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bio website blogs.technet.com/haroldwong
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age 45
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I am a Sr. IT Pro Evangelist with Microsoft and have been focused on Private and Public Cloud technologies. As an Evangelist with the US Developer and Platform Evangelism organization, I spend my time supporting the IT Pro community with blog entries that provide content, resources and solutions. You can also find me speaking at different events, tweeting (@haroldwong) and generally “geeking out” on all things IT Pro.

Over the past twelve plus years with Microsoft, I have engaged with thousands of IT Professionals working in various sized companies to help them better understand the different infrastructure technologies offered by Microsoft. Historically, I've been known for my work with the Unified Communications stack (Exchange and Lync) but over the last year and a half, I have also made a name for myself with Private and Public Cloud. I am a big proponent of certification and have taken the time to obtain the following certifications: MCITP Enterprise Administrator, MCITP Server Administrator, MCITP Enterprise Messaging Administrator and VMware VCP5.

One of the building blocks that an organization needs to adopt and understand to get to the private cloud is Virtualization. With that in mind, I have also taken time to focus on virtualization and helping IT Pros get more familiar with the technology and how to best utilize it within their IT shop. Virtualization is much more than just cost reduction and server consolodation. If I consolodate 50 physical servers by virtualizing onto 3 hypervisor hosts, I still have to manage 50 servers plus the three hypervisor hosts. Therefore, the virtualization strategy has to take into account more than just the hypervisor but also the end to end management of the environment. That's why I believe there is so much more to this topic than just choosing one hypervisor over another or how many VMs to put on one hypervisor host. I will be discussing these different areas in my posts while having some fun too.

Outside of work, I really enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids. I also happen to be a big caffeine addict and usually start my morning off with a mocha that I make at home or that I purchase at Starbucks. When purchasing from Starbucks, my poison of choice is a triple, venti, soy, no whip, no foam, 3 pump mocha with 5 scoops of matcha (not steamed). When I save up enough money, I also like to go grab some sushi - especially at Mido's in Chandler, AZ with my family (how can you go wrong with great all you can eat for $20??).

Please reach out to me via comments on my blog or email or phone or in-person at the various events I attend and participate in.


Feb
27
answered Replacing a file server, will links break?
Feb
21
comment Dell SCCM 2012 Integration and deployment packs - Do they support Windows Server 2012 yet?
Gotcha. Misunderstood the question and thought it was related directly to System Center 2012 only. I will ask around as well.
Feb
20
answered Dell SCCM 2012 Integration and deployment packs - Do they support Windows Server 2012 yet?
Feb
19
comment OWA access for newly created users
Just for clarification. Did you create the mailbox from the Exchange Management Console or from the AD Users and Computers tool?
Feb
19
comment Adding 2nd Exchange server for remote users current access too slow
Exchange Server 2010 will not interact with a RODC, but requires a writeable DC. I would start here: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998636(v=exchg.141).aspx for planning and deployment documentation.
Feb
19
answered Adding 2nd Exchange server for remote users current access too slow
Feb
18
comment How to create new domain w/ Hyper-V 2012 hosting the DC server?
Yup, so long as the installation is only running Hyper-V, you are legally allowed to run two Virtual Machines of Windows Server without any additional licensing.
Feb
13
comment How to create new domain w/ Hyper-V 2012 hosting the DC server?
@Monofurioso For a small business customer, I question whether it is a good idea to use the free Hyper-V Server as that is a bit more difficult for them to deal with. You can always install Windows Server 2012, configure all the base infrastructure settings (computer name, IP address, etc.) and then uninstall the Server Graphical Shell if you want to minimize the attack surface. This will then allow you to locally manage the server using graphical tools such as Hyper-V Manager and even join the domain. As long as you only enable Hyper-V on the host, you still have the license to run 2 VMs.
Feb
13
answered Hyper-V 2012 move fails to another Hyper-V 2012 host while using Windows 8 machine to do the move
Feb
12
comment Oversubscribing virtual servers
Joel, You should use Performance Monitor to capture statistics on utlization. Be sure to use the counters that start with "Hyper-V" so that you get accurate information. There are quite a few items that relate to logical processors, virtual processors (for a given VM even), dynamic memory, memory in general and so on.
Feb
11
answered Compact/Shrink an Expandable/Dynamic VHD to fully recover space
Feb
6
comment Windows failover cluster - Delegate permissions to Domain user to move a group to another node
Are you using System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager? If so, you should be able to setup the Self Service Portal to enable this.
Jan
24
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Jan
24
comment Is there a way with Hyper-V to use the wireless network on my server?
That sucks. I can't figure out why your wireless adapter isn't recognized by Hyper-V. Perhaps you can call Microsoft support??
Jan
18
comment Is there a way with Hyper-V to use the wireless network on my server?
Are you able to connect to a wireless network successfully?
Jan
18
answered netbios domain rename
Jan
18
comment Should we upgrade our Windows 2003 DCs?
The nice thing about domain controllers is that they replicate to each other. When you get the new hardware down the road, install the latest version of Windows Server on it, join the domain and make it a DC for your existing Domain. Transfer all the FSMO roles to the new DC(s) before retiring your old ones. Hence, no in-place upgrade required. The challenge will be if your DC also does a bunch of other things in which case you would need to migrate those services and applications as well.
Jan
17
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Jan
17
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Jan
17
comment Small Office server rack - power requirements
I would go with a 4-Plex rather than a 2 recepticle and bump to 30 amp. If you are like me, the power requirements will likely go up in the future and I like extra wingle room. Most rack mount power strips I've worked with are the regular 3 prong adapter so you should be fine.