Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V – List of Supported Client OS   Guest operating system (server) Notes Windows Server 2012 Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in. Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine. Windows…


Free E-Book Offer: Introducing Windows Server 2012

For IT professionals looking for an early, high-level view of Windows Server 2012, there’s no better resource than the Microsoft Press e-book. Based on the beta release, this guide introduces its new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Introducing Windows Server 2012 (Based on…


Windows Azure Training Kit – June 2012

The Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs and presentations that are designed to help you learn how to use the latest Windows Azure features and services. June 2012 Update The June 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes over 42 hands-on labs and 18 presentations….


System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 Now Available

    You can download CTP2 and the supporting documentation from the following links. Download Location Installation packages for all components Documentation for all components   CTP1 cannot be upgraded to CTP2 and CTP2 will not be upgradable to Beta. CTP builds are not supported for production use . All components now support…


Windows Server 2012 – various Videos

TechNet Radio: “Road to TechEd 2012” – File Storage Support in Windows Server 2012 with Jose Barreto Windows Server 8 – Storage Changes – Thomas Pfenning talks about Storage and Availability in Windows Server 2012 New Server form factors, Continuous Availability – John Loveall shows the new Cluster-in-a-box systems. Microsoft Management Summit keynote – Brad…


SC2012 Orchestrator Runbook Examples This export includes runbook examples for each of the System Center 2012 components, plus a few generic administrative task runbooks to round things out. There are 43 different runbooks (master and sub-routine) each tied to a specific global configuration for their respective SC2012 component. You should be able to simply import, reconfigure…


Windows Server 2012 – Hyper-V Extensible Switch – Cisco Nexus 1000V

Nexus 1000V and Native Hyper-V Switch Compatibility   Supported – Use of these features is supported in a Hyper-V deployment using the Nexus 1000V switch extension · Converged Network Architectures (CNA) – There is no particular interaction between converged NICs (e.g. UCS or HP blades) and the 1000V. If the NICs are presented to the…


Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V comparisons

  The following link provides a document comparing all Virtualization Features of Windows Server 2008 R2  with Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate   And there is another great document which compares VMware 5.0 with Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate


Windows Server 2012: Network Virtualization Survival Guide is published

The Windows Server® 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization Survival Guide is now published at


Microsoft Private Cloud in a Box Microsoft has partnered with Taiwan’s Quanta Computer to design a Windows-based system that aims to get business customers up and running quickly on a private cloud. The effort is part of what Microsoft calls its Private Cloud Fast Track program, in which it works with hardware makers to design private, or on-premise, cloud computing…