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  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center 2012 w/SP1 is now available to download and evaluate!

    System Center 2012 with SP1 is now available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers. “What’s new with Service Pack 1, Kevin?” I’m so glad you asked.  Check out the “ What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1 ” page for all the details.  But in a nutshell, SP1 adds capabilities to fully manage the new...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: New System Center 2012 Licensing Model Announced

    Today during the “ Private Cloud Day ” live webcast event, Microsoft announced a pretty big change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite. Bottom-line.. it’s no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012 . (Well.. actually two...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 2 of 3)

    Continuing on where we left off from our part 1 screencast yesterday , when we discussed the downloads and the prerequisites and what you needed in place for the installation; today in part 2 we discuss how to configure your servers. “Is it really all that complicated, Kevin?” Actually...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Shopping for Private Clouds

    What’s on your shopping list for your datacenter?  What do you need to run the business you’re supporting?  What capabilities do you wish you had?  Is your goal to provide a dynamic, scalable, cost-efficient “software driven datacenter”?  The list of what we want to provide can get...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it: The Private Cloud Webcast

    Y esterday the big news from Microsoft was the announcement of and new details around the new System Center 2012 product, delivered via live Webcast.  I was very happy to be able to watch the webcast with John Weston and 88 of our closest friends in Saint Louis during our TechNet Event . “I wasn...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 3 of 3)

    Whoo boy! Finally! Part 3 of 3! The story so far… In Part 1 we showed you how to download all that you need, and put it in its proper place. In Part 2 we setup and pre-configured the destination servers properly. And today in our final chapter, we actually run the Unified Installer. Oh...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s “Being What’s Next in I.T.” Event Resources

    As usual, here is the online version of the event resources I’ll be handing out to my central U.S. IT Camp Event attendees for the next several months. It is likely that this online version is even better, because A) it contains even more than what I could fit onto one page, B) items may have...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluations Are Now Available

    Gentlemen, start your downloads!  (Ladies, too!) The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  Those products include: Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Free Global Event–24 Hours in a Private Cloud

    http://bit.ly/24hipc Get yourself 5 of those “5 Hour Energy” drinks, set your alarm clock, and join the WORLD for this amazing opportunity to learn all about the Private Cloud solutions from Microsoft .  Here’s the description from the registration page: Every organization has the power to employ...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: More New System Center 2012 RCs and Betas Available Today

    Great news! More betas and release candidates of the System Center 2012 tools are available today for download! Like many of you, I have been waiting patiently for these gems, and I can’t wait to start playing with them. These round out the pre-releases of tools that allow you to support private...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Private Cloud in a Month – The Complete April 2013 Series

    In April of 2013 our team’s blogging focus was on how to build your Private Cloud . I hope you found our articles informative, that you have downloaded your free System Center 2012 SP1 trial, your Windows Server 2012 evalution, and have started your Windows Azure FREE TRIAL . Here is our...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Your chance to get a $20 Microsoft Store coupon, and maybe win a laptop!

    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...
  • Blog Post: A New Blog Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2

    Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“ VMware or Microsoft? ”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Free IT Camps – “Being What’s Next In IT” - Open for Registration!

    Our next set of IT Pro events (“ IT Camps ”) in the US Central Region have been scheduled and are now officially open for registration! The events are free, go from 9:00am to 3:00pm , and include some light breakfast and lunch. But most importantly, they are full of new and useful information...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Unified Installer: The Screencasts

    Happy Friday! I thought I’d just take this opportunity to again share my three-part screencast series with you; this time all in one place. The topic: System Center 2012 Unified Installer The goal: Help you prepare for and use the Unified Installer to build your lab for testing and trying...
  • Blog Post: Impact on PRO when upgrading SCOM and SCVMM to System Center 2012 (So many Questions. So Little Time. Part 4.)

    This question was asked by Aubrey M at our Kansas City TechNet Event last week… “If you have PRO enabled between SCOM 2007 R2 and SCVMM, how will that affect the upgrade process for these two systems?” (For those of you who haven’t heard of PRO, check out this resource .) The short answer is that upgrading...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Day–A Big Deal and a Big Event

    This Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Microsoft is holding a special Private Cloud   webcast .  “Special?  What’s so special?” I’ll tell you why.  Well, actually I can’t tell you all the details (because I don’t know them), but what I can tell you is that you’ll learn a lot.  The webcast...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 14 of 30: System Center Orchestrator 2012

    Consider the following chart that diagrams the delivery of “IT as a Service”.  This is what the private cloud is all about.  And the way tasks may get done in an automated fashion is going to play a very important role.  In the Microsoft solution, the tool that will allow you to create...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: System Center 2012 RTM eval is avalable to all

    Wonderful news!   Today at the Microsoft Management Summit going on in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced the availability of System Center 2012 .  You can start your evaluation downloads now : http://aka.ms/PvtCld Pass it on!
  • Blog Post: Our Serieses

    What is the plural of Series? (And how is it pronounced?) Well.. that’s not so important. What’s important is that we – the Technology Evangelists of Microsoft DPE in the U.S. have been busy busy bloggers these past several months. You’ve seen many articles, and many links to...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

    A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft , responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog - In the Cloud – we recorded...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 1 of 3)

    Like many of you, I’ve been playing with the Release Candidate of System Center 2012 . And also like many of you, I have heard that there is something called the “Unified Installer”, that supposedly will allow a person to install many – or even all – of the components of...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Free Private Cloud “Jump Start” Training

    Microsoft has just scheduled a FREE 2-day training course entitled “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start” , happening on February 21st-22nd , 2012 from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST .  Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 4 of 30: What does System Center 2012 offer “The Cloud”

    What Makes A Cloud? The most current NIST definition of Cloud Computing states that, in order for you to have a computational “cloud”, you have to have the following essentials: On-demand self-service Broad network access Resource pooling Rapid elasticity Measured service...