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Volume 14, Issue 27 | December 5, 2012
Windows Server 2012 Plan for and deploy

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Plan for and deploy Windows Server 2012

Find new and updated resources to help you install, deploy, secure, and manage the new Windows Server.


Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

Mitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free ebook on Windows Server 2012 based on the RTM version of the software.


Download Windows Server 2012 trial software

The Windows Server 2012 evaluation software is available in Standard and Datacenter editions. Register for the 180-day free trial and access technical resources to assist in your testing. You can also try Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure with no test hardware required.


Your Featured Content


What's new for Group Policy in Windows Server 2012

Darren Mar-Elia explores the new capabilities that make Group Policy your best friend for enterprise-class configuration management.


ZDNet: Windows Server 2012 RTM review

"Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?"


TechNet Radio: Taking a look at Windows Server 2012

Technical Evangelist Tommy Patterson welcomes Infrastructure Engineer Mike Dragone to the show to discuss Mike's review of Windows Server 2012. Tune in as they discuss some of Mike's favorite features, what makes Windows Server 2012 stand out from other offerings, and how it's meeting many IT challenges.


Hyper-V overview

This topic in the TechNet Library describes practical uses for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2012 and the new functionality compared to previous versions of Hyper-V.


Deploy Hyper-V Replica

This topic in the TechNet Library will guide you through making basic decisions about setting up Hyper-V Replica, configuring Replica, starting replication, and dealing with both planned and unplanned failover activities.


TechNet Radio: What's new in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012

John Weston welcomes Microsoft MVP Mitch Garvis to the show to dissect what's new in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012 and how it compares to VMware.


Video: Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012

Watch this demo of the new and enhanced features that make the Active Directory easier to deploy through the support of virtualization and cloning, easier to manage with the Active Directory Administrative Center, and an updated Active Directory PowerShell and much more.


TechNet Radio: Automating and managing tasks in Windows Azure with PowerShell

Blain Barton welcomes fellow Technical Evangelist Brian Hitney to the show to discuss how you can use PowerShell to automate and manage tasks and processes in your Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Cloud Services. Tune in as Brian demos a simple scenario where he creates an Azure storage account, ties it into a new service and deploys it from staging to production all by using Windows PowerShell.


Video: Create virtual machines in minutes with Windows Azure

From SQL to MongoDB and everything in between: Watch this short video to find out how Windows Azure Virtual Machines makes it really easy and possible to do. Learn more with the Windows Azure 90-day free trial.


TechNet Radio: What's new in Windows Phone 8

Lex Thomas welcomes Director of Technical Sales, Jeffrey Strasser to the show to discuss the latest features found in Windows Phone 8. Tune in to learn about the new user interface, ease of use, security, NFC and wireless charging, streaming music, and more.


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Editors Note


Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor

Going from why to how

The response has been an overwhelming thumbs-up on the benefits of upgrading to Windows Server 2012. It's now time to focus on how to get there with a set of resources to help you plan for and deploy Windows Server 2012.

Since the launch, Windows Server 2012 has received very favorable reactions, including this Windows Server 2012 review from ZDNet
, in which author Simon Bisson concludes, "It's not often that we describe a server operating system as a must-have upgrade, but if ever there was one, this is it."

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Training and Books

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Windows Server 2012 courses
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The Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow

The Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow is coming to over 20 countries - and a location near you. Join the Microsoft MVPs as they bring the technology to you.

Additional IT camp seats available in the U.S.

IT camps are expert-led, no cost, hands-on technical training events for IT professionals. Their seats are selling out fast. Additional IT camps focusing on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure are now available in the U.S., hosted by New Horizons. If you are located outside of the U.S., find an IT camp near you.



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