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Volume 14, Issue 28 | December 12, 2012
 
 
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Plan for and deploy Windows 8 in the enterprise

Find key resources to help you plan, deploy, secure, and manage Windows 8 in an enterprise environment.

 

Download Windows 8 Enterprise evaluation software

The Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation is designed specifically to help IT professionals test their software and hardware on the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise. See the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation FAQ.

 

Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition)

Based on final, released-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, implement, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise environment.

 

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TechNet Magazine: Identify your unique Windows 8 adoption path

Windows 8 can fit into your infrastructure regardless of which Windows OS you're using now or where you are in your migration plans.

 

Explore free Windows 8 courses on MVA

New Windows 8 courses are coming to Microsoft Virtual Academy, beginning with "Exploring Windows 8" - which provides an overview of BitLocker, Hyper-V client, and managing client access to the Windows Store. More courses on planning and preparing for Windows 8, deploying Windows 8, and operating and managing a secure Windows 8 environment are coming soon.

 

Windows 8 Jump Start: Windows 8 deployment

Learn how to simplify planning and deployment - and ease your migration from earlier versions of the Windows operating system.

 

Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers.

 

Download the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. It reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images, along with offering improved security and ongoing configuration management.

 

Basic Windows deployment step-by-step guide

This guide uses the tools included in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit, including Windows System Image Manager, the Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management tool, and Windows Pre-installation Environment.

 

Video: Windows 8 - designed for businesses (episode 2)

Technical Evangelist Kevin Remde hosts Senior Marketing Manager for the Windows Commercial Team, Hye Jun, to discuss how Windows 8 benefits businesses. Tune in to learn how Windows 8 delivers the perfect blend of devices and experiences your users require and the enterprise-grade solutions businesses need.

 

New from Microsoft Press: Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Written by Mitch Tulloch, this book helps enterprise administrators build their skills for deploying and managing Windows Server 2012 core services. Readers develop their real-world skills and maximize their on-the-job performance via the book's many lessons, exercises, and suggested practices. Use this guide as an additional learning resource to help them prepare for Microsoft Certification exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

 

TechNet Radio: Your Hyper-V Server 2012 questions answered

Harold Wong and Jeff Woolsey are back for another episode to discuss Microsoft's free and fully supported Hyper-V Server 2012. Tune in as they chat about what it is and what's included. They also touch upon various scenarios in which you would want to use it, as well as what free tools are available to help you manage it.

 

TechNet Radio: SMB 3.0 encryption overview

Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their SMB series for Windows Server 2012. In this episode they dive into SMB encryption. Tune in as they discuss what this security component is, why it's important, and how it can be implemented and configured via the GUI and in PowerShell.

 

Cloud Innovators (Part 3): private cloud planning

Continuing their private cloud basics video series, Kevin Remde, Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes are back to show how you can get started in planning a private cloud environment. Tune in as they lay out some best practices you may want to consider.

 
 

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Editors Note

 

Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor

Simplifying Windows 8 deployments

During the launch of Windows 8 in late October, we talked about the new functionality and the benefits of Windows 8 for enterprise IT. This time it's about next steps: planning and deployment.

As you should be aware by now, Windows XP support ends April 8, 2014. Based on average lead times for Windows migration projects, it's time to get your deployment plan together if you still have users on that platform. The Windows TechCenter on TechNet now offers a host of tools and how-to articles to help you plan for Windows 8...

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Training and Books

 
Explore free Windows 8 courses on MVA
New Windows 8 courses are coming to Microsoft Virtual Academy, beginning with "Exploring Windows 8" - which provides an overview of BitLocker, Hyper-V client, and managing client access to the Windows Store. More courses on planning and preparing for Windows 8, deploying Windows 8, and operating and managing a secure Windows 8 environment are coming soon.
 
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EVENTS

 
Tech Showcase: Get to know Windows 8

Attend a Tech Showcase event to find out what's new in Windows 8 for IT professionals. Register for an online or in-person event today.

 
Hands-on Lab Online: New Windows Azure events in January

New Hands-on Lab Online (HOLO) training events have just been added for the new year. Review the list of upcoming Windows Azure HOLO events and sign up for in-depth training. Learn how you can create applications, create Linux virtual machines, build and publish ASP.NET apps with Windows Azure, and more. Try the Windows Azure 90 day free trial.

 
 
 
 
 

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