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Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our last series wrapped up (“VMware or Microsoft?”), so it’s about time we started a brand new series of blog articles. “Who’s ‘we’?” A fair question.  The ‘we’ I’m talking about is the 11 Microsoft US DPE IT Pro Evangelists in these here 48 contiguous United States.  The series runs to the end of November (just before Thanksgiving here in the U.S.), and is all about answering in as many useful ways as possible, the magical question: Why? Why should I care about Windows Server 2012 R2? What does it do that I can’t already do with older versions of Windows Server or other operating systems? What do I need to do to take advantage of it? Where can I go to get more detailed information on a particular subject? …and so on. My friend Dan Stolts is the organizer of the series, and owner of the official landing page: “Why Windows Server 2... (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)

TechNet Radio: (Part 2) What’s New in 2012 R2 – Transforming the Datacenter

Microsoft Corporate VP Brad Anderson and I are back for part 2 of our "What's New in 2012 R2" series.  We discuss the new and exciting "cloud OS vision" in the next wave of Microsoft's Server and System Center products. Tune in as we take a deep dive into how your business can transform its datacenter by harnessing the power of a hybrid cloud IT environment. If you're interested in learning more about the products or solutions discussed in this episode, click on any of the below links for free, in-depth information: Websites & Blogs: Part 1 of our interview series: TechNet Radio... (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)

Where Can't You Use Hyper-V? (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 11.)

A question I’ve actually heard several times before came up again at our TechNet Event in Kansas City several weeks ago: “Can I use Hyper-V as a VM (within Windows 7)?” No. “Can you elaborate?” Absolutely. First of all, Hyper-V is a role added to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Hyper-V can’t be run inside of a virtual machine – even one that supports Windows Server 2008 R2 – because in order to work Hyper-V requires at a minimum: An x64-based processor, A processor that supports Intel VT or AMD-V technology, and Hardware-enforced Data Execution Prevention (DEP)... (more)