Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Test Lab Guide - available for download

The Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Base Configuration test lab, using computers running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, With the resulting test lab environment, you can build test labs based on other Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview-based TLGs from Microsoft, TLG extensions in…


Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide - Get your I/O On

I still remember the magic of touching my first fibre HBA.  Releasing the server form the shackles of SCSI chaining and throughput issues.  It seems like a long time ago, but improvement continues to march on and one of our teams just released a nice article called the “Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide” written…


IaaS Architecture Guide - now available for download

This document provides customers with the necessary guidance to develop solutions for a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure in accordance with the IaaS PLA patterns that are identified for use with the Windows Server 2012 operating system. This document provides specific guidance for developing fabric architectures (compute, network, storage, and virtualization layers) of an overall private…


The Kerberos Survival Guide

Since many other operating system vendors are also adopting this MIT-developed authentication protocol, Kerberos Version 5 will increasingly become a centerpiece of enterprise-level interoperability. Kerberos provides secure user authentication with an industry standard that permits interoperability. The Active Directory domain controller maintains user account and log-in information to support the Kerberos service. Want to learn…


Admin Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings.  Looking for the admin templates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?  Here they are. Go get em @ Supported operating systems: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate,…


Postermania for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V - get these downloads

Posters are a great way to wrap your mind around some of the subsystems (roles and features) that are part of complex products.  Here are some cool posters for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Go get em @


DirectAccess Single Server Setup with Mixed IPv4 and IPv6 in Windows Server 2012 - Test Lab Guide available

DirectAccess provides users with the experience of being seamlessly connected to their intranet any time they have Internet access. When DirectAccess is enabled, requests for intranet resources (such as email servers, shared folders, or intranet websites) are securely directed to the intranet, without the need for users to connect to a VPN. DirectAccess enables increased…


Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start - Wednesday 1/30 from 8-5

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is excited to announce the second Jump Start in a three-course virtualization series. This course is designed for VMware professionals looking to get up-to-speed with how Microsoft virtualization and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V works and compares with VMware vSphere 5.1. This one-day event will feature Microsoft Technical Evangelist Symon…


System Center 2012 SP1 - now available for download

Today we announced the final release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which helps deliver on Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision to provide customers with one consistent platform for infrastructure, apps, and data – spanning customer datacenters, hosting service provider datacenters, and the Microsoft public cloud. Together with Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1…


Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) v8.0 - now ready for download

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…