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April 13, 2012  6:20 PM

What to expect at MMS 2012



Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Hyper-V, Microsoft, MMS 2012, PowerShell, System Center 2012, System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Server 8

This year's Microsoft Management Summit will kick off in a few short days in Las Vegas, and we'll be watching closely to find the new technologies and products that will impact IT pros in the coming months. Along with our Senior Executive...

April 2, 2012  8:13 PM

System Center 2012 now available…sort of



Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Microsoft, System Center, System Center 2012, System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Server 8

It looks like System Center 2012 is finally on its way to general availability, though Microsoft is still tight-lipped about the exact release date. What we do know is that the systems management suite was quietly made available to

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March 30, 2012  5:57 PM

Microsoft details Windows Server 8 cloud backup, releases beta



Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
cloud backup, hybrid cloud, Microsoft, Windows Server 8

Microsoft sees that a growing number of shops aren't placing their bets on a singular server deployment style; shops aren't going just on-premise and they're not going solely to the cloud. The company detailed a product that would deliver on that hybrid dream so many shops are...


March 28, 2012  3:31 PM

Microsoft offers two new Windows Server 8 beta guides



Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Active Directory, Microsoft, Windows Server 8

Thinking about testing out the new functionality of the Windows Server 8 beta? Microsoft has released two guides to help make those first steps a little easier. The

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March 28, 2012  12:28 PM

Microsoft’s updated Server Core promises better private clouds, fewer reboots



Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
minimal server interface, private cloud, server core, Windows Server, Windows Server 8

One of the most limiting aspects of Server Core on Windows Server 2008 R2 was that there was no way to get from a minimal server option to a full install of the server software. Windows Server 8 intends to answer that problem and hopefully drive down private cloud storage...


March 5, 2012  10:07 PM

Early thoughts on the Windows Server 8 beta



Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Windows Server, Windows Server 8

By the time Windows Server 8 is generally available, you'll likely be as tired of hearing about it as you are about the Republican primary candidates. But right now, just five days after the beta was released into the wild, everyone's hungry for analysis – and the pundits are eager to give it....


February 29, 2012  4:21 PM

Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch: reactions around the Web



Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server 8

See below for our Storify of the Windows 8 launch. Note: Due to some compatibility issues with Internet Explorer, the Storify might not show up; view it at Storify's website here.


February 29, 2012  3:17 PM

Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 8 beta download links



Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server 8

Today, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the Windows Server 8 beta. Looking to be among the first to tinker with the new bits? Here are the download links. We'll have an in-depth look at the improved features soon enough. Windows 8 Consumer Preview:


February 24, 2012  3:31 PM

Windows Server 8 beta coming February 29



Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
Microsoft, System Center 2012, Visual Studio 11, Windows 8, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server 8

In addition to unveiling the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at a February 29 event during the Mobile World...


February 20, 2012  2:51 PM

Microsoft extends expiration date of developer previews



Posted by: Jeremy Stanley
Windows 8, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server 8, Windows Server 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft released an update this week that extends the expiration dates of the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the Windows Server 8 developer preview.

In a note posted on...


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