Modernizing Your Data Center Jump Start

With Windows Server 2003 reaching the end of support in less than a year, many IT Pros want to get ahead of the process. Explore modernization and data center transformation options, storage, networking, and the cloud, with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Find out what you need to update your data center to match your workloads.

Join experts Matt Hester and Jennelle Crothers for a demo-rich look at administration tools, storage improvements, Hyper-V, and best practices for virtualizing domain controllers, plus how to simplify day-to-day server management with PowerShell and Desired State Configuration. Explore Microsoft Azure and how to make hybrid cloud a reality. And review the four major steps for planning a migration project. Take this opportunity to get your modernization questions answered!

Course Outline:

  • ​​Windows Server 2012 R2 and Automation
  • Azure Infrastructure as a Service
  • Migration Processes, Roles, and Tools
Instructor Team
​Matt Hester | Microsoft Senior Information Technology Professional Evangelist | @matthewhester

Matt Hester is a Senior Information Technology Professional Evangelist for Microsoft. He has been involved in the IT Pro community for more than 20 years, and he is a skilled and experienced evangelist who presents to audiences nationally and internationally.

Before joining Microsoft, Matt spent more than eight years as a highly successful Microsoft Certified Trainer. Since joining Microsoft, Matt continues to be heavily involved in IT Pro community as an IT Pro Evangelist. He has presented to groups of as few as 10 people and as many as 5,000 and more. Matt has written articles for TechNet magazine and is the author of three books: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference, Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows PowerShell 2.0, and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Administration Instant Reference.

Follow Matt on his blog!

Jennelle Crothers | Microsoft Technical Evangelist | @jkc137

Before joining Microsoft, Jennelle Crothers spent 15 years as a Systems Administrator "jack of all trades" overseeing Windows domains, Exchange Server, desktops, and other IT systems, where she struck fear into the hearts of end users with complex password policies and email retention tags. As a Technology Evangelist for IT Professionals, she speaks to members of the IT community about what's new and cool with Microsoft technologies.

Jennelle is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Enterprise Administrator for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) for Windows Server 2003 and Messaging, and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows 8. She was awarded her fourth MVP Award in January 2013.

Keep up with Jennelle on her blog.

Live Event Details
October 28, 2014
9:00am–2:00pm PDT
What: Fast-paced live virtual session
Cost: Free
Audience: IT Pros, generalists, and others working with Windows Server 2003

Familiarity with Windows Server and with data center requirements