Free Virtualization IT Camp

    Hi Everyone, This was released a while ago, and due to the high demand some of the classes listed are now full, but please check out the options available that may works for you and consider registering, these are highly focused classes and deliver fantastic FREE learning opportunities. Industry experts estimate that over…


SMA Capabilities in Depth: Runbook Input, Output, and Nested Runbooks

Chris Sanders released a new post over on the Orchestrator blog that is worth checking out; In this post, I will cover a few of the basic concepts that will help you create high-quality runbooks. Other posts in this series will cover other useful aspects of runbook creation and management. The concepts covered in this…


Azure Visio Stencils

For your toolbox, Buck Woody built and made available these great Azure stencils that could prove very useful in your topology diagramming. Additional information available over on Buck’s blog


MVA Course – ITIL for IT Pros

From the System Center blog team – Nathan Lasnoski a System Center: Cloud and Datacenter MVP recently worked with our Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) on developing a course on ITIL for IT Pros. This course provides an overview of the ITIL framework, service design, strategy, and more. By participating in this course, you will gain…


System Center Universe: US & Simulcast

The following series is well worth checking out. There is no venue in NYC for this currently but should that change we will update this. The third annual System Center Universe is schedule for January 30th, 2014. SCU is designed to be a community driven event bring together the best-of-the-best presenters in System Center with…


You're Invited: Cloud OS Executive Luncheon – A Voce, February 6, 2014

We know that you face a diverse set of challenges every day. Beyond simply keeping everything up and running, technology trends are transforming the way business is done, and you need to respond strategically to these growing challenges. Are you responding to demands from the business fast enough? Are you prepared to tap into the…


Free eBooks!

Just wanted to ensure that this valuable list of FREE eBooks isn't missed by anyone managing a Windows Server/System Center or Azure environment; Introducing System Center 2012 R2 “Technical Overview” Designing Orchestrator Runbooks Configuration Manager Field Experience Troubleshooting Configuration Manager Cloud Management with App Controller Optimizing Service Manager Coming Soon; Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing…


January 27th-31st is Windows Azure Week!

There was an announcement made yesterday on some very valuable Jump Start courses on Azure being held later this month. Well worth checking out. More information can be found here:


Microsoft Download Center: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library documentation as a PDF.

Hi Everyone, Recently, we announced the availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library documentation available as a PDF on Microsoft Download Center. We highly recommend that you should always rely on the latest documentation available on This download is an Adobe® PDF of the entire contents of the…


Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center

This course provides the training that can help you prepare for the Microsoft Specialist Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. For a limited time, you can register here to take the exam for free (see FAQfor details). The exam and course will prove your ability to deploy and manage a…