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Volume 15, Issue 15 | June 26, 2013

 
 
 
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Editor’s Note

Mitch Irsfeld

Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor
 

Time to get your hands dirty

Microsoft has announced a wave of updates that are just around the corner. Software updates such as Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and System Center 2012 R2 promise some significant changes and improvements. So what’s the best way to prepare and find out what’s in store? Taking the preview releases for a spin, of course.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Evaluation Guide

Evaluate the capabilities of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 in your data center. Download the evaluation guide now as a PDF.


Infrastructure as a Service: Windows Azure vs. Amazon and Rackspace

Matt Hester welcomes Microsoft MVP Jeffrey Palermo to the show as they compare the features and benefits of Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, and Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service. Listen in as they chat candidly about user experiences with these three options and which capabilities stand out in Windows Azure vs. its competitors.


The Office Garage Series: Bringing real-time Office experiences to the Web

On location from New Orleans, Jeremy is joined by Amanda Lefebvre and Dan Zarzar from the Office Web Apps team to offer a first look at the new real-time coauthoring features in Office Web Apps. They discuss support for Android tablets and feature the real-time coauthoring of a blues song “Ain’t No One-Trick Pony” with local New Orleans band, Remedy Krewe.


New: Multi-factor authentication comes to Windows Azure

Microsoft announced the preview of a new service, code-named Active Authentication, that enables multi-factor authentication for Windows Azure Active Directory identities. Discover how Active Authentication offers strong security while being easy to set up, manage, and use. For more technical information on how to get started, visit the Windows Azure Active Directory Blog.


Considerations for Hyper-V and virtual machines when upgrading Windows Server

Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson explain the considerations you must make regarding Hyper-Vand virtual machines when upgrading from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012. Get advice on the best way to upgrade your Hyper-V infrastructure, how to consolidate folder locations, and various ways to import VMs.

TechNet Radio: How Microsoft IT secures applications for the cloud

Tommy Patterson welcomes Sr. Security Engineer Varun Sharma to the show to discuss how Microsoft IT secured its applications for the cloud. Learn about the security process MSIT goes through when moving an application into the cloud and various considerations regarding authentication, deployment, and more.


Targeted attacks and how to prevent them

Check out this five-part video series designed to help IT and security professionals understand and manage the risk posed by targeted attacks being made by “determined adversaries.” These videos detail common threats and possible mitigations.


New MVA course: System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager

This comprehensive course will help you build the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, architect, and manage your infrastructure using a System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager solution.


TechNet Radio: Moving from VMware to Hyper-V

Server Administrator Brandon Dewar visits the show to discuss his organization’s decision to move from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012. Find out what made Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 so compelling to his organization, what their favorite features are, and how they employ Hyper-V in their work environment.


Windows Server blog: Transforming your datacenter with software-defined networking

Learn more about truly converting your datacenter by delivering your storage, compute, and networking resources as a shared, elastic resource pool for on-demand delivery of datacenter capacity.


New MVA course: System Center 2012 and transforming the datacenter immersion

Discover how the Microsoft Cloud OS vision can improve how your organization functions and see how the key tenets of transforming the modern datacenter can provide many benefits to enterprise IT. This course will walk you through the key steps in planning, deploying, and managing this type of environment.

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Training and Books
New MVA course: System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager

Check out a comprehensive course that will help you build the knowledge and skills necessary for planning, architecting, and managing an infrastructure using System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager.

 
New MVA course: System Center 2012 and transforming the datacenter immersion

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Events
What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2: Free, expert-led MVA Jump Start training on July 10 & 11

Join a live, multi-day MVA Jump Start online event with Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Cory Hynes from HOL Systems to learn about the new capabilities and features coming in Windows Server 2012 R2. Sign up today.

 
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