Best of BUILD 2013: What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Pros

At our Build 2013 conference in June, we formally announced the availability of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview.  If you’re interested in evaluating this pre-release of Windows 8.1 on non-production PCs, you can obtain the Preview bits at http://preview.windows.com. Although much of the Build conference was targeted towards developers, lots of IT…


20+ Key Cloud Scenarios for IT Pros on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – Complete Series!

In May, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have authored a new articles series on 20+ Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Each scenario is based on how we’ve seen IT Pros successfully leveraging Windows Azure in the field. In this article, I’ve provided a complete index to all scenarios … just in…


Windows 8.1 Preview – DisplayLink Video Drivers?

We formally announced the release of Windows 8.1 Preview yesterday during the BUILD conference keynote and showcased TONS of exciting new features around the enhanced user and developer experiences that Windows 8.1 will provide across all device form factors for ALL users. If you missed the keynote, you can catch the recording and watch all the cool…


Step-by-Step: Accelerating the Cloud with “BranchCache” in Windows Server 2012 [ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at https://aka.ms/CloudTop20.  In today’s article in this series, we’ll discuss accelerating content on cloud-based web and file servers using Windows Server 2012 BranchCache.  Once…

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Get Certified at Microsoft TechEd as an MCSE on Windows Server 2012 or Private Cloud … and MORE!

TechEd is our premier technical conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, and this year Microsoft TechEd 2013 North America will be in New Orleans, LA on June 3rd-6th.  I’ve attended almost every TechEd conference since 1997, and I’ve always found it to be a tremendously rewarding experience to help in my own professional development…


20 Days of 20 Ways – Get Started with Migrating and Deploying Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure VMs

As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been working together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started.  Many of these articles address…

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Step-by-Step: Deploying Windows 8 Apps with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Migration and Deployment Series ( Part 16 of 19 )

Among a whole host of new management features, Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager adds the ability to now deploy and manage Windows 8 apps for enterprises.  These Windows 8 apps could be internal apps that have been created by your corporate developers, or they could simply be published Windows Store apps…

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UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A

NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we’ve updated the hours for “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall assistance – Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time. – – – – – – – – – – There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find…

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5 Steps to Deploying Windows 8 with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Migration and Deployment – Part 3 of 19

Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager ( “ConfigMgr 2012 SP1” ) adds the ability to deploy Windows 8 operating system images.  As you’ll see in this article, this OS deployment process is very similar to what many IT Pros have used in the past for deploying Windows 7 and prior operating systems…

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