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Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #10: Nano Server 

This is the final post in the “Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016” series. Earlier today, Mike Neil announced the availability of Technical Preview 5 for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. This is an exciting moment, and it coincides with our final installment of the video series, “Ten reasons you’ll love Windows...Read more

Windows Management Framework V5 Preview 

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

Server Performance Advisor (SPA) 3.0 

Servers can be expensive so we spend a lot of time and effort figuring out how to get the best performance out of them. Windows Server 2012 had quite a few features to increase the performance and scale of servers.  There are things that we can do and then there are things you can do. ...Read more

WS-Management ISO/IEC Standard 

We’ve talked about it before and we’ll talk about it again, are strong believers in the customer benefits of standards.  In Windows Server 2012 we invested heavily in standards based management to deliver great customer value and will continue with these investments going forward. In today’s blog Wassim Fayed, a Principal PM in our Standards...Read more

Transform Your Datacenter with System Center 2012 SP1 

There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  So it is with IT.  As great an OS as Windows Server 2012 is (and it really is great!), few customers will use it by itself to deliver IT services or run a cloud.  The OS is a critical component,...Read more

Hyper-V Replica Saves the Day 

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! 

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! 

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

Windows Server 2012 Essentials released to manufacturing, available for evaluation today! 

Windows Server has an awesome dynamic range.  It runs everything from the largest internet sites to the smallest businesses.  With all of the discussion about being a CloudOS, you might wonder whether this represents a change.  The answer is a definitive ‘no’.  We believe that the cloud offers dramatic advantages to everyone.  In today’s post,...Read more

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

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 Release Candidate Essentials available now 

Great news!  We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials:  the Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation.If you haven’t started exploring the product yet, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to begin.  You can find more information about this release...Read more

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 volume licensing...Read more