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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 chart doesn’t show that there is any difference.  What’s different between Standard and Datacenter?” Standard Edition is licensed per two physical processors, and each license gives you management rights of two virtualized servers.  Buy as many as you need for the number of virtualized servers yo... (more)

BREAKNG NEWS: Windows 8 Is Available for Download

Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers!  So if you subscribe, go to the site and get ‘em while they’re hot! “What about other folks?  When can I buy it?” If you’re a Microsoft Software Assurance customer, you’ll be able to download the bits on August 16, 2012 (yes.. tomorrow).  If you’re a Volume License customer without Software Assurance, you’ll be able to purchase Windows 8 through your Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1st, ... (more)

Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Chuck Norris and PowerShell Scripting

I received this question at a TechNet Event IT Camp in Minneapolis a few months ago… Can Chuck Norris write PowerShell scripts?  Naturally.  And only he can run his PowerShell scripts under MS-DOS 6.1. It’s a little know fact that, after codename “Monad”, rather than “PowerShell”, the name was originally going to be “NorrisShell”. There is a hidden “Set-ExecutionPolicy” cmdlet parameter: –executionPolicy RoundhouseKick His scripts can execute and complete an infinite loop in 1.4 seconds. The Microsoft TechNet S... (more)

LIVE NOW: Watch it here: Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface Launch

The show starts at 11:15AM EDT.   Alternate Feed Here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/windows/liveevent2.aspx ... (more)

My Introduction to the 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 0 of 20)

Welcome to March 2013!  Can you believe it?   March is already here!  And as you’re coming to learn, a new month means a new topic for our team’s series of blog articles. This month the topic is Server Virtualiaztion.  Specifically, we’ll be discussing and helping you learn more about Microsoft’s virtualization platform: Hyper-V.  We’ll go in-depth into topics that provide and support this, such as virtual networking, storage, performance, vMotion… “’vMotion’? That’s VMware, isn’t it?” Yeah.. that was just to see if the VMware fans among you were paying attention.  If I’d said “... (more)