Windows Server 2012 Self-Study Guide (The Fundamentals)

As I start this blog entry, it’s been nearly 8 months since I created my last self-study guide.  For those of you following this blog, I apologize for the long gap.  All I can say is that the requirements of work and life, coupled with a mountain of good intention, has seemed to push this…

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Lync 2010 Self-Study Guide

I have received numerous requests for a self-study guide focused on Lync, so in this post I’ve decided to turn to that technology (and since preview information on Lync 2013 is also coming out, I’ll include a bit of that at the end as well).  Before I get started, however, I’ve provided a brief definition…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Complete Edition)

As promised, now that I’ve finished producing the 7-part series on self-study items for the System Center 2012 suite of products, I am circling back and consolidating these separate parts into a single study guide.  This post is for those who prefer to have all of their System Center 2012 study resources in a single…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 7 - Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager)

Finally, after much time and many installments, we finally come to the last two components that make up System Center 2012!  In this post, I’ll cover Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager.  As usual, I will focus on the self-study material that is freely available from Microsoft so that you and your team can get…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 6 - Orchestrator and Service Manager)

In this post, we’re turning to two more components of System Center 2012, Orchestrator and Service Manager.  For those of you who need a brief summary of these System Center components, I’ve provided brief definitions below: Orchestrator – “Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring,…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 5 - Operations Manager)

In part 5 of this series, we finally arrive at Operations Manager.  Operations Manager got its start under the name Microsoft Operations Manager or MOM, after which it evolved to be known as System Center Operations Manager.  Now, with System Center 2012, Operations Manager is an even better product.  Since Operations Manager is one of…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 3 - System Center Configuration Manager)

With part-3 of this series, I finally turn to one of the most important products of the System Center suite.  This is System Center Configuration Manger, or SCCM.  SCCM has been around since the 90s in one form or another (remember Systems Management Server?).  Since the early days of SMS, System Center Configuration Manager has…

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System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 1 - System Center Overview)

I have received multiple requests for a study guide related to the newest versions of System Center Configuration Manager and/or System Center Operations Manager.  After doing a bit of research, I learned that it’s no longer appropriate to think of these as separate tools since they all belong to the System Center 2012 Suite.  The…

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Windows PowerShell Self-Study Guide

This time, I’ve put together a list of resources for those interested in Microsoft’s PowerShell scripting language.  While this training guide focuses primarily on Windows PowerShell 2.0, I have provided a brief list of PowerShell v3 resources at the end of this guide for those interested in getting an advance look at the newest version…

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