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  • Blog Post: Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

    Sometime ago, I wrote a blog about upgrading from Windows 2003 based Active Directory to Windows 2008 R2 based Active Directory. If you are planning to upgrade now from Windows Server 2008 R2 based Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 R2 based Active Directory, the steps are the same and you can found...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Dynamic Data Center Toolkit

    Build Managed Services with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosting Providers. Your customers are looking for agile infrastructure delivered from secure, highly available data centers so they can quickly respond to rapid business fluctuations. You can address this need by extending your hosting portfolio...
  • Blog Post: New worm targeting weak passwords on Remote Desktop connections (port 3389)

    We've had reports of a new worm in the wild and that generates increased RDP traffic for our users on port 3389. Although the overall numbers of computers reporting detections are low in comparison to more established malware families, the traffic it generates is noticeable. The worm is detected as Worm...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Solution Accelerators

    Tools and guidance that help you solve your deployment, planning, and operational IT problems. They are free and fully supported. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/default.aspx ?ocid=soc-n-SA-loc-services-omers What you can do with a Solution Accelerator Take advantage of cloud...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Exchange Server

    Is Exchange supported running on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1? We wanted to let you know that we've completed testing with Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and the following versions of Exchange are supported to run on Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (the RTM version of SP1): Exchange 2010 SP1 Exchange 2010 RTM Exchange 2007 SP3...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online Standard Service Descriptions

    Microsoft Online Services provides enterprise-level hosted solutions for e-mail, collaboration, instant messaging and Web conferencing. Services are delivered from a highly reliable network of Microsoft data centers located strategically throughout the world that provides seamless connectivity to the...
  • Blog Post: Best practices for Infrastructure Planning and Design

    Download best practices for Infrastructure Planning and Design for products such as Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, SQL Server 2008, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, System Center, and much more from the IPD site on TechNet. Download at http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Support on Operating system, Active directory and others

    Many customers have been asking on what is supported on various Exchange versions like operating system, Active directory environment, web browsers, Clients and others and the answer to them is Exchange Supportability Matrix. The Exchange Server Supportability Matrix provides a central source for Microsoft...
  • 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: 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