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  • Blog Post: Deploy a Guest Cluster Using a Shared Virtual Hard Disk

    This has been a great new feature added in Windows Server 2012 R2. The possible scenario of the usage are Hyper-V failover cluster using Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) on block-level storage or Hyper-V failover cluster using file-based storage in a separate Scale-Out File Server. The below TechNet article...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 – Do More–video

    See how to do some common tasks in Windows 8 in the video at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/get-started?page=vid1 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...
  • 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: Announcing the RC of the Windows Home Server 2011 Windows Phone 7 Connector

    Today we are pleased to announce the Release Candidate of the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011 (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server). The purpose of this Add-in is to enable Remote Server Management tasks and relay Media Streams for WHS 2011...
  • 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: Windows Server 2012 datasheet

    Windows Server powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization...
  • 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: 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: 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: What's New in Windows Server 2012

    [This topic is pre-release documentation and is subject to change in future releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.] The content in this section describes what's new and changed in Windows Server 2012. This content focuses on changes that will potentially have the greatest impact on your...
  • 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: Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC)

    The next release of Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, will offer businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. It securely connects across premises and helps IT Professionals to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently. Windows...
  • Blog Post: Log Parser Studio

    Log Parser Studio is a utility that allows you to search through and create reports from your IIS, Event, EXADB and others types of logs. It builds on top of Log Parser 2.2 and has a full user interface for easy creation and management of related SQL queries. Anyone who regularly uses Log Parser 2.2...
  • Blog Post: Assigning File Share permissions using Power Shell

    Recently I was working on some Power Shell scripts for configuring my Windows Server 2012 machines. One of the task was to create a File share on a remote server and then share it and then assign NTFS and Share permissions. Assigning NTFS permissions was simple however for assigning share permissions...
  • 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: 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: Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!

    Howdy! Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. I’m proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week. We will also make the software available to our...