Surface with Windows 8 Pro – Pricing Announced!

Today, the Surface team announced pricing for Surface with Windows 8 Pro as follows: $899 for the 64GB version $999 for the 128GB version Both versions will be offered with a Surface Pen with Palm Block technology and either a touch cover or type cover (sold separately).   Spec’s for the Surface with Windows 8 Pro include…

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Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Networking in Windows Server 2012 – "Early Experts" Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 and Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012: Configure Hyper-V (17%) Create…


Configuring DHCP in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012: Deploy and Configure Core Network Services (16%) Deploy and configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)…

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FREE eBook Chapter: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

I am excited to announce that Leandro Carvalho, Microsoft MVP in Virtual Machine, experienced Trainer and frequent IT Pro community contributor, has released a new book, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook.  Leandro’s intent in the “cookbook approach” is to provide an easy-to-follow set of “recipes” for mastering Hyper-V as a virtualization expert, and this book…

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FREE eBook: Windows 8 for IT Pros (Updated – Final Copy)

UPDATE: The final copy of this eBook has been released and is now available for download at the following link locations: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals –…

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VLAN Tricks with NICs – Teaming & Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

After I wrote my prior post on our new natively supported NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 product, there’s been a ton of questions around how VLANs work with NIC Teaming and Hyper-V.  In this article, I’ll build upon my prior post and cover configuring VLAN traffic segregation for…

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Try out the new SkyDrive App with Selective Sync!

Over the past week, the SkyDrive team has released an updated version of the SkyDrive App with a long-awaited feature: selective sync of specific SkyDrive folders! What is Selective Sync? With the new SkyDrive app release, you can now select which folders from SkyDrive are synced – making it easier to use SkyDrive with laptops…

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Inventory your Virtual Hard Disks in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

Overheard at my recent IT Pro events on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V … “After I’ve setup a number of VM’s, it’s easy to forget which virtual hard disk files are used by which VM’s.  How can I get a list of ALL virtual hard disks for ALL virtual machines on a Hyper-V Host?” In this…

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Follow-up: What’s New In Windows 8 for IT Pros at SpiceCorps Detroit MI

In addition to the new, immersive Windows 8-style user interface, there’s a ton to be excited about in Windows 8 as an IT Pro – with end-to-end improvements across performance, networking, security, management, mobility, virtualization and storage!  Yesterday, I met with a great group of IT Pros at SpiceCorps of Metro Detroit for a talk on “What’s New…


Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge – Exam 70-417 – Free MCSA Upgrade Training

UPDATE: The recorded version of this training is now available at https://aka.ms/JS417 … Hope you enjoy! ————  Are you already certified as an MCSA on Windows Server 2008 and looking to upgrade your certs to Windows Server 2012?  This week, we’ve released a new Jumpstart online training course that specifically targets the certification objectives in Exam 70-417,…

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