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Starting in April myself and Andrew will be running a 12 part series of TechNet Live events centred around Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and how you can transform your datacentre and rethink the way you currently run your datacentre to integrate and take advantage of the cloud.  The great thing about these events is they are free and you don’t have to go anywhere to attend.  Just find your favourite chair and connect and watch online live with us or watch them on-demand!  Couldn’t get any easier.

The details of these events are below, along with registration details.  We look forward to your attendance!  The registration links are in the titles of each session.

Introduction to Transforming the Datacentre (Friday 11th April)

In this session we’ll cover how you can transform your datacentre by leveraging the power, enterprise experience, and cloud innovation built into the Microsoft product set. With a resilient and elastic infrastructure fabric, the modern datacentre takes advantage of the boundless capacity of the cloud. Rethink old models to reduce both complexity and cost. Deliver services to the business faster with a platform that makes IT more agile and more productive.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Virtualization (Thursday 17th April)

Windows Server® powers many of the worlds' largest datacentres, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. In this fast paced TechNet Live session we will cover Server Virtualization end to end in Windows Server 2012 R2 by looking at what has changed and what is new. Come along and see how the Microsoft Server Virtualization platform can help you transform your IT Operations by reducing costs and delivering a whole new level of business value.

Windows Server 2012 R2 – Storage Overview (Thursday 24th April)

The exponential growth in storage demand is putting increasing pressure on IT to adapt to this increase. Windows Server 2012 R2 has a strong focus on storage from the foundation of the storage stack up with improvements in how storage is stored and provisioned, how data is clustered and transferred across the network, and how that data is accessed and managed. With capabilities flexible enough to combine in different ways, the Windows Server 2012 R2 storage solution delivers the efficiency, performance, resiliency, availability, and versatility you need at every level.

In this session we will cover all aspects of the storage stack in Windows Server 2012 R2 and how it can help ease the pressure on IT and respond to this rapid growth of storage needs.

Windows Server 2012 R2 – Rethink Networking (Friday 2nd May)

Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced several new networking-related technologies, and Windows Server 2012 builds on these advances with an array of new and enhanced features that help reduce networking complexity while lowering costs and simplifying management tasks. With Windows Server 2012, you have tools that can automate and consolidate networking processes and resources, more easily connecting private clouds with public cloud services and seamlessly connecting users to IT resources and services across physical boundaries and private and public cloud environments.

Windows Server 2012 R2 offers IT administrators more and better tools with functionality that:

  • Automates and consolidates networking processes and resources.
  • More easily connects private clouds with public cloud services.
  • Gives users access to IT resources and services across physical boundaries and private and public cloud environments.

In this TechNet Live session we will cover all aspects of the networking stack in Windows Server 2012 R2 and how it were changing how we think about networking in the datacentre.

Windows Server 2012 R2 – Access and Information Protection Overview (Friday 9th May)

Information exists almost everywhere in your organization-on servers, laptops, desktops, removable devices, and in emails. Users need to be able to access this information from everywhere, share it where appropriate, and achieve maximum productivity with the assets they have.

Such an environment can lead to confidential information being leaked and intellectual property being lost. It can also result in reduced productivity, increased business costs, and an inability to meet growing regulatory requirements.

Windows Server 2012 R2 has fundamentally changed the approach to identity and access management with significant improvements to Active Directory and with the introduction of Dynamic Access Control.

In this TechNet Live session we will cover all these new changes along with new features in the R2 release such as Web Application Proxy, Work Folders and Workplace Join.

Windows Server 2012 R2 – Server Manageability and Automation
(Friday 16th May)

Whatever the size of your organization, you want to maximize IT operational cost efficiency. You also want to meet your customers’ demand for fast, reliable service that is available to them anytime from nearly anywhere in the world. Windows Server 2012 offers excellent total cost of ownership as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multi-server manageability. Windows Server 2012 delivers capabilities to manage many servers and the devices connecting them—whether they are physical or virtual, and whether they are on-premises or off.

Specifically, Windows Server 2012 provides new management capabilities for multiple machines, robust automation, improved compliance with industry management technology standards, and unified experiences across physical and virtual platforms.

In this TechNet Live session we’ll cover how the new manageability and automation features help you deliver a more robust and efficient datacentre.

Windows Server 2012 R2 – Enable Modern Work styles with Microsoft VDI (Friday 23rd May)

The Windows Server platform provides an incredibly rich set of deployments for VDI. This is all enabled by Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services or RDS. This technology allows you to deploy personal or pooled virtual desktops along with session based desktops and applications.

In this TechNet Live session will cover all the new RDS features and how it enables a modern work style. We will look at simplified deployment and administration, User profile disks, fair share, storage options and improving user experiences with RemoteFX.

System Center 2012 R2 – Infrastructure Provisioning and Management(Friday 30th May)

Windows Server has introduced many new benefits, and System Center can take advantage of these. Gaining operational efficiencies and savings, you will be able to create and manage networking across your clouds whether they are on premises, at a service provider, or on Windows Azure.

In this TechNet Live session we’ll look at how System Center 2012 R2 enables you manage Virtualization, Networking and Management as well as your heterogeneous environments for increasing efficiencies for day-to-day operations with both Private and Hybrid Clouds.

System Center 2012 R2 – Infrastructure Monitoring (Friday 6th June)

Define your infrastructure’s overall health model by monitoring your physical server’s status, network configuration, and performance, and Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems sitting in a traditional, virtual and cloud datacentres.

In this TechNet Live session we’ll cover how System Center 2012 R2 can be used to monitor your on premise infrastructure as well infrastructure sitting in the cloud giving you a complete monitoring platform.

System Center 2012 R2 – Automation and Self Service (Friday 13th June)

Do you have manual tasks in your day to day IT Operations? I’m sure you do! Join us for this spooky TechNet Live session about automation and self-service in System Center 2012 R2. Automation and Self-Service our 2 core tenants for building a Private, Hybrid or Public Cloud infrastructure. In this session we’ll cover how System Center enables this for all three scenarios.

System Center 2012 R2 – Application Performance Monitoring
(Friday 20th June)

In this TechNet Live session we’ll show you how System Center 2012 R2 can be used as your complete application monitoring platform. We’ll cover the APM overview, the Application Delivery Lifecycle, Managing and Monitoring applications anywhere, application insights and diagnostics and deeper analysis and reporting capabilities.

Windows Azure Pack Overview (Friday 27th June)

The Windows Azure Pack is a free download which provides consistent self-service experiences and services on top of the Windows Server and System Center platforms. If you have ever used the Windows Azure dashboard then the Azure Pack is for you. It gives you that same dashboard but inside your datacentre.

In this TechNet Live session we’ll cover the details of the Windows Azure pack and how it can help you deliver a better private cloud in your own datacentre.

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