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Yesterday Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related. That’s right.  What was the well-known “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer” acronym MCSE has been re-purposed.  It now stands for “Microsoft Certified Solution Expert” “Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’.  Huh?!” From the press release… Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, for the cloud. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) shows employers and peers that those certified have the skills to do the job in an expanding market. Forecasts show that public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide between now and... (more)

Application Profiles in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM: Build Your Private Cloud (Series)

Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the third of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager that support the foundational concepts and objects in your Private Cloud arsenal: Hardware Profiles (Monday) Guest OS Profiles (Tuesday) Application Profiles (Wednesday) <—Today! VM Templates (Thursday) Service Templates (Friday) To follow along, make sure you have i... (more)

And Now for a Little Shameless Bragging…

Good morning, all.  I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to you just a little bit of bragging.  And a challenge. “Oh great.. what did you do now, Kevin?” This week I’m in Seattle, Washington, attending Microsoft’s bi-annual internal technical training event, “TechReady” (TechReady 14 to be specific.)  One of the benefits of being a Microsoft employee is that we can take certification exams for no cost.  And at these events, Microsoft brings in Prometric to facilitate a testing center for people attending the conference.  So this year as in years past, my teammates... (more)

MediaValet Thrives on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

“MediaValet Thrives on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform” is the title of this press release.  It’s great to hear about the cases where Windows Azure is being used so effectively, and really taking full advantage of its… well.. advantages.  Things such as global scale and pay-as-you-go.  Great, reliable, redundant storage.  And the opportunity to create some massively parallel compute engines for heavy tasks such as image or video rendering. ... (more)

Lest We Forget: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 RC Also Released!

I feel bad that I didn’t include this yesterday – because it’s hugely important: Alongside of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidates, Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2012 release candidate was also made publically available for download. “What’s so cool about that, Kevin?” For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Hyper-V Server is the free “Free?!” Yes, free operating system that.. well, I hesitate to call an operating system.  It is Hyper-V in its purest form.. just the “micro-kernalized hypervisor” that you can run for virtualization hosts. “Ah.. so it’s free, wh... (more)