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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: Go Virtual to Cut Costs and Carbon

    Go beyond doing more with less and reducing your carbon footprint; virtualization enables a more agile, responsive infrastructure and lays the foundation for cloud services. Read and download tools at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx?ocid=soc-n-SA- loc -services-omers
  • 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: 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: Windows 7 Compatibility: Evaluation and Remediation Video

    Explore the importance of application compatibility in a successful Windows 7 deployment. In this video, you'll learn about potential driver and application issues, then how to evaluate the compatibility of your applications using tools like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit and Microsoft...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: Windows 7 Deployment: Finding, testing, and fixing applications on Windows 7 Video

    Windows 7 Deployment: My Application is Broken and Can’t Get Up! Finding, testing, and fixing applications on Windows 7 with the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 In Windows 7 migrations application compatibility is an important issue. That’s where the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) comes...
  • Blog Post: Try the 2012 Beta Microsoft products

    System Center has many ways for you to experience and evaluate our products. System Center 2012 cloud and datacenter management solutions empower you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. As part of the next wave of System Center releases, we are...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

    System Center solutions help you manage your physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, desktops, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, you can be a more productive service provider for your business. System Center captures and aggregates knowledge about...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 1

    The next version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) —version 2012— is now available for beta download. To participate in the beta program, register for MDT 2012 Beta 1 at Microsoft Connect. MDT is the recommended process and toolset to automate large-scale server deployments. Microsoft Deployment...
  • Blog Post: FREE - Microsoft Private Cloud Training–March rotation

    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: Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals – Free Online Classes – March 29 – 31

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros.  Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals ” is open now and...
  • Blog Post: Refresh Your IT 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. Get all the solutions and trainings at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010...
  • Blog Post: Try Windows Azure Platform Free

    Windows Azure and SQL Azure enable you to build, host and scale applications in Microsoft datacenters. They require no up-front expenses, no long term commitment, and enable you to pay only for the resources you use. Try it free at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Practice Builder

    The Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Practice Builder enables systems integrators to scope, resource, plan, deliver, and operate a private cloud engagement. Take advantage of guidance about planning and managing a server virtualization engagement, and about installing, configuring, and operating a virtualized...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Deployment Options Whitepaper

    The purpose of this paper is to help you choose how to deploy Microsoft Exchange: as Exchange Server 2010 on-premises, Exchange Online with Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud, or using both in a temporary or permanent hybrid scenario. Download this whitepaper at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details...