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TechEd 2013: After Today, Cloud Computing is No Longer a Spectator Sport

[Posted Monday, June 3]   In Satya Nadella’s post from earlier today, he describes Microsoft’s transformation to a “cloud-first” business: Two years ago we bet our future on the cloud and quietly refocused our 19 billion-dollar software business by completely transforming our products, culture and practices to be cloud-first. We knew the journey would be...

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Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for May 2013

The Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and the Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library have been updated on the web and the latest content has Updated: May 1, 2013 at the top of the topic. The documentation for System Center Updates Publisher has also been updated with the requirements to publish software updates...

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RD Gateway Windows Server 2012 Capacity Planning

We have published a white paper that analyzes RD Gateway capacity planning in Windows Server 2012. In Windows Server 2012, Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) enables authorized remote users to connect to Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) accessible resources on the corporate network, from any Internet-connected RDP client that supports RD Gateway (such as the Remote...

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2000 Seat VDI Deployment Benchmark

Hey all, If you are interested in an “incrementally expandable” Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) pool architecture and want to hear about some benchmarking results we just completed, you are in the right place! Recently we partnered with Dell to build a 2000-seat VDI deployment (all pooled virtual desktops) at our Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) in...

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Using the Cloud to Transform and Unify High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Data Backup

Back in mid-April, I discussed the importance of data center high availability, and how the cost of data storage is minimal compared to the cost of not being able to access that data. There are a lot of options for creating a highly available system with disaster recovery and data backup protocols – but many...

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Node.JS – Our first Open Source library for Windows Azure Active Directory

Howdy folks, Today we’ve got something pretty cool/different for you – exciting (maybe surprising?) news, presented in a new format we haven’t used before. As I’ve talked about in previous posts, a critical piece of our vision is that any cloud application in the world, whether it’s built using Microsoft technologies or not, can easily integrate with Windows Azure Active Directory. To deliver on that...

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Windows Server 2012 RemoteApp and Desktop Connections: Default Connections and File Type Associations

Hi all, I’m Travis Howe, a developer on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team. Today I’d like to talk about a few improvements that we made to the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feature in Windows Server 2012: support for default connections and file type associations. Default connections When we added the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feature...

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Support OAuth 2.0 Authorization Code Grant for delegated directory access with PHP sample code

Howdy folks, A few weeks ago we announced the availability of the developer preview for the support of OAuth Code Grant in Azure Active Directory.   You can use this same technology to provide delegated access to call the Azure Active Directory via the Graph API.   This means that applications can now acquire and present an access...

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ITC podcast, Episode 7: Better Together – MSFT Workloads & Platforms

In episode 7, I take some extra time to look at Wednesday’s “Better Together’ post in greater detail. In particular, we talk about the performance benefits of running Microsoft workloads (Exchange, SharePoint, etc.) on Microsoft platforms (Windows, Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center, etc.), and how IT teams can combine these tools to maximize the speed,...

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