Windows XP support ending April 8, 2014

I’m sure you already know this, but if you don’t, XP Support Ends on April 8th, 2014.  That is 15 days from this post.  Below are a couple of links that will give you more information on moving forward: Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends Support is ending soon <SNIP from the second link… Read more

LIVE: Microsoft Virtual Federal Forum

For the first time, the 2014 Virtual Federal Forum, will be streamed LIVE from the Reagan Center in Washington, DC! This online digital experience will be completely hybrid, focused on Real Impact for a Lean and Modern Federal Governmentand will showcase innovative and cost effective solutions to unleash greater capabilities within agencies, while helping simplify… Read more

RAP as a Service (RaaS) from Microsoft Services Premier Support

In this post, I’m excited to discuss a new Premier Support offering called Risk Assessment Program (RAP) as a Service (or RaaS for short). For those that are not familiar with RAP, it is a Microsoft Services Premier Support offering that helps prevent serious issues from occurring by analyzing the health and risks present in… Read more

FREE online event: Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System Center

Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System CenterFree online event with live Q&A:, February 19th from 9am – 5pm PST What: Fast-paced live virtual session  Cost: Free Audience: IT Pro Prerequisites: For IT pros new to virtualization or with some experience and looking for best practices. If you’re new to virtualization, or if… Read more

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

If you work with Hyper-V, you very well also use System Center to manage it.  If you do not use System Center, you should download this free ebook and give it a review. We’re happy to announce a new free ebook – Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 by Mitch Tulloch with Symon Perriman and… Read more

Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012 / 2012R2 Available

We have published the last release of the Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions with support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. Please update your current HyperVMPE 2012 with this latest release from codeplex. Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012 / 2012 R2 New features on release Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 hyper-V Hyper-V Extended… Read more

MMS 2013 Hands On Labs Available

A few months ago we held the annual 2013 Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. As in years past, the event sold out quickly and it was a very busy week. To everyone that attended, our sincere thanks.  As a recap, the below blog gives you the list of available sessions online to view that… Read more

Two new Hyper-V Books available from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press is releasing two new titles for IT pros who work with the Hyper-V virtualization platform: These scenario-focused titles provide concise technical guidance and insights for troubleshooting and optimizing networking and storage with Hyper-V. Written by experienced virtualization professionals, these little books pack a lot of value into a few pages, offering… Read more

Sessions from MMS 2013 Now Available

Greetings AskCore fans.  I thought I would start creating a blog for a subset of the videos/sessions available at each of the conferences that Microsoft has throughout the year.  These sessions will be available and will deal with topics that are discussed here on the AskCore Blog.  There are numerous other sessions if you want… Read more

Live Customer Q&A with Virtualization Experts! (Microsoft Virtual Academy)

The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next FREE & PUBLIC event Live Q&A: Introduction to Hyper-V on Wednesday April 3rd, from 8:30 am – 10:00am PST with virtualization experts Jeff Woolsey (Principal Program Manager) & Symon Perriman (Senior Technical Evangelist). Ask your customers to… Read more