New: PaCE helps you keep up with your favorite Windows Server/System Center MVP blogs

Hi, all, Christa Anderson here from the Partner and Customer Ecosystem group in Windows Server/System Center. I’m happy to tell you about a new series we’re starting. Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals, independent experts active in the technical community, are as smart, experienced and skeptical bunch rooted in the real world as you’ll find anywhere. You… Read more

Free Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Hyper-V and Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals

Hey everyone, This is some pretty exciting stuff being brought to you by our Microsoft & VMware virtualization experts Symon Perriman, Jeff Woolsey and Matt McSpirit.  I know that it may be difficult to block out an entire day for this training, but here is what you can do if you can't make it for the entire… Read more

Software Defined Networking, Enabled in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, Virtual Machine Manager

Unlocking Network Flexibility, Efficiency, and Multi-tenancy for the Cloud When we talked with customers about their datacenters, we found that virtualization was not fully living up to its potential.  Customers readily acknowledged the benefits of machine virtualization, but they wanted even more IT agility.  In particular, customers wanted the ability to easily migrate VMs across… Read more

6 Steps to Get Ready for Private Cloud

Like I said in a recent post, you're probably already running the basic foundation for a private cloud. But that doesn't mean there isn't work to do. IT Pros looking to delve into private cloud computing this year, should prepare with these 6 steps:   Improve data quality in your identity infrastructure – audit existing… Read more

Mark your calendar: Watch the MMS keynotes on the web

Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday be sure to visit the Microsoft News Center to view the Microsoft Management Summit executive keynotes live on the web!  Don’t miss this opportunity to see our top executives discuss the latest IT Management news, strategies, and solutions from Microsoft, and how to apply them in your organization. ·        … Read more

NuStar Energy: IT for growth

Yesterday the marketing team published a case study about NuStar Energy, a crude-oil transportation and storage company that has grown rapidly through acquisitions and recently joined the Fortune 500.  NuStar relies on Windows Server, System Center and Forefront solutions to integrate new people and systems in days.  Their IT department can respond to new business… Read more

Hyper-V in WS08 R2 Release Candidate: Bringing More to the Table

  Here we are at the RC milestone of Windows Server 2008 R2, which usually indicates that we've hit the home stretch and we're marching straight ahead to RTM. Generally that's nothing new, but get set to smile, because this time we're not just marching home, we're adding new features, too! So in addition to… Read more

System Center VMM 2008 R2 beta now available

The beta is now available to manage WS08 R2 Hyper-V and MS Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Check out RakeshM's blog post. Rakesh is the principal group program manager for SCVMM, and can answer any questions you might have that he doesn't address. If you're looking for brevity, see Larry's post over at the System Center… Read more

Customers Save Big $$ with Windows Server Hyper-V

Looks like many of you are saving big money with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. And today we announced that, on average, it's $470,000 per customer per year. Not bad at all and very gratifying to see. Here's just one example provided today: Saxo Bank had an average physical server utilization of just 20 percent and… Read more

TechEd EMEA: Terminal Services renamed Remote Desktop Services

Hi, Manlio Vecchiet here. I'm director of product management on the Windows Server marketing team, focused on Windows Server networking, terminal services and VDI. I'm in Barcelona right now attending Microsoft TechEd EMEA conference. Whether you are one of the many IT Pros that have successfully deployed Terminal Services over the past decade, or whether… Read more