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***This is a LIVING document*** I will be updating this article from time to time as things like Release Updates, Hotfixes, Service Packs and other updates come into being. Please check back often to get the latest information. I will keep the revision list updated at the bottom so you know what changes have been made. This is also *NOT* a complete Private Cloud solution. there are many, many pieces to creating and managing a private cloud including things like - rapid deployment via templates, elasticity and scalability, high availability and redundancy, virtual machine mobility, automation, service management, usage based charge back and more. i recommend you check out http://www.microsoft.com/privatecloud to see the full story. This document will guide you through the process of setting up the bare minimum components to demo a Private Cloud environment using curre... (more)

Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription , suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux without the need for local on-premises lab hardware. ...(read more ) ... (more)

Passing the Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization Exam (70-659) – Part 1

  You have seen a lot of messaging from Microsoft as well as others in the tech industry regarding Private Cloud. With the update of the System Center 2012 Suite to Release Candidate status, we have a very solid platform for IT Pros to develop and...(read more ) ... (more)

VMware or Microsoft? Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds

In our ongoing blog series – VMware or Microsoft – my co-worker, Keith Mayer delivers today’s post on Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds. Below is an excerpt… No matter which virtualization platform you may be using today to power your Private...(read more ) ... (more)

Beta Exams Coming Up for Microsoft Private Cloud Certifications

If you head over to the Microsoft Training and Certification site, you will find that we are publishing some information about the upcoming Microsoft Private Cloud Certifications. The Private Cloud certification is built on Windows Server 2008 R2 and...(read more ) ... (more)