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Windows 8.1, Windows Server and System Center 2012 R2 updates are coming soon – download the free previews today
  Microsoft TechNet Flash Newsletter
Volume 15, Issue 19 | August 21, 2013

 
 
 
Top News Worldwide 
 
 

Windows 8.1 availability set for October 18

 
 
 
 

Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 and other updates are also coming October 18

 
 
 
 

Free MVA Q&A on August 27: David Tesar and David Aiken answer your Windows Azure questions

 
 
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Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview

 

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

 

System Center 2012 R2 Preview

 

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview
 
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection Preview

 

SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Preview

 

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview
 
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Brad Anderson on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 as a rich IaaS solution

What’s new in R2? Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson discusses how Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 deliver a rich IaaS solution. VMs can now be delivered for as much as fifty percent cheaper than competitors, as the ESG lab review demonstrates. Make sure to also check out Part 2 of Brad Anderson’s post.


New Edge Show: Brad Anderson on transforming the datacenter

On this edition of the Edge show, Brad Anderson, Vice President of Windows Server and System Center, talks about using Microsoft technologies to transform the datacenter. In this behind-the-scenes interview, you’ll learn about the three planning pillars used to guide the development of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center and System Center 2012 R2.


Now available on demand: Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start

This advanced PowerShell course, which is available on demand, will show you how to turn real-time management and automation scripts into useful, reusable tools and cmdlets. In this course, you’ll learn the patterns and practices for building and maintaining tools.


On-demand webcast: Faster business insights for all

Check out this on-demand webcast to hear Microsoft's Eron Kelly deliver an enlightening discussion about the impact of the data science process and its effect on big data.


How Hyper-V Server 2012 host patching can improve security and uptime

Microsoft offers a bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly on your hardware with a minimized set of Windows Server components to optimize the virtualization environment. By eliminating many of the common Windows Server infrastructure features, this Hyper-V platform also improves security by minimizing the attack surface. Download the Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview.


See how Microsoft uses System Center Orchestrator to patch complex data center scenarios

Get an insider’s look at how Microsoft uses System Center 2012 Orchestrator to automate patch management in complex scenarios. Listen in as Senior IT Service Engineer Daniel Benson and Senior Program Manager Shyam Patel share advice and best practices.

Virtual Labs: Orchestrator 2012 IT process automation with Runbook guidance

Start with the basics and move toward advanced concepts and techniques in Orchestrator 2012 for IT process automation. TechNet Virtual Labs require no complex installation and offer free, hands-on learning environments.


Get hands-on with the System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluation

Ready to learn about the new features you’ll find in System Center 2012 R2? Download the free preview and watch the Jumpstart Video on MVA to start exploring the new capabilities in this release and experiencing its cloud-first focus.


Office Garage Series: Tech analyst and writer Paul Thurrott's 5 favorite things about Office 365

Senior Technical Analyst and writer Paul Thurrott (from winsupersite.com) brings his rich background and insight to discuss how he uses Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 Small Business Premium and the back-end services to tie everything together. If you’ve been contemplating whether you need Office 365 or Office 2013 (or even an older version), you’ll want to watch this episode.


TechNet Radio: PowerShell 3.0 and the Active Directory Domain Services module

In this video, Blain Barton and the Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, discuss PowerShell 3.0 and the Active Directory Domain Services module. Learn how to deploy this solution, explore common scenarios, and discover some things you should be aware of. And be sure to try Window Server 2012 R2 today.


Reduce VMware storage costs with Windows Server 2012 storage spaces

You don’t need to migrate to Hyper-V to gain significant benefits in your datacenter from Windows Server 2012. Learn about storage enhancements offered by Windows Server 2012 and see how these improvements can help optimize your VMware storage costs so you can budget for more strategic IT investments. Preview Window Server 2012 R2.


Microsoft IT tests LOB compatibility with Office 365 ProPlus

Take a close look at how Microsoft IT managed to gain additional efficiencies during the new Office deployment by incorporating changes into their mature application compatibility testing process.

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Training and Books
Virtual Labs: Orchestrator 2012 IT process automation with Runbook guidance

Start with the basics and move toward advanced concepts and techniques in Orchestrator 2012 for IT process automation. TechNet Virtual Labs require no complex installation and offer free, hands-on learning environments.

 
Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start available on-demand

Available on-demand, this advanced PowerShell course will show you how to turn real-time management and automation scripts into useful, reusable tools and cmdlets. In this course, you’ll learn the patterns and practices for building and maintaining tools. Download the Window Server 2012 R2 Preview today.

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Events
Free MVA Q&A on August 27: David Tesar and David Aiken answer your Windows Azure questions

IT Pro Evangelist David Tesar and Group Product Marketing Manager David Aiken will host a live Windows Azure Q&A on Tuesday, August 27 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Pacific Time. Attendees can ask technical questions, get advice, and learn from industry peers and Microsoft experts during this audience-driven discussion. Registration is free.

 
On-demand webcast: Faster business insights for all

Check out this on-demand webcast to hear Microsoft’s Eron Kelly deliver an enlightening discussion about the impact of the data science process and its effect on Big Data.

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