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Microsoft Download Center: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.5

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more… Read more

Microsoft Download Center: Windows Azure Poster (June 2013)

Introduces Windows Azure for developers and IT pros. Summarizes benefits such as global coverage and extensive language support. Provides a description of current services by category: app services, data services, compute, networking, and store. Depicts common uses including Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Web Sites, Mobile Services, and Media Services. The poster is intended to be… Read more

Microsoft Windows Server: Virtualize Enterprise Applications Guidance

Many customers begin their virtualization journeys’ by virtualizing the low intensity, less critical workloads, such as File & Print Servers, or Web Servers, but as customer confidence in virtualization grows, customers need to understand the impact of virtualization, from a performance, scalability and reliability perspective, on their more mission-critical, tier 1 and tier 2 applications… Read more

Microsoft Download Center: Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.0 (EMET)

The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. Software vulnerabilities and exploits have become an everyday part of life. Virtually every product has to deal with them and consequently, users are faced with a stream of security updates. For users who get attacked before the… Read more

Microsoft TechEd North America 2013: All of Infrastructure & Datacenter Management Sessions

Hi IT Professionals, I want to share with you a complete list of sessions/labs related to Management (System Center, Windows Intune, Hyper-V, MDOP, and MDT) from TechEd NA 2013. Thanks to Cleber Marques & our community for sharing the list · Keynote Presentation · Deploying and Managing Windows 8 in the Real World · Simplify… Read more

Windows Azure PowerShell Error: Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile : No certificate was found in the certificate store with thumbprint

I have multiple Azure Subscriptions configured with my Microsoft Account (formerly Live ID) Some time back couple of subscriptions were disabled due to excessive usage, which is fine. However, at this time when I tried to manage the same using PowerShell I was getting the following error every time I tried to Import the Publish… Read more

Microsoft Download Center: System Center 2012 SP1 Integration Map

The downloadable files listed on this page contain the cross-component documentation for the Technical Scenarios for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The available downloads include: System Requirements for System Center 2012 SP1 – last updated January 15, 2013 Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 SP1 – last updated January 15, 2013 System Center… Read more

Microsoft IT Camp – Windows Azure IaaS Resources

Hi Everyone, During the month of April & May, we delivered Windows Azure IaaS – IT Camps in 6 cities focusing on Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Windows Azure Virtual Network. As promised during our events, I am sharing some of the essential resources that you can use for understanding Windows Azure IaaS features. IT CAMP… Read more

System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012) Installation: SQL Server Database Error when using Named Instance…

Hi All,   Last week one of our customers was trying to install System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager. During the installation customer encountered an issue with SQL Server when using Named Instance instead of Default Instance. MSSQLSERVER. I decided to try out the scenario on my own test environment to simulate the same issue… Read more

Microsoft Download Center: Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v4 Beta

The enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. The new EMET 4.0 (Beta) features provides a preview on what’s in store for the final version. Please note that this is a “Beta” release. It is not ready for wide enterprise deployment. The latest official EMET… Read more