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  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 30 of 30: Certification Tips To Get Your Career Ready For The Cloud

    It’s the end of the month, and the last of our 30 days of cloudy goodness is here!  In today’s blog post, one of the most genuinely certifiable gentlemen I know, Brian Lewis , points you to some resources to help you get on track for cloud readiness.  And by you, I mean YOU.  You need...
  • 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: Evaluate Windows 8 Enterprise–90 Days for FREE

    If you’re not already a TechNet or MSDN Subscriber, you have another option for trying out Windows 8 .  Microsoft has made  90-day free evaluation downloads available. Check out the Windows 8 Evaluation FAQ HERE , and then GO HERE to get the bits!
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: TechNet Subscription Discount!

    Those of you who also get the TechNet Flash e-mails already know this… We’ve announced a 15% discount offer for new TechNet Professional Subscriptions . “ From now until February 29th, 2012 Microsoft TechNet Flash subscribers will receive a 15% discount on a new Microsoft® TechNet Subscriptions Professional...
  • 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: BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 8 Beta is now AVAILABLE!

    Finally! After the long wait, and expectation growing as the day approached, we are finally able to announce to the world that the Beta of the next version of Windows Server, currently codename: Windows Server “8” , is now available for download. From the download page: Windows...
  • 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: New Storage Tiering coming in Server 2012 R2 – TechEd 2013 Favorites

    As you may already be aware, at TechEd this year in New Orleans, several announcements about the new “R2” versions of various products were made. Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 were just two of the products being updated later this year, and for which preview releases will...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Destination: VMWorld!

    The third week in our “ VMware or Microsoft? ” series is dedicated to VMworld ; VMware ’s big annual conference happening this week.  Like most of you, we anticipate that VMware will make some big announcements and new version or features known during the week, so it’s a great opportunity to see...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the US

    Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region ( Brian Lewis , Keith Mayer , Matt Hester , and Moi ) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning (otherwise known as “IT Camps”) from now through mid-October. Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Did you know that there’s no extra charge?

    This week at VMWorld the VMware faithful are learning all about the latest news and updates from their virtualization vendor.  And hopefully at the same time Microsoft is able to reach them with some free custard and some good information to help them understand: What Hyper-V can do, and that You...
  • Blog Post: NEW! Hands-On Datacenter Scenarios and Windows Azure Events

    This just in… The demand has been so great for more information about using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services as an extension of your datacenter and IT Operations, that we’ve decided to schedule a few more FREE events to close out the end of our fiscal year here in Central Region...
  • Blog Post: And the worst kept secret today is…

    Y’all heard that we released a new preview for consumers of Windows 8, right? Windows 8 Consumer Preview
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Microsoft Announces the Windows 8 Editions (SKUs)

    This is great… Today Microsoft announced that there will be three (count ‘em.. 3 ) editions of Windows 8 when it goes on sale – presumably later this year.  “Wait a sec…only three?  Didn’t Windows 7 come in 6.. or more?” Yep.  Three.  Brandon LeBlanc writes on the Windows Team Blog...
  • 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: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Release Candidate is available for download

    Overview Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. ...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: WMF 4.0 Preview is Now Available

    Just when you thought there would be no more 8.1/R2 Previews, Microsoft comes out with yet another one.  This time it’s the Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview . “What’s that?” Well.. it’s basically the updated tools for installing on older operating systems, for the sake of managing them with...
  • Blog Post: Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

    Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Test Network with Wireless? (So many questions. So little time. Part 29)

    At our Columbus, Ohio TechNet Event , Karl asked: Great question, Karl.  And I have seen two ways to do this well. Way #1 – Treat your test network as a subnet that requires routing. Although this method is more complex, I personally prefer it.  It treats the “Internal” network as a separate...
  • Blog Post: Four NEW System Center 2012 Virtual Labs are LIVE

    Yes indeed! Today Microsoft has made 4 new free virtual labs available. This gives you a great opportunity to try out some of the basic operations of some of the new suite of System Center tools. TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructure and Application...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: While I was away, the Windows 8 bits hit TechNet and MSDN!

    Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers!  So if you subscribe, go to the site and get ‘em while they’re hot! “What about other folks?  When can I buy it...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 RTMs are now available to TechNet and MSDN Subscribers

    This just in today… According to the Windows blog , S. Somasegar’s blog , and the In the Cloud blog , today Microsoft has made the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers to download. Also now available...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: The New Series! (Part 1 of 31)

    Happy New Year! And welcome back to work! Yeah, I know… I feel that way, too. But hopefully, like me, you have some important things to be thankful for. Such as: Washington “avoided” the “fiscal cliff”.* The Minnesota Vikings beat the Packers and are in the...