Migration and Deployment: Installing the Migration Tools (Part 8 of 19) by Matt Hester

I’m sure most organizations still have parts of their infrastructure running on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.  If this applies to you and you are looking to migrate some of those services to Windows Server 2012, you will want to know more about the Migration Tools that are included…

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

Now that Windows Server 2012 has been out for 6 months, I’m sure more and more IT Pros are evaluating the requirements and steps to upgrade or migrate some of their Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 infrastructure over to Windows Server 2012.  One of the common items is Active Directory.  If this is a…

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Winners of Lenovo W520 Laptops from last year’s promotion drawn and notified

Back in February of 2012, my team announced a promotion to encourage IT Pros to download and test the Microsoft Private Cloud offering.  As part of the promotion, we raffled off three Lenovo W520 laptops with the following specs: W520 15.6” 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2760QM Processor ( 2.40GHz 1333MHz 6MB ) 15.6" HD AntiGlare…

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How to Create Windows 8 VHD for Boot to VHD using simple, easy to follow steps

I just finished holding a few Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Installfests both with IT Pros in mind and with Developers in mind. Time and time again, I got asked the same questions around how to create the VHD that has the Windows 8 installation in it. There are quite a few blog posts…

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Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Tool to convert your VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs (Beta Available)

I know that a large percentage of Microsoft customers are using VMware as their primary virtualization platform today.  I also believe a good percentage of these customers are using Hyper-V as a secondary hypervisor in lab, test and possibly lower impact production environments.  In fact, I had one such customer recently ask me if there…

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Microsoft Private Cloud Summit in Los Angeles on May 22, 2012 includes 3 Tracks (Client & Device Management, Cloud & Datacenter Management and Hands-On IT Camp)

I already posted that we are having a series of IT Camps in the West Region back on April 6th.  One of the cities on the list is Los Angeles on May 22nd.  The System Center team also wanted to hold a larger Private Cloud Summit that day so rather than reschedule my IT Camp…

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Microsoft Management Summit 2012 – My joint presentation with John Weston on Building a Microsoft Private Cloud using System Center 2012 Evaluation Software for a Lab

This week during Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2012, my team mate, John Weston, and I delivered a joint session on how we build out Microsoft Private Cloud in our lab using Evaluation Software of System Center 2012.  We shared our learnings (mistakes) so that those who are looking to do the same thing as us…

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