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Volume 15, Issue 2 | January 23, 2013


TechNet Feature: System Center 2012 SP1, the management component of the Cloud OS

•  Learn what's new in System Center 2012 SP1


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Download Microsoft System Center private cloud evaluation software to test SP1



What is the Cloud OS?


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Join the Microsoft Cloud OS Trivia Challenge

Test drive the free trials of our Cloud OS products for a chance to win a trip to the Microsoft Management Summit in April in Las Vegas. Answer three trivia questions correctly and you could instantly win a copy of Windows 8, Windows Server, a Microsoft Surface tablet, or a Cisco router. Play now.


Free System Center 2012 SP1 training from MVA

Learn how Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1 can help you build, deploy, and manage a private cloud architecture with two new courses from Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center 2012 SP1 Updates and System Center SP1 for VMware Professionals.


Edge Show: Bring your own device

In this demo-heavy interview, see how you can responsibly enable people to bring their own devices using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and the latest release of Windows Intune.


TechNet Radio: Upgrading System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to Service Pack 1

Keith Mayer and Wally Mead are back to discuss how you can prepare for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. Tune in as they demo the upgrade process.


TechNet Radio: PowerShell 3.0 integrated scripting environment overview

Blain Barton and The Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, are back with this month's PowerShell tips and tricks to discuss the newest features in PowerShell 3.0's integrated scripting environments. Tune in as they chat about its benefits, how it works, how it can be a time saver, and what it can do for you.


TechNet Radio: SMB 3.0 deployment scenarios

Bob Hunt and Jose Barreto continue their SMB series for Windows Server 2012, and in today's episode they chat about deployment scenarios and ways in which you can implement all of the new features in SMB 3.0.


Free hands-on training: Build virtual machines in the cloud with Windows Azure

With Windows Azure, you can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines on your own virtual network in the cloud. These capabilities can be really useful for several scenarios, such as building virtual lab environments, piloting new software in the cloud, deploying hybrid IT applications that connect on-premises datacenter workloads with cloud-based VMs, and more. At this free virtual training event, you'll learn how to leverage these capabilities for your network environment.


Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start: January 30

Find out how Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1 compare with VMware vSphere 5.1 and VMware's private cloud during our free January 30 Jump Start. Register to attend.


Register for the January 31 Windows Intune Jump Start

Explore the best ways to manage and secure PCs, tablets and mobile devices in the cloud during our free MVA Jump Start.


Deliver storage virtualization capabilities on industry-standard hardware with Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 offers a wide variety of storage features and capabilities to address the storage challenges faced by your organization that will help you maximize the returns from your storage investments. Test Windows Server 2012 in your environment and read the ESG Lab Report on Windows Server 2012 storage performance.


Kick off 2013 with 31 days of servers (VMs) in the cloud

Dan Stolts and his IT pro teammates across the country are blogging about running servers (VMs) in the cloud. To get the information you need before you get started, don't miss this series. Sign up today for a free Windows Azure 90-day trial.


White paper: Deploying Highly Available and Secure Cloud Solutions

This paper showcases examples for deploying robust cloud solutions to maintain highly available and secure client connections, and uses real-world examples to discuss scalability issues.


New Work Smart Guide from Microsoft IT Showcase: Using Windows 8 Client Hyper-V

Client Hyper-V is the same virtualization technology previously available only in Windows Server. Client Hyper-V enables you to run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same host computer, but instead of working directly with the computer's hardware, the operating systems run inside a virtual machine (VM). Hyper-V enables developers and IT professionals to easily maintain multiple test environments and provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch environments.


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Editors Note


Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor

System Center 2012 SP1 release clarifies the Cloud OS

With the final release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the Microsoft Cloud OS vision continues to sharpen. In combination with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure, IT organizations can now use a single platform to build and manage their infrastructure, data, and applications across datacenters, hosted datacenters, and the Microsoft public cloud....

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Training and Books

Announcing the Windows Server Early Experts Challenge
IT professionals interested in achieving Microsoft certifications are invited to join, participate, and contribute to Windows Server Early Experts Challenge. This program is to learn about the latest version of Windows Server. Read Yung Chou's blog for details about the program. To get started, first set up a Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) account.
Preorder the new Training Guide: Configuring Windows 8
If you're an IT professional with a few years' experience administering previous versions of Windows client operating systems, you'll want to upgrade your skills to support Windows 8 in your workplace. This book will help you do exactly that. It provides detailed technical information and practice exercises to help you expand your skills for deploying, managing, and maintaining Windows 8. If you are planning to validate your skills through certification, this book will help round out your study plan. It includes most of the topics and skills covered in the Microsoft certification exam 70-687.
Upgrade your MCSA and take advantage of free training and free second chances to pass exams
Eighty-four percent of IT hiring managers say that IT certifications are used as a measure of a person's ability to work hard and achieve goals (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, January 2011). If you plan to upgrade your MCSA: Windows Server 2008, now is the perfect time to upgrade to an MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, or MCSE: Private Cloud certification. Request your certification pack and you'll get access to exam 417 and a Jump Start for free. Plus, you will receive 15% off the last two exams, and free retakes if you don't pass your exams on the first try.


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New IT Camp: Cloud and Datacenter Management with System Center 2012 SP1

Join Microsoft experts and local peers to learn more about how Microsoft delivers a cloud and datacenter management solution that provides a common toolset to manage your Windows Server 2012 private cloud infrastructure, virtual environments, IT services, and enterprise applications. To learn more about IT Camps, and to register for an event near you, please visit the IT Camps home page on TechNet.

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April 8 - 12, 2013, Las Vegas, NV
At the Microsoft Management Summit, the brightest and most skilled IT professionals from around the world meet to increase their technical expertise. You'll be first to test drive new products and solutions, accelerate your career, and you'll experience the power of community. Register now and save US$300.

Early bird registration ends soon for Security Development Conference 2013

May 14 - 15, 2013, San Francisco, CA
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to join their peers in sessions from three different tracks: Engineering for Secure Data, Security Development Lifecycle and Data Security, and Business Risk and Data Security; and learn from leading experts in the industry. Early bird registration ends March 1, 2013. Register now and save US$400.



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