IT Lab Dates and venues announced on Windows Server 2012, System Center SP1 with Azure and Windows 8 Deployment–Register today!

Due to the overwhelming demand for attendance at the IT Camp events that we have been running, we’ve added a series of half-day events branded IT Labs to allow more IT Pros to attend. These IT Labs offer a subset of the current IT Camp content (System Center 2012 SP1 with Azure, Windows Server 2012…

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Windows Server 2012 SMB 3.0 Deployment Considerations (Part 9 of 19)

One of the most compelling features of Windows Server 2012 that customers are looking to implement includes the new SMB 3.0 feature set.  Server Message Block (SMB) version 3.0 is the remote file protocol made available in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 that offers significant enhancements and a drastically expanded feature set to allow…

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Latest round of IT Camps Registration Open–Register today!

The registration for the Winter/Spring series of IT Camps is now open for registration.  For those of you who haven’t experienced an IT Camp, IT Camps offer a unique balance of both presentation and demo as well as the opportunity to get Hands On experience with these market-leading technologies.  To fully participate in an IT…

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Installing the Migration Tools (Migration and Deployment–Part 8 of 19)

Matt Hester introduces us to the Windows Server 2012 migration tools with his post Installing the Migration Tools.  This eighth installment of the Migration and Deployment Series digs into the migration of Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2 as well as a variety of the roles and services you may have in production today. …

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Upgrade Implications for Active Directory – (Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012)( Migration and Deployment–Part 7 of 19)

Blain Barton gives us part seven in the Migration and Deployment Series where he points out Upgrade Implications for Active Directory – (Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012).  This is a nice post that points out many of the migration scenarios and upgrade paths available.  Check it out! STEP 1 – Sign up for…

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Requirements for a fresh Windows Server 2012 Installation (Part 6 of 19)

Windows Server 2012 was made Generally Available (GA) back on September 4th, 2012 and offers a significant and compelling upgrade from previous versions of Windows Server.  As customers move toward understanding the significant advantages this release of Windows Server offers, its important to understand what the requirements are for a fresh installation of Windows Server…

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Migration and Deployment How To Migrate or Transfer Files And Settings To Windows 8 From Windows 7, Vista or XP (Part 4 of 19)

My Boston-area counterpart Dan Stolts offers up the latest post in the Migration and Deployment series with Migration and Deployment How To Migrate or Transfer Files And Settings To Windows 8 From Windows 7, Vista or XP.  Moving from a previous version of Windows is a pretty common occurrence, so having the knowledge on how…

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TechNet Radio: Hyper-V Local vs. Hyper-V over SMB 3.0 Performance

Jose Barreto and I continue our SMB3 series (https://aka.ms/SMB3Series) and in today’s episode we discuss a recently released independent study that compares the performance between Hyper-V local and Hyper-V over SMB 3.0. Tune in as we chat about the results as they take a deep dive to see how Windows Server 2012 performs in terms…

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Migration and Deployment Blog Series

As introduced in the previous post, we’re doing an Migration and Deployment series this month, covering topics on System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Azure IaaS, with some Windows 8 deployment details rounding out the last week of the series.  To provide a quick and easy way to follow this nineteen part series, I’m…

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5 Steps to Deploying Windows 8 with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Migration and Deployment – Part 3 of 19

Keith Mayer gives us the third post in this month’s Migration and Deployment Series covering 5 Steps to Deploying Windows 8 with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Migration and Deployment.  This step-by-step post gives great insight on the OS deployment prerequisites, how to prepare the boot images, how to add the image, define…

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