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Are you a VMware Pro?  In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire can improve your career options and prepare you to face new IT demands. What is Early Experts? Microsoft Early Experts is a free, online study group for virtualization professionals who want to extend their Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure knowledge with official Microsoft certifications.  We've organized our high-impact learning resources into online Knowledge Quests that include concise videos, prescriptive study materials and hands-on practice with real products... (more)

Now Available: New Microsoft Virtual Academy courses on System Center 2012 SP1 (Free training!)

I just got word that there is new content up on Microsoft Virtual Academy.  Here is the text from the e-mail I received: New Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses: System Center 2012 SP1 With System Center 2012 SP1, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices.  System Center 2012 is the only unified management platform where you can manage multiple hypervisors, physical resources, and applications in a single offering. Microsoft Virtual Academy is launching three new cours... (more)

Breaking News: New System Center 2012 Licensing Model Announced

Today during the “Private Cloud Day” live webcast event, Microsoft announced a pretty big change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite.  Bottom-line.. it’s no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012.  (Well.. actually two.. but different only in terms of licensing.)  In a nutshell: System Center is now just one product, that comes in two editions, with many components.  And the full-set of components come in the two product editions:  “So, when I buy System Center, I get the full suite?” That’s right. “So.. this char... (more)

How much can virtualization really do? (So many questions. So little time. Part 8.)

In our Saint Louis TechNet Event last week, Kurt asked several questions relating to virtualization and Hyper-V: “Any issues with running SBS, SQL, and application server on same machine?” “How do I set up multiple drives within a virtual server?” “What is the best base core for virtualization? (Enterprise, File Server, etc.)” To your first question, Kurt, there is really no one correct answer.  “It depends.”, is really qutie appropriate, here.  If you have a pretty decent server with lots of memory and processors / cores, and you’re not supporting a huge enterprise (your menti... (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)