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TechEd and the Cloud Vol 13-11 | May, 2011
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When I was at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta , the most talked about announcement for Technical Professionals was around what Microsoft is doing in the Private Cloud space . This included our preview release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 with its ability to interoperate with “the other guys” virtualization stacks as well as acting as the bridge between private clouds and public cloud resources.

We didn’t stop at the interoperability part - it also includes Server App-V to compartmentalize your server apps and make them easily transportable between Virtual Machine guests and any Private Clouds you create. We already are great at managing apps and physical machines by extending the monitoring with System Center Operations Manager, but now we’re also including the ability to help you manage your public cloud resources in Azure as well. It’s a constantly evolving space with all the players jockeying for position - make sure you stay connected to the blog to find out more on where we’re going with our private cloud strategy going forward.

Speaking of staying connected — quick tip of the hat to the local communities that are hosting events over the next month. Come on out to see us talk about our current System Center Virtual Machine Manager and virtualization stack and how you can leverage these technologies to be better equipped to work in the Private Cloud space.   

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Get the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta

System Center 2012 cloud and datacenter management solutions empower you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business. Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 Beta is a key component of the forthcoming System Center 2012 releases.
TechEd 2011 is over — check out the online resources

The dust has settled, the in-person conference is over — but the learning is not.  Go check out the recorded sessions and presentation resources now available online.

Microsoft® recently launched DeployNow, a site dedicated to helping you and your team deploy better, cheaper, and faster through all the stages of your deployment. Whether you’re upgrading your current operating system, or introducing a new Microsoft product, DeployNow is an ever-growing resource containing tools and information—like whitepapers, ROI calculators, case studies, videos, tips & tricks, and more. Currently, you can get help with your deployment of Windows® 7, Microsoft® Office 2010, and Windows Optimized Desktop, but the site will be continually updated—so keep checking in! Learn more .
Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta Arrives

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 builds on System Center Configuration Manager, allowing customers to implement endpoint protection as part of a unified infrastructure for securing and managing physical, virtual, and mobile client environments.
Enhanced Hardware Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010

The Microsoft Exchange team announced at Tech·Ed North America 2011 updated support scenarios for Exchange Server 2010 running under hardware virtualization software.
Demo: Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V with MDT

Learn how you can take advantage of the tested guidance and built-in automation tools in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to simplify and streamline the deployment of Windows Server 2008 R2 across your organisation.

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Virtual Reality Community tour

The truth about the Microsoft Virtualization Stack.   Join us at a city near you for a demo intensive 90 minute session that builds an interoperable virtualization solution from scratch and gives you the skills to bring this technology into your organization — even if you are already using a competing technology.
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