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The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) on Windows Server 2012 is intended to certify individuals that have the primary set of Windows Server skills that are relevant across multiple solution areas in a business environment.  This certification also serves as a prerequisite for earning the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) on Server Infrastructure. To achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 credential, individuals must pass the following three exams: Exam 410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012 Exam 412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services As I previously blogged, the Beta for Exam 410 was released in June for scheduling at Prometric testing sites in the US.  As of today, the Betas for Exams 411 and 412 are also now available!  Note that the Beta Exams cost the same amount as th... (more)

Accelerating the Cloud with Windows Server 2012 BranchCache

Traditional file sharing protocols, such as Server Message Block ( SMB ) in Windows Server 2012, are primarily designed for low-latency, high-bandwidth scenarios commonly found in Local Area Networks ( LANs ).  When attempting to move file server workloads to the cloud, many IT Pros find that the unpredictable latency and limited bandwidth related to most Internet connections can make it challenging to deliver file services from the cloud in a reliable manner. Lab Scenario In this article, I’ll step through a configuration that leverages the BranchCache feature available in Wind... (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)

What's New in Group Policy for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 include support for over 350 new group policy settings ...This brings the total number of manageable system policies via Active Directory group policy to over 3,600 policy settings!  Below, I've summarized the new categories of group policy settings that I'm most excited about and I've also provided a link to a downloadable reference workbook ... What's New in Active Directory Group Policies? These new Group Policy settings provide improved management for new areas of these operating systems, such as: Managing enterprise installation of Windows ... (more)

eBook Provides Technical Introduction to Windows Server 2012 R2

Research has shown that approximately 65% to 70% of organizations today have more than one hypervisor deployed. This presents a large opportunity for IT Professionals to increase their technical differentiation and value in the IT marketplace by supporting multiple hypervisors.  Using this free eBook and the "Early Experts" study program, IT Professionals can easily extend their professional knowledge and skills to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V on a flexible schedule as time permits. In this article, get started down your path as an "Early Expert" on Windows Server 2012 R2... (more)