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Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry. This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros.  Today’s article focuses on a new, much-heralded enhancement to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services to make it more cost-effective for spinning VMs up and down on-demand on the Windows Azure cloud platform. New: VMs that are shutdown from the Windows Azure Management Portal will no longer continue to accumulate compute charges while stopped! Previous to this enhancement being available, the Azure platform maintained fabric resource reservations for VMs, even in a shutdown state, to ensure consistent resource availability when starting those VMs in the future.  And, this meant that VMs had to be exported and completely deprovisioned when not in use to avoid compute charges. In th... (more)

Reduce VMware Storage Costs with Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

Windows Server 2012 can provide key advantages in one of the areas that is near-and-dear to every VMware administrator's budget: Storage! In this article, we'll explore the storage enhancements that Windows Server 2012 offers, and along the way, we'll see how it can help to "right-size" your VMware storage costs so that you have more budget for strategic IT investments ... Do I need to migrate to Hyper-V to benefit from Windows Server 2012? Not necessarily. Sure, lots of IT Pros have migrated to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 - or Hyper-V Server 2012, our FREE bare-metal enterpris... (more)

TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Why NOW is a good time to plan for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

Matt Hester and Keith Mayer kick off a special 6 part series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [ 1:18 ] Why should I start planning now? [ 2:41 ] Why Migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2? [ 5:45 ] Why consider Azure as part of your migration strategy? [ 12:38 ] What tools are available to help in the migration process? [ 17:40 ] DEMO MAP...(read more ) ... (more)

Microsoft Releases eBook for IT Professionals to Learn Windows Server 2012

With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a collection of new features to address the evolving business and technical needs of modern IT infrastructures. Core to this experience is the need to scale out, virtualize, and move workloads, applications, and services to cloud architectures. These cloud architectures, in turn, must  offer new levels of agility, efficiency and availability to provide an appreciable ROI back to the business organization. Windows Server 2012 incorporates Microsoft's experience with designing, managing and operating public clouds, all based on Windo... (more)

Microsoft to Offer Training on Windows Server 2012 for IT Professionals

Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there is a vast number of new features in this release that will enable you to implement the foundation for a Private Cloud infrastructure within your own datacenter. Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsof... (more)