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Did you miss the Windows Phone 8 Summit?  The phone team announced a number of platform features that are coming to Windows Phone 8 when launched later this year that are based from a new Shared Windows Core between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  Below is a recap of the session delivered by Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone Engineering Director, that provides a great technical overview of the features coming to a Windows Phone 8 near you Eight Platform Announcements for Windows Phone 8 I've provided a summary of these Windows 8 Platform Announcements with a video index to each new feature below. Optimal Support for Latest and Greatest Hardware (00:46) Leveraging Multi-Core Chipsets for optimized performance 3 Screen Resolutions WVGA -  800 x 480 - 15:9 WXGA - 1280 x 768 - 15:9 720p - 1280 x 720 - 16:9 Support for Removable MicroSD Storage Internet Explorer 10 - shared IE... (more)

Best Practices for Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange in Private Clouds

In my Private Cloud talks with IT Pros, how best to virtualize Microsoft Exchange workloads, regardless of underlying hypervisor, has been a recurring hot topic area of discussion.  At Microsoft Tech Ed 2012, Jeff Mealiffe, Senior Program Manager on the Exchange team and responsible for Exchange virtualization guidance, delivered a great session on "Best Practices for Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010".  This is a great resource to study when planning virtualized Exchange deployments! Below, I've included the following items to help you get started with virtualizing Exc... (more)

Step-by-Step: Building a Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster - Part 1 of 2

Overhead at one of my recent IT Pro events: “The FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 sounds AWESOME! With the same features and scalability as the Hyper-V role in the full Windows Server 2012 OS, I could really use this to virtualize my application workloads very cost effectively.  But … I need high availability too! HOW EASY IS IT TO CONFIGURE HYPER-V SERVER 2012 IN A CLUSTER? - Kris” Great question, Kris! Configuring our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 in a highly available cluster can be really easy.  In this article, I’ll step through the configuration of a Hyper-V host cluster configuration t... (more)

20 Days of 20 Ways - Migrating to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been working together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started.  Many of these articles address common questions that I’ve discussed with IT Pros at a number of events, so I’m sure you’ll find this information valuable. In this article, I’ll provide a complete index to all articles in the series, just in case you missed any this month … Hope you enj... (more)

Ten Key Scenarios: Extend Your Network Today with Windows Azure

Today, April 16th 2013, the Windows Azure team has announced that Windows Azure Infrasructure Services ( Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks ) has been released for General Availability ( GA ) for production workloads!  You can read the full details of this formal announcement at: Read: Windows Azure Infrastructure Services: The Power of ‘And’ Over 200,000 customers are actively using Windows Azure as their cloud platform.  In this article, I’ll review the step-by-step scenarios with which these customers have experienced great value – so that YOU can easily get started leverag... (more)