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July, 2012

  • Shared Nothing Live Migration on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner With Windows Server 2012 around the corner, I wanted to start sharing some of the capabilities that Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 will start providing. Today I want to show you the Shared Nothing Live Migration. Just...
  • So you want to get started with (Windows Server 2012) Hyper-V? Start here! – In Summary

    Rob Waggoner   I have put together a number of webcasts around Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, those are here . Now that Windows Server 2012 is coming to the market, I wanted to provide some of the same information (webcasts...
  • Will my Pentium 4 or Celeron run Windows 8?

    Q: (from Paul) I have tried to install the Windows 8 preview on a machine with a Pentium 4 at 3.40 GHz and it says my processor is not compatible. Any suggestions or explanations?  I also tried a celeron machine with the same result.   A: I...
  • Storage Live Migration on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner With Windows Server 2012 around the corner, I wanted to start sharing some of the new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Today I want to show you Storage Live Migration. Just as the name implies, you can Live...
  • Live Migration on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner Today I want to show you Live Migration. As the name implies, you can Live Migrate a VM from one host to another while the VM is still running. This capability was in Windows Server 2008 R2, but I wanted to show it to...
  • A Revised List of Learning Plans

    Woody Walton   Although not the end all be all from a training resource perspective, the MPN learning plans are a nice distillation of what is out there.  I often find that they save me time from canvassing the MPN site looking for training...
  • Secure booting in Windows 8

    By Ron Grattopp ….I mentioned in my last post that I would follow up on the Trusted Boot process in Windows 8, and give you more details on it as well as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).  First, let’s start with a quick UEFI primer....
  • Please Vote for your favorite in the Microsoft U.S. Partner Video Contest!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The videos are in! As Microsoft Partners, I’m sure you’ll relate to many of them…. and get a good laugh out of them too Voting is set to end on July 3rd at 11:59 P.M. so you still have time to view all...
  • Windows Intune and Mobile Devices

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As the Windows Intune team adds more features to the service, more and more partners and customers are taking a closer look at it. In June, we released our most recent update.  My teammate, Josh Condie...
  • Windows Server 2012 has a Timeline!

    Rob Waggoner     Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, we released our timeline for Windows Server 2012.  The official announcement is here ; the plan is to have Windows Server 2012 available through multiple...
  • New Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Now Available

    By Ron Grattopp …..Most of you should be familiar with this tool by now, so I won’t go into details here, you can use the links below to get more info and download it. As a quick overview, here are some of the newer key scenarios that MAP v7.0 can help...
  • Save the Date: “Office 365 for Small Business” Jump Start August 29-30th

        Josh Condie - Microsoft is creating a new exam, 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business . This exam will be based on a training course specifically designed to meet the needs of partners administering Office 365 for small business...
  • Give Me Some Room with Office 2013 Touch Mode, etc!

    Woody Walton   Okay, I have been using touch for a while, but I have never stepped away from the ability to fallback to a traditional keyboard as I mostly use a touch enabled laptop.  A combination of events allowed me to take the next step...
  • Learn more about the Microsoft Cloud OS Platform at a city near you!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- You’re probably wondering what this new platform is all about, but the good news is that we are hosting One-Day launch events to tell you all about it! The Cloud OS Signature Event Series will give you...
  • Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

      Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training...