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We have lots of exciting new content for you this week from Andrew Fryer’s Introduction to Virtualisation through to a shiny new competition to win a funded ticket to TechEd Europe and much more!

Why not take a look at the community content that has been shared which focuses on real life examples of System Center Virtual Machine Manager or deep dive with the latest case study from Unilever.

If System Center isn’t your thing then why not have a look at our on the blog section where you will find content on Windows Azure and much more. We’ve also updated our events section with the latest upcoming events.

If you’ve not done it already sign up for TechDays Online 2013 for free online training. You might even see me hosing the first day you never know…

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An Introduction to Virtualisation and Microsoft’s Offering
After my latest round of camps across the UK I noticed that a lot of you are new to System Center 2012 and given the great response to Hyper-V I thought a gentle introduction to the part of System Center that manages virtual machines (VMs), Virtual Machine Manager, (VMM) would be worth a read.

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) does what it says on the tin, it manages virtual machines and Hyper-V is the hypervisor that provides the server virtualisation capabilities in Windows Server. As a bonus VMM 2012 SP1 has had significant changes which make the most of the new features in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, and has also been updated to manage Vmware VSphere 5.1 so if you are using both this can manage VMs across both of those and the rarer Citrix XenServer.

Of course tools like Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 allow you to easily manage multiple servers in one go to a basic level, and if you have less than 70 VMs running only on Hyper-V you could probably stop reading this now and use that and PowerShell. However if you’re working in a larger environment with multiple hypervisors please read on!
 
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When we talk about free software with regard to Microsoft what we are really talking about is software that can be downloaded for free, as a trial for instance, or maybe software that is granted with certain subscriptions such as TechNet and MSDN. What differentiates these methods are the usage rights that come with the software.
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Virtual Machine Manager Community Content
Over the past couple weeks we’ve been talking Systems Center and this week we are focusing in on Virtual Machine Manager. There have been a few articles that I thought would be worth sharing more broadly on this topic.
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Competition: The TechEd Challenge 2013!
The TechNet team are running a competition from 22nd March to the 31st May this year to win a fully funded ticket to TechEd Europe.
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HD Insight
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center. So extending this approach to the world of big data with Hadoop is a logical step given the pervasiveness of Hadoop in this space.
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Case Study: Unilever Transitions to Private Cloud, Expects to Double in Size without Increasing IT Costs
Unilever has been hugely successful in selling personal care, homecare, and food products to billions of customers throughout the world - so successful that it expects to double in size in 10 years. To ensure that its IT organization could support this growth, Unilever worked with Avanade to migrate from VMware to Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008 R2. It then used Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center 2012 to create a private cloud environment that contains 3,175 virtual machines. With its private cloud, Unilever will deliver IT services 40 percent faster and be more agile in the marketplace. It also expects to achieve its growth goals with no increase in IT costs. By eliminating hundreds of servers, Unilever realized significant savings and became a better environmental citizen. It is upgrading to Windows Server 2012 to gain even more IT efficiency.
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Microsoft Announces the Updated Cloud Security Readiness Tool
New capabilities in the tool include a touch-based user interface, reports addressing both Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and the addition of European regulations.
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