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  • Blog Post: Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

    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 allows your datacenter to offer true infrastructure service capability as well as optimally managed application services. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Community Evaluation Program

    The Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Community Evaluation Program provides IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating the pre-release version of Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.  Members of this program are able to evaluate the Beta version of Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Blog Post: Test Office 365 Single Sign-On Using Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer

    We are excited to announce that the Remote Connectivity Analyzer tool has been updated! In addition to the standard set of connectivity tests, we’ve added an Office 365 tab and a Single Sign-On test. The new Single Sign-On test will validate users' ability to log on to Office 365 with their on-premises...
  • Blog Post: Why Hyper-V for VDI whitepaper

    This whitepaper demonstrates why organizations should choose Microsoft® Hyper-V™ as their hypervisor when designing and implementing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. Choosing a hypervisor for deploying a VDI solution involves a number of important considerations, each of which can be...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”

    In this post we talk about how we will support virtualization on the Windows "client" OS. Originally released for Windows Server where the technology has proven very popular and successful, we wanted to bring virtualization to a core set of scenarios for professionals using Windows. The two...
  • Blog Post: FREE - Microsoft Private Cloud Training

    Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn what you need to know to deploy, manage and maintain...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant now includes a “Cloud Only” scenario

    For many companies, the robust messaging and calendaring features offered by Office 365 for enterprises presents an opportunity to transition all messaging functionality from the on-premises organization into the cloud. Office 365 for enterprises includes a full suite of e-mail migration tools. However...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Solutions

    Microsoft provides the most comprehensive approach to cloud computing , so that you can harness the full power of the cloud on your terms. Whether in your datacenter, with a service provider, or from Microsoft’s datacenters—and whether in a private cloud, public cloud, or software as a service environment...
  • Blog Post: Building Microsoft Messaging and Collaboration Cloud Services

    The documents in this file are intended to provide system integrators and service providers with guidance for migrating from Microsoft Solution for Hosted and Messaging Collaboration (HMC) to Microsoft® Exchange 2010 SP1 in Hosting mode. Download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Privacy in the Cloud: Office 365

    Read about Microsoft’s practical approach to safeguarding information in the cloud, and discover the benefits that have resulted for Office 365 customers. Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping them to save time and money and free up valued resources. ...
  • Blog Post: Storage Validation in A Virtual World

    Deploying Exchange can be a challenge. Particularly when you are all ready to validate your servers & storage with Jetstress and you realize that even though we suggest that you should always run Jetstress prior to going into production, you discover that we don’t support running Jetstress in a virtual...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Video: Microsoft Private Cloud Security Overview

    In this video, Nick Torkington, Security Architect with Microsoft Services, answers the most common security concerns CxOs and other business decision-makers have when evaluating the Microsoft platform to build a private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud. In this video, you will learn about: Building...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Next-generation cloud productivity

    Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop suite for businesses of all sizes. Office 365 helps connect people together in new ways. Users get all the productivity benefits of Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: Start developing cloud applications

    Revolutionize the way your IT department works. Enable ground-breaking innovation through increased productivity, new development, and new breeds of online collaboration and productivity tools. You have the power to steer your company in new directions, unencumbered by old constraints. With cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Refresh Your Skills for the Cloud

    IT professionals are now being challenged to keep up with the emerging requirements for the cloud and learn the new skills needed to meet those requirements. View More Read all the solutions and get videos at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/cloud/gg258125 Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant Update for Exchange 2010 and Office 365 Coexistence

    We're happy to announce that we've enhanced Exchange Server Deployment Assistant to include support for configuring rich coexistence (also known as “ hybrid deployment ”) for organizations interested in maintaining some users on-premises with Exchange 2010 and some users hosted in the cloud by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune–Free Trial

    Can be used on up to 25 PCs—each PC requires a qualifying Windows professional license or higher. The 30-day trial only includes the cloud service. If you are interested in evaluating Windows 7 Enterprise, please look into the 90-day trial . Get it at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune...
  • Blog Post: Simplify your customers’ cloud migration planning with MAP 6.0

    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0— is now available for free download . Planning a customer journey to the cloud just got easier. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0 includes assessment capabilities to evaluate workloads for both public...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform

    System Center 2012 pre-release products help your organization achieve IT as a Service by enabling productive infrastructure, predictable applications, and cloud computing on your terms with a common management experience. You can deliver flexible and cost effective private cloud infrastructure to your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to turn SkyDrive into an application

    Microsoft has an estimated 100 million users of its SkyDrive “anywhere access and sharing” service today. But the company knows it needs to do more to help users understand what it is and how best to use it. That’s according to Brian Hall, General Manager of Internet Explorer and Windows Live, who spoke...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Center 2012 Release Candidate

    System Center 2012 helps you manage your IT environments across traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, client computers, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management capabilities, you can become a trusted service provider for your business. System Center captures and aggregates...
  • Blog Post: Migrating From Exchange Server 2010 in Hosting Mode to Exchange Server 2010 SP2

    I know many organizations were looking a way to migrate from their Exchange 2010 hosting mode to Exchange 2010 SP2 normal mode. Microsoft Exchange team has released the white paper to carry out this procedure. Like the previous HMC to Exchange 2010 SP2 guidance , it contains a white paper and some PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Demystifying Exchange 2010 SP1 Virtualization

    It’s been a few months since we announced some major changes to our virtualization support statements for Exchange 2010 (see Announcing Enhanced Hardware Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010 ). Over that time, I’ve received quite a few excellent questions about particular deployment scenarios and...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Security Is More Than a Leap of Faith

    IT administrators will continue to play an active role in security and risk management, even when leveraging cloud services as a utility. This edition of TechNet ON collects key guidance and resources to help address the security requirements in your cloud migration. Read more at http://technet.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Benefits

    After my first blog on the Cloud topic, find here another blog that describes the Organization’s aspects that Cloud Computing can help to improve: Agility Reduces Time to Market: Rapid deployment, lowered financial barriers to entry, and self-service capabilities increase business responsiveness and...