/13/2013

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