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Download Visual Studio .NET Universe 2014 Poster with Hyperlinks #DEV #VisualStudio #HybridCloud

NET Poster

This poster shows how the trends are changing in .NET as we´re moving from a single large .NET Framework to a more loosely coupled and autonomous libraries and sub-frameworks, many of them even published as NuGet packages and evolving continuosly. The number of those libs and packages is evolving and growing, so having a visual photo of it can be helpful. The main idea of the poster is to show that you can create any kind of application with .NET, from the largest applications to the smaller apps: in the cloud, on the web, on desktops, tablets, phones, and in embedded environments (even watches!). Any of those application types is shown as category/bucket in the poster and within each bucket we´re tossing the main libraries/SDKs/packages out. Then we´re also showing cross-cutting concerns buckets like Security, Data Access, and .NET Extension libs. The main categories are the following: – Emerging application patterns (Mobile, Web & Cloud) – Established application patterns (Desktop and Embedded) – Cross-Cutting concerns Finally, the poster is putting a check/mark on every lib/SDK bullet depending if they are or not complaint with the following: – NuGet package – Open Source – Microsoft Official Supported You can print it out or use it as in electronic format (.PDF). Using the electronic format (.PDF) allows you to access each content URL/page related.

You can download the .NET Universe 2014 Poster with hyperlinks here

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Product Documentation for Microsoft #SQL Server 2014 for firewall and proxy restricted environments


Users who want a local help experience can download the documentation in one of two ways after using SQL Server Setup to install the help viewer and related components:

For systems that are behind a firewall or proxy and have no access to the Internet go to a computer that has an internet connection and download the self-extracting EXE package on this page that contains the product documentation. Follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to extract the documentation and then use Help Library Manager to add the documentation to your local help collections.

For systems that have an Internet connection you do not need to use this download. Instead, launch Help Library Manager to configure the Help Viewer to use local help and download the Help collections. For more information about using the Help Library Manager to configure help options and download content, see Adding and Removing Help Collections.

You can download the Microsoft product documentation of SQL Server 2014 here

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Overview poster of Azure features, services, and common uses #Azure #Cloud #sysctr #Hyperv

AzureMicrosoft Overview of Azure features, Services and comon uses

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.
You can build applications using any language, tool,or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

Microsoft Four primary models for building and running apps :

Azure 1

Azure 2

Azure 3

Azure 4

Choose from an extensive service catalog :

Azure 5

Azure 6You can download this Microsoft Azure Overview poster here

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FREE WhitePaper : Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Guide #WAPack #sysctr #SCVMM #Hyperv #Cloud

WAPack Cloud

When you want to start with Microsoft Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 to make your own Cloud Services, this WhitePaper can help you getting started.

You can download the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Guide here

I wish you a lot of success with building your own Microsoft Cloud Services with #WAPack

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Microsoft Azure Automation from the Cloud #Azure #SMA

Azure Automation

Today I was reading about Microsoft Azure Automation and got some interesting links to share with the community when you want to start with automation.

Powershell Workflow

It’s all about Powershell workflows to start with.

Windows PowerShell Workflow is a powerful solution that can gather data from and make changes to hundreds of computers every time it runs. Plan the workflow design for simplicity and efficiency. Keep in mind that the workflow can suspend itself or be suspended by users, that it can be controlled from numerous PSSessions that connect to a single server-side process, that it can survive restarts, include commands and functions that run in parallel, and that each command runs its own session.

From here you learn to write your own powershell workflow script

When you understand how Powershell workflow scripting works, Microsoft has a central  ScriptCenter where you can find all kind of scripts made by the community.
Ps. when you download a script, please test it first in your test environment before you run it in production !

Now let’s get started with Microsoft Azure Automation ! ;-)

Windows Azure AutomationWhile I’m writing this blogpost, Microsoft Azure Automation is still Preview and you have to add it to your Microsoft Azure subscription.
Here you find more information getting started with Azure Automation

Automation AccountFrom here you are ready to GO for Automating your jobs in the Cloud

Here are some Awesome blogposts about Getting started with Microsoft Azure Automation and Runbooks :


Getting Started with SMA Runbooks

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog

Azure SMA

Azure Automation: Authenticating to Azure using Azure Active Directory

Introduction to Microsoft Azure Automation video presentation by MSFT Eamon O’Reilly & Beth Cooper at TechEd North America 2014

I wish you all a lot of success in automating those workflows in the Cloud ;-)

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#Microsoft Cloud in a Box with Dell PowerEdge VRTX #CloudOS #sysctr #Azure #Dell


In June 2013,  I was introducing the Dell PowerEdge VRTX for Hybrid Cloud with System Center 2012 SP1 Suite with a video and a Hyper-V 2012 Reference Architecture guide.
You can find that blogpost here

Now  the Dell PowerEdge VRTX All-In-The-Box Solution works great together with Microsoft Cloud :

4ward is pleased to offer the first appliance for the Cloud on the market, specifically designed for both Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and for organizations with offices, departments or branch offices. A solution that once the first setup is completed is fully supported by Dell, 24×7, through their ProSupport services, for the Windows components and by Microsoft for the System Center part, it is based on an unique infrastructure in the industry:
Dell PowerEdge VRTX, a converged system that can enable any organization to implement a Data Center with a solution in-a-box, even within an office.
Thanks to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and the intellectual property of 4ward customers can order and receive a private Cloud solution that will be deployed at the first boot of the system with the help of a wizard. Just as easily could be extended to a public Cloud, creating a hybrid solution. Through the Cloud in-a-box appliance, workloads and services will get geographical high availability, scale up and scale down features, always letting the characteristics of the IT infrastructure perfectly adhere
business needs, even if for intense and short periods of time.
All this at the cost of a virtualization infrastructure.

Here you see more detailed technical information of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX :

VRTX Config


Dell VRTX front Rear

Dell VRTX SolutionAll in One Box

Cloud in a box OverviewWith Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2
You are ready for Microsoft Cloud OS.


With this Big Datacenter in a Little box you got a lot of benefits :

  • Reduce costs like power consumption
  • Flexible in moving
  • Datacenter Rackspace
  • Microsoft Cloud OS

SDN Microsoft Azure

Software Defined Networking will do the rest for you :-)

For Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and Educational institutes you can build now Twin Datacenters for disasterrecovery with Hyper-V Recovery manager (Microsoft Azure) for low costs.

hyper-v-recovery-managerYou Need two Dell PowerEdge VRTX

With all the possibilities of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX I can recommend every SME company this sollution Cloud in a Box.

Here you see the Dell PowerEdge VRTX with Microsoft and 4ward making a Private Cloud in One Hour.


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