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Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for April 2013

The Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager has been updated on the web and the latest content has Updated: April 1, 2013 at the top of the topic. There were no significant updates to the Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library for this month. In addition, the documentation for the Upgrade Assessment Tool (UAT) has...

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Using a existing Windows Azure AD Tenant with Windows Azure

Two weeks ago we announced that Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) had reached general availability and is now ready for production use.  Since then many Azure customers who are also Office 365 customers or who created Windows Azure AD tenants during our developer preview have asked about how they can use their existing Windows Azure AD tenant with Windows Azure to start...

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“In the Cloud” Podcast, Episode 4: Hybrid IT

In episode four, I take a look at the very big and very complex topic of Hybrid IT — public, private, hosted clouds, and on-prem deployments.  To get a head start, check out one of my previous posts on the topic. Questions?  Comments?  Future topics you’d like to hear discussed?  Let me know!  ...

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CRN: “Microsoft Leaps Ahead of VMware in Hybrid Cloud Management”

From the comments I’ve seen on Twitter and the e-mails hitting my inbox, I know that many of you have seen CRN’s article from last week entitled “Microsoft Leaps Ahead of VMware in Hybrid Cloud Management” – and I want to add a couple thoughts to John Ross’ analysis of the cloud marketplace. Something that...

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RD Connection Broker Performance and Scalability

We have published a white paper that analyzes RD Connection Broker performance in Windows Server 2012. In Windows Server 2012, RD Connection Broker provides the following functionality:          Allows users to reconnect to their existing virtual desktops, RemoteApp programs, and session-based desktops.          Enables you to evenly distribute the load among RD Session Host servers...

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Developer Preview of OAuth Code Grant and AAL for Windows Store Apps

Howdy folks, I am happy to let you know that the next phase in our developer preview program has started and today we’re making two new features available for you to try out and give us feedback on: Support for OAuth2 for delegated directory access An updated Windows Azure Authentication Library (AAL) designed to work with Windows Store applications. Together, those new...

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New, Better User Experience, and a new Icon

Azure Active Directory went GA week before last, but something that happened a week earlier that was also pretty exciting.  We updated the look and feel of the authentication experience of Azure AD. Lots of people using Office 365 couldn’t help but notice, but I’d expect that many of them didn’t realize they were actually using Azure Active Directory. ...

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Episode 3 of the ‘In the Cloud’ Podcast: Enabling the Modern Workforce

In this episode I take a look at how enterprise IT can really support the modern workforce’s desire to work from any location with any device – and how organizations can embrace this trend.  I touched on this topic in my post about corporate computing trends.  I also discuss the role of the Consumerization of...

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Directories without apps are like…

We’ve got a bunch of new preview technologies under development to share with you over the coming days and weeks. That’s going to be exciting, but I thought it would be interesting to start with a short blog post talking about one of the things we thought a lot about when building Windows Azure Active Directory.  It has always struck...

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Continually Improving Continuous Availability

Several weeks ago I met with a customer who expressed a very common problem: “If we can’t access our data at any moment, from any location, we immediately begin losing money.” This comment was made before any other topic we discussed that day – before concerns about app management, security, or even storage costs. For...

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