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  • Blog Post: Microsoft security updates for February 2011

    As part of Microsoft's routine, monthly security update cycle, we released 12 new security updates on February 8, 2011. Get the details and download at http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/bulletins/201102.aspx?WT.mc_id=soc-n-sa- loc -services-omers
  • Blog Post: Rolling back forest functional level

    The only way you can roll back your forest functional level is from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2008 if Active directory Recycle Bin is not enabled. Review the following guidelines that apply to raising the domain or forest functional levels: You must be a member of the Domain Admins group...
  • 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: 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: 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 Contents Chapter 1 The business need for Windows Server...
  • 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: Microsoft Support of IPv6

    Support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a new suite of standard protocols for the Network layer of the Internet, is built into the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, which include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP with Service...
  • 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: Join Us For BUILD September 13-16: Register Today

    BUILD is the event that shows you how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Get insight on creating touch-centric user experiences—fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world. BUILD is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and 7 Support Lifecycle

    Microsoft provides support on the current service pack, and in some cases the immediately preceding service pack, for the products listed below. See the Lifecycle Support Policy FAQ for details on the Service Pack Support Policy. As a convenience to you, Microsoft is providing a list of the currently...
  • 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: Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2003 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008

    In this blog, I will guide you with a very simple step by step approach on how to upgrade your Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2003 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Preparing your Active Directory infrastructure for upgrade to Windows Server 2008 includes the following tasks: Prepare Windows...
  • 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: 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 missing some steps: To perform this migration, perform...
  • Blog Post: Real people. Real answers.

    Ask questions and we will search for real answers. See answers by topic Install, Upgrade and Activate Windows Update Networking, Mail, and Getting Online All topics See answers by version Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP All Versions Find out at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us
  • 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: Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

    The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5.6 contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7®, Windows Vista®, a Windows Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer® in your environment...
  • 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: 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 8 Release Preview and today followed up with...
  • Blog Post: Get a Microsoft Virtualization Certification with Free Microsoft TechNet

    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: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: VMM Gets Major Upgrade

    There’s no doubt that Microsoft is making System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) a key component of the System Center suite. The scope of the product is being expanded so much that it could be renamed “System Center Virtual Datacenter Manager.” The new version of VMM is currently in beta and is...