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Volume 15, Issue 14 | June 12, 2013
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What’s new in Windows 8.1 for IT professionals

 
 
 
 

Free live event: Build a private cloud with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 on June 18

 
 
 
 

New report from Microsoft: Current trends in cloud computing

 
 

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Editor’s Note

Mitch Irsfeld

Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor
 

Embracing change

The world of IT is constantly changing. This is good, not just for organizations that benefit from ever-improving technology, but also for IT professionals. This changing landscape – new platforms, new technologies, and new strategies – creates opportunities for IT pros. How do you keep at the top of your field? How can you keep one step ahead and be a tech leader in your organization and not just a follower? By knowing the latest technologies and strategies and understanding how they can help improve your organization.

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Your Featured Content

Jump Start: Enterprise voice and online services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

On June 13 and 14, we’ll be hosting a two-day, demo-rich Jump Start designed to help IT pros design and configure enterprise voice and online services in Microsoft Lync Server 2013. Led by experts, this will be a fast-paced and engaging learning experience. Plus it follows the criteria for exam 70-337 and provides accelerated prep for this important exam in the MCSE: Communication track. Register now.


TechNet Radio: Deploying Windows Server 2012 using WAIK and ADK

On IT Time, Blain Barton and Microsoft Deployment MVP Rhonda Layfield are back for part 2 of their TechNet Radio series. In this episode they discuss new Window Server 2012deployment tools, such as the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) and the Automated Deployment Kit (ADK). Tune in as they chat about the features and benefits, and scenarios in which you may want to use them. Learn more about Window Server 2012.


Problem management for reliable online services

This paper describes problem management and the benefits organizations derive from implementing a robust problem management framework. It compares incident management to problem management, and describes the fundamental concepts of effective problem management and outlines the problem management processes organizations can use to help improve the reliability of their online services. Read the white paper.


Virtually Speaking: Deploying and managing a service in the cloud

Greg Shields from Concentrated Technology visits Yung Chou and Keith Mayerto discuss the differences between virtualization and cloud computing and how the two complement each other. In this first installment of a new series, Greg Shields looks at the old way of deploying services and demonstrates how to do this in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager.


Trustworthy Computing: Resilience by design for cloud services

This paper describes resilience modeling and analysis (RMA), a methodology for improving resiliency adopted from the industry-standard technique known as failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), and provides guidance for implementation. The primary goal of the paper is to provide information to equip cloud service engineers with a detailed understanding of RMA. Read the white paper.

Free MVA training: Migrating to Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is the most significant release of Windows Server to date, and it provides many options that IT professionals can use when upgrading and migrating. This course will show you how your key services can be migrated in an efficient, cost-effective, and safe manner. Take the free course.


Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start: Now available on demand

Missed the live Windows Azure Jump Start? It’s now available on demand on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). This free, expert-led course will help you understand how to use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as virtual machines and virtual networks to migrate, extend, run, manage, and monitor common workloads in the cloud. Watch it now.


Managing your cloud environment with Cognizant Cloud360

Ramesh Panuganty, Managing Director at Cognizant Technology Solutions, visits with Kevin Remde to discuss Cloud360, an enterprise-class cloud management platform that helps you quickly and cost-effectively deploy, manage, and operate applications on private, public, and hybrid clouds. Tune in to this episode of Cloud Innovators to learn more about the features and benefits offered by Cloud360, as well as how you can get started with this powerful cloud management service. Click here to learn more about Cloud360.


Upgrading from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012

It’s IT Time, and in this episode Blain Barton walks us through the necessary steps and considerations you should think about when upgrading from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012. Tune in as he lays out the necessary hardware and disk requirements, which Windows clients and servers are supported, and what functional levels, Operations Master Roles, and Active Directory changes you need to be made aware of.


Protect your private cloud with Data Protection Manager

Keith Mayer and Yung Chou discuss how you can protect your private cloud with Data Protection Manager. Tune in to hear their discussion about disaster recovery solutions and performance enhancements and see them demonstrate how to set up and configure DPM for your environment.

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Training and Books
Free MVA live event: Build a private cloud with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1

Join MVP Pete Zerger for a free, two-day Jump Start series that will cover the complete end-to-end process of implementing a Microsoft cloud solution. Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman will outline how to build a private cloud using the capabilities of both Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 on day 1 and Technical Product Manager Matt McSpirit will focus on moving from a private to hybrid cloud on day 2. Registration is free for both events. Also make sure to visit the Edge Show covering the launch of System Center 2012 SP1.

 
Free MVA training: Migrating to Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is the most significant release of Windows Server to date, and it provides many options that IT professionals can use when upgrading and migrating. This course will show you how your key services can be migrated in an efficient, cost-effective, and safe manner. Take the free course.

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Events
Jump Start: Enterprise voice and online services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Join us June 13 and 14 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Pacific Time for this two-day, demo-rich Jump Start aimed at helping IT pros design and configure enterprise voice and online services in Microsoft Lync Server 2013. Led by experts, it’ll be a fast-paced and engaging learning experience. Plus, it follows the criteria for exam 70-337 and provides accelerated prep for this important exam in the MCSE: Communication track. Register now.

 
Windows 8 for IT pros

Windows 8 offers new possibilities in mobile productivity, end-to-end security, virtualization, and management. Find out what Windows 8 has to offer and experience the new capabilities firsthand with an online or in-person Tech Showcase event to learn more. Afterwards, prepare for the MCSA: Windows 8 certification and demonstrate you have the skills to configure, manage, and maintain a Windows 8 enterprise system.

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