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What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft, responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog – In the Cloud – we recorded these three… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Buh-Bye TechNet Subscriptions

“Don’t you mean, ‘Buy TechNet Subscriptions’, Kevin?” Nope.  The TechNet Subscription is no more.  Today Microsoft announced that, as of August 31, 2013 we will no longer be selling the TechNet Subscription, in favor of better free trials and evaluations (such as those found at https://aka.ms/evals) Full details of this news are being e-mailed to… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Evaluations Are Now Available

Gentlemen, start your downloads!  (Ladies, too!) The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  Those products include: Windows Server 2012 R2, and System Center 2012 R2. But, not only for… Read more

Build Your Private Cloud in a Month – The Complete April 2013 Series

In April of 2013 our team’s blogging focus was on how to build your Private Cloud.  I hope you found our articles informative, that you have downloaded your free System Center 2012 SP1 trial, your Windows Server 2012 evalution, and have started your Windows Azure FREE TRIAL. Here is our complete April 2013 series:  … Read more

Download Windows Server 2012

Download the Evaluation ISO Download the Evaluation VHD Windows Server 2012 is available.  It offers businesses and service providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud-optimized infrastructure.  Windows Server 2012 helps organizations connect securely across premises and helps IT Professionals to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently. Need more information? See the product details… Read more

Launch Day! Windows Server 2012 is available today!

Yessir!  According to the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform page, And that’s today!  Go to THIS PAGE to set up a reminder that at 8:00AM Pacific (10:00AM Central) time, the launch is happening. “Where will the Windows Server Launch be taking place?” Online.  Go to www.windows-server-launch.com at 10:00AM Central Time to “learn, connect, and have… Read more

Evaluate Windows 8 Enterprise–90 Days for FREE

If you’re not already a TechNet or MSDN Subscriber, you have another option for trying out Windows 8.  Microsoft has made  90-day free evaluation downloads available. Check out the Windows 8 Evaluation FAQ HERE, and then GO HERE to get the bits!… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Release Candidate is available for download

Overview Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive.  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials is an ideal first server,… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: While I was away, the Windows 8 bits hit TechNet and MSDN!

Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers!  So if you subscribe, go to the site and get ‘em while they’re hot! “What about other folks?  When can I buy it?”… Read more

I want to learn PowerShell. Where are the sample scripts?

“Kevin, I just want to start using it with some already-built examples.  That’s how I learn best.” You’re in luck!  The PowerShell Script Explorer Release Candidate was just, um.. released.  Here’s the description from the download page: Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell® (Release Candidate) helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to… Read more