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  • Blog Post: Disk Read Error when migrating virtual machine from one cluster to another

    Recently I was involved in a Private Cloud project and as part of the project, we were migrating some virtual machines from one Hyper-v cluster to another. The VM was apparently successfully live migrated to second cluster but after few seconds, the VM crashes and then cannot boot and gave below error...
  • Blog Post: Where IS your data? Select the right client virtualization solution & mitigate this concern…

    Planning a Windows 7 migration? How much of your corporate data is at the airport today in a lost or stolen laptop? What is the cost per year to manage your desktops? Are you prepared to support the upcoming “always-on” workforce? Read more at http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2011/05...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud

    Microsoft solutions for private cloud give you the flexibility and control to harness the power of the cloud on your terms. A private cloud from Microsoft provides end to end service management giving you deep insight about your applications and workloads so you focus more attention on delivering business...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 8 Hyper-V

    Last month at the BUILD Conference we introduced Windows Server 8 and began discussing how it will help customers deliver the most dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for what we call "cloud optimized IT." I wanted to follow up on Bill Laing's blog post and dig into the advancements...
  • Blog Post: Bonus Offer by Getting Microsoft Virtualization Certification.

    Earning your Microsoft Virtualization certification from Microsoft Learning can help you make a real impact on your company's success—and build your reputation as a credible expert on the software that keeps the company running. Pass any Virtualization exam between March 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011 and...
  • Blog Post: New Office 2010 Top Task Page: Application Virtualization

    Learn how to use Application Virtualization to deploy applications on Office 2010 client computers without installing applications on each computer. Application Virtualization (App-V) provides a method to deploy and manage applications on client computers without installing the applications locally on...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Services Videos and Articles

    Subscribing to software delivered over the Web can enable your business to take advantage of enterprise-class software without the burden or cost of managing the technology yourself. Only Microsoft delivers such a comprehensive set of cloud services and enterprise applications with the reliability, security...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 Now Available

    The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0. Download the MAP Toolkit 6.0 Organizations planning their journey to the cloud now have a tool to help make the planning process easier and faster. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Exchange from HMC 4.5 to Exchange Server 2010 SP2

    This file contains a white paper and PowerShell scripts to provide the recommended and supported migration path from HMC 4.5 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2. The steps in this guide may also be helpful when migrating from non-HMC environments that have configured some form of multi-tenancy. Download...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing: Achieving Control in the Hybrid Cloud

    Learn how to control applications and services dynamically deployed from a variety of cloud environments into devices like user desktops, Microsoft Terminal Services and a range of mobile devices. Read the complete article at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh389788.aspx Read my favorites...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper V™

    Many organizations today rely on some degree of virtualization. Whether it is a few virtual machines running on a single physical computer or a whole server farm across multiple root servers, virtualization optimizes investment in hardware and network infrastructure by: • Increasing the utilization of...
  • Blog Post: The most comprehensive solutions for the cloud on earth

    Get this solution at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud/default.aspx?fbid=4RvYE8ymqJD 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 2008 Microsoft Exchange 2010 CAS...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Enhanced Hardware Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010

    The Microsoft Exchange team is enhancing positioning by including additional supported scenarios regarding Exchange Server 2010 running under hardware virtualization software. As of today, the following support scenarios are being updated, for Exchange 2010 SP1, and later: The Unified Messaging server...
  • Blog Post: 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 Virtualization (UE-V), and Microsoft Application...
  • Blog Post: BES integration with Exchange Online in Education

    We have had a lot of interest from our education customers on integration with BES in Exchange Online in Office 365. This is something that has not been available in Live@EDU in the past. RIM is making their BlackBerry Could Services for Microsoft Office 365 available at no cost. While the general availability...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...