Windows Management Framework V5 Preview 

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Title: Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview One goal of management is to simplify creating and operating computing environments.  In Windows Server 2012 R2 we introduced two new standards-based technologies to achieve that: Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration and Certified for Windows Network Switches.  Both of these generated a lot of excitement with our customers and Read more


Hyper-V Replica Saves the Day 

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Today our SMB organization published a great blog entry: “With Windows Server 2012, my customers where prepared for Hurricane Sandy”. It tells the story of a partner, WorkITsafe, and their customers who had recently deployed Windows Server 2012.  When they saw Sandy coming, they enabled Hyper-V replica “just in case” and boy where glad they did. Go Read more

Windows Server 2012 Essentials reaches general availability! 

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Microsoft has just announced that Windows Server 2012 Essentials is generally available for purchase through volume licensing, retail and reseller channels. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft partners to deliver a solution designed to meet the needs of their small business customers by offering the following benefits: Protect and secure your business Access your Read more


Windows Server 2012 Training has begun!!! Register Now! 

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In case you aren’t up on current events: Windows Server 2012 ROCKS!  Do yourself a favor and get educated on all that it can do for you.  Kevin Beares will tell you how. Cheers!  Jeffrey Hey, this is Kevin Beares, Senior Community Lead for the Windows Server and System Center Group.  Over the next few Read more


Software Defined Networking, Enabled in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, Virtual Machine Manager 

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Unlocking Network Flexibility, Efficiency, and Multi-tenancy for the Cloud When we talked with customers about their datacenters, we found that virtualization was not fully living up to its potential.  Customers readily acknowledged the benefits of machine virtualization, but they wanted even more IT agility.  In particular, customers wanted the ability to easily migrate VMs across Read more


Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing! 

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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 volume licensing Read more


The Windows Server 2012 Information Experience 

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I recently had a conversation where someone was talking about the difference between people vested in their community and those that aren’t.  He said that when you walk by and see some trash on the ground, someone vested in their community will stop and pick it up and throw it into the trash, whereas someone Read more


Open Management Infrastructure 

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Many years ago, Microsoft joined with other companies to define the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), a set of standards to abstract the devices on a PC (and later, a server) for the OS.  The HAL is the unsung hero of the computing industry, allowing an amazing level of choice and interoperability in the x86 ecosystem.  Read more


Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate available now 

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Great news!  We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of the cloud optimized OS:  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation. If you haven’t yet started exploring the wide range of new features and capabilities, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to Read more


Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 2 

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This concludes my two part series.  In my first post, I provided some background information about PowerShell and DevOps.  In this post, I’ll provide you a bunch of specifics.  PowerShell 3.0, like Windows Server 2012, has a ton of new features and enhancements so I’ll only scratch the surface.  –Jeffrey While PowerShell has always been Read more