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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)

Where Is My Datastore in Hyper-V?

The term 'datastore’ is one that many of you who work with VMware are familiar, but which doesn’t really translate to the world of Microsoft’s Hyper-V.   “Since Hyper-V does not require a different formatting of the underlying physical disk structure like VMFS(VMware’s proprietary disk format) we are able to browse the ‘datastore’ with File Explorer(In Windows 8/Server 2012…formerly known as Windows Explorer).” “Who said that?” That quote was from my friend Tommy Patterson, who writes about datastores and how they compare to the file system structures used in Hyper-V in Part 4 ... (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)

What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2?

Active Directory.  You know it.  You love it.  You’ve loved it since it made its introduction back in Windows 2000 Server.  Over 90 percent of the world’s business IT relies on Active Directory for local user and machine management, authentication, policy application, and directory services.  And with every new version of a Windows Server product, we make improvements and add new functionality that either directly impacts Active Directory, or indirectly impacts (read: enables) other new functionality on behalf of your users, applications, and managed resources.  So naturally we co... (more)

Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business (or – Why you’re wrong about Windows 8.1)

Welcome to March!  And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP.  I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  But which one, and why? What’s interesting to me is that there is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) surrounding Windows 8.1 and whether or not there is any real benefit to providing and supporting it as the default, best-choice for business devices.  And while I kn... (more)