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#Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6 Now Available! #Winserv #SQL2016 #Azure #Office365 #Cloud #Tool

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Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments. More information about MAP Toolkit can you find here

Software Requirements:
        • Operating system. Any of the following:
          • Windows 10 (Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows Server 2012 R2
          • Windows Server 2012
          • Windows Server 2016
          • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
        • .NET Framework 4.5 (download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=389161)
        • Installation of all updates for the operating system. Note: In some cases updates may not install automatically. To download updates for your computer manually, go to http://update.microsoft.com/.
        • By default, the MAP Toolkit will install SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB during setup. You may also use an existing installation of SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, or SQL Server 2012 if you create an instance named “MAPS” before running the MAP Toolkit installer. The MAP Toolkit requires the collation order of the database engine to be set to “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”.

Notes:

        • Some of these prerequisites require restarting your computer. You may have to restart multiple times if all the prerequisites are not met prior to running Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit setup.

Scenario-dependent requirements:

    • For machines that will be used to run the Forefront Endpoint Protection Usage Tracking, Lync Usage Tracking, Exchange Server Usage Tracking, or Volume Licensing scenarios, please note: PowerShell 2.0 or higher must be installed.
    • For machines that will be used to collect Oracle schema information, please note: The 64 bit Oracle client must be installed on the MAP machine to collect the schema information. If the 64 bit client is not installed, MAP will only be able to collect instance information. MAP will not collect schema information if the 32 bit Oracle client is installed.

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Sizing Example in Excel

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With MAP Toolkit Training available 😉

You can download MAP Toolkit 9.6 here

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Register for #Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 in Amsterdam March 23 – 24 #Azure #Cloud #Winserv

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Microsoft Tech Summit Amsterdam

Build your cloud and infrastructure skills with a two-day free technical training event March 23-24, 2017.

More information about the Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 Amsterdam and Registration you can find here

Here you find more cities for Microsoft Tech Summit 2017  Event when you are not from the Netherlands.

Hope to meet you in Amsterdam 😉 #MVPbuzz

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Microsoft #AzureStack documentation website for #Azure in your Datacenter #Cloud

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Azure Stack Technical Documentation site

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Azure Stack documentation in one PDF file for Download 😉

Have a look at the Microsoft Azure Stack documentation site to learn and deploy Azure in your own datacenter for Cloud Services.

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Learn #JSON with Microsoft #Azure Resource Manager and Visual Studio #Code for #AzureStack #Cloud

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The infrastructure for your application is typically made up of many components – maybe a virtual machine, storage account, and virtual network, or a web app, database, database server, and 3rd party services. You do not see these components as separate entities, instead you see them as related and interdependent parts of a single entity. You want to deploy, manage, and monitor them as a group. Azure Resource Manager enables you to work with the resources in your solution as a group. You can deploy, update, or delete all the resources for your solution in a single, coordinated operation. You use a template for deployment and that template can work for different environments such as testing, staging, and production. Resource Manager provides security, auditing, and tagging features to help you manage your resources after deployment.

The benefits of using Resource Manager

Resource Manager provides several benefits:

  • You can deploy, manage, and monitor all the resources for your solution as a group, rather than handling these resources individually.
  • You can repeatedly deploy your solution throughout the development lifecycle and have confidence your resources are deployed in a consistent state.
  • You can manage your infrastructure through declarative templates rather than scripts.
  • You can define the dependencies between resources so they are deployed in the correct order.
  • You can apply access control to all services in your resource group because Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is natively integrated into the management platform.
  • You can apply tags to resources to logically organize all the resources in your subscription.
  • You can clarify your organization’s billing by viewing costs for a group of resources sharing the same tag.

Resource Manager provides a new way to deploy and manage your solutions. If you used the earlier deployment model and want to learn about the changes, see Understanding Resource Manager deployment and classic deployment.

Here you find the Microsoft Azure Resource Manager Overview documentation

Working with Azure Resource Manager Templates in Visual Studio Code :

Azure Resource Manager templates are JSON files that describe a resource and related dependencies. These files can sometimes be large and complicated so tooling support is important. Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, open-source, cross-platform code editor. It supports creating and editing Resource Manager templates through a new extension. VS Code runs everywhere and doesn’t require Internet access unless you also want to deploy your Resource Manager templates.

If you do not already have VS Code, you can install it at https://code.visualstudio.com/.

Working with Azure Resource Manager and Visual Studio Code start here

What I really like is ARMVIZ, this is a visualizer of your JSON templates and here you can learn more about making JSON templates for your Solutions.

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Get Started today and build your Own JSON Templates for Microsoft Azure or Azure Stack Cloud solutions.

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Join #Microsoft Community Event of the Year #ExpertsLive2016 Register Now!

experts-live-2016Experts Live is an independent platform for IT Pros around Microsoft solutions. A platform by and for the community. Each year Experts Live is organizing a large-scale knowledge event. It has grown to become the largest Microsoft community event of the Benelux where more than 1000 visitors come together.
National and International community experts talk with visitors fully with latest Microsoft technologies in one day. Through the years, well-known speakers and MVPs are associated with this event.
This year find Experts Live on Tuesday 22nd November. Experts Live 2016 offers more than 40 breakout sessions, an opening and closing keynote !

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Go to the Website of Experts Live and Register to Join the Microsoft Community world Experts Live 2016 Event

Hope to meet your there 😉

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#MSIgnite recorded Video Sessions #Azure #AzureStack #MSOMS #Sysctr #Winserv and More

Take your management and security strategy to the cloud with Operations Management Suite (OMS)

Review Microsoft Azure Stack with Jeffrey Snover and Mark Russinovich

Dive deep into Operations Management Suite for applications and infrastructure

Here you find all the recorded Microsoft Ignite video sessions 2016

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Microsoft #AzureStack Technical Preview 2 Available at #MSIgnite 2016 Event

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Microsoft Azure Stack POC architecture

Microsoft Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 is being made available through a Proof of Concept (POC). The POC is an environment for learning and demonstrating Azure Stack features. It lets you deploy all required components on a single physical machine to create an environment for evaluating key concepts and capabilities, and validating the extensibility model for APIs.

Azure Stack deployment prerequisites

Before you deploy Azure Stack POC (Proof of Concept), make sure your computer meets the following requirements. The Technical Preview 2 deployment requirements for the POC are the same as those required for Technical Preview 1. Therefore, you can use the same hardware that you used for the previous single-box preview.

 make sure you have the right hardware configuration with this Script

This standalone script goes through the pre-requisites checks done by the setup for Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 (TP2). It provides a way to confirm you are meeting the hardware and software requirements, before downloading the larger package for Azure Stack TP2

Here you can download Microsoft Azure Stack TP2

Build and deploy your application the same way whether it runs on Azure or Azure Stack. Use Azure Resource Manager to build reusable application templates for both traditional and cloud-native apps. Use role-based access control in Azure Resource Manager and Azure Active Directory to enable fine-grained access to application resources. Write to the same Azure APIs. Use the same Azure SDK. With Active Directory Federation Services supported, you can authenticate your apps to Azure Active Directory or your on-premises Active Directory. Continue to use Visual Studio as your development canvas. Or use PowerShell to deploy if that’s what you prefer. Just like Azure, you get a broad choice of open source technologies including Linux, Java, Node.js, and PHP.

Download the Azure SDKs

Read a whitepaper on Azure Resource Manager

What’s new in Azure Stack Technical Preview 2

 

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Start with your AzureStack TP2 POC 😉