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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...
We are about to kick off a new Webcast series on System Center 2012. Below is all the registration information. I will also have a post with the recordings. In this session, we take a look at the end state of managing a private cloud with Microsoft System Center, including the Cloud ...
Dell will promote their private cloud hardware, solutions and services. Cloud Security Alliance will discuss their research and industry guidance which Microsoft has been a major contributor toward. The IEEE Computer Society will showcase their cloud content and guidance to help IT Pro...
System Center 2012 and Microsoft Private Cloud Summits
We are going to have a 2 part Webcast series on how to deploy Windows in your environment. In this demonstration-rich, question and answer webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus an...
This is cool. Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff. And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process. "Huh? Seriously?" Explore Microsoft's Private Cloud Well.. in a sense. We're announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly 5,0...
Our new SQL 2012 just released. I get asked all the time why should I upgrade to the latest. There are 100's of reasons with this one, I tried to pick the best 10. Multi-subnet failover clusters: A SQL Server multi-subnet failover cluster is a configuration where each failover cluster...
Today is day two of MMS 2012, April 17th, 2012. I just can't believe the number of Announcements that have come out today. First here at the Keynote at MMS we announced the world wide availability of System Center 2012. To download the trial go to http://aka.ms/syscntr If you missed t...
This is your way to vote for Imagine Cup We asked students from all over the world to come up with innovative uses of technology that would make the world a better place. They stepped up to the challenge, and the Imagine Cup US 2012 competition was on! Imagine Cup is a global technol...
We need you to try some software. ALL are 180 evaluations or Release Candidates. Enjoy! CARE: System Center 2012 Suite CARE: System Center 2012 Suite (INCENTIVE PROGRAM) 20 bucks!! CARE: Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications CARE: Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 CARE: ...
I list all the events I am speaking at in April. April is going to be a busy month! Then in May IT Camps coming to Texas! These are ONE DAY camps, we are running in Houston, Dallas, and Austin You will see two dates in each city, this is the same content, just repeated so we can get ...
In today's Community Corner, Microsoft System Center MVP Islam Gomaa joins us for today's show as he discusses with us System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager. Tune in as he covers some of its highlights and best features as well as why IT Pros should consider this an important part...
If you're a developer, Windows® 8 Consumer Preview gives you an amazing platform to reach the millions of people around the world who use Windows every day to be more productive, creative, and to have fun. With Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you have unprecedented access and opportunity t...
I know this sounds strange, but this week I became a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5. I am sure your reactions are HUH??, What?, Why on earth would a Microsoft Employee do that? Well let me try to explain. First let me provide a little background. My job here at Microsoft ...
Cloud computing and the delivery of true IT as a Service is one of the most profound industry shifts in decades. Join Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Management and Security Division, as he shares Microsoft's vision for cloud computing and shows how System ...Cen...
To successfully face the IT challenges of today and tomorrow, we know we need to understand the cloud. However with so much fluff it is hard to decipher what is important. Get your questions answered by the Cloud Experts! You will learn where to spend your time learning and what tools ...
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create FileTables, create Fulltext Indexes with semantic extraction capabilities, retrieve information about document properties, and retrieve semantic information. After completing this lab, you will be better able to create and u...
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. Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get t...
Windows Server 8 (Beta) is finally here. Yesterday was Windows 8, the Client operating system. Today one day later is the Server product for all you IT pros out there. Yes we know applications are king, but they have to run on something!
This is cool. Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff. And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process. "Huh? Seriously?" Well.. in a sense. We're announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly 5,000) number of people to get a $20 c...
At Share Cloud there are sessions created for Executives, IT administrators, software developers, information architects and knowledge workers which will ensure that you and your team walk away with as much knowledge as you desire to truly leverage Cloud Computing in your current envir...
Many times over the last year I have been asked the question, "What is Windows Intune?" I like to describe Windows Intune as the cloud service helps you centrally manage and secure your PCs through a simple, web-based console. Released back in March 2011, Windows Intune has already ha...
I get asked all of the time, hey where is that or that software. We are always coming out with new software you want to try, yes "most" (not all) everything we have you can try for up to 180 days for free. The problem is, finding the download site. Well I put together this blog post so...
Where to see John Weston speak at future events. Don't forget you can always get the software to try that I talk about at http://aka.ms/evaluations or System Center 2012 at http://aka.ms/syscntr Are the only events I have booked so far, I had to back out of a couple of local communit...
This is a poster of the Architecture of Hyper-V. These posters have been very popular over the years and the Hyper-V one has been updated to support Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX which are now available as part of SP1. The picture of the poster is below along with a download link.
The Hyper-V Security Guide provides IT professionals with guidance, instructions, and recommendations to address key security concerns about server virtualization. Microsoft Hyper-V technology allows consolidation of workloads that are currently spread across multiple underutilized se...
Everyone loves to get an early Christmas present well this year, Veeam has a great gift you can unwrap today. Today they announced a holiday gift for VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals, VMware Certified Instructors, VMUG members, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and ...
Microsoft released four new Virtual Labs on System Center 2012. Today Microsoft has made four new free virtual labs available. This provides a great opportunity to try out some of the basic operations of some of the new suite of System Center tools. 1. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Cen...
In this post we discuss Private Cloud and how it works with Hybrid Cloud. If you remember back to part 2 of this 30 part series, we defined Hybrid Cloud as just about anything you want it to do, it's really a combination of Public, Private, or Traditional IT. When we think about Priv...