Windows 8.1 RTM now available through MSDN and Technet, however, Enterprise Edition will be available later this month.

Starting today, we will extend availability of our current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month

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Content from 08/06/2013 Meeting

For those of you who requested it, here is a copy of Mike Bergin’s slide deck on What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2.

SCUG Server 2012 R2

If you would like more details on the steps we discussed to monitor non-domain computers with Operations Manager I would recommend reading Kevin Green’s 4-Part post on the subject:

http://kevingreeneitblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/using-internal-certificates-with-scom.html

 

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Next Meeting is Thursday August 15th

Next Meeting is Thursday August 15th

See what’s New in System Center R2, Windows Server R2, Azure IaaS, Savision, and more.  Join us for our next meeting at the Microsoft Technology Center on Thursday, August 15th.

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 has been a huge hit, but it’s successor Windows Server 2012 R2 is already on the horizon. Join for an in-depth discussion of what features and capabilities to expect when the server companion to Windows 8.1 launches this fall.

What’s New in System Center 2012 R2
The next generation of System Center is being developed and will release in lockstep with Windows Server 2012 R2. System Center 2012 R2 brings some significant new capabilities to support Hyper-V and storage features introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Azure IaaS and Hyper-V Recovery ManagerInfrastucture as a Service (IaaS) allows you to provision and manage your own virtual machines on Windows Azure and the upcoming Hyper-V Recovery Manager supports the replication and recovery of System Center 2012 private clouds at a secondary location. This session will include an intro and live demo.

Savision Vital Signs / Cloud Advisor for System Center VMM
Savision’s new solution for VMM integrates natively into the Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 console, analyzes your Hyper-V environment for problems, and then provides specific and detailed recommendations to tune virtual machines and hosts for better performance and availability.

Service Provider Foundation
With the ability to easily create and deploy cloud capacity on top of virtualized resources, you can now better optimize your asset utilization while also benefitting from a comprehensive management tool. And now with Service Pack 1, hosting service providers will find this powerful solution even more extensible with the addition of an API layer called the Service Provider Foundation (SPF).  Learn what is required to deploy SPF and take advantage of some of the new management tools available.

Eventbrite - System Center User Group Meeting

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What’s New in System Center 2012 R2 Jump Start TODAY JULY 15th!!!

Register FREE here:

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/System-Center-2012R2-Jump-Start

Join us a full day Jump Start where you will learn what is new with System Center 2012 R2. Are you ready to discover the new capabilities in infrastructure provisioning and monitoring, automation and self-service, IT service management and application monitoring? Get ready for Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and several presenters as they go through the next version of System Center and how it delivers an end-to-end cloud management stack through advanced integration with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure.

Course Outline

01 | Introduction to the Cloud OS
02 | Infrastructure Provisioning
03 | Infrastructure Monitoring
04 | Application Management
05 | Automation
06 | IT Service Management

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Free Live Session – What’s New in Server 2012 R2 (July 10 – 11)

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/Windows-Server-2012R2-Jump-Start

 

Register today for this two-day, demo-rich Jump Start aimed at showing IT Pros the new capabilities and features of Windows Server 2012 R2. Join Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Lead Architect & President of holSystems Corey Hynes as they go through details of Windows Server 2012 vs Windows Server 2012 R2. Get ready for this live online interactive experience highlighting the latest and greatest via numerous scenarios and demos all while answering questions from the audience.

course outline

Day 1
01 | Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
02 | Server Virtualization in WS 2012 R2
03 | Cloud Optimized Networking in Windows Server 2012 R2
04 | Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2
Day 2
01 | Server Management & Automation with Windows Server 2012 R2
02 | VDI with Windows Server 2012 R2
03 | Access & Information Protection with Windows Server 2012 R2
04 | Web Application & Platform with Windows Server 2012 R2

 

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Server Posterpedia for Windows 8

Server Posterpedia is free Windows 8 app that gives users access to all of Microsoft’s technical reference posters for System Center, Windows Server, Azure, SQL Server, SharePoint and other Microsoft technologies.

Thanks to Davey Rance for pointing out this great reference.

Server Posterpedia Website

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Fabric Architecture and Management Guides

Fabric Architecture and Management Guides

Microsoft has released two new guides that are part of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture series.

Fabric Architecture Guide
Fabric Management Architecture Guide

They provide specific guidance for developing fabric architectures (compute, network, storage, and virtualization layers) and a management architecture of an overall private cloud solution.

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