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So day three now of lessons learned within this blog series. Kevin started us out with his lessons here, then yesterday Brian Lewis told us what he learned, and now today is my turn. Part of this post originally appeared on my blog October 5, hey I wrote it so I gave myself permission to leverage here: Last week I was part of a team that traveled to San Jose, CA. Our mission was to get some hands-on experience, and build a test lab that we can use to demo System Center, Private Cloud, VDI, Clustering, etc. etc., etc. for our events over the next few months. Our Monday got off to a slow start, President Obama was in Silicon Valley to give a "LinkedIn" chat (not sure why he couldn't have done this remotely), but do you know what happens to "the 101" when The President is on the move? I got out of the car in the middle of the lane on the 101 and took this picture. ... (more)

Windows 8 Beta Released

Probably the worst kept secret today. Yes the Customer Preview is available for download today. Did we slow the internet today? Get your Windows 8 Preview here Windows 8 Consumer Preview It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's your chance to be one of the first to try it out. Get it now Developers Start building apps now IT pros Get resources for businesses See what's new Swipe, slide, and zoom Touch a full-powered PC. It's fast and it's fluid. Take nat... (more)

Windows 8 Had Three Different Product Guides

We have three different guides one for consumers, one for business, and of course developers. The consumer one: Welcome to the Windows® 8 Consumer Preview. Windows 8 has been reimagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled slates and lightweight laptops, to large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens. It's smooth, intuitive, and gives you instant access to your people, apps, and stuff, so you spend less time searching and more time doing. Download it here: Product Guide for Consum... (more)

Top Ten Reasons to Use SQL 2012

Our new SQL 2012 just released. I get asked all the time why should I upgrade to the latest. There are hundreds of reasons with this one, I tried to pick the best 10. More info here. 1. AlwaysOn SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances Multi-subnet failover clusters: A SQL Server multi-subnet failover cluster is a configuration where each failover cluster node is connected to a different subnet or different set of subnets. These subnets can be in the same location or in geographically dispersed sites. Clustering across geographically dispersed sites is sometimes referred to as Stret... (more)

Windows Server 2012 Top 10

Reminder to register for the May 22nd TechTrax webcast. Thanks to those that have already registered! Windows Server 2012 Top Ten Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the private cloud, which scales from a few individual servers all the way up to multitenant-aware, multisite environments. With the release of the next milestone of Windows Server 2012 - it has become apparent that this is one of the biggest releases of Windows Server since Windows 2000. That being said - there are so many new things... (more)