• Thank You for joining us at Microsoft IT Camp: Pune

    Thank you for joining us for the first ever Microsoft IT Camp Pune. I am sharing the group picture of all attendees who joined us for IT Camps in Pune.


    As I discussed I will be sharing the IT Camp resources in the next post.

  • Microsoft Download Center: System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta

    The Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (“SP1”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta is for evaluation purposes only and not to be used in production as described in the EULAs associated with the product. No license keys are required to do this evaluation. The Beta includes updates and enhancements to the following System Center 2012 components: SystemCenter2012_rgb_225x40

    • Virtual Machine Manager
      • Improved Support for Network Virtualization
      • Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
      • Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
      • Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image
    • Configuration Manager
      • Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
      • Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
      • Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
      • Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
      • Real-time administrative actions for Endpoint Protection related tasks
    • Data Protection Manager
      • Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
      • Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
      • Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
      • Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration
    • App Controller
      • Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
      • Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center
    • Operations Manager
      • Support for IIS 8
      • Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
      • Azure SDK support
    • Orchestrator
      • Support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
      • Manage VMM self-service User Roles
      • Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
      • Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds
    • Service Manager
      • Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
      • Create chargeback reports
      • Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
    • Server App-V
      • Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
      • Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server


    Release History:
    3/9/2012 - Original release of CTP1, en-us version. No further localization planned
    6/15/2012 - CTP2, en-us version. No further localization planned
    9/5/2012 – Beta, en-us version. No further localization planned


  • Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

    Mitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free ebook on Windows Server 2012 based on the RTM version of the software.  675353.indd

    A key feature of this book is the inclusion of sidebars written by members of the Windows Server team, Microsoft Support engineers, Microsoft Consulting Services staff, and others who work at Microsoft. These sidebars provide an insider’s perspective that includes both “under-the-hood” information concerning how features work, and strategies, tips, and best practices from experts who have been working with the platform during product development.

    Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats. 

    PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook

    EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format

    MOBI – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format (for Kindle)

    If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here for $14.99 from our official distributor, O’Reilly Media.