Windows Server 2012 RC & Windows 8 client release preview now available for download

Today, both the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) and Windows 8 Release Preview were made available for public download. More information about Windows Server 2012 RC: Resources page for the RC More information about the Windows 8 Release Preview: Steven Sinofsky’s post about what’s been updated in this release


Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon…with Microsoft Private Cloud

These days around the Microsoft Canada office and particularly in my little corner of the world, everyone is laser focused on getting IT folks downloading, learning and certified on Microsoft technologies…specifically private cloud technologies. And just to give you a bit of incentive, we’ve come up with The Skyrocket Sweepstakes. Y’know…for anyone in IT who…


Need help studying for your 70-659 exam? Join one of our study groups!

Different people learn in different ways and in my last post about the great incentives there are to take exam 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization before May 31st, I also listed a number of resources you could use to study up. Depending on your learning style, different resources will appeal to you. Well, if you’re the…

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Microsoft Private Cloud part 3: VMware private cloud and per-VM licensing

A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary. Read the entire series >> Licensing a…


Creating and Managing a Private Cloud: free 2 day online training

You may already be well versed on Windows server 2008 and Hyper-V and you may already be running a component or two of the System Center suite, but do you know how to put it all together to to build out, manage and operate a private cloud? Join this free 2 day online Jump Start…


The best time to pass the 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization exam is NOW!

There has never been a better time to study for and pass the 70-659 exam because we here at Microsoft Canada are determined to get as many Canadian system admins, network admins, IT managers, IT job seekers, and whatever-else-you-want-to-call-yourself certified on Window Server virtualization as possible. Why? Virtualization is the foundation for private cloud and…

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Cloud 101 Jump Start

A learning experience designed to help executives and organizational leaders participate in strategic conversations about why and how the Cloud transforms business. There’s no shortage of buzz around “the Cloud.” Everybody’s talking about it. But, really, what is it? Do you understand the jargon? Can you clearly articulate why and how these technologies drive your…


Coming to a computer near you: the Global Relationship Study (GRS) survey

Every fall and spring, a survey goes out to a few hundred thousand IT folk in Canada asking what they think of Microsoft as a company. The information we get from this survey helps us understand what problems and issues you’re facing and how we can do better. We take the input we get from…


Microsoft Private Cloud part 2: unlimited virtualization rights

A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary. Read the entire series >> Licensing rights…


On the next Manager Tech Talk: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

(Photo credit Eric Willfong) The private cloud scenario sounds like the perfect solution – take many of the highly desired characteristics of a public cloud such as resource pooling, self-service, elasticity and pay-per-use service and bring them in-house under the control of your own IT organization in your own datacentre. However, is it as perfect…