MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta now available!

MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta now available! The beta  of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit version 9.0 is now available. This beta release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It also enhances usage tracking to include accounting for Remote Desktop Services as well…

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WINDOWS SERVER 2012 R2 MS PRESS EBOOK

  The Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release book from Microsoft Press is now available. You can download it for FREE or order your own hard copy version. This is a great way to see what’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2. A System Center 2012 R2 version is underway and there will be…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.5 Now Available

Usage tracking for Windows Server 2012 and the 2013 versions of Microsoft’s productivity servers! We are pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.5. This release adds new scenarios to help organizations assess their environments with greater agility and lower their cost of delivery. MAP Toolkit 8.5 includes hardware and…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Now Available

Accelerate your journey to the cloud with MAP 8.0! The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 is now available. · Download MAP 8.0. Accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0. This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to…

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Windows Server – Sockets, Logical Processors, Symmetric Multi Threading

With the release of each version of Windows Server, the maxima for supported number of sockets and logical processors have increased. Whatever the numbers for the older OS releases, the best scalable platform for virtualization is Windows Server 2012 (and of course Hyper-V Server 2012), far exceeding VMware 5.1 and others. Let’s start by defining…

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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and SR-IOV

With Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V we’ve taken performance to the next level. For example: Up to 64 virtual processors Up to 1 TB memory per VM > 1 million IOPS per VM? >10 Gb/E within a VM?   Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V provides Single-Root Input/Output (SR-IOV) Networking. To learn more, I want to point you…

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Set-KCD; configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation (KCD)

  In June I posted an article called Configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation for Hyper-V Management. I covered the concept of Kerberos delegation and evolution into constrained delegation. Obviously, the article was mainly focused on configuring constrained delegation for Hyper-V management in order to be able to manage Hyper-V in a remote fashion. I ended the…

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Why upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012

1. Massive scale Up to 64 virtual processors Up to 1 TB of memory per VM Up to 64 TB per virtual disk Up to 64 nodes in a cluster Up to 8,000 VMs in a cluster 2. Networking Network Virtualization in the box Open, Extensible Virtual Switch SR-IOV In the box Windows Teamed NICs…

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Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1

With the release of Windows Server 2012 on September 4th and recent announcements by VMware at VMworld it was time to see how we are doing from a technical perspective. We have released a paper in which we compare Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 with VMware vSphere Hypervisor and VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus. In…

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