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  • Blog Post: Comparing Exchange Online and Exchange Server 2013

    Now that Office 365 has over a year under its belt and the new Exchange is around the corner, you may be considering upgrading your on-premises email system, moving to the cloud or a combination of the two with a hybrid deployment. We’ve invested heavily in providing you with an awesome email experience...
  • 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: 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: 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: Hosting and Multi-Tenancy Guidance for Exchange Server 2013 Now Available

    We are pleased to be able to announce the oft-requested Hosting and Multi-Tenancy Guidance for Exchange Server 2013 document. It is available for download here . As the keen eyed reader will observe, it is very similar to the guidance for Exchange Server 2010. That’s not because all we did was a find...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: Exchange Online - Hosted Email for Business

    Built to deliver the enterprise-grade security and reliability that businesses require, Microsoft Exchange Online provides hosted email, calendar and contacts on your PC, phone and web browser. Built-in anti-virus and antispam filters protect your information and help you focus on what’s most important...
  • Blog Post: Accepted Domains, Shared SMTP Address Spaces and Recipient Filtering

    Accepting inbound mail for a DNS domain and relaying it to responsible mail hosts outside your Exchange organization was a simple process in Exchange 2003, albeit one that required some explanation, which was discussed in the following articles: KB 321721 How to share an SMTP address space in Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 SP2 and Support for Hosting Exchange

    With the release of Exchange Server 2010 SP2 later this year, we will add a new feature known as Address Book Policies . Following this addition, hosters who wish to deploy the standard on-premises configuration of Exchange and use ABP will be supported. As you may have read in a recent post over on...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure platform is named Best Cloud Service

    Windows Azure platform was named Best Cloud Service at the Cloud Computing World Forum in London ( http://www.cloudcomputinglive.com/awards/awards-categories/awards-winners-2011.html ) http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/emea/presscentre/pressreleases/June2011/MicrosoftWinsBestCloudServiceAward.mspx  ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange Online

    I have recently seen many customers interested in Exchange online, here is a quick review of the pricing and features available in the different “"Microsoft Exchange Online” plans. http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/en-us/pricing-exchange-online-email.aspx Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup...
  • Blog Post: Differentiating Microsoft & VMware–Video Series

    Recognize how Hyper-V and other core Virtualization solutions differ from VMware. In addition to feature differentiation, Symon and Corey provide links to several independent studies & resources that can help you and your team best determine which solution might be best for your specific use case...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Office Web App Integration with Outlook Web App in Exchange Online

    On the Exchange team, it’s always important to us to get feedback from our customers on what we’re doing well and what we could be doing to make the experience better for you. In Exchange 2007, in response to one of the biggest Exchange 2003 OWA feature requests, we introduced WebReady Document Viewing...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms with MAP 6.0 Beta

    The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0 Beta. Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0 Beta—includes assessment capabilities to evaluate...