OS Deployment: System Center Configuration Manager 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or Both? --by Dujon Walsham

I wanted to write this article in order to establish the differences with two Microsoft deployment technologies, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and provide scenarios of what they can do and cannot do and the benefits and drawbacks of each Organisations always don’t tend to have the same type…


What's New for Group Policy in Server 2012

Some of you that know me (through my www.gpoguy.com and www.sdmsoftware.com sites) know that I spend an inordinate amount of time exploring, developing against and helping customers with Group Policy. So I was anxious to see what changes Microsoft made in Server 2012 with respect to Group Policy. Of course, as a Group Policy MVP, I had…


Review of FTP Integration Pack for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta Orchestrator, by David Allen

System Center 2012 SP1 includes a lot of functionality beyond the traditional service pack updates. SP1 is what really lights up a lot of the private cloud functionality in Windows Server 2012. Reviewing all the features and capabilities in System Center 2012 would be a huge project, so you can find reviews of individual features…


Database Recovery Advisor feature of SQL Server 2012, by Basit Farooq

SQL Server 2012 is a vast release that includes many new features. Members of the SQL Server community have great insights into these new features and can help you decide if SQL Server 2012 is for you. One such feature is the Database Recovery Advisor, and Basit Farooq gives his evaluation of this feature, as…


A Simple Truth about Cloud Security

I keep hearing that security is a fear factor for some organizations that are considering moving to the cloud. They worry that they’ll have to change their whole security approach in a highly virtualized environment. But I think those IT admins should see it as an opportunity, not a threat to their survival. Virtualization—and by…


Updated Windows Azure Management Portal, by Tyler Doerksen

If you’re a developer and would like to learn about developing on Windows Azure, take a look at a review of the Windows Azure management portal by Tyler Doerksen: http://blog.tylerdoerksen.com/2012/08/29/updated-azure-management-portal-2/ Tyler discusses what he finds interesting about recent Windows Azure updates and goes into detail about some new features of the Windows Azure Management Portal….


Hyper-V and Me, by Andrew France

I work as a Technical Specialist for an Independent school  in the UK, and I have been kindly asked to provide a post to share my experience of using Windows Server Hyper-V. Coincidentally it’s almost 4 years to the day that I visited Microsoft to talk about virtualizing our systems, so this has given me…


Contribute Your Review the EASY Way!

I’ve gotten some feedback saying that some people would like to have their review posted on this blog but don’t want to go through the process of registering to be an official MSDN blogger. Well … I hear and I obey! I give you options: Option 1: If you just want to get your review posted…


Write a Customer Review Now! Here's How

Who knows more about Microsoft’s Server and Tools products than you? Please share your knowledge, your workarounds, your tips, your favorite features, whatever you think will help your fellow technology professionals. Please don’t feel limited to writing about the latest 2012 versions of Windows Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, and System Center and any other…