Docker and Containers

One of the important new features in Windows Server 2016 is the option to deploy containers. By deploying containers, you can provide an isolated environment for applications. You can deploy multiple containers on single physical server or virtual server, and each container provides a complete operating environment for installed applications. Additionally, you can manage containers by using the open source Docker platform. Here is a great blog post that walks through using Docker Containers with Windows Server 2016 

My Server Admin Book

I’m teaching the 20740B Server 2016 Administration course today and as I was reviewing the material,  I remembered the book I started about two years ago. Due to artistic differences with the publisher, the book project never made it past the second chapter. However, I thought since I put in the work, I might has well share what I did get written. Maybe sometime down the road I will finish this project and self-publish a book. You just never know what might happen down the road.

MCSA: Windows 2016

 Passed two exams this week during the MCT Summit. I started with the 70-740: Installation, Storage, & Compute with Windows Server 2016. This was the one I studied for on the train, because I thought I was a little rusty on Virtual Machines and Clustering. But it was the simple stuff like REFS and Data Duplication that was tripping me up during the exam. Today, I took the third and final exam needed for the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification. Which of course is the 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016 exam. Again, I breezed through the difficult parts of the exam only to be hung up on a silly subnetting question. It was like I forgot how to do math. But a few extra minutes double checking my work and I knew I had it right. So that is 9 exams and 9 certifications in the last 6 months. I think I’m going to take the rest of the year off from Microsoft exams.

Windows 10 Features

win1010Are you an end user and interested in new Windows 10 Features? Well, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on exploration. From Windows Hello to the return of the Start Menu, check out this excellent presentation on Windows 10: Top Features for Consumers.

However, if you are an IT Professional you may want to go a little deeper into supporting Windows 10 in your workplace. Well, then you will also like this presentation along with Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals. Whatever your role, Windows 10 is the future and the future is now.

Containers and Docker

Containers-on-Host_thumbOver the last year, I’ve heard the word containers and docker thrown around and I was kind of curious as to what the commotion was all about. So I decided to go internet diving to see what I could find on Containers and Docker. Obviously, we start with Mark Russinovich who tells about Containers: Docker, Windows and Trends. Then a Quick Start: Windows Server Containers and Docker with the MSDN team. Finally, Jason Zander tells a little about New Windows Server containers and Azure Support.

Microsoft Devices Event

one-slide-to-summarize-microsoft-device-announcements-october-2015-1-638In the cloud first, mobile first world of Microsoft they have really entered the device market today at the Microsoft Devices Event where they introduced an entire line of upcoming products. You can watch the event here.

They products that were unveiled were the new Surface Pro 4, a new Surface Book, and three new Windows 10 phones: the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550. To be honest I have my eye on the Lumina 950XL. Other new products showcased during today’s event included the Microsoft Band 2 fitness wearable and the HoloLens holographic computing device; Microsoft also announced a Windows 10 update for its Xbox One game console coming in November.

Binge on AzureCon

FkcPa4PMBinge on AzureCon – By now you will probably have heard of Azure and have gotten lost in a mountain of terminology, such as virtual networks, Azure SQL Databases, web apps, worker roles, Azure AD, and the list just goes on and on. Doesn’t it just make your head hurt. Well, never fear.. AzureCon is here. That right, Binge watch and learn what Azure is all about, what can be done with it, and what role you can take as an IT professional to implement it in your work environment. Your competitors are watching… don’t let the future pass you up.

Windows Server 2016 TP3


Nearly three months after the release of its previous version, Microsoft has finally released the update to Windows Server, dubbed as Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3. Find out more here.


Administrators everywhere have been waiting for these tools to land, and now they have – as part of a much larger release today, including Technical Preview 3 for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. The Remote Server Administration Tools (or, RSAT), include tools to remotely manage Windows Servers. This set, released today, allow even Windows 10 users to manage their servers. Find out more here.

Mobility Transformed Events

WindowsMobileDid you miss Ignite? We are hitting the road and heading to 11 cities across the US. Come join members of the Microsoft product team for interactive discussions & demos at our Mobility Transformed: The Path to Windows 10 event series. Be one of the first to learn tips and tricks for Windows 10, Office 365, and more to ensure you are on the leading edge of devices and services. Register today for our IT Pro Event: