RSAT for Windows 8.1 now available for download

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are…


Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server – Technical documentation update

This download package contains Word and PDF versions of the technical documentation for Windows Azure Pack. The following guides are available: Deploy Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, updated 10/17/13 Plan, Deploy, and Configure Windows Azure Pack: Web Sites, updated 10/17/13 Administer Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, updated 10/17/13 Go get it @


The Cloud OS Vision Wave Gets Delivered

I am proud to be part of the team providing information on the innovation Microsoft is delivering to support our Cloud OS vision.  Today some of the best products in the industry are “generally available” meaning you can download them and start testing them against your unique technical requirements.  Here’s a recap of the blog…


New Windows Server R2 Component Posters – now available

For you visual creatures, we have some new posters that will help you understand some of the new Windows Server 2012 R2 components, the architecture under the covers, and some key Hyper-V mini posters.  Highly recommended for your reference library.  Go get them @  


Test Lab Guide: R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 VMM

This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) test lab, using computers running Windows Server 2012 R2. This test lab is based on four physical computers, each hosting multiple virtual machines. Updated September 2013…


Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management Guide now available

NIC teaming, also known as Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters to be placed into a team for the purposes of bandwidth aggregation, and/or traffic failover to maintain connectivity in the event of a network component failure. This guide describes how to deploy and manage NIC Teaming with Windows Server 2012 R2. Get it…


Windows Server 2012 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone !!!

As noted in my earlier post about the availability dates for the 2012 R2 wave, we are counting the days until our partners and customers can start using these products. Today I am proud to announce a big milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 has been released to manufacturing! MORE


Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool – Now Live on the Web

The Microsoft Cloud OS solution provides a modern datacenter with enterprise class virtualization, greater resource utilization, end-to-end service management and deep insight into applications so organizations can focus on delivering business value. Together with Windows Azure or a Microsoft Service Provider, you can also create advanced hybrid cloud deployment scenarios where seasonal spikes in demand…


Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview now available for download

As we set out to further invest in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, we wanted to build upon the great primary server experience that exists today with Windows Server 2012 Essentials, while at the same time providing a new level of flexibility in terms of how your server can be deployed. The Windows Server Essentials…


R2 Wave of Previews Now Available for Download

Welcome to TechEd Europe 2013 being held in Madrid, Spain June 25-28, 2013.  We have a lot of information to share this week on Microsoft products and services that comprise our Cloud OS vision. In addition to the great session content, we also have announcements as well as partner and customer information we think you…