Announcing Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series

Bryan Von Axelson 2010

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With the success of the SMB Ranger event in Redmond, and strong feedback from our partners thirsting for MORE technical information on Windows Server 2012, we are happy to announce the SMB Samurai Server Webcast Series.  The series will be an 8 part series diving into several key solutions within Windows Server 2012.  We continue to receive strong feedback from our partners on the value of Server 2012, but wanting more technical information.







Samurai Server Webcast Series






Learn. Master. Evolve your practice.

Windows Server powers many of the worlds’ largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes—

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Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value. Join Microsoft experts for this 8-part webcast series kicking off this January.


Register for one, or the whole series:

All sessions are from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Level 200, Technical


Part 1

Server Manageability, January 15th 


Part 2

Server Virtualization, January 29th 


Part 3

Competing with VMware, February 12st 


Part 4

Networking, February 26th 


Part 5

Identity and Access, March 12th 


Part 6

Storage, March 26th 


Part 7

Web Application Platform, April 9th 


Part 8

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, April 23rd 




Don’t miss this opportunity to join experts this year and learn how to become more technically savvy with Windows Server 2012. For questions about the sessions, email For questions about registration, email



Part 1 – Server Manageability

Whatever the size of your organization, you want to maximize IT operational cost efficiency. You also want to meet your customers’ demand for fast, reliable service that is available to them anytime from nearly anywhere in the world. Windows Server 2012 offers excellent total cost of ownership as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multiserver manageability. Within this session you will learn the capabilities Windows Server 2012 delivers when managing many servers and the devices connecting them. Experts will discuss the following and more:

          Server Manager

          Windows PowerShell 3.0

          Network Address Management Services


Part 2 – Server Virtualization


Server virtualization technology has helped organizations of all sizes achieve considerable cost savings and operational efficiencies. As the technology continually evolves, many see the potential for going beyond basic virtualization features and benefits—such as consolidating server hardware—to create comprehensive platforms for private clouds. Within this session you will learn how Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V can provide a feature-rich and cost-effective solution. During this session experts will discuss the following and more:


          Server Scalability and performance

          Connectivity to cloud services




Part 3 – Competing with VMware


Virtualization technologies help customers’ lower costs and deliver greater agility and economies of scale. Either as a stand-alone product or an integrated part of Windows Server, Hyper‑V is the leading virtualization platform for today and the transformational opportunity with cloud computing.


With Hyper‑V, it is now easier than ever for organizations to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization, and make the optimum use of server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines that are running on a single physical machine. Customers can use Hyper‑V to efficiently run multiple operating systems, Windows, Linux, and others, in parallel, on a single server. Windows Server 2012 extends this with more features, greater scalability and further inbuilt reliability mechanisms. In the data center, on the desktop, and now in the cloud, the Microsoft virtualization platform, which is led by Hyper‑V and management tools, simply makes more sense and offers better value for money when compared to the competition.


This presentation will focus on comparing Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, with VMware vSphere Hypervisor and vSphere 5.0, across 4 key areas:

          Scalability, Performance & Density

          Secure Multitenancy

          Flexible Infrastructure

          High Availability & Resiliency


Part 4 – Networking

In addition to transforming the current business landscape, advancing technologies are altering how IT professionals manage networking and network assets. These technologies include private and public cloud computing, mobile workforces, and assets that are dispersed across LANs, WANs, and data centers. But the principal goal of IT remains the same: keep all networking components properly connected to ensure that data is transmitted smoothly and that users and customers get the services they need when they need them. Within this session you will learn how to address the challenges facing IT today and how new and enhanced Windows Server 2012 features help reduce networking complexity while lowering costs and simplifying management tasks. Experts will discuss the following and more:

          Connecting users easily to IT resources

          New features and enhancements


          Managing private clouds efficiently

          Linking private clouds with public cloud services



Part 5 – Identity and Access

Information exists almost everywhere in your organization—on servers, laptops, desktops, removable devices, and in emails. Users need to be able to access this information from everywhere, share it where appropriate, and achieve maximum productivity with the assets they have. Within this session you will learn how to provide efficient and secure access to your internal applications and data and how to maintain a cohesive identity framework across the private and public cloud. Experts will discuss how Windows Server 2012 solutions can give IT the flexibility to support modern work styles, as well the following:

          Manage and protect data access

          Changing landscape of identity and security

          Active directory domain services

          Dynamic Access Control



Part 6 – Storage

Business is driving greater trends towards virtualized deployments, increased levels of content digitization, expanded regulatory requirements for data retention, and the continuous service-level availability expected in today’s global marketplace. Within this session you’ll learn how the demand for more storage and higher availability presents greater challenges for IT. Experts will discuss how Windows Server 2012 brings a wide arsenal of storage features and capabilities to address common storage issues faced by organizations and the following:

          Efficiently use limited storage

          Improvements and capabilities

          Reduce planned maintenance downtime

          Respond to data corruption dynamically and transparently without disrupting user applications

          Increase efficiency and lower IT costs



Part 7 – Web Application Platform


As interest in cloud-based IT services continues to grow, powerful application and web servers remain necessary because of the important applications and websites running on them. Within this session you will learn how Windows Server 2012 provides an excellent platform for helping your organization bridge hybrid IT environments and offers flexibility to build and run symmetrical and hybrid applications across on-premises private clouds, and hosted and Windows Azure public clouds. Experts will discuss the following and more:

          How Windows Server 2012 cloud optimizes your IT

          Cross-premises application platform

          Development ease and flexibility

          Scalable and elastic web platform



Part 8 – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure


Within this session you’ll learn how Microsoft VDI, powered by Windows Server 2012, allows users to seamlessly access their rich and full fidelity Windows environment running in the datacenter, and from any device. Experts will discuss the benefits available with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 and the following:

          Efficient management using QuickDeploy

          Best value for virtual desktops using Fairshare

          How RemoteFX provides superior user experience and support












Comments (1)

  1. Anonymous says:

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