System Center 2012 Client Management & Security Solutions Launched on Evaluation Center

The Evaluation Center team is proud to announce the launch of System Center 2012 Client Management & Security Solutions, including System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection. Solution Overview A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over…

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Announcing the release of the Private Cloud Infrastructure course

The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the Private Cloud Infrastructure course. This course focuses on how using technologies and tools from Microsoft can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. The course covers the core Windows Server products, and how to use them to build and…

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Announcing the Release of the ‘System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012” course to the Microsoft Virtual Academy

  The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 course. This course focuses on how using System Center Virtual Machine Manger 2012 can help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud. After completing these three modules you will have learnt about the…

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Announcing the Release of the ‘Enhancing Your Business and Career with the Private Cloud” course to the Microsoft Virtual Academy

The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the Enhancing Your Business and Career with the Private Cloud course. This course contains 3 modules which focuses on how the private cloud can help your business and your IT Pro career. The first module starts by covering the cloud business drivers and…

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Announcing the Release of the ‘Microsoft Virtualization for the VMware Professional – VDI” course to the Microsoft Virtual Academy

The Microsoft Virtual Academy team would like to announce the release of the Microsoft Virtualization for the VMware Professional – VDI course. Centralizing desktops and client computers is an increasing important consideration for all IT departments as they begin to evaluate Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Using VDI to consolidate maintenance activities reduces the time which…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 - Now Available!

Following on from my previous posts on Creating a Private Cloud Part 1 and Part 2, System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP)  is now available. For those who have not read the two posts yet, briefly the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP) is a fully supported, partner extensible…

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Creating a Private Cloud – Part 2: Configuration

In this post I’ll carry on from part 1 and cover the configuration side of the System Center products to deliver Private Cloud type functionality. Where should you be after Part 1? So a quick recap from part 1, you should have Windows Server 2008 R2 installed, with the additional Roles and Features etc. installed….

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How to Improve Server Utilization and Reduce Infrastructure Costs with Virtualization

Predicting resource requirements for a new business application, especially one that is customer-facing is a tricky task. It’s hard to know if you have the new Facebook or your hands. You make your best estimates, then spend money on new hardware and hope your estimates were right. Only actual usage tells whether your server infrastructure…

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