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Beta for System Center 2012 SP1 is available for download!

As the title of this posting suggests – or rather says flat out – the beta of System Center 2012 SP1 is available for your downloading and testing/trying pleasure. “Why?  What do I need an SP1 for?  Didn’t System Center 2012 just come out earlier this year?” Absolutely.  But what has since been released? “Windows… Read more

Breaking News: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 7.0 Beta

I don’t usually like to do this… “..but you’re going to do it anyway.” Shut up.  And get out of my head.  I usually don’t like to do a lot of copying and pasting of other people’s content (OPC™), but the text from this e-mail I received concerning the beta release of the next version… Read more

My Favorite “Feature” (So many questions. So little time. Part 30)

For my 30th posting in this series, I thought I’d tackle a couple of really tough questions posed by John at our Columbus, Ohio TechNet Event: Well, John… this of course would require me to enter an opinion here on my blog.  And I don’t think I’m allowed to give my opinion of Windows 8… Read more

Breaking News: Microsoft Announces the Windows 8 Editions (SKUs)

This is great… Today Microsoft announced that there will be three (count ‘em.. 3) editions of Windows 8 when it goes on sale – presumably later this year.  “Wait a sec…only three?  Didn’t Windows 7 come in 6.. or more?” Yep.  Three.  Brandon LeBlanc writes on the Windows Team Blog that Windows 8 will be… Read more

Kevin’s “Being What’s Next in I.T.” Event Resources

As usual, here is the online version of the event resources I’ll be handing out to my central U.S. IT Camp Event attendees for the next several months.  It is likely that this online version is even better, because A) it contains even more than what I could fit onto one page, B) items may… Read more

NEW System Center 2012 CTPs for Windows Server “8” beta

(CTP = Community Technology Preview – which means “earlier than beta”)  Late on Friday the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Blog released a post enthusiastically titled “System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server ‘8’ Beta support now available!!!”.  It would seem the System Center team is looking for early feedback on running System Center against… Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Windows Server 8 Beta is now AVAILABLE!

Finally!  After the long wait, and expectation growing as the day approached, we are finally able to announce to the world that the Beta of the next version of Windows Server, currently codename: Windows Server “8”, is now available for download. From the download page: Windows Server “8” is the broadest, most scalable and elastic… Read more

Screencast: System Center 2012 Unified Installer (Part 1 of 3)

Like many of you, I’ve been playing with the Release Candidate of System Center 2012.  And also like many of you, I have heard that there is something called the “Unified Installer”, that supposedly will allow a person to install many – or even all – of the components of System Center 2012 on to… Read more

Hyper-V Networking in Windows Server “8”: The Extensible Switch (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 10.)

Brett B. asked the following question at our TechNet event in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “Does Microsoft plan to implement a distributed virtual switch like VMware?” And the answer is yes.  And no.  Not LIKE VMware.  Better. For this answer I am going to defer to this excellent post on the Microsoft Server… Read more