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I've been talking with IT Pros in my community about integrating ADFS 2.0 with Office 365 to establish single sign-on capabilities.  Because the process involves a number of tasks and steps, I wanted to share three resources that I've personally found helpful in planning, installing and configuring ADFS for use with Office 365 ... Learn: Plan and deploy ADFS 2.0 with Office 365 This guidance provides a detailed step-by-step planning and deployment checklist that walks through the considerations and implementation of ADFS.  I recommend reading this guide end-to-end before trying any of the steps so that you have a complete understanding of the entire process and the overall steps involved.   Important! After installing ADFS 2.0, be sure to apply the Update Rollup 2 hotfix as it provides important stability fixes. See: Virtual Lab: Installing and Configuring Active Direc... (more)

20 Days of 20 Ways - Migrating to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been working together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started.  Many of these articles address common questions that I’ve discussed with IT Pros at a number of events, so I’m sure you’ll find this information valuable. In this article, I’ll provide a complete index to all articles in the series, just in case you missed any this month … Hope you enj... (more)

Microsoft Releases eBook for IT Professionals to Learn Windows Server 2012

With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a collection of new features to address the evolving business and technical needs of modern IT infrastructures. Core to this experience is the need to scale out, virtualize, and move workloads, applications, and services to cloud architectures. These cloud architectures, in turn, must  offer new levels of agility, efficiency and availability to provide an appreciable ROI back to the business organization. Windows Server 2012 incorporates Microsoft's experience with designing, managing and operating public clouds, all based on Windo... (more)

Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate as the next milestone in the product release lifecycle.  With over 300,000 downloads of Windows Server 2012 Beta, unparalleled excitement has been seen for this next version of Windows Server, which has been described in the industry as Microsoft's most ambitious undertaking to-date. Management, Virtualization, Networking and Storage capabilities have all been significantly improved in Windows Server 2012, and all of the IT Pros I've met are anxious to begin leveraging these en... (more)

Safely Cloning Virtualized Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2012

When virtualizing Active Directory Domain Controllers in the past, we've needed to be very careful that we don't invoke any steps, such as applying an old snapshot, that could possibly cause USN rollback to occur in the state of a Domain Controller's replica of the AD database and risk AD corruption.  Beginning with Windows Server 2012, we've incorporated a new VM-Generation-ID unique identifier as an additional attribute of a Domain Controller's AD computer object as well as the VM container that is running the virtualized DC instance.  When a virtualized DC starts up, Windows ... (more)