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Microsoft Learning partnered with the Microsoft Server and Tools team and Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) to deliver the "Windows Server 2012 Jump Start: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution" on June 20-21, 2012. Thanks to an amazing product and a phenomenal team effort, this event shattered two Jump Start records with 2,064 attendees from 103 different countries and extremely positive event feedback! We are excited to announce the release of the HD-quality video recordings available on TechNet Videos now! Special thanks and congratulations to the instructor team of Rick Claus (Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist) and Corey Hynes (President & Lead Architect for holSystems). Both have led Jump Start courses before and the audience absolutely loved their engaging, conversational style, clear explanations, scenario-based discussions, and of course, lots of ... (more)

Windows 8 Final RTM Bits Now Available for Download

Today, we've reached an exciting milestone that allows you to download and begin installing the final RTM releases of Windows 8 in your shops!  As of today, August 15th, the Windows 8 final RTM (released to manufacturing) installation bits are now available for download to TechNet and MSDN subscribers via the Subscriber Downloads center. Don't Have a TechNet or MSDN Subscription? That's OK!  You can still download a full evaluation copy of Windows 8 from the MSDN Evaluation Center - perfect for lab testing and learning about these latest Windows versions. Don't Have a Lab Enviro... (more)

Microsoft Announces "Early Experts" Challenge on Windows Server 2012

The new Microsoft certification exams for MCSA on Windows Server 2012 will be released over the upcoming weeks and to help you prepare early for certification on Windows Server 2012, we're launching a new "Early Experts" peer study group that is available online for FREE.  By joining and participating in this study group, you'll gain access to a monthly set of structured step-by-step study materials that align with the exam objectives for each of the new certification exams for Windows Server 2012.  Each month, we'll be targeting a specific exam and a specific set of exam objec... (more)

Server Core in Windows Server 2012 - Improved Taste, Less Filling

Want to reduce your patch maintenance requirements by 1/3rd or more? Of course! Who wouldn't? Well, Server Core in Windows Server 2012 reduces the disk footprint of the operating system by approximately 4GB!  When using the Server Core installation option, the features related to the Server Graphical Shell ( ie., Explorer, Start Screen, and Internet Explorer ) and Graphical Management Tools and Infrastructure are not installed - GUI features that are usually not required on a dedicated server, because we tend to do most of our IT management work from our admin workstations anyway... (more)

Step-by-Step: Build Linux VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure

The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform. Linux? That’s right, Linux! Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class citizen on our cloud platform, with support in the Preview offering for four common Linux distributions: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 OpenSUSE 12.1 CentOS 6.3 Ubuntu 12..04.1 and 12.10 The best news is … you can try t... (more)