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  • Accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with MAP 8.5 Beta!

    Accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.5. This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to help plan your environment with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Included...
  • Exchange team released Exchange 2013 Sizing Calculator

    After a long wait, the calculator is there. The calculator recommends mailbox and CAS sizing as well as transport recommendations. You can find more details on the calculator and to download from Exchange team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange...
  • What’s New in Application Virtualization 5.0 SP1 and User Experience Virtualization 1.0 SP1

    As you may have seen, on Wednesday, we announced that MDOP 2013 is now available and detailed the new updates and features made to Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM). But some of you might be saying, “What about Microsoft User Experience...
  • Exchange team released Hosting and Multi-Tenancy Guidance for Exchange Server 2013

    Exchange team has released Hosting and Multi-Tenancy Guidance for Exchange Server 2013 document. It is available for download here . Read the complete blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2013/02/20/hosting-and-multi-tenancy-guidance...
  • Update Rollup 5 v2 for Exchange 2010 SP2, Exchange 2010 SP1 RU8 and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU9

    The Exchange team has released the following update rollups to the Download Center. All three releases cover Security Bulletin MS12-080 . Because this is a security release, the updates will also be available on Microsoft Update. Update Rollup 5...
  • Exchange team released a blog about publishing Exchange Server 2013 using TMG

    Exchange team has released a fantastic blog about publishing Exchange 2013 with TMG server. Review the blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/11/21/publishing-exchange-server-2013-using-tmg.aspx Read my favorites blogs: Designing...
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Evaluation Resources

    For details on features and business benefits of Exchange Server 2013, see the product details page . Get Started System Requirements Install Exchange Server 2013 Using the Setup Wizard Do More Exchange Server TechCenter Exchange Server Forums Read all...
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Beta Now Available

    The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess...
  • Windows 2003 IAS Radius migration to Windows 2008 R2 NPS

    Sometime ago I was working with a customer on migrating the windows Server 2003 based Radius - Internet Authentication Service (IAS) to Windows Server 2008 R2 based Network Policy Server (NPS), so I thought to provide the steps as some other blogs are...
  • Announcing Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3

    The Exchange Team is pleased to announce that in the first half of calendar year 2013 we will be releasing Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3) to our customers. With SP3, the following new features and capabilities will be included: Coexistence...
  • Determining the type of CA

    Recently I was working on a PKI/CA project so I thought to write a short simple blog on how to determine the type of CA you have. One way that we generally use to determine the type of the CA is to look in the registry with either Regedit or Regedt32...
  • Windows Server Blog

    Your Guide to the Latest Windows Server Product Information. Please review all the articles at http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/ Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active...
  • Private Cloud Evaluation Guide

    The Private Cloud Evaluation Guide is built to give our customers the necessary information to evaluate the private cloud. In the evaluation guide, you will go through an entire scenario that you can use to evaluate the private cloud on your own premises...
  • Building Windows 8

    I believe everyone is now talking about Windows Server 8. Its great product and our customers and partners have been enjoying this product since its pre-release versions. Read all the Windows 8 blogs at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/ Read my favorites blogs...
  • Windows Server and Cloud Platform

    What’s new in Windows Server. Read at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2003 to Microsoft...
  • Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!

    Howdy! Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. I’m proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week...
  • Office Next Update

    We’re wrapping up another outstanding week of the Office Preview release. We are getting a lot of great feedback, and hope to get much more. Please continue to help us by sending us your smiles and frowns, and forums feedback on Microsoft Answers , TechNet...
  • MAP 7.0

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 is now available for download! The latest version of the MAP Toolkit adds eight new scenarios to help you build the IT fabric of the future while supporting your business needs of today. Download the...
  • Windows Server 2012 datasheet

    Windows Server powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds...
  • Microsoft Office 365 Service Descriptions and Service Level Agreements for Dedicated Subscription Plans

    Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises provides powerful cloud-based solutions for e-mail, collaboration, instant messaging and web conferencing. The Office 365 dedicated plans deliver these services from a highly reliable network of Microsoft data centers...
  • Introducing Microsoft BitLocker Administration 2.0 Beta

    A few months ago, Erwin started the conversation around what Windows 8 means for businesses at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany , and followed-up later with a post on Windows 8 enterprise edition . Last week, he began talking about the business value of Windows...
  • What's New in Windows Server 2012

    [This topic is pre-release documentation and is subject to change in future releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.] The content in this section describes what's new and changed in Windows Server 2012. This content focuses on changes that...
  • Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC)

    The next release of Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, will offer businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. It securely connects across premises and helps IT Professionals to respond...
  • Free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2012

    We are excited to announce the most recent free eBook offered by Microsoft Press. Introducing Windows Server 2012 , by Mitch Tulloch, is now ready for free download! Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats. Table of...
  • Released: Update Rollup 3 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2

    Microsoft has released Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This update is dated May 29, 2012. This article describes the following information about the update rollup: The issues that the update rollup resolves How...