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Download the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC)

Try the release candidate of Windows Server 2012, a scalable, dynamic, multitenant-aware, and cloud-optimized infrastructure. This section contains information to design, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot technologies in Windows Server 2012

System Center 2012 Extends Client Management and Security to Mac and Linux

Last week at TechEd North America, general manager Garth Fort discussed two key release milestones that will enable organizations using System Center Configuration Manager to extend client management and security to heterogeneous platforms. Both are available for download today.

  • Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection: an early release that features client management support for Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix operating systems.
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Client for Mac and Linux: anti-malware protection for unmanaged desktops and servers running Mac or Linux operating systems.
Watch the TechEd Orlando 2012 Keynotes and Other Sessions on Demand

Couldn’t make it to Orlando? Get a taste of TechEd from wherever you are. Watch the keynotes and many technical sessions On Demand. Public Recording from TechEd North America 2012 is available on TechEd Channel 9.  Also you are interested to watch Failover Cluster Sessions at TechED Orlando 2012 and TechEd Amsterdam 2012, please see the blog post from Microsoft Clustering and High-Availability Product team here.

 
Server Roles/Technologies in Windows Server 2012

This collection contains information on how to design, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot technologies in Windows Server 2012.

Competitive Advantage of Windows Server 2012 RC Hyper-V

This document goes through and looks at how Hyper-V on the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate is stacking up against VMware. You’ll be amazed with all the feature enhancements and scalability metrics

What’s New in Windows Server 2012

Find out what's new and changed in Windows Server 2012. This content focuses on changes that will potentially have the greatest impact on your use of this release. I would highly recommend checking out the Hyper-V and Storage new features and improvements.

Let’s Build a Cloud… with PowerShell

You can now use Windows PowerShell to automate all of the IT tasks around cloud datacenter management, starting from deploying your cloud infrastructure servers, through on-boarding virtual machines onto that infrastructure, and ending with monitoring your datacenter environment and collecting information about how it performs.

Windows Server 2012 First Look (free Course)

This course builds on the original Windows Server "8" First Look course with the addition of 4 new modules designed to go into more detail on the core Windows Server 2012 platform capabilities.

Windows Server 2012 Beta Test Lab Guides

The Windows Server “8” Beta Test Lab Guides (TLGs) are a set of rich documents that describe how to configure and demonstrate the new features and functionality in Windows Server “8” Beta and Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a simplified and standardized test lab environment. While these lab guides were published prior to the release of Windows Server 2012, all of them still apply and you can start testing and evaluating these features and functionalities with Windows Server 2012 RC and Windows 8 Release Preview.

     

Free Books

Free Windows Server 2012 eBook Available Now

Download your free copy of the Microsoft Press eBook Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2012. Written by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Windows Server Team, this book explores enhancements and new features in Windows Server 2012 RC. If you are into eReaders, you can also download the ePub and Mobi versions for free.

Free SQL 2012 eBook Available Now

Download your free copy of the Microsoft Press eBook Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Written by Stacia Misner and Ross Mistry, this book explores enhancements and new capabilities, including improvements in operation, reporting, and management.

 

More Resources

http://www.microsoft.com/government/en-us/state/pages/default.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/industry/government/guides/cloud_computing/default.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/industry/government/solutions/Server_Virtualization/default.aspx