Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Summit - registration open and seats still available

    Join us at the Microsoft Private Cloud Summit with the “Best of Microsoft Management Summit”! Learn about how the new System Center 2012 can help you manage nearly everything in your infrastructure – from the desktop, to devices, to datacenter and the cloud. At this one-day event, you...
  • Blog Post: System Center DPM 2010 RC – now available for download

    Continuous data protection of Windows application and file servers to seamlessly integrated disk, tape, and cloud — with support for a growing list of Microsoft technologies, such as: Windows Server from 2003 through 2008 R2 SQL Server 2000 through 2008 Exchange Server 2003 through 2010 SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: Test Lab Guide: R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 VMM

    This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) test lab, using computers running Windows Server 2012 R2. This test lab is based on four physical computers...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – RC now available

    VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center VMM. You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for...
  • Blog Post: System Center RTM bits break cover - now available for TechNet subscribers

    The astute TechNet Subscriber might have noticed some new downloads on the download center.  Yep, the RTM binaries are available for download ahead of the coming out party at the Microsoft Management Summit . If you have a subscription, go get em .
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 Registration Now Open

    The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on training, best-practice sharing, and interaction with innovators in desktop, device, and datacenter management, as well as cloud technologies...
  • Blog Post: System Center Service Manager 2012 - beta now available for download

    Enables Self-Service for Application Owners and End-Users Service Manager 2012 offers a customizable Service Catalog that provides you with access to standardized service offerings spanning applications and infrastructure. Through an integrated System Center Cloud Services Process Pack (coming soon)...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 - Live Q&A on May 21, 2013 - Register Now!

    Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) has published a series of great courses covering Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 over the last several weeks. This content has been so well-received that we’ve asked Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Senior Program Manager Justin Incarnato to host a two-hour...
  • Blog Post: New System Center Release Candidates - now available for download

    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control. Available in these languages: English...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure and Planning Guide mother load

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack - now available for download

    The Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack provides comprehensive service health information for your Exchange organization. The Exchange 2013 Management Pack is engineered for organizations that include servers running Exchange 2013. The key feature of this management pack is user focused monitoring...
  • Blog Post: “Talk TechNet” Episode 2 - Sys Center Config Mgr with Jason Sandys - Register Now!

    Next Friday is Talk TechNet Episode 2.  Matt Hester and I are the hosts and each week we’ll have a guest on the show that is a subject matter expert on some facet of Microsoft products and technologies.  We are starting off the show with twice weekly episodes on Wednesday and Friday and we...
  • Blog Post: Free System Center and Windows Server Training at the MVA

    Time is money. We’ve all heard that saying. Getting trained is hard and many people don’t have the time to take off from work and go to a training class.  Some of those classes can be quite costly at well.  How would you like to get some free training on Microsoft products and technologies...
  • Blog Post: I’m a Virt Guy

    Dig the cool mini van on this video .  LOL.  Someone had fun making this.
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 - now available for download

    Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 2012 is designed to work with System Center 2012 –Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2. VMST 2012 helps you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: System Center v.Next – eval program signup now available

    The Microsoft® Configuration Manager team is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for participation in the Configuration Manager v.Next Community Evaluation Program (CEP). The goal of this program is to provide early adopters a streamlined approach to evaluating Configuration...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager - Cross Platform Management Packs - available for download

    The System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform Monitoring Management Packs enable discovering, monitoring, and managing UNIX-based and Linux-based computers by using the same interface and tools that you use to manage your Windows-based computers. They provide both proactive and reactive...
  • Blog Post: What powered the Microsoft Management Summit 2011? Find out!

    Full details @ http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2011/03/29/mms-2011-labs-powered-by-hyper-v-system-center-amp-hp.aspx .  Fascinating comparison year-to-year.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit 2012 - registration now open

    http://www.mms-2012.com/registration
  • Blog Post: System Center Service Manager – Exchange Connector - ready for download

    The System Center Service Manager – Exchange Connector connects Service Manager to Exchange for processing incoming emails related to incidents and change requests. The emails can update the incident action log or change the status of an incident to resolved or closed. Incoming emails with special keywords...
  • Blog Post: R2 Wave of Previews Now Available for Download

    Welcome to TechEd Europe 2013 being held in Madrid, Spain June 25-28, 2013.  We have a lot of information to share this week on Microsoft products and services that comprise our Cloud OS vision. In addition to the great session content, we also have announcements as well as partner and customer...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 Beta - Supporting Windows Server 2012, Azure Virtual Machine Mgmt and more!

    Microsoft’s Private Cloud is built on the industry leading foundation of Windows Server and System Center. The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) update enables System Center to run on and manage the final version of Windows Server 2012, released earlier this week . System Center 2012 SP1 brings...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 RC Virtual Machine Manager documentation - download available

    I just wanted to make sure you were aware of the location for the RC documentation for the VMM 2012.  In this case we’ve updated the cmdlet reference guide so if you are working with and learning about PowerShell, you’ll probably want to grab the update.   Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud OS Vision Wave Gets Delivered

    I am proud to be part of the team providing information on the innovation Microsoft is delivering to support our Cloud OS vision .  Today some of the best products in the industry are “generally available” meaning you can download them and start testing them against your unique technical requirements...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 RC now available for download

    Go get it @ http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9796988 . Here’s some bedtime reading while you watch the download, download. ======= A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This...